Our friends over at Titan Books have allotted a lovely, lovely assortment of amazing titles for this year's 12 Hours Of Christmas Giveaway. This may, in fact, be their strongest line-up yet - befitting an extraordinary year or releases which brought us some of Titan's finest work ever.
I've not seen every one of these books, but I've looked through a great many many of them and found them to be unerringly interesting...if not downright extraordinary...with special affection heaped upon their ongoing FLASH GORDON comic collection, their downright amazing TARZAN CENTENNIAL, their JAWS: MEMORIES FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD release, and their delightfully retro ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY reissuance. All the stuff of gooey Geekasm.
Other titles, like Olly Moss' SILHOUETTES FROM POPULAR CULTURE are extremely fun and clever diversions...and GREAT SHOWDOWNS is just plain cute. There's so much great stuff here...and we'd like to thank Titan, most profoundly, for making this opportunity possible for our readers.
SO HOW DOES THIS WORK??? PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!!!
Between now (12 PM NOON CST USA) and midnight (12AM CST USA) tonight - December 18, 2012 - we'll be giving away one title per hour.
The time frame of each title is specified on each book's listing below.
In each of those one hour blocks (12 one hour blocks = 12 hours of total contest), one very specific time of day has already been pre-selected.
Whoevers e-mail arrives at, or closest to, said pre-selected time of day will receive one (1) copy of the title being offered during that hour.
PLEASE NOTE that all times listed are CST (aka CENTRAL) USA. We will not be held accountable for any time zone conversion errors - there's a nifty global time zone converter device right HERE which should prevent any problems in this regard.
*** CONTEST IS OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL READERS ***
Only THREE (3) ENTRIES PER TITLE (PER HOUR). Failure to abide by this limitation will result in summary disqualification from the entire contest. This isn't meant to be douchey, but is instead an effort to govern some very aggressive contest bots which have overrun previous contests.
YOU CAN ONLY WIN ONE (1) BOOK DURING THIS CONTEST - although you can make a run at obtaining as many as you want (again, only three entries per individual per hour). However, if you happen to win more than once, you'll receive ONLY the earliest title you won.
*** Please place the title of the book of the hour in your subject line! ***
Each of these titles is also currently available in bookstores or via Amazon - clicking their cover will tell you more about them.
SEND YOUR CONTEST ENTRIES HERE ONLY!! IF YOU SEND 'EM TO MY PERSONAL AICN ADDRESS, THEY'LL BE SCRAPPED!!
With that...HAVE AT IT and ENJOY! Wishing you the very best of Holidays...
Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo (12 PM CST USA ---> 1 PM CST USA)
Continuing the comprehensive library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time, this brand new collection of library editions feature new restorations that will preserve these legendary adventures for generations. Starting with writer-artist Alex Raymond, this volume follows pulp hero Flash Gordon on the planet Mongo in his ongoing battles with the deadly and heartless Ming the Merciless.
The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion (1 PM CST USA ---> 2 PM CST USA)
The details of the plot are a closely guarded secret, though Joss himself has described it as “a straight-up, balls-out, really terrifying horror movie,” adding,"it is not just a slasher in the woods. It's a little more complicated than that..." This exclusive companion book features an extended interview with Joss and Drew, the full script, and over 150 photos and stunning pieces of production art.
Dark Shadows: The Visual Companion (2 PM CST USA ---> 3 PM CST USA)
Produced in close co-operation with Tim Burton and the production team, this lavish hardcover official companion volume to the film includes a Foreword by Johnny Depp and an Introduction by Tim Burton, alongside scores of photos, concept drawings and production designs, and interviews with the cast and crew.
NOTE: a Tim Burton-signed limited edition of this title is available via Titan's website HERE!!
The Cocktail Waitress (3 PM CST USA ---> 4 PM CST USA)
The lost final novel by James M. Cain. Following her husband’s death in an accident, beautiful young widow Joan Medford is forced to take a job serving drinks in a cocktail lounge to make ends meet. At the job she encounters two men who take an interest in her, a handsome young schemer and a wealthy but unwell older man who rewards her for her attentions with a $50,000 tip and an unconventional offer of marriage…
Tarzan The Centennial Celebration (4 PM CST USA ---> 5 PM CST USA)
Celebrating one hundred years of Tarzan, Titan Books presents the only official commemorative illustrated history of this worldwide phenomenon. The ultimate review of a century of Tarzan, lavishly illustrated and with fascinating insight into every element of Burroughs’ extraordinary legacy – from his first writings to the latest stage musical – this is an amazing collection of all things Tarzan.
Great Showdowns (5PM CST USA ---> 6 PM CST USA)
Han vs the green fellow. Chief Brody vs the very large shark. John McClane vs broken glass, and many, many more... Scott Campbell’s acclaimed Great Showdowns series, showing strangely good- natured confrontations between his favorite movie characters, finally gets the book collection fans have been demanding! With a Foreword by Neil Patrick Harris.
NOTE: A rather limited edition of this title, featuring a nice slip case, an autograph, and more can be found HERE on Titan's website.
Silhouettes from Popular Culture (6PM USA ---> 7PM CST USA)
Olly Moss has quickly become, according to Slashfilm, “one of the most in demand and influential pop culture artists today”. For his simple but brilliant first book, Olly has put his own twist on the Victorian art of silhouette portraits. While this gorgeous gift volume might look as if it’s from the 1890s, its pages contain today’s favourite cult characters from movies, TV, comics and videogames.
Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion (7PM CST USA ---> 8PM CST USA)
Joss Whedon’s importance in contemporary pop culture can hardly be overstated, but there has never been a book providing a comprehensive survey and analysis of his career as a whole - until now. Published to coincide with Whedon’s blockbuster movie The Avengers, it covers every aspect of his work, through insightful essays and in-depth interviews with key figures in the ‘Whedonverse’.
Alien - The Illustrated Story (8PM CST USA ---> 9PM CST USA)
Two of comics’ greatest talents joined forces in 1979 to bring Ridley Scott’s epic Alien motion picture to comics. Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition (released to coincide with Scott’s Prometheus) has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio — presenting for the very first time the definitive artist’s edition of the greatest sci-fi horror ever.
The James Bond Omnibus Volume 004 (9PM CST USA ---> 10PM CST USA)
The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting the second period of Jim Lawrence’s celebrated run in comic strip form! Includes nine of Bond’s most thrilling and dangerous missions: Trouble Spot, Isle of Condor’s, The League of Vampires, Die With My Boots On, The Girl Machine, Beware of Butterflies, The Nevsky Nude, The Phoenix Project and The Black Ruby Caper.
Hollywood Movie Stills (10PM CST USA ---> 11PM CST USA)
The story of the movie still is an integral part of the history of the great Hollywood studios in their heyday. This classic study describes the evolution of stills photography, and how it served the changing needs of the studios. The book is enlivened by comments from practitioners about their working methods and experiences, and illustrated by hundreds of rare and unusual photos.
Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard (11PM CST USA --->12 AM CST USA)
Packed with previously unseen photographs, and complete with a Foreword by Steven Spielberg, Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most impressive behind the scenes books ever produced, and is a must-have for the worldwide legions of Jaws fans who just can’t get enough of the greatest action-adventure picture of all time. Warning: You’re gonna need a bigger coffee table.