The 2006 season for the storied Miami Hurricanes proved to be one of the worst for the program in three decades. Finishing with a 6-6 record, the fall of the most successful college football program of the past 25 years was one of the biggest stories in collegiate football. The season was the culmination of a gradual decline since the Hurricanes won their fifth national championship in 2001. In each year since, Miami seems to have regressed in terms of national stature, going from the undefeated national championship in 2001 to falling from the AP Top 25 in 2006 for the first time in 10 seasons. In this book, Barry Jackson chronicles the rise and fall of this great football program.
By Joel Strong
Overflowing with striking photography and essays, Big Head, Big City…New York exposes the celebrity of New York like never before. Kardashian’s dancing in Hell’s Kitchen, Trump and Hillary flirting in Central Park, and Amy Poehler jamming with the guys from N.W.A are only the beginning of this underbelly of New York City’s most glamorous, self-important residents. Where Humans of New York captured the heart-wrenching pulse of Manhattan, Big Head, Big City….New York uncovers its hilarious spirit. A city spewing with celebrity, it was only a matter of time before these acts were captured. Clever, comical and, creative, these celebrities simply can’t help but get caught in these unflattering situations. Joel Strong’s art project started out simple: hold tiny cut-outs of Leonardo DiCaprio stills from the 90s over strangers’ faces and Instagram it—“A sort Humans of New York meets BOP Magazine,” as he puts it. His love for everything social—social media, human interaction, celebrity, and fashion—is evident in each post, but there’s also something refreshingly intriguing about the canvas of the art project itself. While most are posting photos of their gourmet meal at wherever (who cares?), or boring (and borderline sociopathic) selfies, Joel Strong’s mydaywithleo unwittingly advises you to retire your narcissistic ploys and start thinking deeper—but not too deep. Called “a genius” by Pop Up Magazine, Strong has emerged as one of the top social media artists and his singular POV and style is refreshingly quirky.
Is there anything more likely to make you laugh or put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? Such remarks are not only endless, but often an endless source of joy, like these hilarious quotes: • Dylan, age 5, "Mom, did it hurt much when you gave birth to Daddy?" • Keira, age 8, "Being in love is like having a birthday in your stomach." • Miley, age 3, "When I grow up, I want to be pregnant. Or a princess." • Jayden, age 5, "Mom, how old were you when you were my age?" I Am So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children, aged two to ten years. All of the stories have a very real and personal feel, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning and laughing long after you’ve turned the last page. More from the book- Round and Round it Goes Samuel, age 4: “Mom, does the Earth ever get dizzy?” Insightful Abigail, age 4: “Mommy, do you know why it snows?” Mother: “Hmm no, why?” Abigail: “It’s because the clouds wants to give the kids something funny to play with.” Astrology for Beginners 3 girls, age 4, during nursery school lunch-break discuss zodiac signs: Jessica: “I’m a Capricorn.” Taylor: “I’m a Virgo.” Ashley: “I’m a Princess.” Jurassic Dad Sydney, age 7: “Dad, you’re so old you must remember what the dinosaurs looked like?”
Filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Nick Belardes are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere. Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds. At the same time, many aspiring filmmakers are running into their share of problems. Not enough money for crews? You’re probably over budget and more than likely making the wrong movie. Can’t get the attention of an indie studio? You probably should have started with a short film to gain attention. Film school numbers aren’t down. They’re increasing at more than 2,600 film-related courses worldwide. You probably didn’t even realize 48% of all film schools are in the U.S. and U.K. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are literally learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, as well as the craft of making movies, from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. They’re totally DIY and the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California operation that is building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online throughout the world. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games. What you’ll learn inside this book: - How can planning and shooting a short film today lead to a feature-length project tomorrow? Find out! - Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget. - Get tips on how to find locations and not get arrested. - Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes! - Sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry. Including puppetry! - Screenings, promotions and juicy tips on film festival strategy.
By Paul Gerrard
Greatness is as hard to quantify or explain as it is to achieve…probably not a coincidence. Optimum Drive deconstructs greatness in a way that allows the reader to holistically understand what greatness actually is. It provides a system and a process that if honestly adhered to can allow the reader to fully unlock their potential. Driving has been explained many times in many books, racing drivers, engineers and phycologists have all had their say and truth be told most of what needs to be said has been put to paper but it’s fragmented and since it’s scattered amongst several resources written from inevitably different perspectives it is virtually impossible to put this complex puzzle together. The author Paul Gerrard has experience in all facets of driving and his singular voice provides the drivers perspective on the system of driving that can clearly lead the reader on the path to unlock the greatness that resides in all of us.
In his debut essay collection, Nicholas Belardes uses today’s pop culture and self-deprecating humor as a filter for discussing personal stories of family, writing, gender, art, and race. He dives into the Harry Potter play and discusses his cursed childhood home. He tells coming-of-age tales of Dungeons & Dragons and blames Stranger Things for jogging those hilarious memories. In great detail he describes how working for a cheesy Las Vegas animation company meant everything to a relationship with his dad. And he presents an unpopular artistic argument for how Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones may have ruined his life as a writer (not really). He gives you Star Wars and its weird connections to the Catcher in the Rye (as well as artistic expectations in education). In an essay about race he presents virtual universes, cowboy images of his racist dad, and odd choices of identity in Ready Player One. He even provides a layman’s guide for how to introduce someone to Star Trek while at the same time telling us that what we mimic might not be good for us. He also discusses miscommunication in the world in relation to writing the first original Twitter novel, Small Places. And finally, he describes how American numbness negatively affects the world of art. Belardes presents a side of our humanity working in tandem with pop culture. It isn’t always pretty, though it is hopeful, sometimes funny, and full of promise.
In August 2016, José Fernández’s girlfriend, Maria Arias, presented him with a special cake at a family dinner to celebrate that they were going to have a baby. For Fernandez, becoming a father marked a new milestone in a young life that had already been brimming with milestones: fleeing Cuba multiple times before making it to freedom in the United States; drafted by the Miami Marlins in the first round in 2011; making the 2013 and 2016 All-Star teams; winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and becoming a U.S. citizen last year. Suddenly, early in the morning of September 25, his life came to a tragic end in a boating crash that left his family, friends, and the baseball world devastated. This book is a Miami Herald tribute to baseball’s unforgettable young pitching sensation and lover of life.
Take a trip down memory lane, Dolfans. The Perfect Season. Dan Marino. The “clock” play. Don Shula. The hook and lateral. Larry Csonka. Beating the ’85 Bears. The No-Name Defense. The Marks Brothers. The Killer B’s. Garo’s kick winning the longest playoff game. Paul Warfield, Larry Little and the rest of the Hall of Famers. This scrapbook of pictures, stories, stats and more from the sports pages of the Miami Herald will conjure fond memories for Dolphins fans everywhere.
The Last Son of Krypton, Kal-El, Clark Kent, the Man of Steel...Superman. The most iconic character to come from the pages of comic books has a tremendously detailed history that has never been explained like this. In his debut book, Rob Jefferson of Comic Explained assembles Superman’s entire publication history - breaking down every facet from the time period of his creation, its impact on his creators to the subsequent success and birth of the superhero genre. From paper to the big screen, Superman has transcended multiple generation, inspiring millions of readers and viewers along the way. This is his story, explained by one of the leading voices of comics from the world of YouTube.
By Benny Potter
A quick look at Hollywood today and you'll realize we are in the Golden Age of comic book movies. Superhero adaptations dominate the box office and the major studios have all followed our extraordinary cultural interest in larger-than-life heroic movies. Benny Potter, aka the Comicstorian YouTube channel (80 million views and over 500,000 subscribers) swoops in to save the day with his new book The Rise of Comic Book Movies: From the Pages to the Big Screen. In The Rise of Comic Book Movies, Potter stalks into the darkest shadows of evil and uses his superhero reviewing powers to determine which comic book-inspired movies are the best of all time.
Innovators in online content, ScrewAttack has been producing industry leading original content and melting faces for a decade and now they're bring their unique spin on video games to print! Following in the vein of their hit online "Video Game Vault" series, this book takes a look at one of the most important video game consoles in history, the N64. The ScrewAttack team writes about their personal favorite games ever produced for Nintendo's iconic console while providing their one of a kind personal experiences associated with them.
Theaters around the world are dominated by comic book heroes, ice princesses, apocalyptic love-struck teens, and whatever masterpiece Pixar is rolling out. It’s clear that cinema is as healthy as ever. Oscar-worthy directors, indie geniuses and foreign artists are creating stunning, boundary-pushing work. Since the turn of the century, movie lovers have been enjoying a second golden age. But which films are the best of the best? What are the top movies since 2000 to see before you die? Chris Stuckmann, one of YouTube’s most popular film reviewers (70+ million views) gives us his best of the best! In his book debut, Stuckmann delivers his list of the very best 50 Movies since 2000 – with that style and punch that YouTube viewers have come to love. These are the films you must see before you die.
By Sean Covey
Updated and redesigned, A Self-Guided Workbook for Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey is a short, quick, and user friendly companion to the bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. This compact workbook provides the same engaging activities, interactives, and self-evaluations but now graphically more engaging to help teens understand and apply the power of the Habits. Sean Covey has helped countless teens make better decisions and improve their sense of self-worth.
From pixelated pioneer adventures to stunning space odysseys, the boundaries of the video game world are expanding every day. Grand epics and gritty mysteries. Fierce competition and friendly cooperation. Powerful emotions and uproarious laughter. Video games are fantastically diverse and wonderfully creative, but not all games are created equal. With so many games out there on so many different consoles, computers, and devices, how do you decide which games are worth playing? Backed by years of writing about games professionally and decades spent playing them, Chris Watters lays out a list of 50 games to entertain and enlighten you. Whether you’re trying to learn more about the world of gaming or strengthening your claim to true gaming fluency, these are the games you’ll want to play, and why you’ll want to play them.
If you give a kid a smart phone, you’ll have a lot of headaches to fix. Bringing the question of whether or not children are mature enough to have their own smart devices, this downward spiral of a spoiled kid gone rotten will show the consequences of giving a child gifts they’re not ready for. From accidentally flushing the phone down the toilet to crying for the next gadget update, parents will learn that if you give a kid a smart phone, you’ll only cause trouble.
One evening, over-indulged Holly decided to demonstrate her artistic talents on the newly-decorated walls of her parents dream home. In this made-for-parents satirical tale, our 21st Century-imaginative child Holly creates a messy masterpiece only an unemployed painter could love. Will her new age parents finally give in and punish her? Will they take away the marker for a day? Or will they go the route of Harold and the Purple Crayon, and simply let her imagination ruin their walls? Holly, Drop that Friggin' Marker is the perfect blend of comedy and truth that any parent with an artistic child can enjoy and learn from.
If you’ve ever been unemployed or are currently unemployed, then you know the magical soul-searching journey that is looking for a job. From sending hundreds of emails into the black void that is the internet job market to contemplating whether you should pick up a life of crime to pay the bills, unemployment brings out the darkest attributes in a person. It starts off as a time for freedom and bucket-list vacations, but it slowly downward spirals into a battle against job market trolls and unemployment dragons—but maybe that’s just a sign that you might need to leave the house, buddy. Presenting the sequel to 99 Signs You Are Not in the 1%, S.m. Torres gives you 99 Signs You Are Unemployed, a book that covers each stage of unemployment, from denial to madness to recovery. It’s a difficult journey to embark upon, but there’s no room for giving up. It may get rough. It may get weird. But in the end, someone’s got to hire you eventually, right?
Honey Badger is angry because Honey Badger is hungry. In The Very Hungry Honey Badger, you’ll witness the angriest mammal in the animal kingdom get into several fights as he searches for food. From scaring off buffalo to battling cobras, Honey Badger will show you he does not mess around when his stomach’s grumbling. Someone get him food, pronto! From Kumquat comes the retelling of a classic story through the voracious appetite of the Honey Badger.