We’ve rounded up 10 books that highlight some of the most beloved and fascinating properties in pop culture, including Disney, Star Trek, The X FilesAnd Labyrinth. Scroll for ideas on what to wrap a gift for the sci-fi fanatic, film history buff, or even the budding photographer on your vacation list.
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The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdom and Beyond (Disney100 Celebration Edition)
Why we love it: Disney had a party its 100th birthday all year round with festivities that included an avalanche of commemorative products. This book by author and photographer Christopher Finch has become a classic for Disney fans since its original release in 1973, and it’s now available in a new revised, updated, and aesthetically enhanced version. According to publisher Abrams Books, it offers “a comprehensive history and homage to the career and legacy of Walt Disney” and “was the first to reveal the wealth of concept art, animation drawings and documents archives created during the animation. movies. »
Price: $100 Or buy: Abrams Books, Amazon
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: The Art of the Movie
Why we love it: Ramin Zahed’s official book looks at Sony Pictures Animation’s 2023 sequel, the second in the incredibly dynamic series that began with the 2018 Oscar winner. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Creating the dazzling array of characters and settings explored in the multiverse’s narrative was no easy feat, and this closer look at Through the Spider-Verse contains “exclusive concept art, sketches, character designs, and storyboards from the visually innovative film, as well as interviews with key creators such as writers/producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who offer insight into their creative process . » Discover an extract from the book here.
Price: $40 Or buy: Abrams Books, Amazon
Spielberg: the first ten years
Why we love it: Most directors don’t have a decades-long career filled with so many hits that it would take an entire volume to chronicle just “the first 10 years,” but Steven Spielberg isn’t most directors. The period covered in author and documentarian Laurent Bouzereau’s book (1971-1982) includes deep dives into now-classic films like Jaws, Encounters of the Third Kind, AND the alienAnd The Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Price: $70 Or buy: Insight Editions, Amazon
Dune, part one: photography
Why we love it: While sci-fi fans wait (and wait) for the next adaptation of Frank Herbert by Denis Villeneuve, Dune: part two, there’s no better treat for the eyes than this collection of images from the first Oscar-winning film, shot on location by unit photographer Chiabella James. The book also features commentary from stars like Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson (who also wrote the foreword), Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Jason Momoa, as well as a foreword by executive producer Tanya Lapointe and an afterword by Brian Herbert. Take a look inside the book here.
Price: $60 Or buy: Insight Editions, Amazon
A Masterpiece in Disarray: David Lynch’s Dune – An Oral History
Why we love it: And then there’s David Lynch’s Dune– not a multiple Oscar winner by any means, but a cult classic that has generated a lot of curiosity over the years. Author Max Evry brings together new interviews with stars like Kyle MacLachlan, Sean Young and Virginia Madsen, as well as “creators, directors and insiders” and even director Lynch himself to uncover the real story behind this Hollywood from 1984 legendary and often misunderstood. singularity. Read an excerpt here.
Price: $22.99 Or buy: 1984 Published, Amazon
Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road
Why we love it: This Hugo-nominated book by New York Times pop-culture journalist Kyle Buchanan offers ‘a head start at full speed’ oral history of George Miller’s breathtaking 2015 action epic, which won six Academy Awards and received widespread acclaim despite a brutal production plagued by harsh and notoriously dangerous weather conditions. Miller and stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are among those interviewed in the book, which chronicles “Fury RoadFrom its unexpected origins, through its extravagant casting process to the major studio battles that nearly mutilated a masterpiece…and the astonishing facts behind a shoot so unconventional as the film’s fantasy world began to spill over into the real lives of its cast and crew. »
Price: $23.19 Or buy: HarperCollins, Amazon
Labyrinth: Bestiary – A Definitive Guide to the Creatures of the Goblin King’s Realm
Why we love it: Any fan of Jim Henson’s fantasy in 1986 would launch into a spontaneous performance of “Magic Dance” after receiving this collector’s volume from ST Bende, which explores the “wonderful beings and chaotic creatures” who populate the film as well as the tie-in comics and novelization. Additionally, the book includes “a stunning sketchbook featuring exclusive illustrations by award-winning illustrator Iris Compiet, a selection of three beautiful fine art prints, and a signature card signed by the artist.”
Price: $200 Or buy: Insight Editions; if you don’t need extra style, Insight Editions And Amazon there is also a version for $35
The Wicker Man: the official film story
Why we love it: Released in 1973, The Wicker Man is still the quintessential folk horror film – and is just as frightening today as it was over 50 years ago. This book explores the origins of the film, deploying “fascinating behind-the-scenes photographs, new interviews, exclusive illustrations and never-before-seen material from the StudioCanal archives” to weave its story.
Price: $50 Or buy: Titan books, Amazon
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – The Making of the Classic Film
Why we love it: Each Star Trek The fans’ coffee table needs two things: a bowl of revenge (served cold) and this beautiful volume chronicling the making-of of 1982. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It features “rare and never-before-seen archival materials, behind-the-scenes photography, production artwork, deleted scenes, script excerpts and more, plus exclusive new interviews with creatives, including director Nicholas Meyer “. Take a look inside the book here.
Price: $50 Or buy: Titan books, Amazon
The X-Files: The official archives: cryptids, biological anomalies and parapsychic phenomena
Why we love it: This press release from the author and X-Files Superfan Paul Terry is designed as a collection of “files” from the offices of FBI agents Scully and Mulder (get an inside look and an interview with the author). here) — making it a fun reference volume for fans wanting to learn more about the series’ most fascinating and monstrous cases. Terry has a second volume, The X-Files: The Official Archives: Volume II: Extraterrestrial Activity and the Syndicate, which will be released next year; you can learn more about this here.
Price: $50 Or buy: Abrams Books, Amazon