The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History

Author: Caseen Gaines

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 9781608878116

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 556


Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive collection of rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos from the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic. A true masterpiece brought to life by the ingenious puppetry and peerless storytelling of Jim Henson, Dark Crystal is revered by an entire generation of fans. For the first time, this deluxe and highly comprehensive book tells the complete story of this deeply personal Henson project, highlighting the unique creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen. Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film’s behind-the-scenes creative team, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the entire production, from the initial concept based on themes close to Henson’s heart to the ingenious conceptual design, puppet construction, and logistics of the shoot itself. The book also delves into the wider world of Dark Crystal, exploring the creation of comics, novels, and other official projects inspired by the film. This deluxe coffee-table book contains an in-depth look at the day-to-day production of the film and showcases a huge range of incredible visuals, including candid set photography, previously unseen concept art, storyboards, production notes, and more. The book also features a plethora of amazing removable items, such as script pages, notes and sketches from Henson, and other unique treasures. Definitive, enthralling, and revelatory, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the last word on an enduring modern classic and the book that fans of the film have been waiting for.

Aliens in Popular Culture

Author: Michael M. Levy,Farah Mendlesohn

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 144083833X

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

View: 5275


An indispensable resource, this book provides wide coverage on aliens in fiction and popular culture. • Provides cultural context in introductory essays on some of the key themes and contexts of alien representation • Covers a broad scope, with more than 130 entries on different topics, and is written by nearly 90 researchers with diverse expertise • Shows readers the varied ways that imagined aliens have become a part of popular culture • Presents both familiar topics and more obscure topics in popular culture to provide new scholarship

The Ultimate Spectacle

A Visual History of the Crimean War

Author: Ulrich Keller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134392028

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 3286


Chloroform, telegraphy, steamships and rifles were distinctly modern features of the Crimean War. Covered by a large corps of reporters, illustrators and cameramen, it also became the first media war in history. For the benefit of the ubiquitous artists and correspondents, both the domestic events were carefully staged, giving the Crimean War an aesthetically alluring, even spectacular character. With their exclusive focus on written sources, historians have consistently overlooked this visual dimension of the Crimean War. Photo-historian Ulrich Keller challenges the traditional literary bias by drawing on a wealth of pictorial materials from scientific diagrams to photographs, press illustration and academic painting. The result is a new and different historical account which emphasizes the careful aesthetic scripting of the war for popular mass consumption at home.

A Simple Rebellion

Author: Christopher Ryan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781981802395


Page: 214

View: 8390


If the past is the prologue, where the hell are we going? Americans from every region of our battle-scarred cultural landscape can point to some event, person or movement that has damaged our country's well being. What if all this divisiveness continues to tear at the fabric of our society? Where are we heading? What will become of America? A SIMPLE REBELLION explores these questions, taking us to a near-future America extrapolated from our recent national behavior to provide a glimpse of what we may be doing to our culture, our country, and ourselves. "A Simple Rebellion is an action-packed, funny, dark, and poignant love letter to America - and a roadmap for how we might all make it through the bleakest of times unscathed. Christopher Ryan expertly integrates social commentary into his narrative with a style reminiscent of Richard Matheson and Rod Serling's best works." - Caseen Gaines, author of We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy and The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History "Through spry, humor-laced dialog, Ryan unfurls an Orwellian landscape pitting the fanatical president of a fractured, dysfunctional America uncomfortably close to our own against an unlikely hero who must ignore his own grief to rally a broken nation. Quick paced and provocative."-Mike Rogers, former Senior Editor, Library Journal Christopher Ryan earned his MA and Rutgers University's English Award for Highest Distinction in Literary Studies for his "master's thesis" - a first novel, City of Woe, which he published independently through his Seamus and Nunzio Productions company. The debut novel earned's first-ever "Book of Exceptional quality" and "Best New Voice (fiction)" honors from the Independent Book Publishers Association. City of Woe features detectives Mallory and Gunner, who have also been featured in its sequel City of Pain, and a prequel collection of short stories, City of Sin. He is currently planning City of Love, which will complete his modern urban re-interpreting of Dante's The Divine Comedy. He has also written a YA novel, Genius High, and is working on its follow-up, Perfect. Additionally, he is producing a line of illustrated children's detective books, The Ferguson Files.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index, 1992-1995

An International Subject and Author Index to History and Criticism

Author: Halbert W. Hall

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 1563085275

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 503

View: 5665


This ambitious work provides single-point, unified access to some of the most significant books, articles, and news reports in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Entries are arranged in two sections-author (subarranged by title) and subject-and may have up to 50 subject terms assigned. No other reference tool addresses the secondary literature of this fast-growing and dynamic field with such in-depth subject coverage as this work, nor approaches its breadth of coverage. Aimed at academic libraries, large public libraries, some school and medium-sized public libraries, and individual scholars, this index supplements Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index: 1985-1991 (Libraries Unlimited, 1993) and Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index: 1878-1984 (Gale Research, 1987).

Building Bangalore

Architecture and Urban Transformation in India’s Silicon Valley

Author: John C. Stallmeyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136903984

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

View: 8831


Examining spatial transformations in Bangalore, one of India's fastest growing cities, this book highlights the influence of information and communications technology (ICT) development on the city. Focusing on the production of urban space and the processes that inform such production, the author proposes that Silicon Valley, California has become a globalized model for the production of ICT urban development. The book presents a history of Bangalore's urban development and the emergence of the ICT industry there. Using this historical analysis and the geography of ICT development, the author identifies several case study areas where ICT development is transforming the built environment. Building on this analysis, the author goes on to suggest that the development in Bangalore over the last 20 years represents a type of informational cascade, and that the case studies illustrate that local information alters the course of ICT development and has the potential to overturn this cascade. This in turn could lead to a more sustainable urban future, one that profits from the city's regional advantages. The transformations taking place in Bangalore are occurring in many cities that are competing in the new informational economy. This book makes an important contribution to studies on South Asia as well as Architecture and Urban Studies.