Every comic book fan should have Marvel Greatest Comics: 100 Comics that Built a Universe on their bookshelf. The 256-page retrospective looks back at some of the most important and influential comics ever created, from the premiere of the Human Torch to forming the Avengers to modern characters like Squirrel Girl.
Thomas Pavitte’s clever illustrations offer a unique spin on adult coloring books. Each image is hidden within a pair of concentric spirals, which only reveals itself as you fill in the lines. Use two colors to create a duotone. Choose from music icons, cities, or animals.
Maze expert Sean C. Jackson created 30 intricate mazes for fellow Star Wars fans to enjoy. Locations include the forests of Endor, Jabba’s Palace, the rocky cliffs of Ahch-To, and the corridors of the Death Star. In addition to winding your way through the mazes, each illustration contains a Where’s Waldo-style challenge.
Chronicle’s coffee table art book celebrates the past, present, and future of Polaroid instant photography. In addition to more than 200 creative images captured by contemporary artists, the book revisits the origins and evolution of the format, along with an index of Polaroid cameras which still can be found today.
Three centuries before Pantone colors, artist A. Boogert meticulously cataloged hundreds of paint pigments. The Galobart Books is offering a limited run of this fascinating piece of design history. Each book comes in a slipcase with a numbered certificate, 10 frameable prints, and a study guide. View the original book here.
You’ve seen the memes, now see the whole collection of Steven Rhodes’ parody children’s book covers. My Little Occult Book Club features the funniest of his paranormal fakes – including Caring for Your Hell Hound and Necromancy for Beginners – characterized by deviously cheerful illustrations with a 1970s vibe.
Did you know that killer whales have been known to eat deer, or that fluffy white clouds can weigh a million pounds? Author Shane Carley’s offbeat trivia book is filled with 500 strange things that sound like they were totally made up, but are factually correct.
Emergency room physician, U.S. Air Force veteran, and NBC Senior Medical Correspondent John Torres, MD authored this guide to help us prepare for the worst. The 240-page book includes essential advice on surviving and saving lives in natural disasters, wildlife encounters, accidents, terrorist attacks, and more.
Created for lovers of contemporary art and cocktails, Art Boozel is sure to please with more than 50 mixed drinks, each inspired by a famous artist. Drinks include the Frida Kahlo with tequila and watermelon, the Salvador Dalí with Spanish sherry and sesame, and the Yayoi Kusama, a sweet-tart mix of gin, pumpkin, lime, and ginger.
This 208-page reference book is packed with tips and tricks you can use to build your DIY abilities. You’ll pick up skills like building your own metal forge, working with glass, wiring basic circuits, screenprinting, and more. It’s also got a section on organizing your workshop for efficiency.
If you or someone you know is into difficult puzzles, The Master Theorem – A Book of Puzzles, Intrigue and Wit is sure to offer a challenge. It’s filled with more than 40 perplexing puzzles include ciphers, logic games, and visual puzzles, each of which requires smarts and creativity even to figure out where to start each one.
Designers and artists looking for a source of inspiration would do well to add Vault Editions‘ idea books to their library. This two-volume series features nearly 1000 engravings, etchings, and woodblock prints from the 17th through 19th centuries. It’s loaded with skulls, animals, and vintage objects and includes high-res downloads.
Between 1888 and 1913, Romeyn Beck Hough collected specimens of wood to create what would become the de facto standard for studying trees and wood. Taschen got their hands on a pristine copy of the 14 volume set, and photographed each sample for this 768 page book. A fantastic gift for any artist or woodworker.
Founded by Tim Schafer, Double Fine Productions is the game studio behind adventures like Grim Fandango, Brütal Legend, Psychonauts, and Broken Age. This 280-page art book chronicles the studio’s history through concept art, stories, and interviews. The Legend Edition of the book gets a cloth cover with gold foil details.
Award-winning mixologist Masahiro Urushido (of NYC’s Katana Kitten) shares his knowledge of Japanese spirits and cocktails with 80 recipes that exemplify Japan’s contribution to the cocktail scene, both from his own bar and from Japanese mixologists. Urushido analyses the Japanese approach and demystifies ages-old techniques.
Here’s a fun alternative to traditional puzzle books. This two-volume book series is filled with challenging riddles that will exercise your grey matter. They’re enjoyable to solve on your own, but can be even more fun to figure out with friends. Grab the Kindle 3-pack and get Riddles for Smart Families too.
This coffee table book is filled with photos, illustrations, paintings, and stories about animal diversity. The collection includes images from experts like Charles Darwin and John James Audubon, alongside works from famous artists and photographers. Consider picking up Phaidon’s Anatomy and Universe to round out your collection.
Ready to challenge your brain? Created by Google Software Engineering Manager and puzzle fanatic Willa Chen, this book is filled with 135 of the toughest puzzles money can buy. There’s a good variety too, from cryptograms to word searches to Sudoku, crosswords, and more.
Books written by the dead, the insane, and the Devil himself. Books made from knots. Books written in blood and bound in skin. Edible books, wearable books, books written in ciphers. Filled with fascinating discoveries on every page, The Madman’s Library reveals the obscure histories of the strangest books ever made.
We always wondered what kind of cocktails Bruce Wayne and his guests were sipping at all those fancy parties. Now we know, thanks to Gotham City Cocktails, a book filled with adult beverages and tasty bar bites inspired by Batman, Joker, Poison Ivy, and other characters from the popular DC Comics series.
This 450-page book is filled with bios, stats, and stories about more than 1200 characters from the Marvel universe. Whether you’re Team Avengers, Team X-Men, or Team Guardians of the Galaxy, all your faves are here, along with lesser-known characters like Squirrel Girl. We prefer hardcover, but it’s also on Kindle.