Friday, December 30, 2011

Iconic Kisses from History, Cinema and Pop Culture

The demonstrative kiss, the beguiling kiss, the scandalous kiss, the ancient kiss, the royal kiss... They're all included in our forthcoming book, available in early January - giving you plenty of time to pick up a copy for Valentine's Day!

Iconic images from history, cinema and popular culture are compiled in this small little book in a celebration of The Kiss, including the famous balcony kiss between William & Kate on their wedding day.

With fun quotes and photographs of lip-locked couples and images dating back to 480 B.C. this book is truly a history book that will put a smile on your lips and will probably get you in the mood to share an intimate moment with your special someone.

Scenes from many of the AFI's list of 100 Greatest Love Stories of all Time can be found inside this little book, including Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Ghost, From Here to Eternity, Shakespeare in Love, and many more from TV and other great works of art.

 "Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On the Road

As we tear off the last page of the 2011 calendar, we're eager to meet our favorite booksellers and introduce our books with the fans they were created for.

Take a look at the first half of our 2012 conference & trade show schedule. We're looking forward to another great year thanks to our readers.

February 12 - February 15
Toy Fair Booth #5846
New York, NY

March 5 - March 9
Game Developers Conference
San Francisco, CA



March 9 - March 13
Austin, TX

March 19 - March 22
Bologna, Italy

April 16 - April 18
Earls Court, London

June 5 - June 7
New York, NY



June 21 - June 26
Anaheim, CA

June 23 - June 25
Denver, CO

Be sure to stop by and say hello if you're at one of these conferences. This list will be updated with our booth numbers closer to each event.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

White House Christmas Trivia

Over the last few weeks, author Coleen Christian Burke has been asking trivia questions about the White House Christmas traditions over on her Twitter account

Here are the questions and answers, most of which can be found inside her book, "Christmas with the First Ladies." If you're a history buff, this book will appeal to you, no matter what time of year it is.

Q: Which of the First Ladies liked to bring in Celebrity Santas for the White House Christmas celebration?
A: Nancy Reagan invited Willard Scott from the Today show, The A Team's Mr. T, and Larry Hagman of Dallas appeared as Santas during the time Mrs. Regan was a First Lady.

Q: Who bought President Nixon a Colt .45 for Christmas?
A: On December 20, Elvis came to the White House to bring President Nixon an early Christmas present!

Q: What was Mrs. Obama's favorite childhood Christmas gift?
A: Revealed to Oprah Winfrey in 2009, Mrs. Obama recalled the Easy Bake oven she adored, but her favorite Christmas present was a dollhouse.

Q: Which three First Ladies used "Nutcracker" as a theme for the holiday decor in the White House?
A: Jacqueline Kennedy (1961), Barbara Bush (1990), and Hillary Clinton (1996).

Q: What was the annual Johnson family holiday photo affectionately known as?
A: "The Annual Christmas Horror Show"

Q: What did Pat Nixon ask Santa to bring her for Christmas in 1969?
A:  As reported in the Washington Post, Pat Nixon asked Santa for a diamond necklace.

Q: Which First Daughter supposedly asked for a chain saw for Christmas?
A:  In 1977, a young friend of Amy Carter mistakenly told this to a reporter.

Q: Which First Lady brought her husband a puppy for Christmas?
A: Hillary bought President Clinton a puppy in 1997 after her 'empty nest' feelings after Chelsea left for college.

Q: How much did the gingerbread house weigh that was displayed in the State Dining Room?
A:  In 2010, the gingerbread house tipped the scales at four hundred pounds.

Q: Which First Lady chose "All Creatures Great and Small" as one of her holiday themes?
A: Laura Bush chose this theme in 2002.

Q: Which First Lady appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore show?
A:  Betty Ford appeared on the show after Christmas in late 1975.

Q: What was Nancy Reagan's annual holiday gift to the press?
A:  Monkey Bread (the recipe is included inside the book).

Q: Which President & First Lady sent out Christmas Party invitations in the shape of a Christmas tree?
A: President and Mrs. Carter in 1978.

Q: Which First Lady had handicap ramps installed at the White House to provide access to all?
A: Pat Nixon had the first ramps installed in 1971.

Q: What is this year's holiday theme at the White House?
A: Shine, Share Give.

Q: Which First Daughter celebrated a White House Wedding in December with 650 guests?
A: Lynda Bird Johnson married Major Charles Robb on December 9th, 1967.

Q: Which First Lady won a bake-off against Barbara Bush with her Chocolate Chip Cookies?
A:  Hillary Clinton won during the 1992 election.

Q: Which character from Sesame Street came to visit the White House in 1976?
A:  Big Bird made an appearance at the White House for the second time. His first appearance was during President Nixon's term.


Q: Which Presidents suffered through the holiday season - with the live trees & flowers - despite their allergies?
A: Both President Reagan and President Clinton had artificial decorations in their living quarters.

Q: Which First Lady was voted the Nation's Ideal Housewife?
A:  In 1957, when Pat Nixon was Second Lady, she was voted "the Nation's Ideal Housewife" in a Homemakers Forum contest, voted on by over a million people.

Q: Which First Lady teamed up with Hallmark to design her own Christmas cards?
A:  In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy teamed up with Hallmark to design her own Christmas cards.


Featuring photographs from the Presidential Libraries, recipes for some of the First Ladies' favorite holiday treats and instructions to duplicate some of their decorating ideas, pick up a copy of Coleen Christian Burke's "Christmas with the First Ladies."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Promotion


Our holiday promotion is going on for another few weeks so please take advantage of our promotional discount. Our newsletter features our new releases, recent reviews and upcoming promotions and discounts. 

Holiday promotion is valid through Jan. 15, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt Wednesday, December 21st in the new Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol from Paramount Pictures.

In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: Shooting Diary, photographer David James goes behind the scenes of the fourth film in the blockbuster movie franchise.

James is a unit photographer who has been working in the film industry for over twenty years. In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious International Cinematographers Guild Publicist Award for Excellence in Unit Still Photography, followed by the Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Award for Still Photography in 2011. 

James has published ten books of his photography. He lives in Los Angeles.


Monday, December 19, 2011

12 Days of Diablo

Diablo fans have had to be patient with us as the arrival of Diablo III: Book of Cain was delayed by a few days last week.

Over the next twelve days, we will feature some of the artwork and interior pages from the book through our social media channels.

Follow the hashtag, #12DaysofDiablo on Twitter or stop by the Insight Editions Facebook page as we reveal pages from Diablo III: Book of Cain, including the opening letter from Dekcard Cain to his niece, Leah.




We appreciate your patience in waiting for this book to finally become available. We're pretty certain you'll agree it was worth the wait.

Artists Providing Exclusive Art for the Book of Cain Include:
  • Brom
  • Mark Gibbons
  • Jim Gurney
  • John Howe
  • Alan Lee
  • Iain McCaig
  • Jean-Baptiste Monge
  • Adrian Smith

Friday, December 16, 2011

House of Cash Special Edition


      For a limited time, the Special Edition of "House of Cash" is available at Costco and Sam's Club. This edition of the book by John Carter Cash includes an exclusive CD with over a dozen songs performed by Johnny Cash, most of them unreleased and recorded in the 70's.
      Here are the titles and information on the tracks included in this exclusive edition:

      JOHNNY CASH: HOUSE OF CASH (BOOK CD) 

      1. These Are My People 
      (John R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recording date unknown 
      First released on the album More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File 
      (Columbia/Legacy 88697 14113 2) 2007 

      2. Sixteen Tons 
      (M. Travis) Merle’s Girls Music/Unichappell Music, BMI 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      Previously unreleased 

      3. Billy Brown
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recorded December 14, 1979 
      Previously unreleased 

      4. Michigan City Howdy-Do 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      Previously unreleased 

      5. If It Wasn’t For The Wabash River 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recording date unknown 
      Previously unreleased 

      6. Ridin’ On The Cottonbelt 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded February 18, 1976 
      Previously unreleased 

      7. While I’ve Got It On My Mind
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded 1975 
      Previously unreleased 

      8. You’re Home Sweet Home To Me 
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recorded December 8, 1976 
      Previously unreleased 

      9. Kathy 
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recording date unknown 
      Previously unreleased

      10. House On The Hill
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recorded October 1, 1973 
      First released on the album More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File 
      (Columbia/Legacy 88697 14113 2) 2007 

      11. Sold Out Of Flagpoles
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      Previously unreleased 

      12. One Of These Days I’m Gonna Sit Down And Talk To Paul
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded February 18, 1976 
      First released on the album Personal File (Columbia/Legacy 82796 94265 2) 
      2006 

      13. My Children Walk In Truth 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      First released on the album Personal File (Columbia/Legacy 82796 94265 2) 
      2006 

      14. I’ll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again 
      (T.T. Hall) Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI 
      Recorded March 14, 1980 
      First released on the album More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File 
      (Columbia/Legacy 88697 14113 2) 2007 

      Johnny Cash--vocals and guitar 
      Recorded at the House of Cash, Hendersonville, Tennessee 

      Compilation produced by Gregg Geller 
      Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, New York City 

      PLEASE NOTE: Side break for LP occurs after track #6, “Ridin’ On The Cottonbelt.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday recipes from the White House

Spending the holidays in a home decorated for the occasion makes the celebration all the sweeter. But with the whole world watching, coming up with a theme and decorating the White House is not an easy task.

Interior decorator, Coleen Christian Burke, was invited to decorate the White House by First Lady Laura and President Bush. It was this experience that helped inspire her new book, "Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama."


The book is a perfect blend of White House history and holiday recipes and craft ideas, with detailed instructions for treats & projects, including:
  • Jacqueline Kennedy's Enchanted Christmas-Present Tree
  • Lady Bird's Christmas Cranberry Salad Mold
  • Pat Nixon's Elegant Chandelier Ringed with Greens
  • Betty Ford's Cranberry Tree
  • Rosalyn Carter's Festive Birthday Hat Ornaments
  • Nancy Regan's Monkey Bread
  • Barbara Bush's Embellished Ballet Slippers
  • Hillary Clinton's Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Laura Bush's Shimmering Topiary Champagne Buckets
  • Michelle Obama's Gingerbread Ornaments 
Coleen Christian Burke will be appearing on Good Morning America this Friday morning, followed by a Black Friday book signing at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide

The books we publish are so diverse that there's bound to be a title on our list for those on yours this holiday season. From the geek in your family to the music lover, Insight Editions has books for everyone.

For the Comic Book Collector

For the Budding Artist

For the "Star Wars" fanatic

For the History Buff

For Film Lovers
The Art of Puss in Boots

For Music Fans


For Photogs

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Illustration and animation

Animated films continue to attract audience members who enjoy humor and adventure. These books allow fans to see the illustrations and making of the movies from the artists themselves.

Art of Planet 51
Hardcover / $39.95 / 144 pages
Ballad of Rango
Hardcover / $39.95 / 156 pages
Art of Kung Fu Panda 2
Hardcover / $39.95 / 156 pages
Art of Shrek Forever After 
Hardcover / $24.95 / 144 pages 
The Art & Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Hardcover / $50.00 / 180 pages

The Art of Open Season
Hardcover / $45.00 / 180 pages
The Art of Megamind
Hardcover / $39.95 / 56 pages
The Art of Madagascar 2
Hardcover / $45.00 / 160 pages
The Art & Making of Monster House
Hardcover / $45.00 / 168 pages


For budding artists and fans of these films, having a behind the scenes look at the process of creating the visual effects provides inspiration and enjoyment with every page.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Film's most memorable men

What do Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and Daniel Craig have in common? All three play iconic characters in their films that continue to appeal to audiences of all ages. Check out these three books that highlight the movies and characters from films that future generations will continue to enjoy. 

Paperback / $18.95 / 192 pages
 
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Paperback / $29.95 / 160 pages

Clint Eastwood Icon
Hardcover / $39.95 / 208 pages

Monday, October 31, 2011

Books for Sports Fans

You cheer on your team whether they win or lose. You wear their colors, their jerseys and tune in to watch the game or listen to the play-by-play when you can't be in the stands. These books are for you.

BASEBALL FANS

by Brian Murphy
Foreword by Danny Glover
Afterword y Willie Mays

Join some of San Francisco's famous fans, from Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz to Danny Glover and Carlos Santana, in celebration of this beloved team.

Includes an exclusive CD.  


Edited by Scott Gummer and Larry Shenk
Foreword by Christopher Guest
Introduction by Mike Schmidt

Original essays by Hall of Famers, current Phillies heroes, and a cast of unforgettable characters, including players, managers, broadcasters, and baseball's most die-hard fans, offer insights and anecdotes, transporting readers onto the field and behind the scenes.

Under the Halo: The Official History of Angels Baseball
By Pete Donovan
Foreword by Tim Salmon
Preface by Arte Moreno
Introduction by Mike Scioscia

From the team's inaugural season in 1961 under the ownership of film legend Gene Autry, Under the Halo traces the memorable moments, personalities, and accomplishments of this remarkable franchise.

BASKETBALL FANS

Blazermania: This is Our Story 
The Official History of the Portland Trail Blazers
By Wayne Thompson
Foreword by Bill Walton

Four decades of history are presented alongside more than three hundred rare photographs to create an authoritative time line chronicling the birth of "Rip City" and the team's rise to prominence.

FOOTBALL FANATICS

America's Team
The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys
By Jeff Sullivan
Foreword by Jerry Jones
Essays by Dan Jenkins, Verne Lundquist, Steve Sabol, Pat Summerall, Rich Dalrymple, Brad Sham, Paul Tagliabue, and General Tommy Franks


Five Super Bowl titles. Thirty-three playoff victories. Twenty-one division titles. From Tom Landry and Don Meredith in 1960 to Jerry Jones and Tony Romo today, America's Team has provided millions of fans with unforgettable memories. Bringing their rich history to life, this impressive volume celebrates five decades of exciting Dallas Cowboys football.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blizzcon winner announced

Signed Tyrael Giclee Giveaway

The Winner is...

Brian Edward Hill of Morgantown, WV

Congratulations Brian!
He will be receiving a framed giclee of Tyrael, signed by the artist Brom!

Diablo III: Book of Cain will be on bookshelves soon. Tell your friends that they can pre-order their copy today! Diablo III: Book of Cain
Follow Insight Editions on Facebook and receive updates and content on Diablo™ lore, as well as enter to win exclusive prizes.

In Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo® and Diablo II, the recurring character of Deckard Cain delivered quests, accompanied the brave adventurer, and, as the last of the Horadrim, provided a link to the greater history of the world of Sanctuary. Ever mysterious during these appearances, Cain hinted at a larger story, providing snippets of it in his notebook. Diablo III: Book of Cain is Cain’s formal record of this greater tale—a dissertation on the lore of the Diablo universe, told by one who has witnessed and participated in some of the epic events that make up the eternal conflict between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells.

Designed as an “in-world” artifact from the Diablo universe, Diablo III: Book of Cain includes Cain’s revealing meditations, as well as dozens of sketches and color artworks depicting the angelic and demonic beings who wage constant war with one another.

©2011 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. Blizzard Entertainment are Diablo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to dress like a barbarian

We heard the Barbarian is one of the top Halloween costumes this year for men. We're not sure if this is just a rumor that Grüte Skullbasher has been spreading around or not, but we're pretty excited to see fan photos featuring the required barbarian costume.
"Historically, barbarians usually wear codpieces, loincloths or goatskin Speedos."
This is just one of the ways you can spot a barbarian. Of course, their diction, physique and the etymology of his or her name are also major clues.
"If you see anyone with biceps bigger than their cranium, chances are they are at least half-Barbarian."
We'd love to know if people dress up as barbarians (outside of Comic Con) so if you have a photo to share, please post it to our Facebook page so we can continue to be inspired by the many varieties of barbarians that have been discovered recently. We know you're out there.

Friday, October 21, 2011

From page to screen

Many of our books feature artwork, still images or the script from recent films, including our illustrated screenplay of Cowboys and Aliens or The Art of Puss in Boots.

Now, with our vimeo account, you can see a sneak preview of these books before you buy them. There's several more film related titles on our website so be sure to check them out and get them on your wish list this holiday season.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

John Carter Cash's East Coast book tour

John Carter Cash will be signing his new book, "House of Cash" across the East Coast over the next few weeks. Check out his appearance at Fox & Friends earlier this week:
Be sure to stop by our Facebook page to see the full list of tour dates and venues, including a stop at RJ Julia Booksellers and Bookends in New Jersey.