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release date: Oct 30, 2007
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The Complete Persepolis
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
release date: Nov 17, 2017
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Adult Coloring Book : Stress Relieving Designs Animals, Mandalas, Flowers, Paisley Patterns And So Much More
OVER 60 PAGES! UNIQUE, RELAXING DESIGNS TO COLOR! 
Largest Adult Coloring Book Ever!​
  • Various Levels Of Intricacy Keeping You Excited And Engaged For Hours!
  • Garden Designs, Animals, Mandalas, and Paisley Patterns
  • Each Coloring Page Is Designed To Help Relax And Stay Inspired
  • Perfect For Every Skill Level
  • Perfect With Your Choice Of Coloring Tools (Crayon, Gel Pens, Markers, Colored Pencils)
  • Each Coloring Page Is On One Sheet. Printed One Sided. 
  • This Book Is HUGE!!! Largest Collection Of Artwork In One Book For A VERY Low Price!
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release date: Jun 19, 2018
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The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia
This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD. Make sure to check out the other installments in this unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise with the New York Times best selling The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. Also look for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- Creating a Champion for an indepth look at the art, lore, and making of the best selling video game!

A comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! This, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

An exhaustive compendium of everything from the first 30 years of The Legend of Zelda.

An expansion of information from The Legend of Zelda timeline.

Rare development sketches of your favorite characters.

An extensive database of items and enemies.
release date: Sep 18, 2018
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DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman
Explore the powers of DC Comics' greatest characters like never before through stunning anatomical cutaways and in-depth commentary from the Dark Knight.

Concerned about the threat that so-called “metahumans” may pose to the world, Batman has begun compiling a detailed dossier on their incredible physiology and abilities. From villains like Killer Croc, Bane, and Brainiac, to Batman’s own comrades, including Superman and Cyborg, the file brings together the Dark Knight’s fascinating personal theories on the unique anatomical composition of these formidable individuals.

This stunning and unique book delves into the incredible abilities of DC Comics characters like never before. Using beautifully illustrated anatomical cross sections depicting twelve different DC characters, the book, told from Batman’s unique perspective, will explore how these “metahumans” physical makeup differs significantly from that of the average person. From detailed theories on how Superman’s eyes shoot heat rays to an in-depth exploration of how Aquaman is able to breathe under water, the book delves into the deepest secrets of these classic characters. Also featuring chapters on the anatomy and abilities of Doomsday, Aquaman, Swamp Thing, Darkseid, Martian Manhunter, and more, this one-of-a-kind book will change the way you look at metahumans forever.
release date: Oct 10, 2017
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Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days
A contemporary paint-every-day watercolor guide that explores foundational strokes and patterns and then builds new skills upon the foundations over the course of 30 days to create finished pieces.

This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book's fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light.
release date: Aug 02, 2018
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Country Farm Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book with Charming Country Life, Playful Animals, Beautiful Flowers, and Nature Scenes for Relaxation

Relax with peaceful meadows, farmyard animals, and rustic settings in this charming coloring book from bestselling publishing brand, Jade Summer.

Our Country Farm Coloring Book takes you on a wonderful adventure into rural life. Packed with beautiful country scenes and serene landscapes, you’ll discover an array of entertaining illustrations to color. Each page features a delightful drawing, waiting to be washed with your favorite hues. Put your own interpretation on each picture and create a spectacular collection of masterpieces.

Our Country Farm Coloring Book fuses traditional farm life with the romantic countryside. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy using your artistic skills to bring each scene to life.

  • Jade Summer books have 5,000+ 5-star Amazon Reviews. Discover what makes Jade Summer one of the premier adult coloring book brands and a frequent best-seller on Amazon. Explore the entire Jade Summer collection of 75+ coloring books and find the perfect book for your next coloring adventure.
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  • Beautiful, Fun, and Relaxing Coloring Pages. Our incredible coloring pages will empower you to create masterpieces and release your inner-artist. Every page you color will pull you into a relaxing world where your responsibilities will seem to fade away…
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  • 25 Unique Images | 2 Copies of Every Image | Single-sided Pages. You get an extra copy of each image in case you make a mistake, want to color the image a second time, or have an extra to share with a friend. Every image is placed on its own black-backed page to reduce the bleed-through problem found in other coloring books.
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  • This book includes a FREE digital edition. You can download the entire book and print pages as many times as you want!
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  • Become part of the Jade Summer community. Our fun, friendly, and supportive community on social media is an outstanding way to view completed pages from other Jade Summer fans, meet other colorists, share your masterpieces with the world, and participate in making future coloring books (including exclusive access to pre-release artwork).

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release date: Jan 27, 2015
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Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman)

See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more. Rothman’s whimsical illustrations are paired with interactive activities that encourage curiosity and inspire you to look more closely at the world all around you. 

release date: Dec 01, 1990
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Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art)
John Berger’s seminal text on how to look at art

John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has.

"The influence of the series and the book . . . was enormous . . . It opened up for general attention to areas of cultural study that are now commonplace." —Geoff Dyer

"Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of the professional art critics . . . He is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation." —Peter Fuller, Arts Review
release date: Jul 24, 2018
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Botanical Line Drawing: 200 Step-by-Step Flowers, Leaves, Cacti, Succulents, and Other Items Found in Nature
From the artist behind the popular Pigeon Letters website, an easy, no-skills-necessary guide to drawing flowers, leaves, and cacti with 200 step-by-step prompts.

Line drawing is an easy-to-master art form featuring illustrative, doodle-like designs. It's used widely among artists of many types with both fine and bold lines, creating different variations. Botanical Line Drawing teaches you how to start with the simplest doodles, building into more elaborate, delicate illustrations. This book focuses on the extremely popular subject matter of the natural world and includes flowers, leaves, succulents, houseplants, trees, branches, mushrooms, and more. These simple line drawings will allow you to branch out and have fun with your own personal style, as well as inspire you to add flourishes to other projects.
release date: Jun 19, 2018
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The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition
The Legend of Zelda(TM) is one of the most successful franchises of all time with nearly twenty video games and thirty years of history, but it all started with a gold cartridge...

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition honors the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside.

The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. The details are embossed and debossed. It has gold gilding on the top and foredge, with black gilding on the bottom. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it!

A comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! This, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

Celebrate over thirty years of The Legend of Zelda with a heartfelt homage to the origins of this legendary franchise!
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