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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Art Books

Let's take a quick look at some upcoming art books this time around.

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(A) Various

Spectrum 27 features over 300 pages showcasing the imaginations of very special artists who delight in helping us see the world in a wonderfully different light. The best-selling Spectrum series continues with this lavishly produced 27th anniversary annual. Spectrum is the premier collection for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comics, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant, full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium-both traditional and digital. It features more than 350 works by over 220 diverse visionaries, including Tommy Arnold, Wylie Beckert, Rovina Cai, Dan dos Santos, Jesper Ejsing, Cory Godbey, James Gurney, Iain McCaig, Tran Nguyen, Greg Ruth, Cynthia Sheppard, Yuko Shimizu, Claudya Schmidt, and Terryl Whitlatch. Spectrum 27 continues the freshness and excellence that was established twenty-seven years ago.


Why this caught my eye:

I've been collecting these for a while now so it's just reflex for me to pick them up, but on the chance you've never checked any out the series is well worth a look. While I always find the comic art section a little lacking, it's fascinating to check out all the other art categories to be exposed to new talents.



(W) Charles Solomon (A) Cartoon Saloon

Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio behind the Academy Award-nominated films The Secret of Kells (2009), Song of the Sea (2014), and The Breadwinner (2017), returns in 2020 with its latest feature, WolfWalkers, coproduced with Melusine Productions and directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. This mythic tale tells the story of a young hunter named Robyn, who, while tracking down a pack of dangerous and wild wolves, is transformed into the very thing she and her father have been seeking to destroy. Filled with exclusive hand-drawn sketches, paintings, interviews, and digital renderings that showcase Cartoon Saloon's unique artistic style, The Art of WolfWalkers takes fans behind the scenes of one of animation's most celebrated studios.


Why this caught my eye:

I loved the style of The Secret of Kells and I'm also a sucker for art books that collecting certain animation house styles.



(W) Pete Von Sholly (A/CA) Pete Von Sholly

Pete Von Sholly is a writer, artist, director, and producer with a leaning toward the fantastic side of the arts. His storyboard work for TV shows and movies includes Darkman, The Mask, James and the Giant Peach, Mars Attacks!, Scooby Doo, The Real Ghostbusters, The Bride of Chucky, The Mist, and dozens more. Pete Von Sholly's Lovecraft Illustrated is a visual chronology of ALL of Lovecraft's fiction - over 325 color illustrations detail scenes from each of his stories. Over 200 pages, the pictures are presented in the order the stories were written with copious quotes and commentary for each. S. T. Joshi, the preeminent Lovecraft scholar, provides an introduction.


Why this caught my eye:

Geez, I haven't thought about Pete Von Sholly in years. It shouldn't surprise me that he's still at it, and it's a bit of a reassuring feeling to know he's consistently producing campy monster books.



(W) Jan Baetens

A collaboration between Belgian artist François Schuiten and French writer Beno t Peeters, The Obscure Cities is one of the few comics series to achieve massive popularity while remaining highly experimental in form and content. Rebuilding Story Worlds offers the first full-length study of this seminal series, exploring both the artistic traditions from which it emerges and the innovative ways it plays with genre, gender, and urban space. Comics scholar Jan Baetens examines how Schuiten's work as an architectural designer informs the series' concerns with the preservation of historic buildings.


Why this caught my eye:

This is less of an art book than it is a scholarly examination, but I'll always spotlight any Francois Schuiten material as his work is just jaw droppingly beautiful to me.



(W) Phil Szostak

The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian takes fans behind the scenes of the first ever live-action Star Wars television series. The Mandalorian follows the adventures of galactic gunslinger Din Djarin and the Child as they traverse the outer systems of the galaxy and evade remnants of the Empire. Readers will encounter early visual and conceptual ideas for these new characters and unexplored frontiers, filled with crime syndicates, bounty hunters, and smugglers. Filled with concept art, sketches, and interviews with key cast, crew, and creatives, including executive producer/showrunner/writer Jon Favreau and executive producer/director Dave Filoni, The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian will provide readers with an exclusive look at a whole new universe of Star Wars characters, locations, and vehicles. SEP200983

Why this caught my eye:

This should be releasing in early Dec so it's perfect for some holiday shopping.


That's it's for this chunk, I'll be digging through the catalogs to turn up some other hopeful gems!

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