“Holly Jolly” is a joyous sleigh ride through the history of Christmas, from its religious origins to its emergence as a multimedia phenomenon. Subtitled “Celebrating Christmas Past in Pop Culture,” this full-color hardback explores movies (“Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life”), music (“White Christmas,” “Little St. Nick”), TV (“Rudolph,” “The Grinch”), books (Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”), decor (1950s silver trees), comics (super-heroes meet Santa) and more. Featuring interviews with Charles M. Schulz (“A Charlie Brown Christmas”), Andy Williams (TV’s “Mr. Christmas”), Darlene Love (“Christmas, Baby Please Come Home”) and others. Written and designed by Mark Voger (“Monster Mash,” “Groovy”), the profusely illustrated “Holly Jolly” takes readers on a time-trip to Christmases past that you will cherish all year long. [$43.95, TwoMorrows Publishing, ships Nov. 11]
See a 40-page preview HERE.
READ: “Holly Jolly” excerpts HERE.
Rejoice! “Holly Jolly” is available for pre-order from WH Smith, England’s venerable retail chain founded in London in 1792. (Hmmm … does this means the 1843 first printing of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was sold there?) Much Anglophilic geeking-out permeates “Holly Jolly,” so this feels good. Check out WH Smith’s listing for “Holly Jolly,” which sells for what the Brits call £29.24, HERE.
■ “Mazel tov!” — Wallace Stroby, author of “Heaven’s a Lie”
■ “Just in time to save the world. God bless us, every one.” — Andy P. on Facebook
■ “Another plethora of pop culture … It is just wall-to-wall covered with all things Christmas. I think people of all ages will enjoy this book.” — Bob Cahill, The BobCast
■ “’Looks gorgeous. And I spotted Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, in that trailer.” — Vince Keenan, author of “Down the Hatch,” on Facebook
■ “I can’t wait to add this to our Christmas book collection!” — Donna W. on Facebook
■ “Looks glorious — so very Voger! Indeed, the holidays will eventually arrive; never too early to think about gift-giving.” — Janet C. on Facebook
■ “It’s been a long, strange, grim year already, and I’m sure there are plenty of folks who really can’t wait for Christmas … TwoMorrows this November will be publishing ‘Holly Jolly’ by Mark Voger, an illustrated history of Christmas in pop culture, from comics to film to music to TV to toys, you name it.” — Dan Greenfield on the pop-culture website 13th Dimension
■ “I ordered this a month or so ago for a friend’s Christmas gift. Now I’m sure she’ll love it. (And hopefully let me borrow it for a bit!)” — JLH commenting on 13th Dimension
■ “This has me pretty stoked for December already.” — Philip G. commenting on 13th Dimension
■ “About 30 percent of my comic book collection is Christmas-related. We have one unused bedroom in our house that we keep decorated 12 months a year, in case we ever ‘need a little Christmas.’ Can’t wait for this book to be published.” — Randall B. commenting on 13th Dimension
■ “What a resource this will be for fans who have not done some deep diving already looking for information as many of us have. Knowing the work from Tomorrows, even those of us who have done searching will find something new. It is paid for already and I am waiting for shipping.” — Joe M. commenting on 13th Dimension
■ “Mark Voger’s delightful look at Christmas pop culture is something the world could really use right now.” — TwoMorrows Publishing blurb (OK, they have a horse in the race, but ain’t it the truth these days? Yeeesh!)
■ “Look so vintage-festive.” — Courtney K. on Facebook
■ “Looks great! Can’t wait for my copy!” — Rob S. on Facebook
From Woodstock to “The Banana Splits,” from “Sgt. Pepper” to “H.R. Pufnstuf,” from Altamont to “The Partridge Family,” “Groovy” is a far-out trip to the era of lava lamps and love beads. This profusely illustrated hardcover book — in psychedelic color — features interviews with icons of grooviness such as Peter Max, Brian Wilson, Peter Fonda, Melanie, Donovan, David Cassidy, members of the Jefferson Airplane, Cream, the Doors, the Cowsills and Vanilla Fudge; and cast members of groovy TV shows like “The Monkees,” “Laugh-In” and “The Brady Bunch.” “Groovy” revisits the era’s rock festivals, movies, art — even comics and cartoons, from the 1968 “mod” Wonder Woman to R. Crumb and the underground. A color-saturated pop-culture history written and designed by Mark Voger (author of the Rondo Award-winning “Monster Mash”),“Groovy” is one trip that doesn’t require dangerous chemicals.
LISTEN: Talkin’ about “Groovy” on the Comics Alternative podcast HERE.
LISTEN: Talkin’ about “Groovy” on my return to Too Much Scrolling HERE.
LISTEN: Talkin’ about “Groovy” on my return to Bobcast HERE.
READ: Jacqueline Cutler’s “Groovy” review for The Star-Ledger HERE.
READ: Mike Segretto’s “Groovy” review on Psychobabble HERE.
READ: Steven Thompson’s interview with me on Forces of Geek, HERE.
READ: Steven Thompson’s review of “Groovy” on Forces of Geek HERE.
READ: Ed Catto’s ComicMix column “Groovy” interview with me HERE.
READ: Donovan’s Bookshelf’ “Groovy” review (scroll down a bit) HERE.
READ: MonkeesLive Almanac’s “Groovy” preview HERE.
READ: ComicMix column’s “Groovy” preview item HERE.
READ: ComicList’s “Groovy” preview HERE.
■ “This isn’t really my thing.” — Wallace Stroby, author of “Some Die Nameless”
■ “A fun, colorful book, crammed with interviews and interesting art. Save a place for it under the Christmas tree — or next to your lava lamp.” — Jacqueline Cutler, The Star-Ledger
■ “’Groovy’ is a treasure, a true and deep examination of a decade of American pop culture, recognizing it not as merely ephemeral, but as lingering and permanently imprinted on the American psyche.” — Bradley J. Birzer, Catholic World Report
■ 4.5 out of 5 stars Amazon customer rating (based on 13 reviews)
■ “I feel like it’s 1967 just by looking through these pages.” — Keith Roth, host of WRAT-FM’s “The Electric Ballroom”
■ “Another masterpiece.” — Larry Corley, host of WQNA-FM’s “The Larry Corley Show”
■ “I love, love, love the fact that Voger makes room for the things Jann Wenner types consciously leave out of the discussion. So in this lively, ping-ponging survey of the late ’60s and early ’70s, there are places for the Buckinghams next to the Beatles, the Guess Who next to The Who, the Cowsills next to the Beach Boys, Tommy James next to Dylan, and Tiny Tim next to Hendrix.” — Mike Segretto‘s review on Psychobabble
■ “The nostalgia factor is way over the top, with the bright colors that only our pasts can ever show us. The pure entertainment factor of the book is equally high, with behind-the-scenes stories and legends told that even an old pop culture maven like myself had never heard.”
— Steven Thompson (a.k.a. “Booksteve”), Forces of Geek review
■ “What a great book.” — Ron Howden, founding (and only) drummer for Nektar
■ “I just read the introduction and it brought tears to my eyes.” — David Burd, “Uncle Floyd Show” cast member
■ “Congratulations to Mark Voger on writing such a funny, affectionate and entertaining memoir of ’60s culture.” — Scott Peters, “Groovy” proofreader (he’s from England)
More “Groovy” reviews HERE.
Read about how Ian created it HERE.
Time-trip back to the amazing era when monsters stomped into the mainstream. Once Frankenstein and fiends infiltrated TV in 1957, an avalanche of monster magazines, toys, games, trading cards and comic books crashed upon an unsuspecting America. From Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine to the #1 hit “Monster Mash” to Aurora’s model kits to the TV shows “The Addams Family,” “The Munsters” and “Dark Shadows,” the Monster Craze reigned with a creepy, kooky flair. This profusely illustrated 192-page hardback in full color features interviews with James Warren, Forrest J Ackerman, John Astin, Al Lewis, Jonathan Frid, George Barris, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Bobby (Boris) Pickett and many others, with a foreword by Zacherley, the “Cool Ghoul.” Written and designed by Mark Voger. (TwoMorrows, $39.95)
■ 4.8 out of 5 stars Amazon customer rating (based on 116 reviews)
■ Amazon sales rank: 3,631 in all books on July 25, 2015
— in your face, “The Da Vinci Code” (at 6,223 the same day)
■ #1 New Release on Amazon in 2015
■ Previews World staff pick
■ Winner, 2016 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Book of the Year Award
■ Now in its second printing
■ “ ‘Monster Mash’ is more fun than a party at Lionel Atwill’s.”
— Wallace Stroby, author of “The Devil’s Share”
■ “A party at George Zucco’s, maybe, but not Lionel Atwill’s.” — Mark Voger
■ “My office is filled with one-sheets, Aurora kits and now your tome.”
— Greg Nicotero, “The Walking Dead” director/zombie designer
■ “I almost cried when I looked through it. … I appreciate the way you connected the dots, from the horror hosts to Famous Monsters to Ed Roth and the Weird-Ohs. … Thank you for doing this book.” — Pat DiNizio, the Smithereens
■ “Voger is more than someone with a love for pop kitsch and an artful eye (he designed the book himself). He’s also a veteran journalist who was smart enough to keep his notes from decades of entertainment reporting.” — Jacqueline Cutler, The Star-Ledger
■ “Your book is a mirror. In it, you have stolen my soul. It is so nice to have it back. Thanks for taking such good care of it all these years.” — Richard Noll, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, DeSales University
■ “The best thing to come out since the original Famous Monsters magazine.” — Kevin Clement, founder of the Chiller Theatre expo
■ “This is really a labor of love. I really want people to see this book, because I just never get tired of picking it up and flipping through it.” — Jason Henderson, author, HarperCollins’ Alex Van Helsing novel series
■ “Beautiful layout! A treasure trove of images!” — Yoe Books publisher Craig Yoe
■ “This is a sensational book for its illustrated trip down Memory Lane … I knew I would love this book.” — “Mr. Media” host Bob Andelman
■ “It’s just a feast for the eyes from cover to cover … The array of material in here is just staggering.” – Larry Corley, WQNA in Springfield, Ill.
■ “All I can say is ‘WOW’ … a first-rate look back at the Monster Craze.” — Greg Bazaz, onetime Famous Monsters of Filmland kid columnist
More “Monster Mash” reviews HERE.
Above: A full-page house ad for my three latest books debuted in TwoMorrows’ RetroFan #10. Thanks, guys.
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