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    You've Got To Laugh Stories from a Life Lived to the Full Alison Hammond
    9780552178563 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date:July 26, 2022
    $19.99 CAD 5.03 x 7.76 x 0.95 in | 0.65 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Transworld Ireland
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      Description
      The hilarious, heartwarming and joyful memoir from much-loved presenter Alison Hammond, host of ITV’s This Morning.

      ’This woman’s laugh is like gold dust’ Huffington Post


      ’[A] national treasure’ Metro


      ’I always say a day is wasted without laughter…’

      Alison Hammond loves to laugh. And the nation laughs with her. Her sunny personality and zest for life have brought joy to millions and made her one of the UK’s best-loved television presenters. Known for her hilarious and unforgettable interviews with Hollywood A-listers, Alison is also responsible for countless classic moments of broadcasting gold - from getting stuck on a caravan door to delivering Christmas cash dressed as an elf.

      But who is Alison Hammond really, and how did she become the personality we know and love? Shaped by the influence of her incredible mum, Alison went from small roles on television shows as a youngster to that life-changing appearance on Big Brother, before landing her dream job on This Morning. And through it all, she found the joy in every day, the positives in any situation.

      You’ve Got to Laugh gives a never-before-seen insight into Alison’s life: her loves, her losses - with a side order of gossip. As well as being a hugely entertaining and uplifting read, Alison’s story will inspire you to grab life with both hands and make the most of every single moment.

      ’Interviewer extraordinaire, reigning queen of the huns, and an out-and-out national treasure’ Bustle
      Bio
      Known for her quick wit, outrageous presenting style and infectious laugh, Alison Hammond has been a much-loved fixture on British television for two decades. She joined This Morning in 2002 and has since secured some of the most watched - and loved - celebrity interviews ever. She’s tap- danced with Renée Zellweger, rapped with Will Smith, jammed with Russell Crowe, and been serenaded by Hugh Jackman.

      In 2021, she became one of This Morning’s main hosts, alongside Dermot O’Leary, and appeared on a new BBC Saturday-night primetime entertainment show, I Can See Your Voice, alongside fellow judges Amanda Holden and Jimmy Carr, and host Paddy McGuinness.

      From her rise to fame on Channel 4’s Big Brother in 2002, to her appearances on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Great British Bake Off, Alison’s warmth, honesty and joy have made her one of the most popular presenters on TV today.
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    That Moment When Life Stories from Way Back Then Mo Gilligan
    9781529109214 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:October 25, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 5 x 7.73 x 0.83 in | 0.55 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:56 Ebury Press
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      Come on my journey. Look at where man’s come from. I was working in retail in 2017.

      You might know Mo as the critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, BAFTA-winning presenter, Masked Singer judge and social media mega star. But do you know the moments that really made him? Opening up on the turning points, the good times, the challenges and the lessons learned, this is Mo as you’ve never seen him before.

      Journeying through childhood memories in South London, Mo reminisces about school days and old-school raving, and takes us behind the scenes of his first comedy gigs, the creation of the original Geezer, selling out national tours and becoming one of TV’s most in-demand stars. Share the moment that Mo decided he wanted to be a comedian, the moment he went viral, the moment he realised he was famous (and how to deal with it), the moment his Netflix special dropped, the moment he won his BAFTA and the moments he still has to come.

      In among the laugh-out-loud observations, life lessons and candid storytelling, there lies the bigger influences in Mo’s life - the unsung heroes of the Black British comedy scene, the power of community and the feel-good legacy he wants to create.

      ’The Funniest Man in Britain’ The Times
      Bio
      With his high-energy style and everyday observations, BAFTA-winning Mo Gilligan is one of the UK’s fastest rising comedians with an online reach running into multiple millions. His debut Netflix Original Stand Up Special Momentum was globally released in 190 countries to huge critical and audience acclaim. He hosts award-winning The Lateish Show on Channel 4 and his world tour There’s Mo to Life kicks off in Autumn 2021.

      Instagram: @mothecomedian
      Twitter: @MoTheComedian
      Facebook: MoGilliganComedy
      TikTok: @MoGilligan
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    9780593519677 Hardcover FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Friendship On Sale Date:July 26, 2022
    $13.99 CAD 6 x 5.81 x 0.47 in | 0.4 lb | 72 pages Carton Quantity:48 Penguin Workshop
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      A classic Peanuts gift book, reissued in its original format, featuring Charlie Brown and the gang discovering that friends can be found in the unlikeliest of places.



      “A friend is someone who will share his home with you.” 


      First published in 1964, this classic Peanuts book features Charles Schulz’s original drawings of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they try to answer the question: What is the meaning of friendship? 



      This is the perfect gift to celebrate and cherish your friends! 



      Bio
      Charles M. Schulz was born in 1922 in Minneapolis, the only child of a housewife and a barber. His interest in comics was encouraged by his father, who loved the funny pages. After army duty, Schulz lettered comic pages for Timeless Topix, and sold seventeen cartoons to The Saturday Evening Post from 1948 to 1950 and a feature, Li’l Folks, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Peanuts debuted on October 2, 1950, and ran without interruption for the next fifty years. Schulz died on February 12, 2000, and his last strip ran the next day. Peanuts has appeared in 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries.
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    Peanuts Boxed Set Charles M. Schulz
    9781787738584 Undefined HUMOR / Form On Sale Date:October 04, 2022
    $33.99 CAD 5.46 x 8.21 x 1.35 in | 1.51 lb | 0 pages Carton Quantity:20 Titan Comics
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      A box-set facsimile collection of three classic Peanuts comic strip books – Peanuts, More Peanuts and Good Ol’ Charlie Brown. With each book containing 128 pages, that’s over 360 pages of classic Peanuts daily and Sunday newspaper comic strips to enjoy. Including art cards featuring the cover art from the individual books.

       This box-set of three of the very first Peanut books features many of your favourite characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Pig-Pen and Schroeder. Join them as they navigate their way through school, first crushes, the complexities of baseball, and the world of the forever unseen grown-ups and their crazy rules. Plus a rare opportunity to see what Pig-pen looks like clean!


      Series Overview: Collecting together the first three facsimile editions from Titan’s much lauded and best-selling series with the First, Second and Fourth editions of the classic facsimile edition paperbacks, offering the original books exactly as they were first published in 1952,1954 and 1957. This box-set collects 360 pages of classic comic strips taken from the years 1952 – 1957, which were originally published in 1952, 1954 and 1957 by Holt, Rinehat and Winston of Canada. 

      Bio
      Charles M. Schulz (Nov 26, 1922- Feb 12, 2000) Creator of Peanuts, widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all times.
       


      Author Residence: Deceased
      Marketing & Promotion
        Publicity: - Social media outreach to official Peanuts channel (1Million fans)

        - Promoted in seasonal gift roundups to comics press, kids/family media.

        - Promotional posts on Mum / Dad bloggers across Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook groups. 

        - Review copy pitched to comic book collector YouTubers e.g. NEAR MINT CONDITION - 66.8K subscribers, CASUALLY COMICS - 143k subscribers. 

        - Promotion through Titan Comics website, newsletter (150K); social media (49K).

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “PRETTY MUCH INVENTED THE MODERN COMIC STRIP!” – STEPHAN PASTIS (PEARLS BEFORE SWINE)
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    Series: BE MORE
    Star Wars Be More Obi-Wan Navigate Your World with Wit and Wisdom Kelly Knox
    9780744054668 Hardcover HUMOR / General On Sale Date:July 12, 2022
    $17.50 CAD 5.38 x 7.31 x 0.47 in | 0.44 lb | 64 pages Carton Quantity:60 DK
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      Description
      A fun, pocket-size book packed with inspiration from the galaxy’s most cool and composed Jedi Master.

      Stay true to yourself with confidence and class.



      Is your new home more hive of villainy than sandy beach resort? Friends not the chosen ones you thought they were? Don’t throw a tantrum – keep it classy and ask yourself, “What would Obi-Wan do?”



      Glide elegantly through anything life throws at you with pearls of wisdom from Obi-Wan Kenobi and fellow sages. Learn how to face your fears and perfect your witty comebacks.

      © and ™ 2022 Lucasfilm LTD





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    The World's Worst Assistant Sona Movsesian, Conan O'Brien
    9780593185513 Hardcover HUMOR / Topic On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $35.00 CAD 5.77 x 8.54 x 0.95 in | 0.91 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Plume
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      Description
      From Conan O’Brien’s longtime assistant, and cohost of his podcast Conan Needs a Friend, a completely hilarious and irreverent how-to guide for becoming a terrible, yet unfireable employee, and getting away with doing the bare minimum at work.

      Sona Movsesian is Conan O’Brien’s assistant of twelve years. Conan and Sona have a wickedly funny and long running alter ego bit—Sona plays the lazy incompetent, Conan the insufferable and oppressive boss. Fans can’t seem to get enough of her hilariously relaxed attitude in response to Conan’s near manic energy. But Sona didn’t wake up one day and decide to become the World’s Worst Assistant. Achieving such greatness is a gradual process – one that starts with long hours and hard work long before it descends into sneaking low-dosage edibles into your lunch and napping on your boss’s couch.



      Now, Sona is writing the perfect humor book for her many fans. Part satire based on these beloved alter egos, part memoir that evidences the sincere trust and respect that Conan and Sona have built over their twelve years working together, and populated with hysterical black-and- white illustrations, graphs and more, THE WORLD’S WORST ASSISTANT is completely irresistible fun you’ll want to give to every assistant in your life. In it, Sona will reveal all her trade secrets on how she became simultaneously terrible at her job (think Friends marathons at her desk), an unfireable employee (she has all of Conan’s credit card numbers committed to memory), and most importantly, an essential contributing member of the Team Coco humor machine.

      Bio
      Over her twelve years of assisting Conan O’Brien, Sona Movsesian has become a regular feature of all things Team Coco and a fan favorite. Now, Sona cohosts Conan’s podcast Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend and stars in a regular IGTV show hosted on @TeamCoco every Friday, “Sona Fixes Your Life.” She regularly forgets to put Conan’s appointments in his calendar.



      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      One of Vulture’s Best Comedy Books of 2022 | One of Business Insider’s Best Books About Celebrities | One of NPR’s Books We Love in 2022 | One of Hudson’s Best of 2022 | One of Audible’s Best of 2022

      Praise for The World’s Worst Assistant

      “Movsesian endearingly pulls her…comedic weight in this narrative…. Movsesian truly shines when she discusses her Armenian heritage, her dating life, and winning a college national speech championship. Conan O’Brien fans will find much to love here.”
      Library Journal (starred)

      “…Movsesian’s story is not about celebrating laziness or ineptitude. It’s about how two flawed people who were meant to be together found each other: a boss accepting an employee for who she is and how she does her job, and an employee accepting her boss for everything that he is.”
      The New York Times

      “[An] extremely funny memoir…[Movsesian’s] observations are spunky and sweet, undercutting every scene with an incisive humor that makes you laugh out loud. Whether she’s flying by private jet or printing notecards for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Movsesian remains blisteringly honest, relatable and altogether lovable.”
      NPR

      “[Sona’s] narrative offers a refreshing departure from the traditional assistant horror stories of pleasing a tyrant boss…. Brimming with heart and humor, this story of failing upward is a hoot.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Playfully surreal reading about the comedy of human foibles.”
      Kirkus

      The World’s Worst Assistant is as loose, laid-back, and friendly as one would expect and hope for from a memoir by Sona Movsesian…. Movsesian writes in a style that’s both self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating, which fits because The World’s Worst Assistant is also a call to arms to millennials and Gen-Z readers as a thorough takedown of grind culture, a series of quietly bold reminders to serve your own needs in your work and to make sure you work with good, funny people, if at all possible.”
      Vulture

      “Charming and amusing…If you’ve ever wondered how someone as hilariously anti-work as Movsesian got her job and what her whole deal is or wanted to hear day-to-day behind-the-scenes details of O’Brien’s various late-night talk shows, this is the book for that along with lots of tips on how to be a bad assistant and how to deal with bosses, both the bad ones and the good ones.”
      Vulture

      “Sona Movsesian is excellent at her job — or rather, not doing it…Now, 13 years into the assistant role for [Conan] O’Brien, Movsesian has turned not doing her job into an art form. And with the release of her new book, The World’s Worst Assistant, she offers others a guide to doing as she does (well, doesn’t).
      —The Cut


      “During Sona Movsesian’s decade-plus as Conan O’Brien’s assistant in the Conan era, she developed a beloved shtick as a sparring partner who binge-watched Friends, did crossword puzzles on the clock, and rarely assisted anyone other than herself…Now she’s hawking the bare-minimum work ethic with her memoir, The World’s Worst Assistant. With tips on how to nap at work or abuse a corporate card, the book is a tongue-in-cheek entry to the work-life balance conversation.”
      —Vanity Fair

      “This fun and funny read is a heartfelt and honest tale about the unique relationship between boss and assistant.”
      —Business Insider
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    9781787737976 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Media Tie-In On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $19.99 CAD 9.82 x 9.81 x 0.29 in | 0.88 lb | 80 pages Carton Quantity:34 Titan Comics
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      A brand new coloring book featuring art from the comic based on the epic video game Horizon Zero Dawn.

      Horizon: a far-future Earth full of epic natural beauty and forgotten ruins, where awe-inspiring, animal-like machines are the dominant species and humans struggle to survive in pre-industrial tribes.

      This spectacular coloring book features art from the record-breaking comic series, itself based on the critically acclaimed video game Horizon Zero Dawn.
       
      Recreate breathtaking landscapes, bring to life terrifying and glorious machines, design fan-favorite characters as they appear in-game or in your own style – the world of Horizon is yours to enjoy!
       
      The smash-hit videogame sequel Horizon Forbidden West is out now!
       
       


      Story Locale: Post-post Apocalyptic Distant Future. United States - Colarado, Utah and Arizona.

      Series Overview: Post-post Apocalyptic Distant Future. United States – Colarado, Utah and Arizona.
      Bio
      TITAN COMICS have published a range of licensed comics in its six-year history, from Doctor Who to Assassin’s Creed. Their magazines division has been responsible for the widely successful run of Official Movie magazines for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series. Both Blade Runner and Horizon Zero Dawn were the highest-selling non-premier comics on their initial launches in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

      Ann Maulina is an up and coming artist based in Indonesia. She is the author and artist for her own webcomic Raruurien. Now she is most popularly known as the original artist for Titan’s Horizon Zero Dawn comics.
       


      Author Residence: London, UK

      Ann Maulina is an up and coming artist based in Indonesia. She is the author and artist for her own webcomic Raruurien. Now she is most popularly known as the original artist for Titan’s Horizon Zero Dawn comics.
       


      Illustrator Residence: Indonesia
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Horizon Zero Dawn:

        • Over 300K followers on developer Guerrilla Games Twitter (@Guerrilla)

        • Over 150,000 followers on developer Guerrilla Games Facebook (www.facebook.com/GuerrillaGames/)

        • Over 160,000 followers on the official Guerrilla Games Instagram (www.instagram.com/guerrillagames/?hl=en)

        • Over 580,000 followers on the Horizon Zero Dawn Twitch page (https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Horizon%20Zero%20Dawn)

        • Over 135,000 followers on the Reddit page (www.reddit.com/r/horizon/)



        Publicity: Feature on Playstation.com website; promoted on social media - over 80

        million fans.

        Promotion Guerrilla Games website and social media (160K fans).

        Press outreach.

        Exclusive content on major Videogames & Comics websites and key

        Entertainment blogs.

        Major Videogames & Comics Entertainment and Pop Culture website

        features and reviews.

        Major cult and genre website and blog features and reviews.

        Horizon Zero Dawn fansites/blogs and Youtube features and reviews.

        Competitions and giveaways across gaming websites.

        Promotion: Titan Comics website, newsletter (150K); social media (49K).

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    Puzzle Baron's Gigantic Book of Logic Puzzles 600+ Brain Challenges for Hours of Fun Puzzle Baron
    9780744042573 Paperback GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Logic & Brain Teasers On Sale Date:July 05, 2022
    $25.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.96 in | 1.16 lb | 480 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Alpha
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      This will solve your desire for endless logic puzzles!





      If you’ve bought any of the Puzzle Baron’s previous puzzle books—on logic puzzles, sudoku, cryptograms, number logic puzzles, acrostics, or picture puzzles—you know just what to expect from the great puzzlemaker. If this is your first time getting to know the Puzzle Baron, you’re in for an adventure.



      Among the 600+ puzzles in this book, not only will you find the classic grid-based puzzles and sudoku, but you can also try calcudoku, lasergrids, skyscrapers, campsite puzzles, and many other different kinds of logic puzzles. Plus, there’s an answer section for all the puzzles, which can also help with hints.



      If you’ve been wanting to try the myriad types of logic puzzles or if you need new challenges from the Puzzle Baron, this is the book for you!



      Bio
      Stephen P. Ryder is the founder and editor of the Puzzle Baron network of websites (PuzzleBaron.com). These sites focus primarily on textual games and puzzles, including word searches, acrostics, cryptograms, logic puzzles, drop quotes, Sudoku, patchwords, and many more. The Puzzle Baron network serves more than 6 million visitors annually, along with an extremely dedicated user base of more than 150,000 registered players who compete against each other for record scores and times. Ryder has published several puzzle books with DK, including the bestselling Puzzle Baron’s Logic Puzzles.

      Author Residence: St. Augustine, Florida
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    Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker Jim Zub Canada, Eduardo Mello
    9781684058884 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $23.99 CAD 6.62 x 10.2 x 0.29 in | 0.72 lb | 120 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y IDW Publishing
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      Description
      Some of D&D’s most popular villains have invaded the Forgotten Realms, and readers and beloved characters alike will find their very sanity at risk!

      Back home at last, the Baldur’s Gate heroes are hoping for a warm welcome, but this isn’t the city they left behind! Insidious forces are at work, compromising their loved ones and penetrating the highest halls of power. No one can be trusted!
       
      With so much in jeopardy, Minsc, Boo, Krydle, and the others find themselves pulled in different directions, but their only hope is to rely on each other.
       
      Fan-favorite D&D writer Jim Zub (Avengers) returns for a mindbending new adventure with artist Eduardo Mello (The Blackening).
       
      Collects the complete five-issue series.


      Publication History: TR original
      Bio
      Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past twenty years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco. He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and a professor teaching drawing and storytelling courses in Seneca College’s award-winning Animation program. His current comic projects include Conan the Barbarian, the monthly adventures of Robert E. Howard’s legendary sword & sorcery hero, Dungeons & Dragons, the official comic series of the world’s most popular tabletop role-playing game, and Stone Star, a space-fantasy adventure set inside a roving gladiatorial arena.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Canada
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Convention and trade show promotion: New York Comic Con 2021, WonderCon 2022, and San Diego Comic-Con 2022

        Creators and book featured on D&D Live virtual events

        Cross promotion on Dungeons & Dragons social media channels and fan sites

        Promotion through IDW social media channels; 350k followers, 20M+ impressions

        Inclusion in IDW New Releases Newsletter (100,000 unique and engaged fans)

        Targeted online advertising campaign including search and display advertising



        Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3,000 industry and press contacts

        Advance review mailing

        Special focus on Wizards of the Coast official website, and Dungeons & Dragons blogs and fan sites

        Creator interviews with pop culture media



        Author Website: www.jimzub.com

        Author Social Media: @JimZub
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Jim Zub’s writing is top notch.” - ComicBook.com

      “A fiend-fighting fun time in Baldur’s Gate.” - Multiversity Comics

      “Gripping and amusing at the same time.” - Major Spoilers

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