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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Art Books

A new round of art books to burn a hole in your wallet, sorry not sorry. I've already dropped money on the Arthur Adams one so ya'll should suffer as well.



(A) Josee Shimazaki

Josee Shimazaki is an illustrator who skillfully uses different colors to create light and shaded areas that combine to create the artist' s signature soft atmosphere. Shimazaki draws relaxed scenes with a fleeting and fantastical atmosphere. The artist is active in book and advertisement illustration, posting on social media, and more. This book features more than 120 art works by Josee Shimazaki, including commercial works that the artist has created to date alongside original art works that have caused a sensation on social media. Ten of the art works are newly drawn for this book!

In Shops: Nov 08, 2023


Why this caught my eye:

Check out this review for some nice samples.



(W) 3D TOTAL (A) Simz

In this beautiful hardback book, discover the enchanting world of Simone "Simz" Ferriero, an Italian artist who creates compelling images in which the modern day mingles with magical fantasy. The book begins with an in-depth look at the artist's creative journey, from early years and education to his professional milestones, and a look at the challenges of creating art for a living. There are two large galleries, one containing behind-the-scenes sketchbook pieces, and another focusing on Simone's modern-day witches and their spectral cat companions. Chapters on his creative process cover his tools, workspace, and advice on finding an original style, and a brand-new tutorial offers readers a chance to follow along and improve their own artistic skills.

In Shops: Oct 11, 2023


Why this caught my eye:

Check out some samples here.



(A) Acky Bright

This book is the first commercial art book from Japanese illustrator Acky Bright, whose work in live drawing events and on social media has been much talked about. His high-profile international activities include working as the main artist on a BMW campaign and exhibiting his work in Beijing, China. He is also set to develop the "cocon" series in collaboration with the up-and-coming Chinese toy manufacturer 52TOYS. The illustrator's extraordinary skill shines through in his meticulously drawn works with detailed and dynamic compositions. Original illustrations, including newly drawn works, appear in large-format, full-page spreads.

In Shops: Oct 04, 2023


Why this caught my eye:

Check out Bright's work here.



(A/CA) Peter De Seve

Peter de Sève's work spans four decades and various media, from magazines, books, and television commercials to Broadway posters and character designs for animated feature films. He is perhaps best recognized for his many covers for The New Yorker magazine and his character designs for the blockbuster Ice Age franchise (Scrat is a veritable international celebrity). Local Fauna showcases de Sève's most iconic illustrations and designs alongside a plentiful selection of sketches and personal work that have become fan favorites across social media. It includes an introduction by writer, illustrator, and character designer Carter Goodrich and an in-depth interview with Bill Watterson, the legendary creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

In Shops: Oct 11, 2023


Why this caught my eye:

Check out de Sève's work here.



(W) Arthur Adams (A/CA) Arthur Adams

A forty-year retrospective on the comic-art career of Arthur Adams.

The Art of Arthur Adams is the most comprehensive retrospective ever compiled on this celebrated comic artist. His detailed style is showcased by highlighting his singular voice, which has garnered the praise of his peers and fans worldwide. Arthur has helped to introduce some the greatest pop-culture characters in comics to a wider audience through his imaginative renditions.

A hand-picked selection of his art spans forty years and highlights a variety of comic-book covers and interior pages from each phase of his career. The pieces showcased here are from major and independent publishers as well as creator-owned projects. Examples cover a chronological display dating from his first samples, while trying to break into the business, to recent cover drawings. Each image is accompanied by personal anecdotes that enhance the visuals. In addition, this book includes a historical essay revealing the artist's journey. Never-before-seen preliminary art and pencils for his published covers also are included. This book was designed for the artist's most-seasoned fans but also serves as an introduction to those experiencing his work for the first time

In Shops: Nov 29, 2023


Why this caught my eye:

I've always loved Adams so I had to do the Kickstarter on this when it first popped up. You can check out more info on what this package entails here.


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

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