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Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

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Written by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press   
Monday, 18 August 2014 13:42
The Laura Ingalls Wilder book 'The Long Winter,' Harper & Brothers, 1940. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Signature House. PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted Little House on the Prairie fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography – Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series – is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk on whiskey.

Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, herself a well-known author, tried and failed to get an edited version of the autobiography published throughout the early 1930s. The original rough draft has been preserved at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Mo, for decades but hadn't been published.

The children's series never presented a romanticized version of life on the prairie – in Little House in the Big Woods, Laura and her sister Mary gleefully help dissect the family pig before bouncing its inflated bladder back and forth in the yard. But the series also left out or fictionalized scenes that Wilder deemed unsuitable for kids, including much of the time the family spent in Burr Oak, Iowa, and Walnut Grove, Minn., according to Pamela Smith Hill, a Wilder biographer and the lead editor on the autobiography.

“So you can read Pioneer Girl as nonfiction rather than fiction and get a better feeling of how the historical Ingalls family really lived, what their relationships were and how they experienced the American West,” she said.

Wilder details a scene from her childhood in Burr Oak, in which a neighbor of the Ingalls' pours kerosene throughout his bedroom, sets it on fire and proceeds to drunkenly drag his wife around by her hair before Wilder's father – Pa in the children's books – intervenes.

Scenes like that make Wilder's memoir sound like it's filled with scandal and mature themes, “which isn't exactly true either,” according to Amy Lauters, an associate professor of mass media at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

“It's just that that first version was blunt, it was honest. It was full of the everyday sorts of things that we don't care to think about when we think about history,” said Lauters, who has read the original manuscript and also is writing a book on Rose Wilder Lane. “And it's certainly not the fantasized version we saw on Little House on the Prairie the television show.”

Wilder's story will likely do well in South Dakota, since the author moved to De Smet in the late 1870s with her family, eventually meeting her future husband there.

For fans, the autobiography is chance to see from where Wilder drew her inspiration, said Sandra Hume, a Wilder aficionado who published an internationally distributed newsletter for 10 years and now helps manage Laurapalooza, a conference dedicated to all things Wilder.

“I am very excited to see people have access to this, because her life story has been pretty muddled because people get mixed up with the TV show and it's nice to see an interest in people seeing basically what is the primary source ... ” she said.

The autobiography preserves Wilder's original rough draft – misspellings, idiosyncrasies and all – but adds extensive annotations.

Little House lovers can learn about the three girls that Wilder combined to create the Nellie Olson character, or how extensive the damage was in Minnesota during the grasshopper plague of the 1870s, which forced Pa in On the Banks of Plum Creek to set out in search of work.

“In some ways, I came to think of the annotations in Pioneer Girl as almost an encyclopedia about Laura Ingalls Wilder's life and work,” Hill said.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 14:02
 

Captain Action on cover of 2015 Overstreet Comic Book Guide

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Written by Publisher PR   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:33
Paul Gulacy did the artwork for the Captain Action cover of 'The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide' #45. Gemstone Publishing image. SAN DIEGO – With the July 23 release of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44, “The Bible of comic collectors” has achieved a first in its long publishing history: This year’s guide includes a look at one of the covers for next year’s guide.

The cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 (2015) in question features the iconic action figure and comic character Captain Action, illustrated by the equally iconic Master of Kung-Fu, Six From Sirius and Sabre artist Paul Gulacy.

“We’re very excited to announce that the first of our special 45th anniversary covers will feature Captain Action, the first superhero action figure, illustrated by Paul Gulacy, an artist we’ve long wanted to feature on a Guide cover,” said Robert M. Overstreet, the Guide’s author and publisher. “Given the character’s distinguished comic book pedigree, and Gulacy’s impeccable track record, it seems like a perfect match.”

Captain Action first appeared as an action figure in 1966 from Ideal Toys. His first comic book adventures appeared in 1968 from DC Comics, with Jim Shooter, Wally Wood and Gil Kane providing the stories.

More recently, the character has been successfully revived by Captain Action Enterprises’ Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn, who have brought him back to toy store shelves to great collector acclaim, as well as launching him in prose fiction, comic books and more. Captain Action is presently in development as an animated series.

“It’s an honor to have Captain Action featured on the cover of next year’s 45th anniversary edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. We’re ecstatic to be part of the celebration of this institution and its tremendous impact on the comic book industry,” said Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn of Captain Action Enterprises. “It’s going to be a big year for Captain Action as well.”

In addition to Gulacy’s work Master of Kung-Fu for Marvel and the pioneering original graphic novel, Sabre, his credits include stints on James Bond 007: Serpent’s Tooth, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight - Prey, Star Wars: Crimson Empire, S.C.I. Spy, Valkyrie, The Grackle, and Batman vs. Predator II, as well as work in Creepy, The Terminator, Time Bomb, Eternal Warrior, and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, among others.

Gulacy’s original Captain Action art for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 is now on display at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, located in Baltimore’s historic Camden Yards sports complex. The black and white original is mounted next to a color reproduction of the cover and displayed with other Overstreet originals.

The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 will go on sale in July 2015. It can be seen on pages 70 and 71 in The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44, which has just gone on sale. There will be at least one additional announcement about #45 during the panel Captain Action's Con Custom Contest at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Thursday, July 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 24ABC at the San Diego Convention Center.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone's product line includes publications such as The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, The Big Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Hake's Price Guide To Character Toys, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and Comic Book Marketplace. Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.

About Captain Action Enterprises

As Retropreneurs, Captain Action Enterprises, LLC specializes in taking old properties and rejuvenating them for a new generation. Captain Action’s appears in an on-going comic book series, lithographs, statues, action figures, T-shirts, model kits and more. Additional properties include Captain Action Cat, Dr. Evil and Savage Beauty. For additional information, contact Ed Catto at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) is located at 301 W. Camden St., Baltimore, MD 21201, in the historic Camden Yards sports complex. It is situated immediately next door to Oriole Park and just across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center. For general museum information, call 410-625-7060 or visit www.geppismuseum.com . Admission: Adults are admitted for $10, seniors (55 and older) for $9, students (5-18) for $7, and children under 4 are free.



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Paul Gulacy did the artwork for the Captain Action cover of 'The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide' #45. Gemstone Publishing image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:22
 

Expert picker’s new guide reveals more trade secrets

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Friday, 16 May 2014 14:10

Cover of the new 'Picker's Bible, 2nd Editon.' Krause Publications image.

IOLA, Wis. – From killer yard sale finds to abandoned storage unit bounty, hidden treasures abound for those skilled in the art of picking. Now you can turn your curiosity and passion for the undiscovered and undervalued into profits with Picker's Bible, 2nd edition the insider's guide to picking like the pros.

This hands-on, how-to guide by professional picker Joe Willard presents easy-to-follow professional advice including where to find the good stuff, how to negotiate the best price, indicators for when to buy and when to walk away, where to look for hidden treasures, tips and tricks of picking insiders, how to flip your finds for the most money, and the basics of today's most popular trend – industrial picking.

"Sophisticated shoppers that spend large amounts at antiques stores and collectibles malls don't realize that there was a picker somewhere that found their items," writes Willard in the introduction to the book. "It is the pickers who find and rescue much of what would have been lost forever in the dump. It's the pickers who help drive the interest and market for emerging collectibles."

Whether you brake for yard sales, flea markets, thrift shops, estate sales, or even the neighbor's discarded junk, Picker's Bible will help you find what everyone else is missing.

For more information visit www.krausebooks.com/pickers-bible-2nd-edition.

About the Author

After retiring as a vice president/general manager, Joe Willard has made his living picking antiques and industrial goods for the past 15 years. While he is attracted to "guy stuff" – tools, cameras, radios, and anything with grime – he is always on the lookout for treasure in other people's trash.

About Antique Trader

Antique Trader, a division of F+W, is dedicated to serving antiques, collectibles enthusiasts with trusted content, industry news and pricing information. Today, the Antiques & Collectibles division includes books, ebooks, periodicals, and online destinations AntiqueTrader.com and our online shop KrauseBooks.com. The F+W portfolio offers books, ebooks, magazines, ecommerce sites, education, conferences and events, serving nearly 20 enthusiast communities. www.fwmedia.com.



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 Cover of the new 'Picker's Bible, 2nd Editon.' Krause Publications image.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 14:30
 

Co-creator Herb Trimpe returns to Wolverine for Overstreet special edition

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Friday, 16 May 2014 08:40
Cover of the 2014 Hero Initiative Limited Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Image courtesy of Gemstone Publishing LOS ANGELES – The year 2014 is a big one for anniversaries and few of them would compare with the 40th anniversary of Marvel Comics’ Wolverine, who first appeared at the tail end of Incredible Hulk #180 and then had his first full appearance in Incredible Hulk #181 alongside the jade giant and murderous Wendigo.

It’s also an anniversary for the Hero Initiative and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Gemstone Publishing and Hero have teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need.

Harkening back to the character’s earliest appearances, Wolverine is featured with the Hulk and Wendigo on the cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 Hero Initiative Edition. This exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Hero Initiative booth.

Returning even further to Wolverine’s roots, the cover is illustrated by his co-creator Herb Trimpe, who teamed with a pair of superstars, inker Tom Palmer and colorist Laura Martin, for the piece. Gemstone Publishing’s Creative Director, Mark Huesman, designed the logo and trade dress.

The Hero Initiative edition will be available exclusively from Hero with all money raised going to the 501 (c)(3) charity. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no softcover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

“We’re very excited to have the Hero Initiative offer this fantastic Wolverine cover by Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer and Laura Martin. When I first saw it, I was immediately taken back to Herb’s great run on Incredible Hulk, only with today’s better production values. It’s almost like looking at the greatest Marvel Treasury Edition never produced. We’re very happy to have it on the cover of the Guide,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing.

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached five years of offering the special Hero Initiative editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, but on the other hand Steve Geppi, Bob Overstreet, and their team at Gemstone Publishing have clearly delivered once again,” said Hero President Jim McLauchlin. “With the great line-up of creators we’ve had, it’s really become a tradition and an important fundraising tool for us. This time, Herb, Tom and Laura knocked it out of the park too.”

This marks the fifth consecutive year that Gemstone and Hero have worked together to create a special limited fundraiser edition of the Guide. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40, John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White provided a 40th anniversary recreation of Conan The Barbarian #1. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41, John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White presented a selection of top Marvel heroes. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42, writer-artist Matt Wagner teamed his Grendel with DC Comics’ Batman, colored by Ryan Brown. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #43, Terry Moore and Brian Miller illustrated Francine and Katchoo from Moore’s Strangers in Paradise. As is the case with this new edition, all funds from the sales of these volumes went to The Hero Initiative.

The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 feature a dynamic take on Batman for his 75th anniversary by superstar artist J.G. Jones and a vibrant depiction of Vampirella for the character’s 45th anniversary by Danger Girl creator J. Scott Campbell with colorist Nei Ruffino.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 is scheduled to go on sale at The Hero Initiative booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and afterward through a limited number of Hero affiliates. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $35. Information on special signings during the show will be released at a later date.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing in Timonium, Md., was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone's product line includes publications such as The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, The Big Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Hake's Price Guide To Character Toys, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and Comic Book Marketplace. Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.



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Cover of the 2014 Hero Initiative Limited Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Image courtesy of Gemstone Publishing
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 09:10
 

Krause releases new edition of pottery, porcelain price guide

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Monday, 28 April 2014 12:36

Cover of the new 'Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics Price Guide.' Krause Publications image.

IOLA, Wis. – Whether your favorite piece comes from a mid-century modern ceramic line, lovely Victorian porcelain or the many variations of fine art pottery, you'll find them all beautifully displayed in the new edition of Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics, 7th edition from Krause Publications.

Completely revamped to reflect the current market and featuring more than 1,500 color images of everything from the boldly creative works of George Ohr to the cherished practicality of Red Wing stoneware, this striking reference covers the fine to the functional in all its glory – and value.

"All markets are always in a state of flux," writes decorative ceramics and porcelain expert David Rago in the introduction to the book. "What remains constant is the desire of American collectors, surfing the ebb and flow of value but continuing to collect, preserve and educate."

Rago knows of what he speaks. He has witnessed firsthand this vibrant market while overseeing Rago Arts and Auction Center, the largest and leading auction house in New Jersey, and as an expert appraiser on the long-running PBS series Antiques Roadshow. A collection of favorites and best-selling pieces from Rago are featured in the book, including a breathtaking Frederick Hurten Rhead signed four-part tile panel that sold for $637,500 at auction.

Created specifically to serve the needs of a wide variety of collectors, dealers and those who simply enjoy the art form, Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain features collecting tips, maker marks, a shapes guide, vital historical information, lovely color images, descriptions and real-market values to thousands of pieces. All told, the book offers a decidedly helpful yet sublime guide to a gloriously diverse and celebrated world.

For more information visit www.krausebooks.com/antique-trader-pottery-porcelain-ceramics-price-guide-group.



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 Cover of the new 'Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics Price Guide.' Krause Publications image.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 12:52
 
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