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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Art Books

This batch features the art of one of the artists that worked on the game Cult of the Lamb, and Artists' Edition of work of Kevin O'Neill, an anthology of fashion art, a collection of the works of Cosmic Spectrum, and a super deluxe presentation of Joe Jusko's Marvel Masterpiece card artwork.



(A) Carles Dalmau

Carles Dalmau has become in a short time one of the most popular illustrators in the world. With his full cartoon style of details, it has conquered developers and the general public, becoming part of many projects in the world of video games. With this artbook, in a bilingual edition so that all his followers can know his secrets, Carles gives us shows what makes his illustrations the way they are, how his style has been formed, what his references are, and what mysteries hides the world he has created.

In Shops: Jul 12, 2023


Why this caught my eye:

Been following Dalmau for a bit online. If you like the Cult of the Lamb game at all you may want to follow him.



(A/CA) Kevin O'Neill

An incredible insight into the art of one of comics' most unique talents, The 2000 AD Art of Kevin O'Neill: Apex Edition contains art from 1977 through to 2022. From concept sketches of 2000 AD's alien editor Tharg the Mighty to complete episodes of Ro-Busters and A.B.C. Warriors, and previously unseen versions of his Nemesis the Warlock: The Final Conflict pages. Also included are his never before reprinted Metalzoic covers and the entirety of his final sequential work on Bonjo From Beyond The Stars. The Apex Edition is a deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition, and this 160-page collection has been compiled by O'Neill from his own archive, reproducing his original art pages at their actual size. This is an unmissable testament to his remarkable career.


Why this caught my eye:

There are simply just too many artists editions for me to ever consider owning, but I'm glad this is an option (that I can't afford).



(A) Various

Forty new artists have contributed a selection of their own special style of illustration, this time featuring twin styles. While the previous edition was all about women's fashion, this edition features a more diverse range of fashion illustrations, including men's, unisex, body-positive, and multinational styles. This title also focuses mainly on works by illustrators in their teens and twenties, guaranteeing a showcase of the very latest trends. As in the previous book, we have selected the paper quality for each page individually to maximize the appeal of the illustrations, making each turn of the page an exciting sensory and stylistic experience.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm not so much into fashion (as in, I have none), but the art is fantastic.



(A) Cosmic Spectrum

The Art Journey of Cosmic Spectrum features the characters, worlds, and stories created by artist Yana Bogatch, aka Cosmic Spectrum. This volume showcases the artist's entire story and demonstrates the development of her style and career, as well as brand new art and tutorial content. With character art and comics being her specialty, the book features an array of tips and techniques for drawing anatomy, gesture, and character details. Storytelling and connecting with other people are vital to the artist, and readers will be fascinated to discover how she infuses her art with these motivations. The Art Journey of Cosmic Spectrum is the creative inspiration and springboard every character artist needs.


Why this caught my eye:

There's a nice preview video here that you can check out. Click 'Take a look inside'.



(W) Michael Friedlander (A/CA) Joe Jusko

Thirty years ago, a trading card series was released that would forever change the non-sport card industry.

The 1992 Marvel Masterpieces.

Because of the sheer popularity of this series, it took an unprecedented 350,000 boxes to quench the thirst of card collectors worldwide. Nothing like it had been seen before nor since.

This series would not have become the monumental success that it did, had artist Joe Jusko not produced 104 mind-boggling paintings! Joe literally set the standard for all the Marvel Masterpieces series that were to follow. Each of the 104 paintings have become iconic portrayals of the great Marvel characters, and these cards hold such a special place in the hearts of collectors of all ages—many of whom were young, single-digit or teenaged fans at the time of the series release.

It goes without saying that a large art book which highlights the amazing work Joe created is long overdue. The art needs to be presented at a larger-than-trading-card size. That’s exactly what you will get in Joe Jusko’s Art of the 1992 Marvel Masterpieces, a new deluxe, 8.5” x 11”, 300-page, hardcover volume from FPG.

This celebratory book will include all 104 of the paintings Joe produced for the original release, as well as the 20 additional paintings created for the limited edition tin set and the four-issue comic collection published the following year. It will also detail the history of the series: how it came to be and the magnitude of attention that it received through numerous promotions. And finally, being published for the first time are Joe’s original pencil sketches for each of the 104 trading card paintings! MAR231533

Why this caught my eye:

I was given a box of these cards when I was 10 and in the hospital for multiple surgeries for a punctured lung, so this art kinda helped get me through that. I already Kickstarted this sucker, but I'm glad it will hit main distribution for anyone that missed the crowdfunding.


That's it for this batch, we'll check out some miscellaneous items on the next round!

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