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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Art Books

We've got the subversive art of Joe Coleman, the ornate stylings of Nanaco Yashiro, the debut art book from popular self-taught digital illustrator Raide, and a trio of SCP art books featuring an army of talent.

 

A Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman

(A) Joe Coleman


A complete monograph of the unique and subversive artist Joe Coleman, the "walking ghost of old America."


Joe Coleman paints incredibly detailed portraits of sinners, saints, freaks, and personal friends that collectively present a dark history of America. Painting with a single-hair brush and a jeweler's loupe, the artist states he only knows when the painting is done because he runs out of room on the canvas. With a body of work that spans five decades (including his early work as a comic book artist), Coleman's work includes subjects such as Hank Williams, Ed Gein, Jayne Mansfield, and his wife and muse, Whitney Ward. Coleman not only captures his subject's likeness, but his portraits also serve as ambitious narratives of the subject's life. Told in lozenges scattered throughout the often-larger-than-life works, the portraits contain scenes from the subject's life and words and phrases. Coleman is not afraid to explore the dark reaches of the human psyche, but also portrays a distinct humanity in his subjects and often includes a touch of humor.


A Doorway to Joe collects over 150 paintings and comprehensively illustrated sections and essays about Coleman's fine art, comics art, music career (as front man of the '70s punk band, the Steel Tips), performance art, and the artist's "Odditorium," a private museum where sideshow objects, wax figures, crime artifacts and works of religious devotion live together to form a dark mirror that reflects the alternative side of the American psyche. Featuring a foreword by museum director Mike McGee, an introduction by musician Tom Waits, and essays by art critics, curators, and impresarios including Rebecca Lieb, Dan Cameron, Nicholas Hall, Darius Spieth, Steven Holmes, Kimiko Hahn, Latitia Ante Delictum, Jonathon Shaw, Monte Beauchamp, Clemens Marschall, Sara Fortson, Walton Ford, and Carlo McCormick. JAN241646


Why this caught my eye:

It's $99, but it's a 450pg HC from Fantagraphics so it will be well worth it. Find out more about Coleman here

 

WONDERLAND ART OF NANACO YASHIRO SC

(A) Nanaco Yashiro


Nanaco Yashiro's illustrations feature motifs such as a woman in a feathered robe from Japanese mythology, a large tiger reminiscent of Arabia, a man in a spacesuit, and concept art for an imaginary movie about heaven and hell that the illustrator created herself and are each drawn sometimes in delicately refined watercolor brushwork and at other times in bold strokes with acrylic gouache. This book contains nearly 120 carefully selected illustrations, including many that have been newly drawn for this book, which are grouped in different themes, such as plants, animals, beautiful women, and fairytales, allowing readers to enjoy the lovely and mysterious world of Yashiro's works.

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Why this caught my eye:

This looks to be a reoffering, which is great as I completely missed it back in '22. Check out some beautiful art samples here.

 

GOLDEN HOUR ART OF RAIDE HC

(A) Raide


Golden Hour: The Art of Raide is the debut art book from popular self-taught digital illustrator Raide. Driven by her passion for character art, Raide has collaborated with big industry names such as Clip Studio Paint, XP-Pen, Huion, and HarperCollins. Fans will also know that Raide creates popular online art courses on Domestika, and in this book, they will discover brand-new tutorials and studies that focus on some of her many artistic strengths, such as lighting and expression. This unique book allows readers behind-the-scenes insight into the artist's creative process, including the tools and techniques she uses to create her stunning portraits and whimsical scenes. JAN241991


Why this caught my eye:

Glad to see this Kickstarter getting a wide release.

 

SCP ARTBOOK BLACK JOURNAL PAPERBACK EDITION TP

(W) Various (A) Alex Andreev, Alexander Puchkov, Alexey Lebedev, Anna Agafonova, Artem Grigoryan, Dan Temirov, Darja Kogn, David Romero, Dmitriy Fomin, Genocide Error, Ivan Efimov, Jack Hainsworth, Julia Galkina, Markiz De Baldezar, Maxim Kozlov, Natalie Lestiv, Pavel Kobyzev, Roman Avseenko, Ruslana Gus, Zhenya Dolgova


The SCP Foundation is an collaborative writing project that invents a fictional organization tasked with securing, containing, and studying anomalous phenomena and entities. Discover the chilling world of the SCP Foundation with Para-Books SCP Foundation Artbook Series. Dive into The Black Journal, which features renowned anomalies such as The Shy Guy, The Sculpture, Hard-to-Destroy Reptile, Able, Cain. Be captivated by these monstrous creatures and enthralling stories. Experience the thrill of reading detailed reports styled after genuine SCP Foundation documents, enhanced by informative infographics, and brought to life by global artists.

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SCP ARTBOOK YELLOW JOURNAL PAPERBACK EDITION TP


(W) Various (A) Alex Andreev, Alexander Puchkov, Alexey Lebedev, Anna Agafonova, Artem Grigoryan, Dan Temirov, Darja Kogn, David Romero, Dmitriy Fomin, Genocide Error, Ivan Efimov, Jack Hainsworth, Julia Galkina, Markiz De Baldezar, Maxim Kozlov, Natalie Lestiv, Pavel Kobyzev, Roman Avseenko, Ruslana Gus, Zhenya Dolgova


Discover the chilling world of the SCP Foundation with Para-Books' SCP Foundation Artbook Series. Dive into The Yellow Journal, which features renowned anomalies such as The Old Man, UnLondon, Red Sea Object, and The Clockworks. Be captivated by these monstrous creatures and enthralling stories. Experience the thrill of reading detailed reports styled after genuine SCP Foundation documents, enhanced by informative infographics, and brought to life by global artists. Immerse yourself in an authentic research journal, and make it your own by adding your name!

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SCP ARTBOOK RED JOURNAL PAPERBACK EDITION TP

(W) Various (A) Alex Andreev, Alexander Puchkov, Alexey Lebedev, Anna Agafonova, Artem Grigoryan, Dan Temirov, Darja Kogn, David Romero, Dmitriy Fomin, Genocide Error, Ivan Efimov, Jack Hainsworth, Julia Galkina, Natalie Lestiv, Maxim Kozlov, Markiz De Baldezar, Pavel Kobyzev, Roman Aseenko, Ruslana Gus, Zhenya Dolgova


Discover the chilling world of the SCP Foundation with Para-Books' SCP Foundation Artbook Series. Dive into The Red Journal, which features renowned anomalies such as the Plague Doctor, Possessive Mask, Red Reality, and The Stairwell. Be captivated by these monstrous creatures and enthralling stories. Experience the thrill of reading detailed reports styled after genuine SCP Foundation documents, enhanced by informative infographics, and brought to life by global artists. Immerse yourself in an authentic research journal, and make it your own by adding your name!

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Why these caught my eye:

I was very tempted when the hardcovers for these were offered, but it was just a little too much $$$ at the time. Great to see them offered for a wider release though

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