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Sometimes books and film collide, and exploring that intermingled world can be pretty rewarding. Here you’ll find the occasional look at movie tie-ins and interesting articles inspired by film-related books.

(Books) THE ART OF MONDO is the quintessential indie movie poster book

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The Art of Mondo book is a must-have for film and poster fans

The Art of Mondo is a relatively new book (released in October) from publisher Insight Editions, and it’s an essential coffee table staple for any film fan who also has an affinity for fantastic poster art. That’s my elevator pitch, and I’m sticking to it. I’ve had a copy of The Art of Mondo on my table for a little while now, and to be completely honest I’ve delayed sharing a sneak peek inside the book for three reasons.

First, Alamo Drafthouse, the theater chain and umbrella company responsible for Mondo, saw it’s CEO Tim League and others attempt to climb out of the sexual harassment cesspool before the book was released. That in itself is difficult to get around as a film fan, a movie blogger, and a supporter of the artwork Mondo consistently puts out.

Second, The Art of Mondo is a dense book that’s worth taking your time with. Each poster from Mondo is usually a masterpiece in its own light, so poring over every page is a must.

Third, I just haven’t been able to give Midroad Movie Review the attention it deserves these last few months, and that’s disappointing. As we near the end of the 2017, I’m making plans to give the site a facelift and hopefully find a heartbeat that I can use to bring it back to life.

But the goal of this post is to take a closer look inside The Art of Mondo–to appreciate the art of monstrous men for what is it, as Claire Dederer recently suggested in the Paris Review–if the controversy surrounding Mondo/Alamo Drafthouse is a challenge to sidestep. The Art of Mondo is more than a coffee tale art book, even if it is that, and each section offers a brief introduction from a contributor that highlights the company’s creation and progress through the years. There’s a history of Mondo buried in here, is what I’m trying to say, and both the art and the history of the company are worth digging into.

Ready to dive in? Take a peek inside the pages of The Art of Mondo after the jump.

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(Books) Add WONDER WOMAN: THE ART AND MAKING OF THE FILM to your art book collection

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Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film is the coffee table book for fans

DC Comics fans and big-screen universe defenders finally have a strong film to rally behind with Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins essentially hit it out of the park on the solid, one-small-step moonwalk for female directors front, with some outlets touting Wonder Woman’s success as a battle finally won and another glass ceiling finally broken. Regardless of how you feel about behind-the-scenes accomplishments, it’s safe to say Wonder Woman’s success is a DCU godsend, paving the way for wayward fans to rejoin the fold. All signs point to Jenkins returning for a Wonder Woman sequel, and fans young and old can’t seem to get enough of Gal Gadot’s blockbuster superheroine.

If you’re in that camp, proud of what DC has done and happy to support Wonder Woman as an old-made-new screen icon, you’ll want to get your hands on Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film from Titan Books. In true art and making of fashion, the book peeks behind the camera and teases movie magic from conception and production stages of the movie. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again–I’m a sucker for these art books, and I thoroughly enjoy flipping through the pages regardless of the movie just so I can see how those who made it happen went about their process and brought their vision to life.

Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film doesn’t break from formatting conventions in unpredictable ways, but it’s fun to see storyboards, costume designs, set piece creation, and all the in-betweens come together to craft a big-screen, big-budget blockbuster. Take a look inside the book, read a little bit more about what’s between the covers, and snag your copy of Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film after the jump.

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(Books) THE ART AND MAKING OF ALIEN: COVENANT and more from Titan Books

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More new Aliens tie-ins from Titan Books

Titan Books has published a respectable collection of various Alien/Aliens-themed novels, movie tie-ins, and fun printed companions to what many consider to be the only worthwhile xenomorph movies (1-4). Not only is the publisher putting out completely new Alien short stories from authors who helped create the extended universe on paper, but Titan keeps churning out making-of and behind-the-scenes art books for movies new and old within the canon. Their latest is The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant, which takes a deep dive into Ridley’s Scott’s newest film. But wait, there’s more. As a few cherries on top of the xenomorph sundae, Titan Books continues to release omnibus collections of handfuls of extended universe novels that have been written over the years, and The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume 4 drops later this month. If you’re a fan of the film franchise, the alien itself, the space setting, or the extended universe, you owe it to yourself to dig in to the Alien/Aliens offerings from Titan Books.

Take a peek inside The Art and Making of Alien: Covenant and order your copies of the first three The Complete Alien Omnibus books after the jump.

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(Books) Two new Xenomorph books just in time for Alien Day

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Alien: The Coloring Books and Aliens: Bug Hunt are musts for franchise fans

From the awesome folks over at Titan Books comes two new Xenomorph-filled books just in time for Alien Day! While Alien: The Coloring Book and Aliens: Bug Hunt are two very different books, both run the gamet through the Ridley Scott/H.R. Giger-created horror universe in new and exciting ways.

Alien: The Coloring Book is, as you guess, a coloring book that’s pages are filled with black and white illustrations from the first four films in the growing series. There may be a few abstract (but still awesome) renderings as well, but they’re all waiting for you to fill them in with graphic, eye-popping color.

Aliens: Bug Hunt is a brand new collection of short stories (18 in total) featuring the iconic movie monster in a number of new and movie-inspired scenarios. And again, both are available just in time for Alien Day, so pick them up and get your Xenomorph fix!

Read a short review and take a peek inside the pages of Titan Books‘ newest Alien/Aliens books after the jump.

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(Books) THE GREAT WALL art book and official movie novelization

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Take a peek inside The Great Wall: The Art of the Film book

The Great Wall is an example of negative hype and misinformation killing a movie before it ever got its legs, which is unfortunate. Regardless of the quality of the film itself, The Great Wall was doomed to fail for being everything it wasn’t, and it’s sad to see this one stir up controversy and essentially be forgotten so quickly. If you’re not familiar with the hubbub surrounding The Great Wall, the CliffNotes tell of a Chinese-funded and directed movie that was socially panned as a film guilty of whitewashing its cast with Matt Damon’s casting (even though the director made it clear the controversy was unfounded). After the initial backlash, it was all downhill. The movie was serviceable at best, but the real shame is that more moviegoers aren’t going to dig deeper to find the exceptional art book that was released to complement the film. I’ve got a growing collection of these art and making of books, and none quite captures the tone, texture, and cultural influence of its movie like The Great Wall: The Art of the Film. Whether you liked the movie or not, it’s worth finding a copy of this book and adding it to your own art and making of collection.

Take a look inside the book to see what makes it unique, and read a short review of the official novelization after the jump.

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