Once upon a time, calendars were simple pages that tracked the days and helped one remember appointments. Today calendars inform, amuse and even inspire with breathtaking images. In fact, one publisher is introducing the Calendar Frame to transform individual pages into decorative art. You'll find just some of the endless choices in the list below, which includes all the newest genres and styles. Here are TV hits such as Desperate Housewives; happenings like Christo's Gates in New York City; classic vistas from around the world; and clever designs that will help organize even the most absent-minded among us.
New in wall format for 2006: Angry Little Girls highlight the girls from the online comic in a 16-month calendar that comes with a sheet of 75 stickers; if you think those ordinary brown hens and ubiquitous pigeons are representative of the breed, take a look at the colorful plumage on Extraordinary Chickens and Extraordinary Pigeons; le chat divine charms all on the pages of French Kitty in Breakfast at Tiffany's; Brian Froud's Goblins! is certainto delight and disgust mortals everywhere; for the amorous, The Lover's Path features classic love stories and six romantic postcards; Mighty Mouse highlights the historic cartoon superhero; Ruby Gloom's Best Friends includes all of the ghosties and ghoulies, spiders, ghouls and others who are part of her circle; William Wegman Puppies celebrate the wee fur ones ($12.99 each); Hello Kitty! Hello USA! Shows us Americana, Kitty-style ($10.99). In vertical wall format: Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy highlights these charming sprites; Man's Best Friend features Wegman's winsome weimaraners ($12.99 each). Engagement calendars highlight the beloved Blue Dog, George Rodrigue's charming creation; French Kitty in Kitty Goes to Paris; and Hello Kitty Everywhere! ($14.99 each). In boxed calendar format: Love Is... a Wild Ride and Quotable Shakespeare ($11.99 each). Terms: 1—99, 55%; 100+, 60%. Harry N. Abrams, 115 W. 18th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; (212) 206-7715.
AMERICAN QUILTER'S SOCIETY
Masterpieces in Cloth—Antique Quilts captures more than two dozen quilts from a bygone era and includes a section of protecting your quilts; Quilt Artcollects a year's worth of America's best quilts, the better to inspire creativity (engagement, $12.95 each). Terms: 6 copies minimum, 50% discount. American Quilter's Society, P.O. Box 3290, 5801 Kentucky Dam Rd., Paducah, Ky. 42002-3290; (270) 898-7903.
Of this publisher's new licenses, all three are from ABC-TV's hit series: Desperate Housewives features the sexy inhabitants of Wisteria Lane; Lost highlights scenes from this story of plane-crash survivors; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is the reality show with a heart as it finds a deserving family and renovates their home (wall, $12.99 each). Also new are Purse Calendars, slim calendars that fit into a pocket, purse or totebag and feature distinctive covers that allow owners to express their personal style, among them are Little Black Dress, Cowgirl Chic, Flower Power, "Purse"onalized, Polka Dot Passion and Becky Kelly Daydreams ($7.99 each). Mini Day-to-Day Calendars feature a magnetic backing that allows them to be mounted on the refrigerator as well as on the desk and two titles can be used as keepsake boxes: The Hatbox, which celebrates the red hats worn by women of a certain age; and Just the Right Shoe, which is designed to resemble a shoebox ($7.99 each). The bizarre humor of Gary Larson continues in with The Far Side: Mating Rituals, available in three calendar formats (wall, $12.99; mini-wall, $7.99 and desk, $12.99). The new Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,will make its debut, and 2006 calendars will feature film art (wall, $12.99; mini wall, $7.99; day-to-day, $12.99; desk, $16.99). Also available in a variety of formats are calendars featuring the work of Mary Engelbreit, Becky Kelly, Anne Geddes, Zelda Wisdom, as well as the familiar pets who highlight Get Fuzzy. Living Language calendars can you pick up helpful French, Spanish, German and Italian as the days pass by (Phrase & Culture Calendars, $11.99 each). Looking for a stylish engagement calendar? Art of the Spa visits a luxury spa each week; the Procrastinator's Planner is ideal for those who hate to plan ($12.99 each); Random Letters comes with 228 magnetic letters, allowing the user to creative changeable messages on the brushed metal cover ($14.99). Contact publisher for terms. Andrews McMeel, 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111-7701; (816) 932-6700.
The Scenic Arizona calendar displays images by top photographers and features descriptive text and "when you go" information about each location (wall, $13.99); also available: Arizona Highways Classic calendar, with room for daily reminders (wall, $7.99); the engagement calendar, with photos of the state's most notable sites and wildlife and ample space for notes and appointments ($11.99). Terms: 1—24, 50% discount, 24—49, 52%, 50—99, 54%, 99+, 55%, nonreturnable. Arizona Highways, 2039 W. Lewis Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85009-2893; (602) 712-2200.
Avalanche introduces six new formats: Plan-it calendars include the storage pocket or corkboard that are part of the standard Plan-it, but adds a place for keeping important phone numbers handy (wall, $13.99); Weekly Magnetic Calendars fit on the refrigerator, are available in four designs (wall, $10.99); Note Nook Jr. is a smaller version of the Note Nook calendar that provides a pocket for each month to hold cards, receipts and more (wall, $10.99); the Tin Message Board Calendar comes with a reusable dry-erase message board to keep for years while the lower calendar portion can be replaced (wall, $14.99); the Greeting Card Planner reminds us to buy greeting cards in time to send and offers 12 pockets to organize the cards (wall, $14.99); Pocketfuls feature an extra large grid for writing reminders and notes, an image for each day and storage pockets (wall, $12.99). Also new: Calendar Frames that turn wall calendars into framed art and come in white or cherry-finish wood or wrought iron ($19.99 each). Calendars available in wall format: Extreme Ironing celebrates this wacky sport; The Endless Summer provides surfing images from the classic film; Hawaiiana celebrates the best of Hawaiian design; destination calendars include Tuscany Under the Sun, New Zealand, Canada and Costa Rica; celebrate our nation with America's Back Roads; Woodland Faeries takes us into the faery-tale world of Linda Ravenscroft ($12.99 each). Continuing formats: Magnetic Mini Calendars and Magnetic Memories Calendars ($8.99 each); 365 Daily Thoughts & Inspirations ($7.99 each); pocket calendars ($4.99 each); and Daily Boxed Calendars ($11.99 each). Contact publisher for terms. Avalanche Publishing, 6262 Katella Ave., Cypress, Calif. 90630; (800) 888-6421.
Lead titles from this publisher of scenic calendars are America, featuring scenes from all around the country and Golf, highlighting great courses. Additional calendars include Arizona, California, Columbia River Gorge, New England, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Seattle, Washington and Utah. Terms: 50%, nonreturnable; free freight on orders placed before 6/30/05. Beautiful America, P.O. Box 244, Woodburn, Ore. 97071; (800) 874-1233.
BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS
Mom, I Love You; For an Extra Special Teen; The Greatest Gift of All Is a Daughter Like You ($16.95 each); ($16.95); Always Believe in Your Dreams; You Go, Girl; Cree Siempre en Tus Suenos; For My Amazing, Remarkable Son; A Sister's Love Is Forever; Some Friends Are Forever ($12.95 each). Contact publisher for terms. Blue Mountain Arts, P.O. Box 4549, Boulder, Colo. 80306; 800-525-0642 or 303-417-6413, ext. 573.
Fans are standing in line to see the new Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, opening in May, and Cedco is offering an array of Star Wars calendars. The Star Wars Wall Poster Calendar features promotional posters of all six Star Wars films ($19.99); also available: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 18-month wall ($14.99); Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 12-month wall ($12.99); Darth Vader 18-month wall ($14.99); and Star Wars: The Complete Saga 12-month wall ($12.99). Young and old alike still laugh at the antics of Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes crew on the Looney Tunes calendar, while Tweety stars on his own calendar (wall, $12.99 each). Tying in with director Tim Burton's fantastical adaption of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 16-month wall format ($12.99). The deliciously sexy cast of the popular TV series The O.C. is seen at its best on a wall calendar ($12). Pint-sized stars highlight Baby Circus Mermaid (wall, $12.99) and Baby Circus Strongman (wall, $12). The Sopranos boxed daily calendar recalls memorable moments from the HBO series ($11.99). Cedco's flagship calendar, Those Magnificent Trains, features spectacular images of steam and diesel engines (wal, $12.99; slim version, $8.99). Cedco also offers a range of calendars in subject categories including Famous People, Nostalgia, Humor, Pets, Nature, Floral, Art and Inspiration. Terms: minimum order, 48 calendars, 60% discount, nonreturnable; contact publisher for further information. Cedco Publishing, 100 Pelican Way, San Rafael, Calif. 94901; (415) 451-3000.
Lead titles for 2006 are: in daily calendar format: The Bad Girl's Rage-a-Day Calendar: Rage Against the Good Girl Machine—Every Single Day; The Worst-Case Scenario: Daily Survival Calendar: A Day by Day Guide to Surviving a Year's Worth of Peril on the Green ($11.95 each); Also available in daily calendar format: Position of the Day Calendar: Sex Every Day in Every Way; Worst Case Scenario: Golf Daily Survival Calendar ($11.95 each). Lead titles in engagement format: Anne Taintor: "I Can't Be Good All the Time" ($14.95); Under the Tuscan Sun ($15,95); Redstone Diary: Happiness ($18.95); The Bad Girl's Engagement Calendar: Your Weekly Guide to a Year of Delicious Mischief ($14.95); The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Calendar: "A Week by Week Guide to Surviving a Year's Worth of Peril ($14.95); Wanderlust ($14.95). Lead titles in wall format: Anne Taintor; Yoshitomo Nara; Emily the Strange ($12.95 each); Batman, Wonderwoman, Mutts, Hula Honeys, Breaking Bounds: The Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield, Wallace & Gromit, Orchids, Cats in the Sun ($12.95 each). Terms: (retail trade) 1—23 units, 25% discount; 24+, 50%, returnable; 1—23, 25%; 24+, 55%, nonreturnable. Chronicle Books, 85 Second St., San Francisco, Calif. 94105; (800) 722-6657.
New for 2006: the Down East Wall Calendar of Maine offers a full-page color photograph for each month as well as moon phases, tide tables and room for notes (Wire-O—bound, $10.95); the Down East Engagement Calendar features 18 photographs of locations from Cape Elizabeth to Bass Harbor and provides room for notes, interesting facts about Maine, holidays, moon phases and tide tables (Wire-O—bound, $12.95. Terms: 1—11, 40% discount; 12—287, 50%; 288+, 55%; nonreturnable. Down East Books, P.O. Box 679, Camden, Maine 04843; (800) 766-1670.
DOWN THE SHORE
New this year is the How to Live at the Beach Calendar, a spin-off from the books by author/artist Sandy Gingras. Each month may feature a dozen or more illustrations with a thought based on a seasonal theme (wall, $10.95). Also available are yearly favorites: Down the Shore Calendar, which captures the 127-mile-long New Jersey coast in scenic photographs, and the NJ Lighthouse Calendar 2005, showcasing 13 romantic and traditional lighthouses from Sandy Hook to Barnegat, Cape May and the Delaware Bay; both calendars feature a bonus 18-month tide chart (wall, $12.95 each). Contact publisher for terms. Down the Shore Publishing, Box 3100, Harvey Cedars, N.J. 08008; (609) 978-1233.
Among the more than 25 calendars available on wildlife and nature themes, 2006 offering include Astronomy, Frogs, Wolves, Hummingbirds, Owls, Polar Bears, Rocky Mountains, Weather and Wolves (wall, $13.99 each). Terms: 5—49 assorted, 50%; 50—99, 55%, 100— 199, 60%, 200+, 61%, nonreturnable; 20% of purchase, 45% returnable. Free freight on orders of more than $50 net. Firefly Books Ltd., 66 Leek Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ont. Canada L4B 1H1; (800) 387-5085.
GRAPHIC ARTS CENTER
This publisher's 2006 state wall calendars have been newly redesigned and feature award-winning photography plus spaces for notes on each month as well as four-month planning grids. Among the subjects: Alaska, Las Vegas, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Appalachian Trail. Terms: 12—999, 45% returnable; 50% nonreturnable; minimum order 12 copies assorted. Graphic Arts Center Publishing, Box 10306, Portland, Ore. 97296; (800) 452-3032.
The Lord of the Rings is back on the 2006 Tolkien Calendar (wall, $14.95). TV favorites include Futurama (wall, $12.99); The Simpsons Fun Calendar (wall, $12.99), The Simpsons Mini-Calendar ($7.99) and The Trivial Simpsons 365-Day Box Calendar ($12.99). Contact publisher for terms. Harper Entertainment, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022; (212) 207-7000.
The striking landscape photography of Ansel Adams is again the focal point of two calendars, in wall format ($18.95) and engagement, which includes monthly pages to facilitate long-range planning ($18.95). Terms: 55% to retail, returnable; minimum $150 invoice value. Time Warner Book Group, 3 Center Plaza, Boston, Mass. 02108; (800) 759-0190.
Celestial Gallery is highlighted by Tibetan Buddhist tantric art by Romio Shrestha, the illustrator of The Tibetan Art of Healing; Krishna Art presents the God of Love and his eternal consort as depicted in 12 images by B.G. Sharma; Gods and Goddesses gathers a gallery of deities by renowned religious painter Indra Sharma (wall, $13.95 each). Distributed by Welcome Books, 6 W. 18th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; (212) 989-3200.
Lindsay Lohan stars on her own calendar; One Tree Hill displays stars and scenes from this hit teen drama; the 1978 comedy Animal House still generates laughter, as seen on this colorful calendar; The Breakfast Club calendar recalls the classic film that stared Brat Pack favorites Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald; The Chronicles of Narnia, based on the bestselling novel The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, ties in with the Disney film due for holiday 2005 release; Duel Masters will draw the interest of adolescent boys; My Little Pony, a popular collectible toy from the 1980s, graces a new calendar. June Carey highlights the landscapes of this award-winning artist; Wyland features the work of this marine life artist; Mary Engelbreit's charming artwork is seen on her new calendar. Hugsfor Mom, Teachers and Friends is based on the inspirational book series and features space for journaling. Mead also offers calendars from bestselling artists Thomas Kinkade, Christian Riese Lassen, Deb Strain and Jennifer Garant; and characters including Disney Princess, SpongeBob SquarePants and Scooby-Doo; as well as perennial favorites Elvis, Betty Boop, I Love Lucy and more. Innovative formats include AMCAL mini, calendars in a size that is perfect for cubicles, lockers and other compact spaces; Birthday Perpetual helps keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and more and comes in a size ideal for purses, backpacks and even pockets; Scrapbooking Calendars combine scrapbooking with date keeping and come with removable pages, stickers and templates; Dry-Erase Calendar offers write-on/ wipe-off convenience; Keepsake Photo Calendar provides space for photos, is a calendar with sticker sheets and includes space for journaling. Contact publisher for terms. Mead/ Westvaco Corp., Courthouse Plaza Northeast, Dayton, Ohio 45463; (937) 495-6323.
NYRB & GRANTA BOOKS
The New York Review of Books/David Levine Desk Diary is in two-weeks-at-a-glance format and features 26 of Levine's famous caricatures from the NYRB ($19.95); the Granta Film Desk Diary is a spiral-bound engagement calendar that displays 52 covers of books that were made into classic films ($16.95). Terms: 1—99 copies, 53% discount, 100+, 58%; returnable; nonreturnable, 60%. Dist. by Publisher's Group West, 1700 Fourth St., Berkeley, Calif. 94710; (800) 788-3123.
Beautiful wooden craft—sailboats, powerboats, workboats and small open boats—are captured on the Calendar of Wooden Boats through the photographs of marine photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz; captions are by marine historian Maynard Bray (wall, $14.95). Contact publisher for terms. Noah Publications, P.O. Box 14, Route 175, Brooklin, Maine 04616; (800) 848-9663.
PEACEABLE KINGDOM PRESS
The award-winning Celebrating Children's Books returns with the work of 12 illustrators including Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, Calef Brown's Polka-bats and Octopus Slacks, Jean de Brunhoff's Babar, and Leo and Diane Dillon's Rap A Tap Tap, and includes biographies of the artists; Dr. Seuss displays a different Seuss book each month plus a bio of the author and 50 stickers; Groovy Girls provides room to record sleepovers, birthday parties, play dates and includes 150 stickers (wall, $12.95 each). Terms: 50% discount, returnable (up to 20% of returnable orders may be returned by 3/1/06); 55%, nonreturnable; minimum order, 6 calendars per style. Peaceable Kingdom Press, 950 Gilman St., Suite 200, Berkeley, Calif. 94710; (510) 558-2051.
Highlights for 2006: returning for its second year, The ECOlogical Calendar: A New Way to Experience Time is presented in four panels, one for each season, depicting what is going on daily in the natural world ($14.99); Do It Later! A 2006 Planner (or Non-Planner) for the Creative Procratinator provides fun things to do while avoiding things you should do, space for doodling and additional tools for dawdling (Wire-O-bound, $12.99); M.C. Escher: Order and Disorder, Charles Addams and Edward Gorey: The Gashlycrumb Tinies celebrate the work of each of these unique artists (vertical wall, $13.99 each); Garden Paradise: House and Garden presents enticing visions of gardens in the U.S. and Europe, B. Kliban's CatCalendar shows kitty hijinks, Frank Lloyd Wright showcases the architect's creativity (horizontal wall, $13.99 each); The New York Times: Bridge presents 53 extraordinary hands of bridge with remarks and diagrams by NYTbridge editor Alan Truscott (engagement, $14.99). In 365-Day Calendar format: The New York Times Crossword Puzzles ($12.99). Contact publisher for terms. Pomegranate Communications, 775A Southpoint Blvd., Petaluma, Calif. 94954; (800) 227-1428.
Artist Dale Chihuly's contemporary sculpture in glass is featured in a wall calendar ($12.95), while the desk calendar ($16.95) offers more than 50 images of the artist's outdoor installations and classic sculpture. Contact publisher for terms. Portland Press, P.O. Box 70856, Seattle, Wash. 98127; (800) 574-7272.
Book Lust 2006: A Reader's Calendar is based on Nancy Pearl's book and provides a each month's book, along with thought-provoking questions while 13 photographs showcase readers and their relationships to their books (wall, $11.95). Contact distributor for terms. Dist. by Publishers Group West, 1700 Fourth St., Berkeley, Calif. 94710; (800) 788-3123.
Two new calendars, Lady Luck and Martini Girls, highlight voluptuous pinups as envisioned by artist Ralph Burch, while fantasy artist Ciruelo brings fantastical dragons into the limelight (wall, $12.99 each). Cats and kittens preen on the Cats in Hats calendar, photographed by Cindy Pitts; new sports titles are Kickin' It: Women's Soccer, Rugby and Lacrosse looks at this fast-growing sport (wall, $12.99 each). New mini calendars are Dog Lover's and Cat Lover's (mini, $6.99). Popular titles updated with new art or photos are Cat Naps, Pooped Puppies, Biddys (with their hats and tiny dogs) and Coots (think high-water pants), The Crack Calendar (men in low-ride jeans), featuring the work of cartoonist Eric Decetis, Sibley: The Birder's Year and Fender Custom Shop Guitar (wall, $12.99). Returning engagement calendars are Patience Brewster: Whispers Take Wing and Diva Datebook ($8.99 each). Contact publisher for terms. Ronnie Sellers Productions, P.O. Box 818, Portland, Maine 04104; (207) 772-6814.
2006 Cool Sites wall calendars offer up-to-date travel info in a long and lean format ideal for office cubicles. Among the subjects are Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, Portland (Ore.), San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle (wall, $12.99 each). Travel and Event calendars with listings of popular events on the monthly grid plus an information directory include California, The Carolinas, Florida, Pacific Northwest, Minnesota and Michigan (wall, $12.99 each). Also, a new horizontal calendar, Dragonflies (wall, $12.99). Terms: 40% discount, returnable, minimum order 24 units; 50%, nonreturnable, minimum order 12 units; returns limited to 50% of purchase. Shearson Publishing, 411 Washington Ave., N., Suite 20, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; (800) 800-9839.
The Celestial Wonders calendar, by the editors of Sky & Telescope magazine, provides color photos of the universe, relevant date and astronomical information, "night sky" scenes at the bottom of every calendar page, and more (wall, $12.95). Terms: 1—249, 40% discount; 250— 499, 50%; 500+, 60%; return terms negotiable. Additional 2% discount on orders received before 5/16/05. Sky Publishing, 49 Bay State Rd., Cambridge, Mass. 02138; (617) 864-7360.
TEN SPEED PRESS
Why Paint Cats displays portraits of painted cats and their proud owners; Firecrackers looks at the history and cultural significance of firecracker labels as an art form; People I Sleep With amusingly shows both domestic and exotic animals napping with their humans; Furry Logic features illustrations of animals and their hilarious adages (wall, $12.95 each). Terms: 1—5 copies, 20% discount; 6+ copies, 52%, returnable; 6+ copies, 60%, nonreturnable. Ten Speed Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, Calif. 94707; (800) 841-2665.
TEXAS TECH UNIV. PRESS
For both men and women, western wear never goes out of style, as is shown on Western Wear: 1850 to 2000, a calendar that explains not only the fashion of clothing but the practical reasons for the garments (wall, $14.95). Terms: 50%, nonreturnable. Texas Tech Univ. Press, 2903 Fourth St., Suite 201, Lubbock, Tex. 79409-1037; (806) 742-2982.
The Thinkbin Family Calendar: The Perfect Organizer for Busy Families keeps even the busiest family on track with a time-of-day grid design, space for lists and reminders, plus a pocket for loose papers (wall, deluxe large size $14.95, compact size $11.95). Dist. by Baker & Taylor, P.O. Box 6885, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807; (908) 541-7479.
American Quilts looks at both traditional and contemporary designs; Folk Art Landscapes celebrates the work of self-taught artists; Currier & Ives depicts rural 19th-century America; Pirates brings to life the "golden age of piracy" from Blackbeard to Captain Henry Morgan; Red Hat Ladies celebrates being female and fabulous; Return to Route 66 takes us along this legendary highway; in Young at Heart, artist Rollie Brandt depicts the pleasures of childhood; Annette Funicello Collectible Bears displays bears as well as Annette facts, favorite recipes and quotes; Original Art of Hummel looks at the celbrated figurines; a calendar trip to Italian Vineyards will induce longing for the region's lush wines; ong; Best Hikes looks at trails worth seeking out across the U.S (wall, $12.95 each); the Roses Weekly Desk Diary looks at the flower that has inspired poets and lovers alike (desk diary, $14.95). Contact publisher for terms. Tide-Mark, P.O. Box 20, Windsor, Conn. 06095-0020; (860) 683-4499.
New for 2006: Under the Sea and Horses are new Pop Up calendars ($13.99 each); Broadway Musicals, Full Metal Alchemist, Case Closed; Cezanne, Pisarro, Fra Angelico, Matisse, Van Gogh, Christo, Cuban Carnival; Paper Dolls; Old Florida (wall, $13.99). Eats, Shoots and Leaves and Red Hat Society make their Universe debuts in two formats (engagement, $13.99 and Day to Day, $11.99); Red Hat is also available in wall format ($13.99). Mini calendars include Christo, Cowboy Boots, B Movies, Handbags ($7.99) and New York, New York is available in mini landscape design ($7.99). New engagement calendars: Cuban Carnival, Toulouse-Lautrec, Smithsonian ($13.99 each). Returning favorites: Movie Posters, Junie B. Jones, Latin American Art, Metropolitan Opera, Bitter with Baggage, American Ballet Theatre, Inuyasha, Little Prince, Louis L'Amour, Olivia, Romantic Europe, Smallville and Vermeer (wall, $13.99). Terms: minimum $100 wholesale; 50% discount; returns permitted between 1/1/06 and 5/1/06. Dist. by Andrews McMeel. Andrews McMeel, c/o Simon & Schuster, 100 Front St., Riverside, N.J. 08075; (800) 943-9831.
Lead titles for 2006: portraits taken by celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland in 1961 are the focal point of An Evening with Marilyn; Frazetta features art from two of his books; Pin Me UP! recalls the golden age of the pin-up girl; artist Jim Lee refashions the classic superhero on the Superman calendar (wall, $13.95). Super Mom's Family Planner helps keep the family organized (wall, $14.95). Also: Vintage New York, Vintage San Francisco, Hidden Napa Valley, Hidden Sonoma (wall, $13.95). Dist. by Andrews McMeel, c/o Simon & Schuster, 100 Front St., Riverside, N.J. 08075; (800) 943-9839.
The 2006 Alaska Weather Calendar showcases Alaska's natural wonders and is filled with info about its climate. Terms: 10—49 copies, 30% discount; 50—99, 45%, 100—399, 50%, 400+, 55%, returnable; 40%, 10—49; 50%, 50—99; 55%, 100—399; 60%, 400+; nonreturnable. Williwaw Publishing Co., P.O. Box 142288, Anchorage, Alaska 99514-2288; (800) 490-4950.
New for 2006: Page-a-Day Gallery Calendar: Islands provides a "vacation" a day with lush photos of island paradises around the world; returning favorites include Cat, Dog, Shoes, Car and Boat ($15.95 each). Page-a-Day Calendars: Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese offers funny and inspiring quotes adapted from the book of the same name; Mad Libs brings the Mad Lib zaniness to the calendar format; 365 tunes Calendar provides downloadable recommendations for songs to add to music players; Wacky Web Sites features the funniest, weirdest and wackiest Web destinations; Cocktails offers recipes, history, trivia, drinking games, toasts and more; A Calendar of Little Prayers provides prayers for guidance, inspiration and solace ($10.95 each). Wall calendars in a big, bold panoramic format (opens to 12"×30"): Class Cars, which captures the excitement of speed and beauty of the Porsche, Mustangs and more; enthusiasts will find themselves inside the experience of flying with a squadron of world-famous warbirds with Immortals of Flight ($12.95 each). New in standard wall format: Tales from the Crypt displays deliciously creepy art from the EC Comics classic ($11.95). Terms: minimum order 100 calendars; 53% discount returnable; 56%, nonreturnable; free freight for commitments received by 4/30/05. Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003; (800) 722-7202.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Country Calendar looks at country living through photos, old-fashioned wisdom and quotes, and tells the best days for fishing, planting, setting eggs and more (wall, $9.95); the Herbs Calendar presents an illustration of the featured herb, with gardening and harvesting tips (wall, $9.95); the Gardening Calendar offers gardening lore, advice and tips; Weather Watcher's Calendar is for those who like to keep an eye on the sky (wall, $7.95). The Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar offers advice, wisdom and folklore ($14.95); the Everyday Calendar makes every day special with quirky historical facts, lore, household hints and proverbs ($00.00). Terms: 1—9 copies, 20% discount; 10—49, 50%; 50-249, 55%; 250+, 60%. returnable; 1-9, 20%; 10-49, 53%; 50+, 60%, nonreturnable; returns due by 5/31. Dist. by Houghton Mifflin, Sales Dept., 222 Berkeley St., Boston, Mass. 02116; (800) 343-1316.