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With Further Ado #277: Holiday Gift Guide 2023  – Part 4

With Further Ado #277: Holiday Gift Guide 2023 – Part 4

It’s time for our last round for the annual With Further Ado Gift Guide! Prepare to be amazed at even more treasures for you to gift to your loved ones. Or to yourself. There’s no judgement on my end.

The Wicker Man : The Official Story of the Film
By John Walsh

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Titan Books
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1803365084

I love the old Hammer Films, especially the ones that starred Christopher Lee as Dracula And for people like me, there’s a lot to like about a book that focuses on a lost classic like The Wicker Man. This 1973 film has always had a mystique about it. The old Cinefantastique magazine even proclaimed it “the Citizen Kane of Horror Films”.

Distributed by British Lion Films (just before they were taken over by EMI) The Wicker Man has a fascinating history. Author John Walsh brings it all to light in this book, subtitled as “The Official Story of the Film.” Titan Books, as usual, has published another gorgeous, epic book stuffed with wonderful images and cinematic history that leaves you eager to learn more.


Vintage Crime Comics Calendar
Classic Pre-Code Crime Comic Book Art

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With Further Ado #171: The Original Dracula is Back

With Further Ado #171: The Original Dracula is Back

The world changes quickly. It’s that time of year when Americans unite on the one thing they can all agree upon – to decry the early blitz of holiday marketing.  But it’s inevitable; Halloween gets swept away quickly and it’s Christmas time again – with just a passing nod to Thanksgiving.

But one holiday campaign, a celebration of that spooky stop motion classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas, reminds us that Halloween and Christmas “kind of” go together. Just like the way that Tokyo Pop and Cracker Barrell “kind of” go together with this wonky promotion. It turns out that Cracker Barrel will be distributing copies of a manga retelling of this story.

So, with all that in mind, I rationalize that its entirely appropriate to shine the spotlight, in a November column, on a new spooky book: Dracula: The Original Graphic Novel.

This one is the latest from Vanguard publishing, and it’s a beauty.  Dracula: The Original Graphic Novel is an impressive re-presentation of the 1966 Dracula Graphic novel by Otto Binder (with Russ Jones & Craig Tennis) and Alden McWilliams.

Publisher J. David Spurlock and Vanguard have done it again.  Dracula: The Original Graphic Novel presents this material in lovingly timeless fashion. Each illustration is big and bold, with plenty of room to marvel at the art. Too often, I find, when reading comic strips, I can buzz through them too quickly.  Keeping up with the story can take precedence over drinking in the artwork.

Thankfully, this book almost seems to whisper, “read it slowly” and “enjoy it thoroughly”. Continue reading “With Further Ado #171: The Original Dracula is Back”