June 1, 2011 • Movies & Film, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Quirk is honored to be amongst the nominees in Melville House's annual Moby Awards, an awards ceremony that honors the best (and worst) in book trailers. Our Night of the Living Trekkies trailer, directed by Justin Lutsky of Epic Image Entertainment, has been nominated for Best Small House, and we couldn't be happier... or in better company!
The other Best Small House nominees include At the Tea Party (Laura Flanders), The Instructions (Adam Levin) The Orange Eats Creeps (Grace Krilanovich), and Tree of Codes from the always amazing Jonathan Safran Foer.
Visit their site and flip through all the other nominees and categories. And if you happen to be in Brooklyn tomorrow night, go to the event!
May 23, 2011 • ZombiesAh, Book Expo America. Three days, tons of publishers, hundreds of authors and a whole lot of swag. As I type this post, Quirk is busy setting up our booth. We're at booth #4428, right near our BFFs Random House.Over the course of the next few days, a majority of the Quirk team will be meeting and greeting eager fans and potential partners at our booth. Stop by anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday to meet some of our editors, dish out your book blog's business cards to the marketing & publicity crew, get sage bits of wisdom from our sales folks, or hand out your design portfolio to our art team. Someone from each department will be there. I'll also be attending the Book Blogger Convention on Friday. Say hi, let's be friends.
May 20, 2011 • Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Zombies
Great. I already spend way more money than I should on t-shirt websites like Threadless, Teefury, Ript Apparel and Woot's daily t-shirt deal site. Now I've got Seventh Ink to add to that list, thanks to this hilarious Night of the Living Bread t-shirt.
"Look out, legions of Zombie Bread are walking the earth! They seek Graaaaains and no toaster or butter knife can stop them. Tagless and printed on American Apparel."
Yup, sold. Learn more about the clothing line, here.
May 18, 2011 • Handbooks: Pop Culture, Movies & Film
When Melissa brought this video to my attention the other day... there might have been tears from all the laughter. Despite Andy Samberg and his crew's extreme disapproval in the video, there is no denying that Bolton's hook was, indeed, as "big and sexy" as he promised. I found myself whistling it on the way to work, out at lunch, while writing pitch emails, etc. I just can't get away from it. Hell, I can't get enough of it. So, like any good blogger, I went to the Internet to get even more.
Warning: Kinda NSFW, Put On Headphones
And behold, Tumblr had exploded with animated Michael Bolton .gifs, showing the legendary musician at his comedic best.
To celebrate the video the entire Quirk office has come to love, I've posted my top ten animated .gifs from all wakes of the Tumblrsphere. If you think you can make one that's better, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your .gifs! I'll repost my three favorites and send the creators a copy of the Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook... which I seriously need to get into Bolton's hands. There has to be a way.
"Rollin' up..." via KatieB1013
May 17, 2011 • Comics, Crafting, Handbooks: Superheroes
I love stopping by Robin Klinger’s desk. Sure, most of the time she’s busy handling subsidiary rights and selling our books to folks overseas. But when she isn’t swamped with that sort of thing, she’s taking strolls to Old City Coffee, planning her next epic vacation, and, perhaps most importantly, filling up the candy jars that sit in our lobby.
The candy jars, which range in appearance from a saxophone playing M&M to a magic yellow school bus, are almost always packed to the brim with Tootsie Pops. And now, thanks to Zakkalife, we can decorate the hell out of them, superhero style. Check out those capes and masks!
Thanks for the link, Alicia!
May 11, 2011 • Cats, Fiction
We teamed up with our good friend Justin Lutsky over at Epic Image Entertainment for another fantastic book trailer. You might remember Justin from such book trailers as Night of the Living Trekkies. Watch as he brings poor Gregor Samsa to life.
The video has already found its way to Entertainment Weekly, I Can Haz Cheezburger, Neatorama, Mental Floss, Galley Cat, NY Mag, and Geeks of Doom! Thanks to everyone who has covered it, and to all of you who continue to share it.
Check it out below!