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  • Jen Harper 2:30 pm on 2016/07/29 Permalink
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    Extend the Magic: Gift Ideas for Harry Potter Fans 

    It’s finally here! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II arrives this weekend, and Barnes & Noble is throwing a huge party to celebrate the wonder of the wizarding world! We’re inviting readers everywhere to join us for a series of events and activities leading up to the midnight release of the new book, and continuing throughout the next day. All Muggles, witches, and wizards are welcome—so grab your wand, wear your house colors, and head to your local B&N store for games, giveaways, trivia, and more!

    And if you’re looking to extend the magic, check out our list of gift ideas sure to cast a spell on every Potter fan in your life.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
    This one is a given. The tale of the Boy Who Lived continues in this eighth original Harry Potter story—the first to be presented as a stage play, premiering in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. Set 19 years after the conclusion of the final book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the new story finds Harry now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three children. And his youngest son, Albus, is struggling with the weight of his family’s legacy, as both father and son are forced to face some unfortunate dark truths in this highly anticipated release.

    Harry Potter: The Character Vault, by Jody Revenson
    The ultimate Harry Potter fan should have the ultimate encyclopedia focused on the characters’ transition from books to film. The Character Vault offers just that, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the key players were developed from J.K. Rowling’s stories and brought to life theatrically. The book includes a profile on each character with design sketches and photographs of their costumes, wands, and other iconic props. Interviews with special effects experts, costume designers, makeup artists, and the cast round out the compendium.

    Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond, by Jody Revenson
    Feel like you know places like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley as well as your own neighborhood? You’ll become a true local with this volume about all of the memorable places in Harry Potter’s world. The book takes readers through the enchanting sets and real-life scouting locations across England, Wales, and Scotland that later became the settings of Hagrid’s hut, Shell Cottage, the Hogwarts bridge, and more. With beautiful full-color photos and concept art, this book makes for a magical addition for any Harry Potter collection.

    Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault, by Jody Revenson
    A lot of talent went into making the Harry Potter movies, and not a detail was overlooked when it came to portraying this world on film—and that includes every last piece of enchanted candy, flying broom, potion bottle label, and Golden Snitch. In order to realize all of these important artifacts, a team of talented graphic artists, prop makers, and craftspeople took their tasks very seriously, paying attention to the smallest of details. The Artifact Vault memorializes their work with art and design concepts, full-color photographs, and more magical filmmaking secrets.

    Harry Potter Artefact Box
    Fans of the Harry Potter books and films will always hold the memories of these magical tales in their hearts, but it’s also nice to be able to hold some artifacts in your hands as well. With the Harry Potter Artefact Box, you can do precisely that. Harry’s box includes his Hogwarts acceptance letter, a Sirius Black wanted poster, and a Quidditch World Cup ticket, among other key items. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger[EAN link to come] have their own separately sold boxes of artifacts, which respectively include things like a Gryffindor uniform stitched crest and a Gilderoy Lockhart signed photo.

    POP Rides: Harry Hogwarts Express Engine
    Every true Harry Potter fan knows that Hogwarts students typically arrive at the school via the Hogwarts Express, which leaves from Platform 9¾ of London’s King’s Cross Station. So it makes sense that this stylized vinyl Harry Potter POP figurine would roll up in the Hogwarts Express engine. Hermione’s figurine comes with a Hogwarts Express Traincar, and Ron’s comes with the Hogwarts Express Carriage. All aboard!

    Harry Potter Illuminating Wand
    According to Mr. Ollivander, the wand chooses the wizard. But now you can have a bit of magical control by selecting one of these enchanting Harry Potter–themed wands. With the Harry Potter Illuminating Wand—made of porcelain and wood—or the all-porcelain Hermione Granger Illuminating Wand, you won’t even have to say, “Lumos maxima!” to produce light from the wand’s tip (thanks to the magic of batteries). And the Remote Control Wand allows you to control music, TVs, DVD players, and more with just a flick of the wrist. Professor Flitwick would be so proud.

     
  • Joel Cunningham 8:00 am on 2016/07/21 Permalink
    Tags: #GetPopCultured, , comic convention collectibles, funko pops,   

    Comic Convention Collectibles at Barnes & Noble—Get ‘Em While They Last 

    It’s finally here—the day rabid collectors everywhere have been waiting for: We’re finally ready to show the world this year’s assortment of limited edition Comic Convention Collectibles, now available from Barnes & Noble…provided you act fast!

    For the past several years, we’ve debuted a collection of impossible-to-find items from your favorite pop culture brands, including Funko and Diamond Select Toys. Impossible-to-find, that is, unless you visit one of the major comic book conventions—or head to your local Barnes & Noble or BN.com. From addictive Funko Pops! to high-quality figurines for true aficionados, these enviable items all have one thing in common: they’re sure to sell out fast.

    Without further ado, browse this year’s selection or make haste to the nearest Barnes & Noble, and claim your favorites before someone else does.

     
  • Ross Johnson 3:00 pm on 2016/07/20 Permalink
    Tags: #GetPopCultured, , , marvel   

    Marvel-ous Gift Ideas for Comic Book Readers 

    Whether you’re a fan of the comics, graphic novels, or movies, Marvel’s everywhere these days, and Barnes & Noble’s Get Pop Cultured month is no exception. On August 6, we’re celebrating everything that’s awesome about Marvel with a day of events and giveaways, not to mention an irresistible buy two, get the third free sale on all Marvel comics and graphic novels from July 25-August 7.

    If you’re still looking for more Marvel-ous gift ideas for comic readers, look no further than the books and figurines below. Excelsior!

    Civil War, by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines
    You’ve seen the movie! Possibly five times! Whether you’re Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you’ll want to go to the source material for Captain America: Civil War with the graphic novel that sees the heroes of the Marvel Universe going head-to-head. A lot of comic book mega-events promise major consequences, but Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s drastically altered the superhero landscape, upending the status quo and setting the stage for years worth of stories.

    Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 1: Baby Talk, by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez
    Having a little spider in the oven hasn’t done a single thing to slow down Jessica Drew, private investigator and superhero. Her sidekicks Ben Urich and Porcupine, however, are absolutely determined to keep her from going overboard with the fighting and sleuthing. Unfortunately for Jess, though, she’s going to have to put all of her skills to the test when she winds up kidnapped and taken to an outer-space maternity hospital run by the Skrulls. Super career and a family? If anyone can pull it off, it’s Jess.

    Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
    Ms. Marvel kicked off a whole new wave of female superheroes at Marvel, and done so with much the same mix of teen angst and exploration that Spider-Man brought to the table decades ago. The book has been groundbreaking not just for featuring a young, Pakistani-American teenager behind the mask, but for bringing a sense of real joy and adventure to a world where the heroes are all-too-often dark and intense. Kamala Khan is a fully realized teenager (who just happens to have shape-changing superpowers) in a series in which growing up is at least as tough as facing down the bad guys.

    Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, by Adam Bray and John Sazaklis
    So you think you know everything about the Marvel U? What about Puddlegulp, the frog who wielded the power of Thor? Can you name all of the colorful and delicious flavors that Hulks come in? This isn’t just a dry reference manual, it’s a book of fun facts, weird anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes details: the who, what, where, why, and huh? of Marvel Comics.

    Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall!, by Tom Angleberger
    Never have circumstances been quite so dire for our erstwhile Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket and Groot. Having survived a deadly swarm of outer-space piranhas, our heroes find themselves stranded on a world of dry cleaners and nail salons where customer service is taken to obsessive heights. And do not stop to use the restroom. The whole place is infested with toilets that love to dine on raccoon meat. Luckily, they’re joined by Veronica, the sentient tape dispenser, on a wild, all-ages, adventure to the weirdest corner of the Marvel U.

    Black Widow Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl
    Black Widow might not have scored her own movie (yet), but she’s definitely the star of this new YA novel. Former spy and assassin Natasha Romonov had primed to kill Ivan Somodorov, the man who created the “Red Room” program that created the Black Widow and turned other Russians into heartless spies. Instead, she rescued young Ava from an explosion that transferred some of Natasha’s abilities to the young girl. Years later, Ivan is coming for Ava and Natasha, two women who will have to decide if the cost of revenge is too high.

    Iron Man MK45 ArtFX Statue
    This is a high-quality statue representing Iron Man himself (aka billionaire industrialist Tony Stark) in the Mark 45 armor that debuted during the climax of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Aside from being really pretty, he’s got his repulsors at the ready, and is set to defend your shelves, desk, or playroom from a horde of attacking Ultrons.

    Black Panther Fine Art Statue
    He’s not new to comics fans, but this spring’s Captain America: Civil War made T’Challa of Wakanda a breakout star among filmgoers. He’s a brilliant scientist, leader of the world’s most technologically advanced nation, and heir to a power handed down through the generations. Oh, and a global superhero and Avenger. This gorgeous statue has him crouched and ready to strike in his vibranium outfit and Panther amulet.

    Beast ArtFX+ Statue
    Sure, the Avengers get all the love these days, but there’s an equally venerable team in Marvel history, whether on the page or the screen. This finely detailed 1/10 scale stature represents Hank McCoy, the furry blue Beast, one of the X-Men’s founding members; a mutant who is as strong and fearsome as he is brilliantly intelligent.

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  • Ross Johnson 10:00 am on 2016/07/19 Permalink
    Tags: #GetPopCultured, , , DC,   

    Super-Powered Gift Ideas for Every DC Reader 

    The DC comic universe is full of heroes and villains (and plenty of characters that don’t quite fall into either group), We’re celebrating all of them during Get Pop-Cultured on Saturday, July 23.

    Your local Barnes & Noble is hosting a day of super activities for every DC fan. Show off your superhero skills with cosplay and coloring activities, and build your collection with a buy two, get one free offer on DC graphic novels. We’re also giving away a Harley Quinn & the Suicide Squad Special Edition Comic, featuring the anti-heroes from the upcoming Warner Bros. film, and you can pick up a chapter sampler of the DC Superhero Girls comic and a DC Essentials poster and bookmark set.

    Still looking for more? We’ve got books and toys for kids of all ages, and plenty for older fans too.

    Preacher Book One, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
    One of the seminal series from DC’s mature-reader Vertigo line, Preacher is an utterly insane series that’s now also a surprising hit TV show. Jesse Custer is a small-town Texas preacher who’d become disillusioned with his faith even before he became possessed by a force called Genesis, giving him the ability to make people do what he wants by simply telling them what to do. He sets off on a violent and bizarre tour of America with his pal Cassidy and girlfriend Tulip, searching for an absent deity and being hunted down by people who’d like to put his powers to much darker uses.

    Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
    Another controversial classic that’s definitely not for little kids, Moore and Bolland’s Killing Joke was a huge part of the 1980s revitalization of Batman that brought on a new day (or night) for Gotham’s crusading detective. The Joker commits his greatest, ugliest crime as a way to teach Batman that anyone can go mad under the right circumstances, leading the Batman on a hunt that takes him to the Joker’s own dark soul. It’s here that we learn the Joker’s origin, maybe, and find that the line between hero and villain is shockingly thin.

    Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth (The New 52), by Adam Glass and Federico Dallocchio
    It’s a brand-new day for DC’s Task Force X, a team of villains and losers with powers who have been given the chance to make good—or at least to get their sentences reduced—by taking on some of the most dangerous missions imaginable. Harley Quinn, formerly the Joker’s best girl, but now a force in her own right, takes center stage on this new team alongside Deadshot and other faces that we’ll see in the upcoming movie. This book finds the Squad lost and imprisoned, tasked with keeping the secrets behind their operation and, maybe, coming out alive.

    Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society Series #1), by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen
    It’s not all doom and gloom for DC’s greatest heroes, or at least it wasn’t when they were in junior high. Diana, Bruce Wayne, and Clark Kent are all students at Gotham’s exclusive Ducard Academy, and even as kids they’re one heckuva team. Whether facing down bullies or investigating some very strange goings-on at school, the young Justice League members are still heroes. This all-ages book, geared toward younger readers, is a hybrid graphic novel with text, but also reports, maps, and emails.

    Batman Character Encyclopedia, by Matthew K. Manning
    I mean, sure, everybody thinks they know about Batman, but do you really know everything there is to know? This all-ages encyclopedia goes from A-Z, with more than 200 entries on the Bat’s best friends and nastiest enemies. The profiles are loaded with information, including statistics and annotations, as well as featuring art by some of DC’s most prominent artists.

    Wonder Woman at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls), by Lisa Yee
    Moving up a few grades, the DC Super Hero Girls finds some of the universe’s most iconic heroes and villains in high school. In this book, starring Princess Diana herself, the young Wonder Woman leaves Paradise Island for a place that’s a lot different: Super Hero High, home to budding young heroes. It’s like Hogwarts, but for people with superpowers. Everything’s looking pretty great, but Diana’s roommate, Harley Quinn, is broadcasting the princess’s embarrassing moments over social media, and a mystery bully is trying to get her to go home. It’s fun and accessible for young fans, and it’s nice to see the girls take center stage.

    DC Super Hero Girls Fashion Feature Doll
    Wonder Woman’s ready for action, and looking good in her rather trendy new outfit based on the DC Super Hero Girls series. Princess Diana is about way more than just appearances, though, so this figure has some cool action features, like a golden shield and lasso of truth. A button on her back activates lights and sounds…she even talks!

    DC Super Hero Girls Action Flying Doll
    Supergirl can fly, so why shouldn’t her action doll? This figure (based on the DC Super Hero Girls series) comes with a launcher that sends her through the air with a very graceful spin. She even has a long cape to complete the look. I mean, sure, you could just toss your regular dolls across the room, but this one’s actually meant to fly!

    DC Super Hero Girls Action Doll Playset
    So, you’ve gathered your team of Super Hero Girls. You’ve planned out some awesome adventures and come up with some really cool ideas. There’s only one question left: where are you going to play with them? All things being equal, a play set representing high school would probably not be all that popular. If you went to DC Super Hero High, however, it’d be a whole different story. This set based on the book series includes a flying contraption as well as a grappling hook and zipline.

    Batman Acrylic Tumbler
    Fighting crime is seriously thirsty work. You may have beaten the Joker, Cheetah, and Lex Luthor, but there’s one enemy you can’t outrun: dehydration. So, while you’re enjoying B&N’s Get Pop Cultured event, grab a Batman tumbler and get yourself something to drink. Whether shopping for cool stuff or saving the universe, you’ll be glad you did.

     
  • Brigid Alverson 8:45 pm on 2016/07/14 Permalink
    Tags: #GetPopCultured, , , , pokemon, pokemon tcg, pokemongo   

    Gift Ideas for Every Pokémon Trainer 

    It’s the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, and the franchise has never been more popular. The trading card game is hotter than ever, the video game series is going strong, and you’ve likely already bumped into someone on the street (literally) trying to catch ’em all on their phone. As part of Get Pop-Cultured, Barnes & Noble is getting in on the fun with a day celebrating your favorite gotta-catch-’em’all creatures. Come to your local B&N to snap a photo with a Pikachu and Charizard standee and learn trading card game strategies to aid you on your quest to become a Pokémaster. Plus, in stores only from July 16-29, get a bonus online code with purchase of a Pokémon Trading Card Game Product for $11.95 or more.

    Got PokéFever? Here are great gift ideas for every Pokémon Trainer.

    Deluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon) (B&N Exclusive Edition)
    Gotta catch ’em all—but how will you know if you have? This comprehensive guide includes facts and statistics on over 700 Pokémon. Updated and expanded from the 2012 edition, the new Deluxe Essential Handbook includes 64 pages of new information about the Kalos characters from thePokémon X & Y videogames, plus everything you need to know about the new Mega EvolvedPokémon. Twenty years on, the world of Pokémon is more complicated than ever before; this book is an indispensable tool for any Pokemon trainer.

    Mythical Shaymin Pin Box
    Shaymin is one of the elusive Mythical Pokémon. Its back is covered with green fur that looks like grass with pink flowers, so it blends in with the scenery—but when it transforms into its Sky Forme, it looks like a graceful reindeer. Shaymin are rare and seldom seen, but you can capture one for yourself with this special box, which includes a collector’s pin and a brand-new foil promo card, both featuring Shaymin, as well as two special Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs and a code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

    Pokémon Break Evolution Box
    Pokemon BREAK is a new way to boost your Pokémon by evolving in a new direction. Make a BREAK for it and power up your Pokémon with this box, which includes three brand-new promo cards featuring Pokémon BREAK, an oversize BREAK card, five booster packs, and a code card for the online game.

    Pokémon TCG: Red & Blue Collection
    Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon with an old favorite Pokéfriend: Charizard. This collection includes a brand-new foil promo card featuring Charizard-EX, four booster packs, a Charizard figure, a card holder and a code for the online trading card game.

     
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