From Sergio Guinot, the founder of Ikari, the prestigious Japanese manga animation school and studio, comes The Monster Book of Manga Gothic, the sixth entry in the bestselling Monster Book of Manga series. This ultimate instructional illustration guide will teach both advanced manga artists and beginners about developing intriguing characters who have a dark, romantic side. Filled with hundreds of practical suggestions, hints, and tips for artists of all levels, The Monster Book of Manga Gothic is a must-have for aficionados and any illustrator who wants to create manga characters that are bold, sexy, and unforgettable.
Venice 1756. As the majestic city of Venice sleeps, hidden from prying eyes, black magic rituals are performed in old and damp cellars. Necromancers prepare the arrival of the Devourer, the Great Consumer of Souls, who is said to give them the power to rule both day and night... for all time. There is only one man capable of stopping them, one who is bonded to an object of power; a mask as old as time... He is a guardian of the mystic, a hero of legend. He is... El Rival."
Enter an alternative world ruled by steam-powered machinery, Victorian elegance, and futuristic technology by creating your own elaborate manga characters in Steampunk, the latest volume in the bestselling Monster Book of Manga series. This easy-to-follow guidebook brings to life more than thirty avant-garde manga characters fit for a steampunk universe where fantasy, science, and history collide. Through advanced illustration techniques and step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to easily transform rough sketches into intricately inked graphics, all adorned in clockwork motifs, rich colors, and Space Age attire. Characters include pirates, sci-fi soldiers, industrial aviators, witches, time travelers, robots, and vampires. Whether you're a novice or a skilled artist, The Monster Book of Manga: Steampunk is the definitive guide to creating your very own collection of steampunk manga characters.
In the 23rd Century, a beautiful prostitute, Valerie Belmont, teams up with Frank Morris, a cop falsely accused of murder, as they uncover a criminal plot while investigating the case of a stolen hallucinogenic drug that threatens the future of the planet.
"Enter an alternative world ruled by steam-powered machinery, Victorian elegance, and futuristic technology by creating your own elaborate manga characters in ... the latest volume in the ... Monster Book of Manga series. This ... guidebook brings to life more than thirty avant-garde manga characters fit for a steampunk universe where fantasy, science, and history collide"--
NIBIRU - A Planet at war. Poisoned by a deadly virus that targets a specific race - the rightful owners of the planet and creators of all life on it - the Annunaki. Their last hope for a cure lies within one that has been chosen. When fused with the cure he will be given powers beyond belief to return to Nibiru and to eradicate the virus and those responsible. He that has been chosen is from a distant planet.... Earth!
Following the 1961 assassination of dictator Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican Republic descended into a period of national turmoil and political instability, culminating in 1965 when a catastrophic civil war engulfed the capital city of Santo Domingo. The intervention of foreign troops, particularly U.S. troops, played a critical role in the multinational effort to allow presidential elections to take place in June 1966. The result was the installation of Joaquin Balaguer in the presidency. Subsequently, this skillful civilian leader defeated both a right wing coup and a Cuban–based guerrilla expedition, and successfully gained control of the chaotic Dominican officer corps by the mid–1970s. In this comprehensive study of the Dominican Republic’s Balaguer era, the author draws upon declassified U.S. State Department and military documents and his own experiences as an army attaché in the U.S. Embassy, Santo Domingo, during the early 1970s. The result is a unique, inside look at Balaguer’s presidency, his skillful manipulation of rival officers and cliques, and American involvement in the political history of the Dominican Republic.
Urania Cabral, a New York lawyer, returns to the Dominican Republic after a lifelong self-imposed exile. Once she is back in her homeland, the elusive feeling of terror that has overshadowed her whole life suddenly takes shape. Urania's own story alternates with the powerful climax of dictator Rafael Trujillo's reign. In 1961, Trujillo's decadent inner circle (which includes Urania's soon-to-be disgraced father) enjoys the luxuries of privilege while the rest of the nation lives in fear and deprivation. As Trujillo clings to power, a plot to push the Dominican Republic into the future is being formed. But after the murder of its hated dictator, the Goat, is carried out, the Dominican Republi...
Why does peace fail? More precisely, why do some countries that show every sign of having successfully emerged from civil war fall once again into armed conflict? What explains why peace "sticks" after some wars but not others? In this illuminating study, Charles T. Call examines the factors behind fifteen cases of civil war recurrence in Africa, Asia, the Caucasus, and Latin America. He argues that widely touted explanations of civil war -- such as poverty, conflict over natural resources, and weak states -- are far less important than political exclusion. Call's study shows that inclusion of former opponents in postwar governance plays a decisive role in sustained peace. Why Peace Fails ultimately suggests that the international community should resist the temptation to prematurely withdraw resources and peacekeepers after a transition from war. Instead, international actors must remain fully engaged with postwar elected governments, ensuring that they make room for former enemies.