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Want proof? Check out these three books that the fine folks at Scholastic sent my way for review:

Star Wars: ABC
If you know me at all you know I’m not a Star Wars fan. Not only am I not a fan, but I haven’t even seen all of the original trilogy (I still can’t get through “The Empire Strikes Back.” I know, I know: “It’s the best one.” Whatever, it’s BORING!), let alone the three nightmares that followed over the last decade. But with that being said, this young-reader picture book is fun for kids. Each page features a letter of the alphabet along with a Star Wars visual comparison. You know: C is for C-3PO. E is for Ewok. You get the picture. Kids will eat it up, which is exactly why I gave it to my nephew. Hopefully he’ll enjoy it for the next few years and then move on to something else because, you know, N is for Nerd, and V is for Virgin.

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon 3-D Owners’ Guide
Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon may not be real but you wouldn’t know it based on this book. This interactive and technical guide peels away the Falcon layer by layer revealing the gadgets, gizmos and inner workings of the franchise’s best vehicle. Okay, that’s not entirely true because everyone knows the speeder bike is Star Wars’ coolest vehicle, but whatever. The book is geared toward younger kids, but because of its attention to detail it can be appreciated by people as old as the age of living-in-my-mom’s-basement-and-working-at-Wendy’s. The “3-D” in the title may be a little misleading; you don’t need a pair of red-and-blue glasses to enjoy the book. Instead, the Falcon is “built” down into the book in a three-dimensional way so that when you turn a page a layer of the vehicle is peeled off, revealing the next layer beneath. When I was a kid this would have impressed the hell out of me. Now, as a balding 33-year-old man… yeah, it’s still pretty fun.

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Doug TenNapel (creator of Earthworm Jim) is back with this original graphic novel that takes readers to the world of the dead. Let me set it up for you: Frank Gallows wrangles ghosts from the world of the living back to Ghostopolis. When one of his ghost busts goes wrong and Gallows accidentally brings a living child, Garth Hale, to the afterlife with him, he soon discovers that Hale possess special powers. Of course, this doesn’t bode well with the evil rulers of Ghostopolis. And then the real adventure begins! Unlike a lot of graphic novels today, Ghostopolis is a unique story that hasn’t been told before. TenNapel’s cartoon background brought this book to life for me, literally, as I could see many of the scenes playing out as if they were animated. (Don’t be surprised when that becomes a reality.) Similar in tone and look to his earlier OGNs (Tommysaurus Rex, Monster Zoo, etc.), TenNapel repeats his previous success with this interesting story of the afterlife.

S is for,

-Shady

NOTE: Before you read the post below, read this post.

Next summer, Silverline Books will release the hardcover, kid-friendly anthology “Fractured Fables” nationwide.

The anthology’s lineup is pretty fantastic, including all-new work from Bryan Talbot (“Alice in Sunderland”), Doug TenNapel (“Earthworm Jim”) and Ted McKeever (“Transit”), to name a few.

For some reason, they invited yours truly to take part in the anthology, too.

“Fractured Fables” is exactly that: Classic children’s stories and fairy tales taken apart, messed with, and put back together. I chose to do a twisted version of “Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” which artist Seth Damoose then illustrated. Longtime friend/collaborator Marla Campbell handled the coloring on the four-page story.

There isn’t a hard release date yet for the anthology, but an abbreviated preview will be available on Free Comic Book Day next year (Saturday, May 1st, 2010). “Rub-A-Dub-Dub” will not appear in the preview, but it’s still definitely worth picking up. Especially because it’s FREE!

It’s still a ways off, and I’ll be sure to promote the book more as we get closer to the release date, but they just sent out a press release so I thought I’d put the word out there now.

Oh, and did I mention that the cover was done by Mike and Laura Allred (“Madman Atomic Comics”)? Yeah, it was. Check it out below, and click on the image to see a larger version.

Fractured Fables

Messing with kids since I was one,

-Shady

Old Poop!