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Curious about the life of animation visionary, ? Discover 8 fascinating facts about Bluth’s unconventional career on  ht...
09/01/2022
8 Facts About Legendary Animator Don Bluth

Curious about the life of animation visionary, ? Discover 8 fascinating facts about Bluth’s unconventional career on https://loom.ly/mW7q1d4

In a career that has spanned more than 60 years, Don Bluth has been a director, animator, production designer, video game designer, illustrator, and teacher.

SMART POP EXPLAINS PETER JACKSON’S THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND THE HOBBIT MOVIES is the perfect guide into the cinematic w...
08/30/2022

SMART POP EXPLAINS PETER JACKSON’S THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND THE HOBBIT MOVIES is the perfect guide into the cinematic world of Hobbits, Orcs, and Elves. Grab your copy today! https://loom.ly/Ay6caOc

“Bluth tackles the ups—his early days at Disney, varied successes like Dragon’s Lair and Anastasia—and downs, turning ou...
08/17/2022
Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Michael Mann Returns to Heat, Long Live Cronenberg, Exploring Fire Walk With Me & More

“Bluth tackles the ups—his early days at Disney, varied successes like Dragon’s Lair and Anastasia—and downs, turning out a surprisingly resonant read.” Check out more of ’s glowing review of ’s latest release, SOMEWHERE OUT THERE after the cut https://loom.ly/BRywArY

Summer is a time for light reading. Well, in theory. If you are a hardcore film lover it’s also a time for deep dives into complicated classics like Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Zodiac, laser-…

From chart-topping 80’s & 90’s hits, to brand new LOTR teasers, we’ve got an explosive 14th issue of Things We Loved Thi...
07/11/2022

From chart-topping 80’s & 90’s hits, to brand new LOTR teasers, we’ve got an explosive 14th issue of Things We Loved This Week that’ll have you curious about Umbrella Academy Season 4, Indiana Jones 5, & beyond. Ready for your next pop culture adventure? https://loom.ly/IlZEdrk

An excerpt from legendary animator 's new memoir, SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, is up now on . Get the inside scoop on the highs ...
07/08/2022
An American Tail Was My Own Test of Endurance

An excerpt from legendary animator 's new memoir, SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, is up now on . Get the inside scoop on the highs and lows of his experience making An American Tail with Steven Spielberg himself. https://loom.ly/n3Rlq0w

Don Bluth went from box office hell to a meeting with Steven Spielberg and “the perfect story.”

Harry Potter and the MCU are two of the all-time largest fandoms. Everyone’s talking about them–are you ready to join th...
07/07/2022
Smart Pop Explains Marvel Movies and TV Shows - BenBella Books

Harry Potter and the MCU are two of the all-time largest fandoms. Everyone’s talking about them–are you ready to join the conversation? The SMART POP EXPLAINS series is your all-access unauthorized guide to magic, the multiverse, and beyond! https://loom.ly/nO5WB8E

If you’re looking for an easy to access entry into what literally everyone is talking about, this is the book for you! As the perfect and unauthorized resource to keep on hand when watching something for the first—or tenth—time, Smart Pop Explains Marvel Movies and TV Shows like no one else co...

Attention Parks & Rec fans of all ages: PARKS AND RECREATION: THE OFFICIAL COOKBOOK by  is out in the world! Now your dr...
06/29/2022

Attention Parks & Rec fans of all ages: PARKS AND RECREATION: THE OFFICIAL COOKBOOK by is out in the world! Now your dreams of bringing the taste of Pawnee into your kitchen have been realized. Go on, get a copy & regret nothing! https://loom.ly/ZhqzCFs

It’s a franchise frenzy in this week’s pop culture round-up! We’ll take you inside the box office and behind the scenes ...
06/13/2022

It’s a franchise frenzy in this week’s pop culture round-up! We’ll take you inside the box office and behind the scenes of : Dominion, : The Rings of Power, , and season 5: https://loom.ly/MqsMBy0

Join us for a Dragonwriter throwback with David Brin’s insightful essay, “Anne McCaffrey, Believer in Us,” where he expl...
06/02/2022

Join us for a Dragonwriter throwback with David Brin’s insightful essay, “Anne McCaffrey, Believer in Us,” where he explores how the fictional feudal world of Pern redefined science fiction. On the blog now: https://loom.ly/RXa4qcg

Whether you’re a die-hard Trekkie or new to the Enterprise, tune into Vanity Fair’s latest podcast featuring co-author o...
05/19/2022
The Friends We Made Along the Way

Whether you’re a die-hard Trekkie or new to the Enterprise, tune into Vanity Fair’s latest podcast featuring co-author of The Book of Friendship, Jordan Hoffman, as he breaks down the famous intergalactic bonds that made Star Trek unforgettable: https://spoti.fi/3ww1sRn

Listen to this episode from Little Gold Men by Vanity Fair on Spotify. Jordan Hoffman joins to discuss his book The Star Trek Book of Friendship and the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The episode also includes a look ahead at the Cannes Film Festival from Richard Lawson and Rebecca Ford,...

Check out co-author of The  Book of Friendship, Jordan Hoffman, on this week’s episode of The Ringer's House of R podcas...
05/16/2022
Exploring 'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' With Jordan Hoffman. Plus, 'Batman Unburied' Discussion With Sam Witwer | House of R

Check out co-author of The Book of Friendship, Jordan Hoffman, on this week’s episode of The Ringer's House of R podcast! Join co-hosts Mal and Joanna for a lively discussion on Hoffman's new book and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: https://spoti.fi/3sE3NXY

Listen to this episode from The Ringer-Verse on Spotify. Mal and Joanna have separate missions on this unique episode of 'House of R.' First, Joanna is joined by former host of 'The Official Star Trek Podcast' and coauthor of 'The Star Trek Book of Friendship,' Jordan Hoffman, to discuss the new ser...

It's breakout book releases and blockbusters featured in this week’s pop culture round-up! We've got a brand new  book h...
05/16/2022

It's breakout book releases and blockbusters featured in this week’s pop culture round-up! We've got a brand new book hot off the presses, tips on how to create your own call sign, and the inside scoop on the hottest upcoming releases of the summer: https://loom.ly/UTNNFwY

Happy pub day to The  Book of Friendship! Written by Robb Pearlman and Jordan Hoffman, with a foreword from Star Trek: V...
05/10/2022

Happy pub day to The Book of Friendship! Written by Robb Pearlman and Jordan Hoffman, with a foreword from Star Trek: Voyager’s Robert Picardo and Ethan Phillips, this is a fully authorized celebration of Star Trek’s most enduring and endearing friendships. Featuring art by J.K. Woodward, and a special contribution from Dr. Erin Macdonald, it's the perfect gift for your favorite Trekkie!

Get your copy now: https://loom.ly/Etcg5k4

Meet our brand new, Zelda-loving, movie theater-obsessed marketing assistant, Jenny Rosen. By day, she writes copy for t...
05/02/2022
Meet the Team: Marketing Assistant Jenny Rosen

Meet our brand new, Zelda-loving, movie theater-obsessed marketing assistant, Jenny Rosen. By day, she writes copy for the social media branch of Smart Pop! By night, she ventures into the world of Stranger Things, Square Enix, and beyond. Get to know her here: https://loom.ly/TaARL4M

Our Meet the Team series spotlights members of the Smart Pop family. Today, we’re joined by marketing assistant Jenny Rosen.

It’s  vs.  in this week’s pop culture roundup! Get an inside look at  Con, Instagram's celebrity Stormtrooper, Robb Pear...
04/18/2022

It’s vs. in this week’s pop culture roundup! Get an inside look at Con, Instagram's celebrity Stormtrooper, Robb Pearlman’s upcoming Star Trek book release, and +’s latest Obi-Wan trailer! https://loom.ly/uFEgh_E

 is tough on its contests brains, and in "The Neuroscience of Survivor," Dr. Karyn Frick explores why the “Sole Survivor...
03/14/2022

is tough on its contests brains, and in "The Neuroscience of Survivor," Dr. Karyn Frick explores why the “Sole Survivor” of every season might have the most resilient brain. Read on the blog now: https://loom.ly/8gYa4w4

On the blog now: spring TV and films we're looking forward to, paired with books to enjoy them with! https://loom.ly/QkH...
03/07/2022
Spring TV and Films + Books

On the blog now: spring TV and films we're looking forward to, paired with books to enjoy them with! https://loom.ly/QkHDC4A

Alternate your spring pop culture viewing and reading with this handy pairing guide featuring your favorite fandoms!

We have two new Trek-tastic board books coming this fall! : My First Book of Space by Star Trek science consultant Dr. E...
02/23/2022

We have two new Trek-tastic board books coming this fall! : My First Book of Space by Star Trek science consultant Dr. Erin Macdonald and My First Book of Colors by Robb Pearlman are the perfect pairing for your tiny Trekkie.

Learn more and pre-order your copies here:
https://bit.ly/3BIOy39
https://bit.ly/35dezvr

Happy Valentine's Day! On the blog now is a classic Smart Pop essay from Seven Seasons of Buffy, all about the power of ...
02/14/2022
Smart Pop Classics: Love Saves the World

Happy Valentine's Day! On the blog now is a classic Smart Pop essay from Seven Seasons of Buffy, all about the power of love.

Author Jean Lorrah argues that the love shared by Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles is real and lasting, and constitutes a family more stable and loving than most blood families. And how, at the end of season six, their love saves the world. What could be more beautiful and powerful? https://loom.ly/erlD9Fs

In Seven Seasons of Buffy, Jean Lorrah explores thedepth of love between Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles, and how it even saves the world.

COVER REVEAL: Ever wanted to share your fandom with a new friend but didn’t know where to start? Or have you wished ther...
02/07/2022
Book Announcement: Smart Pop Explains

COVER REVEAL: Ever wanted to share your fandom with a new friend but didn’t know where to start? Or have you wished there was an easy entry point to a long-running franchise that you think you would enjoy? Then our new Smart Pop Explains series is for you! https://loom.ly/1Jkwmsg

The Smart Pop Explains series is for anyone who wants to understand what everyone’s talking about.

We're delighted to introduce you to our brilliant, Halo-obsessed, pretzel-loving production director, Monica Lowry! On t...
02/01/2022
Meet the Team: Production Director Monica Lowry

We're delighted to introduce you to our brilliant, Halo-obsessed, pretzel-loving production director, Monica Lowry! On the blog now, Monica shares moments of fangirlitis, movie hot takes, a trip to Hobbiton, and how she contributes to bringing our books to your shelves: https://loom.ly/B_VI99M

Thank you, Monica! 🖖

Our Meet the Team series spotlights members of the Smart Pop family. Today, we’re joined by production director Monica Lowry.

 readers have a lot to look forward to this year! We're loving Trek Central's round-up of 2022 Trek books, including our...
01/26/2022
NEW STAR TREK BOOKS & MORE FOR 2022

readers have a lot to look forward to this year! We're loving Trek Central's round-up of 2022 Trek books, including our very own Star Trek Book of Friendship by Robb Pearlman and Jordan Hoffman: https://loom.ly/rqfcJhc

2021 delivered a plethora of new Star Trek reference books, comics and novels, from the Coda Trilogy, to Hero Collector’s popular ‘Shipyards’ series. And 2022 looks set to deliver even more epic tomes to fill up those bookshelves. We’ve got new Shipyards volumes, a new Star Trek: The Next Ge...

We're kicking off the week with a fresh round of pop culture recs, including a new way to watch , teaser trailers that h...
01/24/2022

We're kicking off the week with a fresh round of pop culture recs, including a new way to watch , teaser trailers that have us hyped, and an animation book round-up from cartoonbrew.com we were honored to be part of. Read on the blog now: https://loom.ly/ifYXBjE

Getting psyched for the new Batman movie coming this spring with a throwback essay from Batman Unauthorized! In his essa...
01/17/2022
Smart Pop Classics: Holy Signifier, Batman!

Getting psyched for the new Batman movie coming this spring with a throwback essay from Batman Unauthorized! In his essay “Holy Signifier, Batman!” Nick Mamatas argues that of the many iterations of Batman that exist, the campy TV Batman of the 1960s is the most compelling version of all. Read on the blog now: https://loom.ly/JJPsfpc

In “Holy Signifier, Batman!” from Batman Unauthorized, Nick Mamatas argues that Batman only works as Pop art, and that of the many iterations of Batman that exist, the campy TV Batman of the 1960s is the most compelling version of the Caped Crusader of them all.

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is tough on its contests brains, and in "The Neuroscience of Survivor," Dr. Karyn Frick explores why the “Sole Survivor” of every season might have the most resilient brain. Read on the blog now: https://loom.ly/8gYa4w4
The Princess Bride cookbook of your dreams? "As you dish!"
On the blog now: spring TV and films we're looking forward to, paired with books to enjoy them with! https://loom.ly/QkHDC4A
We have two new Trek-tastic board books coming this fall! : My First Book of Space by Star Trek science consultant Dr. Erin Macdonald and My First Book of Colors by Robb Pearlman are the perfect pairing for your tiny Trekkie.

Learn more and pre-order your copies here:
https://bit.ly/3BIOy39
https://bit.ly/35dezvr
We're over on TikTok now, Smart Poppers! We're over on TikTok now! For our first post, we're pairing some great pop culture reads and delicious drinks: https://www.tiktok.com//video/7065814330662587695?_t=8Q5xwhpfIp4&_r=1
Happy Valentine's Day! On the blog now is a classic Smart Pop essay from Seven Seasons of Buffy, all about the power of love.

Author Jean Lorrah argues that the love shared by Buffy, Xander, Willow, and Giles is real and lasting, and constitutes a family more stable and loving than most blood families. And how, at the end of season six, their love saves the world. What could be more beautiful and powerful? https://loom.ly/erlD9Fs
COVER REVEAL: Ever wanted to share your fandom with a new friend but didn’t know where to start? Or have you wished there was an easy entry point to a long-running franchise that you think you would enjoy? Then our new Smart Pop Explains series is for you! https://loom.ly/1Jkwmsg
We're delighted to introduce you to our brilliant, Halo-obsessed, pretzel-loving production director, Monica Lowry! On the blog now, Monica shares moments of fangirlitis, movie hot takes, a trip to Hobbiton, and how she contributes to bringing our books to your shelves: https://loom.ly/B_VI99M

Thank you, Monica! 🖖
readers have a lot to look forward to this year! We're loving Trek Central's round-up of 2022 Trek books, including our very own Star Trek Book of Friendship by Robb Pearlman and Jordan Hoffman: https://loom.ly/rqfcJhc
We're kicking off the week with a fresh round of pop culture recs, including a new way to watch , teaser trailers that have us hyped, and an animation book round-up from cartoonbrew.com we were honored to be part of. Read on the blog now: https://loom.ly/ifYXBjE
Getting psyched for the new Batman movie coming this spring with a throwback essay from Batman Unauthorized! In his essay “Holy Signifier, Batman!” Nick Mamatas argues that of the many iterations of Batman that exist, the campy TV Batman of the 1960s is the most compelling version of all. Read on the blog now: https://loom.ly/JJPsfpc
Notting Hill Nerd's uplifting review of Star Trek: Starfleet Is... is just further proof that fandom is the best. https://loom.ly/Lf7RUyY
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