Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stangel brothers publish parody for parents

Do you have kids? Do you remember what life was like before them? You know, those days, long, long ago in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, when the word "hip" didn't make you think of your aging body?

Humor writers and brothers, Eric and Justin Stangel, have written a hilarious book with an inside look at life in the suburbs when you're married with kids. 

Goodnight Husband, Goodnight Wife is an illustrated book and a parody on a classic children's bedtime story, and one that parents will find themselves reading - and laughing along to - after their kids are finally asleep.
Goodnight Husband, Goodnight Wife
Goodnight to our old life

Back hair, midlife crises, granny panties, man boobs...nothing is off limits!

Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel are head writers and producers of the Late Show with David Letterman, part of a team that has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, twenty-one Emmy nominations, and various Writers Guild of America nominations. 

In 2011, Eric Stangel was named to's Twitter 140, a list of the world's most influential people on Twitter, under the Sports category.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rango wins Academy Award for Best Animated Featured Film

Congratulations to Gore Verbinkski for his Oscar win Sunday evening. Rango took home the Academy Award as this year's Best Animated Feature Film, Verbinski's first animated film.

The Ballad of Rango: The Making of an Outlaw Film provides an insider's view of the creative process behind Rango, the groundbreaking feature film from Blind Wink Productions and Industrial Light & Magic

The Ballad of Rango: The Art & Making of an Outlaw Film
A true original.

50 Top Air Guitar Songs of All Time

Of course you'll find Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones on this list, but you may be surprised at who else is included.


Learn more air guitar moves along with some pretty important dos and don'ts in the new book from Bruno MacDonald, "Air Guitar: A User's Guide - What Every Axeman Needs to Know." He also goes into further explanation of all 50 of these songs and shares some pretty incredible stories from your favorite guitar heroes.

Monday, February 27, 2012

2012's Monumental Moments

2012 is a year of celebration and remembrance. Join us as we honor some epic moments in music, literature and world history.

70 - The age Jimi Hendrix would be this year. Born in 1942, Jimi Hendrix continues to influence musicians around the world as his name lives on through his timeless music. Named, this year, as the Best Guitarist of All Time, Jimi Hendrix helped music evolve in the late 60s until his unexpected death in 1970 at the young age of 27.

The Experience
Rock Gods
80 - Born on February 26th, 1932, Johnny Cash would have turned 80 this year. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned at his childhood home, which is being restored. A Johnny Cash museum is scheduled to open in Nashville later this summer.

House of Cash
100 - The anniversary of the Titanic's epic journey will be remembered with exhibits across the country at participating museums, such as the San Diego Natural History Museum. James Cameron will be re-releasing his award-winning film, Titanic, in 3D this April.

The Titanic Notebook
200 - Charles Dickens has been called the first pop culture icon and continues to influence writers around the world. Many events and exhibits will take place this year in honor of this literary legend.
Charles Dickens

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Celebrating the birth date of Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932 which means he would have turned 80 this year. John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash's only child with June Carter Cash, has shared his father's personal life in his recent book, House of Cash, providing fans around the world the opportunity to really get to know the Man in Black.

Did you know?
  • Cash starred in his own TV show on the ABC Network from 1969 - 1971. 
  • Johnny Cash was arrested in 1965 for picking flowers (trespassing in Mississippi).
  • In 1993, actress Jane Seymour named one of her twin boys after Johnny Cash.
John Carter was kind enough to share a few intimate details about his father in honor of his birth day. 
"My father loved peanuts. Each year for his birthday I go to his gravesite and leave peanuts scattered across his grave."

"Dad was mostly about celebrating other folk’s birthdays. But I do remember his fiftieth. There was a large party and seemingly everyone he knew was there."

A new Johnny Cash museum is scheduled to open this summer in Nashville. A separate groundbreaking event will take place in Dyess, Arkansas to preserve Cash's childhood home.

Friday, February 24, 2012

One on One with Bob Marley, Rolling Stones, and Elvis

Insight Editions has had the pleasure of highlighting some pretty legendary musicians in our publications and this year, we're excited to launch our new One on One series for an even more intimate look at some music icons.

Bob Marley, Elvis and the Rolling Stones are the first three names to make it on this list with photograph collections unlike anything else we've ever done.

David Burnett followed Bob Marley on his Exodus tour in 1977, taking photos on the bus, during sound check, playing soccer, and in concert. 
"It's not every day that you come across an unpublished collection of photographs of a legend. It is even more amazing when those photographs were taken by an accomplished, award-winning photojournalist." - Chris Murray (from the introduction)
Available Now:
Bob Marley
by David Burnett
160 pages

Coming Soon:

April 2012
Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer
320 pages
"...when somebody is doing something that is more important in his or her life than having their photograph taken, you're going to get good pictures." - Alfred Wertheimer
September 2012
Photography by Gered Mankowitz, Written by Sean Egan
240 pages

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Academy Awards special promotion

It's still award season in Hollywood, with the Oscars less than a week away. With the Grammy's behind us and the Academy Awards just around the corner, we thought we'd share a special discount on our film, animation, and music titles.

Save 20% on any of the following titles using the promo code ACADEMYS at checkout:




Art of Megamind
The Art of Planet 51

*The films associated with these titles were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Make sure to follow our Insight Editions twitter feed for live updates and commentary during the award ceremony, taking place Sunday, February 26th at 7pm (EST).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

10 rock classics no Air Guitarist should ever attempt

It's never too early or too late to start strumming, just be sure to avoid playing these on your air guitar:
  1. "Sweet Child O' Mine"
    Guns N' Roses
    Appetite for Destruction, 1987

  2. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
    Pink Floyd
    Wish You Were Here, 1975

  3. "Tubular Bells"
    Mike Oldfield
    Tubular Bells , 1973

  4. "Livin' On A Prayer"
    Bon Jovi
    Slippery When Wet, 1987

  5. "Fool To Cry"
    The Rolling Stones
    Black and Blue, 1976

  6. "Heaven And Hell"
    Black Sabbath
    Heaven and Hell, 1980

  7. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
    Open Up and Say...Ahh!, 1988

  8. "Closer"
    Nine Inch Nails
    The Downward Spiral, 1994

  9. "Kashmir"
    Led Zeppelin
    Physical Graffiti, 1975

  10. "Flight Of Icarus"
    Iron Maiden
    Piece of Mind, 1983

For a full explanation of why these songs just aren't meant to be played on an air guitar, pick up a copy of "Air Guitar: A User's Guide," filled with other dos and don'ts for all your air guitar moves.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Top Titles from 2011

It's February already, but we're still excited about our successful titles from 2011, especially those that are still getting some major publicity. Of course, it does help that we've been lucky enough to work with some big names, like John Carter Cash, Ken Regan and Deckard Cain, the character behind one of the most anticipated games of this year, from Blizzard Entertainment.

Rave Reviews:

All Access (2nd printing)

"Magic, historic, epic moments, and all in a day’s work for Regan, judging by the jaw-dropping number of them featured in the book’s pages.

But then who else could boast a preface by Keith Richards and an introduction by Mick Jagger….?" - Driven

Diablo III: Book of Cain

"...the most badass pieces of gaming literature I've ever had the pleasure of getting my hands on." - Nerd Mentality

House of Cash (2nd printing)

" may be one of the best ways to get to know what he was like as a father, husband, and friend instead of as the musical icon so many are familiar with." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Books for your favorite Bibliophile

So, it's Valentine's Day weekend. You have plenty of time for last minute shopping since this romantic holiday falls on a Tuesday this year.

Jewelry might not appeal to your special someone and roses don't last very long. Chocolate is good for any occasion, but accompany that with a special book (with a hand-written note inside) and you've got yourself a real present!

Pick up a copy of one of these titles at your favorite bookstore, or better yet, add them to your cart through our online store and save yourself the headache of having to hit the mall this weekend.


Charmed by Audrey

by John Lennon

The Kiss: A Celebration

by B.J. Gallegher

You can also pre-order this fun, new book for your significant other, if you're fairly confident their sense of humor can handle it. 

In the green suburbs, tucked away in bed, are two parents.
Goodnight husband, goodnight wife.

by Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sneak Peek at Spring Titles

Our 2012 titles are too good to keep to ourselves and some are already available for pre-order through our site or your favorite place to buy books.

Don't miss out on these forthcoming titles: 

Tools, Weapons, Vehicles & Documents from the Batcave
Collected by Bruce Wayne

Hardcover | 160 pages | $40.00

Engineering, Aesthetics, and Function through the Decades
by Mark Cotta Vaz

Hardcover | 156 pages | $35.00

by Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel

Hardcover | 32 pages | $16.99

A distinctly grown-up spin on a classic children's bedtime story.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Dickens Bicentenary

Charles Dickens was an intriguing personality. He was a man far ahead of his time, a Victorian whose ideals and outlook on life were better suited to the modern world. With beautiful photographs and artworks, and many never before seen facsimile documents from Dickens's own archives, Charles Dickens brings to life this extraordinary and complex man, whose name remains internationally revered and whose work continues to inspire us today.
Charles Dickens is the definitive interactive illustrated guide to the man and his works. Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum, London, it follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age, and how he still remains one of Britain's most renowned literary figures, even in the twenty-first century. It is an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, father, friend and employer; at his longing to be an actor, his travels across North America, his year spent living in Italy and his great love of France. It introduces Dickens's fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends, and we discover when and how life and real-life personalities were imitated in his art.

Charles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812 - 2012
by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley with The Charles Dickens Museum
Hardcover | $39.99 | 124 pages

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens and a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London. She has written more than 20 books, including Lizzie SiddalThe Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel (2004) and Katey, The Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter (2006). A lecturer as well as a writer, Lucinda is an expert in Dickens' family life and has been awarded a fellowship to study the life of Augustus Dickens (Charles's brother and the original "Boz") at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Guy's Guide to Pinterest

Pinterest has quickly become a household name, particularly in households with females who like to cook, craft and create.

While there are a few men adding pins to their boards (around 20% of pinterest users are male), it seems as though this number is growing quite rapidly.

Just since we've joined, we've discovered some great guys to follow with some pretty cool imagery to look at. Here's our list of Pinners (is that what Pinterest users are called?) to check out: 

Take a look at some of our recent pins:

Don't forget to follow Insight Editions on Pinterest and to share links to your Pinterest pages below.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Celebrate the birth day of Bob Marley

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945 and lived to only 36. He left behind a legendary musical career, earning numerous awards and accolades including a Lifetime Achievement Award (Grammy, 2001) and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of 1994.

The latest book from our One on One series, Bob Marley, will be released on February 20th. 

On assignment in Jamaica for Time magazine in 1976, David Burnett photographed Bob Marley at his Tuff Gong home in Kingston, Jamaica, and then on the start of the seminal Exodus tour. Capturing the legend at an exceptional moment in time, Burnett’s work intersects with both the zenith of Marley’s career and the traumatic upheaval of his flight from Jamaica after an attempt on his life. For any reggae lover or music history buff, Bob Marley offers a matchless glimpse into the legend’s life at home.

Photo-journalist David Burnett first photographed Bob Marley in 1976. Burnett's vision coupled with Marley's larger-than-life charisma resulted in an amazing collection of previously unseen images in Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley in Jamaica and Beyond.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Titanic Artifact Exhibits

Titanic Boarding Pass Fleece BlanketThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic voyage. There were over 3,500 passengers and crew on board and divers and historians have collected artifacts over the years that are shared at history and maritime museums all around the country.

Here is a list of American museums and venues that will be hosting the Titanic: Artifact Exhibits in 2012. Thanks to the RMS Titanic for the list.

Titanic Las Vegas
The Luxor Hotel and Casino

Currently open

Titanic San Diego
San Diego Natural History Museum
Opens February 10, 2012

Titanic Kansas City
Union Station
Opens March 3, 2012

Titanic Detroit
The Henry Ford Museum
Opens March 31, 2012

Pre-order a copy of The Titanic Notebook: The Story of the World's Most Famous Ship to brush up on your Titanic history and assemble the 23-inch long Titanic model provided in this pop-up book with spectacular paper engineering.