Welcome to another newsletter from Telos Publishing. Time has a habit of getting away from us here at Telos Towers, and it seems that the last Newsletter was back in July! Where has the year gone!
Here’s details of the arrivals since last time:
The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 — 1979
by Paul Scoones
First launched in the pages of TV Comic in November 1964, the comic strip version of Doctor Who is just one year younger than the television series on which it is based. This is its story.
Zombies at Tiffany’s
But then events take a turn for the worse: men and women wander the streets talking of ‘the darkness’; bodies vanish from morgues across town; and random, bloody attacks on innocent people take place in broad daylight.
A steampunked novella of diamonds, chutzpah, death and horror from the blood-drenched pen of Sam Stone.
For the 50th anniversary ofDoctor Who, Telos Publishing is pleased to announce The Barry Newbery Signature Collection, a beautifully designed and presented, lavish, full colour, coffee-table book featuring many of Barry’s own photographs of his sets and designs. The book is annotated with Barry’s own descriptions and memories of the work he undertook, and includes some set designs and sketches as well as many never-before-seen photographs in black and white and full colour, all cleaned up and colour corrected by the book’s designer, Paul Smith (who created the fan project The Wonderful Book of Doctor Who 1965 last year).
Barry Newbery was the first set designer to work on the transmitted series of Doctor Who and is also one of the longest serving, his work featuring in stories spanning the eras of five Doctors across 20 years. He has designed adventures set around the world: from the Wild West, via Europe and the Middle East, to Dynastic China; and across the ages: from Man’s first fumblings with fire to the demise of the Earth billions of years in the future.
This book presents an extensive selection from Barry’s personal collection of photographs of his designs for Doctor Who ~ many published for the very first time ~ with insight into his ideas, influences and accomplishments in his own words. See Ancient Egypt, Renaissance Italy, volcanic Tigus, distant Karn and more exotic locations come to life through Barry’s meticulous and inventive designs.
Telos will be publishing this gorgeous, oversized, landscape 96 page book in two editions. There will be a paperback edition retailing at £24.99, and a deluxe, limited edition hardback at £39.99, which will come complete with a limitation signature sticker personally signed by Barry Newbery.
Copies can be ordered from Telos here: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=6#138
In October 1912, readers of The All-Story magazine were enthralled by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tale of John Clayton, an orphaned English lord given a simian upbringing in the African jungle who went on to reclaim his birth-right in civilisation while maintaining one foot in the savage land he had conquered. The character went on to appear in more than two dozen sequels by Burroughs as well as many adaptations.
This book traces Tarzan’s history in prose, film, comic strips, comic books, radio, stage, television, computer games and merchandise, charting the rise of one of the most popular and iconic characters in fiction. Included is the last ever interview with Danton Burroughs (grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs), plus exclusive comments from Michael Moorcock, Hugh Hudson, R A Salvatore and the oldest surviving screen Tarzan, Denny Miller, amongst many more. The book also examines the massive changes in public attitudes towards Africa, race, hereditary peers and wildlife conservation that may finally deal Tarzan the fatal blow that any number of sinister safaris and high priests of mysterious lost cities failed to.
A comprehensive exploration of one of the most famous icons of the last hundred years.
Copies can be ordered from Telos here: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=2#128
From its 1962 comicbook origins in The Incredible Hulk by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, director Ang Lee’s classic movie Hulk (2003), updates and reinvents the story of how scientist Bruce Banner is transformed into a giant rage monster, and becomes a new antihero for the 21st century.
As a neurotic human changes into an unstoppable beast, Hulkoffers a study of dysfunctional family relationships alongside tank-busting, helicopter- crashing mayhem, that results in a final confrontation of cosmic proportions. A unique aesthetic spectacle, and an extraordinary makeover for Hollywood blockbuster cinema, Hulk is an impressive screen adaptation of a comic-book rediscovering the enduring legacy of a green-skinned ‘superhero’ without a costume.
This book reviews the movie’s narrative complexity and its varied genre elements – including science fiction, tragic drama, action thriller, doomed romance, and modern fairytale – and studies the mythological references, realised by an artistically innovative editing style and groundbreaking visual effects.
A series of guides to some of the most talked-about films ever produced.From classics and acclaimed features to lesser-known or overlooked works, but all deserving of critical appraisal. Telos Movie Classics are the perfect way to gain a greater insight into the films you love.
Copies can be ordered from Telos here: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=2#127
Arriving next is the following title:
Whostrology: A Time Traveller’s Almanac
by Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair
Illustrated by Deborah Taylor
Whostrology is a book of daily readings, zodiac signs and explanations, and other Who-based astrological elements, designed to allow every Who fan to lead a life of peace and ordered calm.
This is an ideal Christmas book, quirky and fun, and perfectly illustrated by Deborah Taylor.
There’s a facebook page for it here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Whostrology
Copies can be ordered from Telos here: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=6#133
Hopefully before the end of the year, we will have a new edition of THE TELEVISION COMPANION available. This will be re-issued in two volumes as the original book was at the limit of what could be bound in a single book, and will have new covers by the very talented Iain Robertson. We are currently reviewing the content to ensure that any rogue typos and other errors are cleared up, and as soon as we have it ready to go, then ordering will be added to the Telos site.
The book is widely considered the ‘bible’ to the Classic series of Doctor Who, and so we’re delighted to be able to make it available once more to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show in 2013.
In other news, we’re pleased that Fantom Films have now released the final three audio-books in the Time Hunter range. These audios are tremendous, and the readers bring great life and vitality to the adventures in time and space of Honore Lechasseur and Emily Blandish. The final three are written by Dale Smith, R J Carter and Troy Riser, and George Mann and David J Howe.
They can be ordered from the Telos site here: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=1
Or there are download and multiple order discount offers available from the Fantom Films website here: http://www.fantomfilms.co.uk
Sam Stone’s acclaimed horror collection, ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS gets an audio release in time for Halloween from the good people at AudioGo. The stories in the collection are available individually or as a bundle, and are available on download from the AudioGo website (www.audiogo.com), Audible.com, and everywhere else that AudioGo’s products can be obtained from.
Watch out for a feature on the new Barry Newbery photograph book in a future edition of SciFiNow magazine …
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Until next time,
David, Steve and the Telos Team.