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Out this week: Comic Sketch Book – A Course For Comic Book Creators

Petr Kopl is one of the most prolific and most experienced commercial comic creators in Europe. Petr’s “Scandal In Bohemia” Sherlock Holmes won the Comic Book of the Year Award in his native Czech Republic, and Peter’s comics have been translated into several languages. Petr also organises educational programs, workshops and lectures around the world. This book was successfully tested in workshops in Egypt for example. In this sketchbook, he shares his experience, methods and tricks he uses in his own comic books. This is a complete guidebook for cartoonists and scriptwriters.

The sketchbook includes procedures and instructions on how to create your own hero and many other characters step by step. You will discover the rules of comics and various character archetypes. You will find out how body language works and why it never rains in the hero’s face. You will learn how to draw bubbles and sounds, and how to create a story and write a script. You will gain basic knowledge about publishing comic books and valuable advice regarding negotiating with publishers, and much more. The book includes several tasks to practice your cartooning skills. The book covers the step by step of creating a comic book including:

  • Character development
  • Emotion expression
  • Animals in comics
  • Expressive Sounds
  • The dynamics of movement

Comic Sketch Book is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USA,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out today – Return to Reichenbach

When a half-naked man is found gibbering on the moor, Sherlock Holmes uncovers a series of bizarre murders. At their heart lies a shadowy figure known only as The Sorcerer. He can talk to the dead, they say. He can bend any will to his own. Even a will as formidable as the detective’s. The investigation leads from Dartmoor to Ireland and, ultimately, back to one of the most terrifying scenes of his career. Can Holmes survive the Reichenbach Falls a second time? From the author of A Biased Judgement: The Sherlock Holmes Diaries 1897, Return to Reichenbach is the third in the Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice series.

Return to Reichenbach is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo and Nook.

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Help needed!

Help needed! Noted Sherlock Holmes author, David Ruffle would like some views, whatever they may be, on the subject of the ‘Lizzie Borden murders’ to be published in a new Holmes adventure where he is asked to look into the case. Please feel free to email me on lymelight53@aol.com. Thank you.

 

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Of the thousands of images of Benedict Cumberbatch author Lynnette Porter has chosen this one for her performance biography of the actor which comes out in June.

"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" Premiere - 68th Venice Film Festival

Of the thousands of images of Benedict Cumberbatch author Lynnette Porter has chosen this one for her performance biography of the actor which comes out in June. A leading designer has been chosen for the cover which the publisher’s say will be “very special and a unique concept”. 

Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition has been described by the author’s agent Uwe as ‘a labour of love’ with a quite incredible attention to detail. Porter has published several very heavily researched books to date, and this one runs to 350 pages. Certainly one for the more serious Cumberbatch fans. Porter is a big fan herself and fans can look forward to a positive review of his prolific career.

Steve Emecz from publishers MX Publishing comments “We’re used to producing some of the most detailed biographical works in the Holmes world, including the Chronology of Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Norwood Author which won the 2011 Howlett Award (Sherlock Holmes book of the year) and we had to be sure that Lynnette’s book was highly detailed and accurate. We weren’t disappointed. This is a very special piece of work and one we are very pleased to be publishing. The book covers his career to date, so whilst there is some Sherlock, there is much more in there”.

The publishers have opened up a Facebook Page today where fans will be able to see exclusive extracts from the book, take part in competitions and ask the author questions. The foreword for the book will be provided by a famous special guest from the world of Sherlock Holmes.

 

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Top 10 MX Sherlock Holmes books on Nook – 18th January

Watson’s Afghan Adventure by Kieran McMullen at the top of the top 10 MX Publishing Sherlock Holmes books on Nook Books today.

#407,370  Watson’s Afghan Adventure

#557,937  The Case of the Grave Accusation A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

#568,206  Baker Street Beat

#588,073  A Case of Witchcraft

#655,280  Barefoot on Baker Street

#736,252  Bertram Fletcher Robinson – a Footnote to the Hound of Baskervilles

#742,817  Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

#1,042,261  Murder In The Library

#1,067,008  Shadowfall a novel of Sherlock Holmes

#1,137,739  In Search of Dr Watson

For a full listing of Nook Holmes books check out the Sherlock Holmes Nook Books page on Pinterest.

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Top 20 Sherlock Holmes Books on Kindle – 11th January

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage by Mike Hogan at the top of the top twenty MX Sherlock Holmes books on Amazon Kindle USA today.

#67,916  Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston The Deadwood Stage

#77,521  Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Edinburgh Haunting

#123,259  Baker Street Beat

#124,552  Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Snowman

#169,688  The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

#189,312  Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Bulgarian Codex

#211,938  Sherlock Holmes and The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden

#214,743  Sherlock Holmes Have Yourself a Chaotic Little Christmas

#223,167  Shadowfall

#232,688  The Outstanding Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

#248,959  Sherlock Holmes and The Lyme Regis Trials (Lyme Book 3)

#251,527  The Real Sherlock Holmes

#255,299  Holmes Sweet Holmes  (Sebastian McCabe novel 2)

#267,044  Holmes and Watson End Peace

#280,473  Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania

#310,682  No Police Like Holmes  (Sebastian McCabe novel 1)

#325,230  Murder in the Library

#345,224  The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

#352,164  Anomalous

#370,879  Sherlock Holmes at The Lyme Regis Legacy  (Lyme Book 2)

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Sherlock Holmes Kobo Books – December 22nd Top 10

Here is our weekly round up of the top ten Sherlock Holmes books as they stand from MX on Kobo Books:

#18  Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels

#29  Shadowfall a novel of Sherlock Holmes

#41  Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy

#44  The Outstanding Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

#54  Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula

#59  Lost Stories Of Sherlock Holmes

#62  The Real Sherlock Holmes

#63  Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire

#73   Sherlock Holmes: The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden

#88  Rendezvous at The Populaire A Novel of Sherlock Holmes

 

Much of the top 100 is various free versions of the original canon so some great performances from the above.

For a full listing of Kobo Holmes books check out the Sherlock Holmes Kobo Books page on Pinterest.

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Top 10 MX Sherlock Holmes books on Nook – 21th December

Barefoot on Baker Street by Charlotte Anne Walters at the top of the top 10 MX Publishing Sherlock Holmes books on Nook Books.

#368,182  Barefoot on Baker Street

#432,815  A Case of Witchcraft

#597,768  Watson’s Afghan Adventure

#676,319  Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

#730,512  Bertram Fletcher Robinson – a Footnote to the Hound of Baskervilles

#820,630  Shadowfall a novel of Sherlock Holmes

#991,330  Murder In The Library

#1,094,539  In Search of Dr Watson

#1,187,768  Rendezvous at The Populaire

A Chronology Of The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

For a full listing of Nook Holmes books check out the Sherlock Holmes Nook Books page on Pinterest.

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Sherlock Holmes Kobo Books – December 14th Top 10

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Here is our weekly round up of the top ten Sherlock Holmes books as they stand from MX on Kobo Books:

#47  Sherlock Holmes and The Lyme Regis Horror (2nd Edition)

#110 Sherlock Holmes and The Mystery of The Boer Wagon 

#113 Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Bulgarian Codex

#114 Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Edinburgh Haunting

#116 Sherlock Holmes and The Lyme Regis Trials

#169 Sherlock Holmes On The Air

#207 Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Jacobite Rose

#216 Bertram Fletcher Robinson – A Biography (co-creator Hound of The Baskervilles and close friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

#279 A Professor Reflects on Sherlock Holmes 

#300 Sherlock Holmes and The Terrible Secret

Much of the top 100 is various free versions of the original canon so some great performances from the above.

For a full listing of Kobo Holmes books check out the Sherlock Holmes Kobo Books page on Pinterest.

 

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New York City writer lifts the lid on the Mystery of Charles Dicken’s murder in his new novel

John Paulits has been writing fiction for over thirty years but rarely has his writing caused as much controversy as his latest novel – The Mystery of Charles Dickens. History records that on June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died of a cerebral haemorrhage. History, says Paulits, however, is wrong. June 9, 1870, is the day on which Emile de la Rue murdered Charles Dickens. His publishers have said that they’ve never had so many review copies requests – mainly from Dickens clubs and societies around the world.

The novel suggests that during a stay in Genoa in 1844-45, Charles Dickens, an accomplished mesmerist, used his mesmeric abilities to treat a young Englishwoman, Augusta de la Rue. He was  attempting to cure a years’ long malady of hers that included facial spasms and phantom-filled dreams. During her trances she revealed to Dickens a horrible truth she had long suppressed about her husband. Dickens, at that time, was helpless to act on the devastating admission, but twenty-five years later Emile de la Rue shows up in London, and Dickens finally seeks justice.

The introduction to the story describes the final four days of Dickens’ life.  The author, a Dickens scholar, explains how he came across a tucked-away John Forster (Dickens’ closest friend and first biographer) manuscript of a tale told him by Dickens–a tale of mesmerism and murder–and the old diary of Emile de la Rue, the man who murdered Charles Dickens.  Finally, since mesmerism plays such a crucial role in the story, a brief afterward gives a concise history of mesmerism and how it reached Dickens.

Paulits has won several awards for his fiction in the past. His science fiction novel HOBSON’S PLANET was an Eppie award nominee in 2009.  His children’s novel PHILIP AND THE BOY WHO SAID, “HUH?” won the Mayhaven Publishing Award for Fiction in 2000.  His children’s novel PHILIP AND THE SUPERSTITION KID was voted best children’s book of 2010 in a readers poll conducted by Preditors and Editors.

Paulits formerly taught elementary school in New York City and now writes full time. A born and bred Philadelphian, he lives in New York City and Brigantine, New Jersey. He is married and has one daughter.

The Mystery of Charles Dickens is available from all good bookstores including:

USA –   Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

UK  – Waterstones and  Amazon .

And in electronic formats including the Nook and Kobo.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Book Publishing

 

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