Clever Bookmarks For Classic Novels
Turkish designer Ethem Onur Bilgiç concocted this gorgeous set of themed bookmarks for Penguin’s All-Time Classics 1984, Moby Dick, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. Rad bookmarks: just one less reason to own an e-reader.
(via The Coolector)
Pop Up Funk - A Stylish Pop-up Book For Grownups
Pop Up Funk is a collaboration between comic artist Jim Mahfood a.k.a. Food One and designer Rosston Meyer featuring pop-up versions of Mahfood’s well-known works as well as all new pieces created just for the book. Each one comes signed and numbered by the artist and only 100 exist. Scoop it here.
Audiobook Author Headphones
These illustrations were designs created by Indian artist Talha Nazim to promote a series of Penguin audiobooks. The concepts were created from the idea of audiobooks were similar to hearing stories from the author directly. Above, we’ve got Nazim’s illustrations for William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde.
The Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
Capcom, the creators of Mega Man, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and countless other games you grew up with, will be releasing a hardcover encyclopedia on October 21 full of art and info on over 200 characters from the Capcom universe. Retail price is $16.99, but you can pre-order it on Amazon for just $10.19.
Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encylopedia:
Marvel VS Capcom: Official Complete Works:
SF20: The Art of Street Fighter:
Weekend To-Do List
- Play: The Last of Us and Earthbound. One is a PS3 post-apocalyptic survival horror/stealth/action game that critics are praising as one of the best games of this console generation. The other is a Wii U Virtual Console download of the quirky SNES retro RPG that fans have been begging Nintendo to re-release in some form or another for years. Interestingly, both of these games start off with you playing as kids who have been awoken in the middle of the night due to a strange unnatural occurrence.
- Read: The Last Policeman by Dan H. Winters. “What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.” This is the first in a trilogy and it’s already been optioned as a TV show. The sequel, Countdown City, just dropped a few days ago and looks to be just as bananas as the first one.
- Watch: Pacific Rim. Fan favorite Guillermo Del Toro’s big budget love letter to giant robots and Kaiju monsters. Sadly, this flick didn’t stack up against -of all things- family comedy Grown-Ups 2. Hopefully it takes number one this weekend and restores our faith in humanity.
- Listen: Volume = FF by Double Hex. Boston based chiptune artist does chiptune covers of songs by local Boston bands and even shares the profits with them from the record sales. Preview the 4-track EP on Bandcamp where you can buy it for just $4.
Have an awesome weekend!
Tarantino Films Imagined as Penguin Books
You guys remember how those old Penguin books used to look? Artist Sharm Murugiah does, as he used that style to merge Quentin Tarantino films into those books, with these super clean mock-book covers. Love the idea.
Check it: More Quentin Tarantino on Albotas
Buy it: Tarantino XX Film Collection
Fahrenheit 451 Concept Book Cover
Huge pun on the word “matchbook,” here. So believe it or not, some of us on this blog like to read books. Fahrenheit 451 is one of those pieces of literature that is appreciated in this “book” category, so this concept design by artist Elizabeth Perez really screams out to us.
For those who don’t know, Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future in which books are outlawed and firemen must set fire to books and the houses that hide them. This concept design has a match in the “451,” of the title and matchbook striking paper on the book’s binding, so the book itself could be burned. Really awesome concept.
Check it: More books on Albotas
Buy it: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Rad Video Game Books At IndieCade East
Museum of the Moving Image in NYC has a pretty awesome gift shop with a hefty selection of books on all sorts of stuff the typical Albotian would be in to: movies, art, and of course, video games.
I had a pretty tough time deciding on which book to get, but I wound up going with Nintendo Magic mainly because I like the face Satoru Iwata is making in the picture up top. I kind of regret the decision because it’s only $7.98 on Amazon (only 2 left in stock as I write this!), but whatevs.
Any readers out there have any of the other books pictured? If so, let us know how they are in the comments.
A LOOK INSIDE HYRULE HISTORIA [VIDEO]
Our copy of Hyrule Historia finally arrived at Albotas HQ and I can personally attest that it is, in fact, freaking awesome. It collects 25 years worth of Zelda history, trivia, and unseen concept art within 250 pages bound in a gorgeous hardcover.
Pick up a copy from Amazon. No Zelda fan should miss out on this.
Oh, and the chiptune track in the video can be downloaded from Chipmusic.org for free.
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Buy: Hyrule Historia
Street Fighter x Sanrio Gift Book & Sticker Book
Just in time for Xmas comes two books that combine the badassery of Street Fighter with the adorableness of Sanrio.
Street Fighter x Sanrio: World View features Sanrio playing the parts of Street Fighter characters sharing the wisdom they’ve learned from countless battles across the world. The Street Fighter x Sanrio Sticker Book contains a mix of colorful bumper stickers, paper dolls, and more.
Now they just need to make a Street Fighter x Sanrio game so I can play as a shoto-ized Badtz Maru and chuck fireballs at Hello Kitty’s mouthless little head.
Monster Hunter Beginner’s Guide From Culty
I’ve never played a Monster Hunter game in my life. Always wanted to, but they just seem too huge and daunting. After checking out a sample of the 60-page Monster Hunter Beginner’s Guide from Culty, I’m 100% prepared to begin ignoring my loved ones and adult responsibilities to dive into the epic world of Monster Hunter.
The guide is available in a few different ways:
- Digital Download — $9
- Print copy with exclusive Felyne Roll Call print — $35
- Happy Combo featuring an additional Felyne Roll Call print of your choosing — $35 (limited time only)
The Monster Hunter Beginner’s Guide was written by Roy Blakely from Kotowari.org and is chock full of adorable art by Sarah O’Donnell, creator of Rumbirds. Together they host the podcast My Fair Hunter. Check them out because they do pretty rad things.
Nintendo’s History In A Gorgeous Screen-Printed Book
U.K. designer Adam Benton made this beautiful Nintendo book with an embossed cover for a screen-printing and book-making brief. It features a timeline of Nintendo console releases in the U.K., people of note like Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, and an overall history of the company. To keep in line with Nintendo’s rich Japanese history, the book is Japanese stab bound and printed on rice paper. There’s even an accompanying embossed folder with additional prints.
Note: The page with N64 controllers is from a separate book which features Benton’s personal work and sketches, but we figured it looked nice in this gallery, so yeah.
I was expecting some light reading. But when my review copy of Service Games: The Rise and Fall of SEGA showed up on my doorstep, I found a text book. The nearly 400 page book details every step of Sega’s foray into the console industry, both in America and abroad. The amount of information in this book is staggering. And even though you know how Sega’s fate unfolds, you’re still rooting for them the entire time.
Hit the link for our full review of Service Games: The Rise and Fall of SEGA.