Comic & art book releases 18-19 May 2009

Flinch

Flinch (amazon.com)

Flinch is a collection of engaging stories by established and emerging creators, all playing on their interpretation of flinch. From facing the other within ourselves, to the tale of a prison inmate discovering what keeps him going to a handful of stories exploring traditional (and non-traditional) hauntings alike. With cover art by World Fantasy Award winning Shaun Tan, Flinch features stories from creative collaborations including: UK fantasy author James Barclay & Chris Bolton, Ray Fawkes & Anton McKay, Justin Randall & Chris Bones, International Horror Guild Award winner Terry Dowling & Skye Ogden and many more!

The Photographer, The: Into war-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
The Photographer, The: Into war-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders (amazon.com)

In 1986, French photojournalist Didier Lefèvre accompanied a team of Doctors Without Borders (DWB) traveling to Afghanistan during the war with the Soviet Union. It was his first assignment. His striking landscape photography documents their journey from Peshawar, Pakistan across the Hindu Kush mountains with a caravan of 120 donkeys, 20 horses and 40 armed guards. A donkey fell through the ice and was rescued; one unlucky horse groom was lost during a night crossing. When they reached their destination in northern Afghanistan's Yaftal valley, DWB set up a clinic on a windswept porch with a courtyard that served as an ICU and a nearby mosque as a recovery room. The first patient was a young boy who burned his foot in a bread oven--a common injury in Afghanistan.

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Dawn: The Worlds of Final Fantasy
Dawn: The Worlds of Final Fantasy (amazon.com)

There is only one Final Fantasy. Through more than a dozen wildly diverse adventures, from the release of the first game in 1987 to the most recent expansion on the story, the international influence of the game is legendary both inside the video-game industry and throughout popular culture. It is a tale of bold heroes and heroines, breathtaking landscapes and terrifying creatures. Through Final Fantasy, names like Luneth, Refia, Rosa Farrell, Cecil Harvey, and many others have become household names to millions of players across the globe. With two feature films, a host of action figures and apparel, posters, soundtracks, and more, the vast landscape, defined by the Final Fantasy storylines have all begun with the games, and for the first six games those worlds grew from the remarkable vision of one man: Yoshitaka Amano. Now, for the first time outside Japan, Amano and Square Enix, Inc. have permitted the artwork that inspired the designs of the Final Fantasy games to be published. In Dawn you will see the development of the first four games through Amano's paintings, detailed line art, and preliminary sketches. Plus, in a special afterward, you'll learn the genesis of this history-making collaboration.

These books should be appearing soon in comic shops near you. I encourage readers to support their local comic retailers whenever possible. Visiting comic shops is cool.

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