Description : “This book is a wonderfully meticulous exploration into the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe phenomenon! Brian C. Baer has done a fantastic job!”—James Eatock, He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures; “How He-Man Mastered the Universe is an entertaining and insightful look into the He-Man franchise and its effect on later media franchises. Essential reading for anyone interested in reading about the evolution of the modern media franchise.”--Jess Nevins, The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4000-Year History of the Superhero; “Finally a comprehensive history of one of the greatest (if not the greatest) action figure line in the history of human civilization! Baer digs deep, and shows the influence of a hero who became much more than 5 inches of plastic.”--Tim Seeley, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Revival; “With his entertaining and informative look at the cultural significance of these ’80s action icons, Brian C. Baer has written a book for gamers and scholars alike that’s as colorful and fun as a classic cartoon.”—Telly Davidson, Culture War: How the ’90s Made Us Who We Are Today (Whether We Like It or Not). Elaborate cinematic universes and sophisticated marketing tie-ins are commonplace in entertainment today. It's easy to forget that the transmedia trend began in 1982 with a barbarian action figure. He-Man and the other characters in Mattel's popular Masters of the Universe toy line quickly found their way into comic books, video games, multiple television series and a Hollywood film. The original animated series (1983-1985) was the first based on an action figure, and the cult classic Masters of the Universe (1987) was the first toy-inspired live-action feature film. But it wasn't easy. He-Man faced adversaries more dangerous than Skeletor: entertainment lawyers, Hollywood executives, even the Reagan administration. The heroes and villains of Eternia did more than shape the childhoods of the toy-buying public--they formed the modern entertainment landscape.
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Description : SPACENOODLES COLORING BOOK II is the sequel to SPACENOODLES COLORING BOOK I currently for sale using Adobe downloads to a world wide ebook market. SPACENOODLES COLORING BOOK II is derived from the successful web site SPACENOODLES.COM which are FREE OUTER SPACE GREETING CARDS where children can learn interesting facts about our spectacular universe while having fun coloring in lovable outer space characters.
Description : A collection of fantastical short stories for your perusal: Vignettes on love, pigeons, and death, especially death. A lady divided on an existential quandary; there's a gun somewhere. A little boy and his ghost bird friend try to find a way home and intact. A physicist and her serial killer boyfriend. Two grannies outdoing each other over a magical purse.
Description : The master devil Lord Ketu has arrived on Earth with a mission: a mission to lead the planet to its end, the perfect end. While Ketu is busy building his army, there is a revelation happening someplace else, a revelation of truth by Guru Aumrauth Theven. A truth that will completely change our understandings and beliefs of the God, Life, our inception, purpose and the most important - working and dynamics of this great Universe. And all this is happening on Earth which bears the after marks of a war between Man and Machine. And it’s the crawling, unfortunate end of the planet that has made the governing forces of the universe take sides in order to preserve its ultimate creation—Life.
Description : THE CONCLUSION OF THE ACCLAIMED WEIRD WESTERN SERIES. For years the Rider, one of the last of an ancient Jewish order of astral travelers, has sought his renegade teacher Adon across the demon haunted American west. Now it is 1882. The Hour Of Incursion is here. The Great Old Ones, beings of immeasurable power from the roiling chaos before the dawn of Creation, are stirring in their ancient slumber. It is high noon for the entire universe. Seeking to rouse the Old Ones, Adon has gathered together the Creed - an army of fallen Hasidic mystics - and a host of dark allies including skinwalkers, necromancers, an undead master gunslinger, Lilith the Queen of Demons, and the Angel of Death himself. The Rider and Kabede, in a last bid to stop Adon, recruit their own band, including an unstoppable preacher more steam engine than man, an alien entity from the dawn of time, a young witch, and the enigmatic Faustus Montague, an angelic being from another universe. But Lucifer the master of hell watches from his capitol city, ready to commit his legions to the winning side. And he has an agent among the Rider's companions....
Description : Have you ever asked: Why do we exist? What is the purpose of life? Is there a God? Why do bad things happen to good people? Is there life after death? Was this world just created by chance or does it follow a plan? If you have pondered some or all of these mysteries, pick up this book. The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven explores these questions and more. You will find some surprising simple and logical conclusions. The authors explore universal truths, natural laws, and their implication in our lives, and find absolute responses to all the questions of faith, purpose, and our paths in life. Read it and decide for yourself if you agree with the evidence, logic and deductions of the authors. The Answer asks questions that resonate with all of us.
Description : I have often heard people express their wish that someone who has died would return to us and relate what the life-death-rebirth experience is really like. Well, someone has! This is exactly what Beethoven does in my third novel, Beethoven, Then and Now. Like Beethoven, each one of us is the proud possessor of a “human soul.” This clearly defined object is none other than our very own spiritual subelectron. Our physical hulk is only a pile of ashes; but our “soul” (spiritual subelectron) is unique, eternal, indestructible. Because of its high vibrations, Beethoven’s “soul” is immediately attracted to the third subelectronic ring of our First-Second-Order universe. Here it awaits rebirth via fusion with the spiritual subelectron of a Major-Order being within our Second-Order-Major universe. Paul Rezler (age seventeen) is the fortunate recipient of this unbelievable prize. He had awakened to the day at hand with his usual zero interest in music. Now (1827 Earth-time) he is the greatest Earth- musician yet to live. Try as Beethoven does, he cannot adjust to the Second-Order reality of corporate composers, not even to being the absolute leader of the Beethoven Corporation. He must be entirely on his own-- a single man vs. the world! Counselor Robinson does his best in selecting a Subsidiary culture which contains a “Vienna” as close as possible to the one which Beethoven had left behind upon his Earthly death. Within a month, our hero makes his translation and enjoys living where there’s not the trace of anything resembling a “musical corporation.” Sketches for new “third-period” works begin to flow: a piano sonata, a string quartet, a piano trio, a violin concerto, even some encouraging vibrations of Symphony 10. A handful of piano and violin students emerges, including an exceptional young lady named Anna Rosecranz, who is already a master of these instruments. Her musicianship is so strong that they soon fall in love and are married. How they enjoy performing concerts together! In time, as Beethoven works at his composer’s desk, she starts peering over his shoulder. She begs him for lessons in composition. He replies, “I compose, and AM NOT a teacher of composition!” This declaration does not frighten her away. As Beethoven fumbles and bumbles his way from sketchbook to finished score, Anna carefully watches each step of the process. Her comments are invaluable: Use a pedal-point here. Not so dissonant a chord.. Pure melody would fit here. Please, not so sustained. Too many notes in the melody. Avoid more of this rhythm. Two-voice counterpoint would do. Too much for the brass here. This use of strings is perfect. Thanks to Anna, Beethoven accomplishes the impossible. He realizes that he works far better with her help than without it. He now loves to share the very process which only yesterday had demanded his total aloofness. As if by magic, he is now prepared to return to Major-Order life as managing partner in charge of the Beethoven Corporation. But considering all that Anna has done for him, he cannot now simply go his own way. As a Subsidiary being, her lifespan is a mere 100 years, compared to his Second-Order-Major span of 1000 years. Being happily married, he plans to share life for the balance of her days. But Fate has his own plan for their lives—. After all their years of loving and sharing, Anna is “killed” in an automobile accident. When Beethoven returns to the Major Order, a super surprise awaits him. There stands Anna Rosecranz, a full Major-Second-Order being, with whom he can share the rest of their 1000 years in joyful creative activity. His first question: “On Earth, who were you, my dear?” Her reply causes our hero to faint for the second time in his entire Second-Order life!