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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Art Books

On this installment of art books spotlights we have a portfolio of amazing black light posters, an art book for fans of table-top gaming or H.P. Lovecraft lore, a long-awaited collection from the illustrator UKUMO Uiti, a revised portfolio from acclaimed concept designer Iain McCaig, and a new books from viral art sensation DaisukeRichard.



(W) Roy Thomas (A) Jack Kirby, Gene Colan

Fans will light up when they see this psychedelic, collectible portfolio featuring 12 frameable black light posters of celebrated Marvel Comics characters, including Captain America, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and Doctor Strange, illustrated by legendary artists Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, Tom Palmer, and others. First printed in 1971 by Marvel Comics and the famed black light publisher Third Eye, Inc., 12 rare images from the original series of 24 are reproduced here for the first time. Also included is a brief history of Third Eye and their Marvel Comics black light publishing by historian and former Marvel editor in chief Roy Thomas.


Why this caught my eye:

Listen, as much as I want this and think the price is decent (it breaks down to less than $11 a poster), it's not like I have the space or cash for it right now. So I'm just going to be evil and show this to you so that you can feel tempted as well, because I am a petty human and enjoy making others suffer disappointment with me.



(W) Asmodee

Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the bizarre and terrifying town of Arkham, Massachusetts, is peopled with courageous townsfolk, wise mystics, and curious academics who seek to understand the unknowable ancient entities that dwell at the edge of our reality. This full color hardcover collection showcases dynamic illustrations of the investigators and their allies, as well as the monsters directly inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos-even the Ancient Ones themselves! Alongside the eldritch creatures and intrepid investigators, each brooding location is beautifully rendered in a large, lush format so that readers can examine every amazing detail.

Dark Horse Books and Asmodee join forces to present The Art of Arkham Horror! This volume is a must-have for any fan of table-top gaming or H.P. Lovecraft lore! SEP210358

Why this caught my eye:

A) I enjoy Lovecraftian themed artwork, B) I've enjoyed the Arkham Horror games, and C) Dark Horse does nice work with their art books. This also would probably make a nice gift to plenty of gamers you may know.



(W) Ukumo Uiti (A) Ukumo Uiti

Daydream is the long-awaited collection from the unstoppable illustrator, UKUMO uiti UKUMO uiti (pronounced Wukumo Wu Ichi), is well known in the Japanese illustration community. Daydream brings together selected illustrations from the artist's 3 Doujinshi collections, Dreaming Girls, The Summer Gate, and CEH[A/W], which sold out immediately. Featuring an additional 20 new and original illustrations, this book showcases about 170 illustrations in total. Readers can travel through UKUMO's dreamy world while enjoying Japan's four seasons at the same time. AUG212339

Why this caught my eye:

I'm unfamiliar with Ukumo Uiti's work, but after checking out this sample video of the book I'm pretty tempted as it looks beautiful.



(W) Iain McCaig (A/CA) Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig is best known for his work as a principal designer on the three Star Wars prequels, including the iconic characters Queen Amidala and Darth Maul, as well as his work on many major motion pictures, television, and video games. His touch can be seen in such acclaimed films as Terminator 2, Hook, Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Shadowline presents a stunning portfolio of more than two decades of McCaig's masterful concept designs and storyboards, cover art and illustrations, as well as his private sketchbooks and personal paintings, all woven together within the confines of an engrossing, otherworldly journey to his creative realm: Shadowline. This revised edition includes bonus content featuring pieces from McCaig's work on Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and more.


Why this caught my eye:

I was also unfamiliar with McCaig although from his history listed above it sounds like I must have seen his work over the years, so it feels like I should make it a point to learn more.



(W) DaisukeRichard (A) DaisukeRichard

In the dead of night comes a long-awaited new book. DaisukeRichard's first comic art collection KIKANETSU went viral not just in Japan but also internationally, leading him to new commercial works in collaboration with big companies and artists. The title of this new book, USHIMITSUDOKI, meaning "in the dead of night" or "witching hour," was chosen because the many melancholic girls illustrated in this book were given wings and horns to make them look like Yokai spirits, adding a creepy feel to each of the illustrations.

Collecting over 140 illustrations, including original illustrations and commercial works, this book is the world's most anticipated book in the anime/manga illustration scene.


Why this caught my eye:

Ah yes, when you try to do research on an artist and it turns out you were already following them on twitter. At least my taste is consistent if not my memory. Check out DaisukeRichard's website for some more samples, their stuff looks great.


That's it for this batch, we'll do a grab bag of miscellaneous on the next round!

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