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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Art Books

This batch features a new Mike Mignola Artisan Edition book, a couple nice portfolio packages for JH Williams III and Peach Momoko, some Final Fantasy artwork, and a nice looking collection of Frank Frazetta's book cover art.

 

MIKE MIGNOLA HELLBOY IN HELL & OTHER STORIES ARTISAN ED GN

(W) Mike Mignola (A/CA) Mike Mignola


See Mike Mignola's art as you never have before-presented in IDW's Artisan Edition format! Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comic creators of the past several decades. His career was already firmly established with his outstanding work on characters like Batman, Wolverine, and a myriad of beautiful covers... and then came Hellboy. Mignola's iconic creation struck a chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the years since the character's debut.


This Artisan Edition features the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell as well as a wealth of historical material: the first three Hellboy stories-the two initial four-pagers that introduced the character and the ten-page story from John Byrne's Nextmen #21-plus The Corpse, and two other tales selected by Mignola for inclusion.


An Artisan Edition endeavors to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the artist's original art. Nearly every page presented within has been scanned in color, allowing the reader the ability to see the work as never before. Ink gradients, corrections, margin notes, and more-all the subtle nuances that make original art unique, are clearly visible.

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Why this caught my eye:

I don't need this, but the nice clothbound Hellboy Library books I have on my shelf are looking a little lonely now......

 

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO JH WILLIAMS III TP

(W) J. H. Williams (A/CA) J. H. Williams


DC Comics presents the artwork of superstar artist J.H. Williams III, presented in 20 removable oversize poster pages suitable for framing and display. Featuring art from The Sandman: Overture, Batwoman, Hellblazer: Rise and Fall, Promethea, and more! NOV213182



Why this caught my eye:

DC does do a nice job with their portfolio packages and the $25 price tag isn't bad at all for that many prints.

 

HORIZON ZERO DAWN PEACH MOMOKO POSTER PORTFOLIO

(A/CA) Peach Momoko


EXPERIENCE THE ASTONISHING ARTWORK OF THE HOTTEST COMIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR!


This portfolio showcases the incredible covers of Peach Momoko from the best-selling Horizon Zero Dawn comic. Each cover is removable to display as a high-quality poster!

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Why this caught my eye:

I have no connection to the game, but for those who do or for the Peach Momoko fans this should be a nice package. It doesn't give an idea of how many prints are in the package, but it's the same price tag as the DC portfolios so hopefully it's a good chunk.

 

FINAL FANTASY XIV REALM REBORN ART OF EORZEA SC

A new edition of the first official art book for Final Fantasy XIV, boasting over 1,000 pieces of full-color artwork, along with comments from the developers and an exclusive bonus item code! Featuring artwork from character designer Akihiko Yoshida and the Final Fantasy XIV art team, A Realm Reborn: The Art of Eorzea -Another Dawn- collects the illustrations created throughout the process of developing the groundbreaking online game. This 300-page, full-color volume showcases beautiful concept designs, environment artwork, sketches and more. Includes an exclusive bonus item code for an in-game Wind-up Enterprise minion!

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Why this caught my eye:

I've not played a Final Fantasy in a good long time, but I do check in on the art design teams from time to time and I do really like Akihiko Yoshida's work a lot.

 

FRAZETTA BOOK COVER ART HC

(W) J. David Spurlock (A/CA) Frank Frazetta


Follows hit Fantastic Paintings of Frazetta with reference on book covers. The revolutionary Conan, Death Dealer, ERB & LOTR artist's work sells for millions. Luxurious Reference with each cover on a page to itself, chronologically, to study Frazetta's evolution. Text commentary, original publication data & quotes from the artist. Complete Collection of Frazetta book covers - a dream come true.

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Why this caught my eye:

$40 bucks feels kind of light for a collection like this, although there is a fancier $70 version if you have the money to burn. It looks like it clocks in at 168 pages and is 8.5x11, so it just kind of depends on the allocation of space per page per cover and so on, but Vanguard does nice work so it should be pretty solid.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some miscellaneous material on the next round!

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