WEDNESDAYS WORDS is a new weekly installment that ranks the most interesting, intriguing books of the week (old, new, reissues, digital, etc). Contributors represent a variety of genres and sources. Each book includes Title and publisher blurb.
Gerald Guerlais (Foreword), Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (Foreword) Sketchtravel
The Sketchtravel is a unique international charity art project. This red sketchbook was passed from one artist’s hand to another like an Olympic torch in an artistic relay through 12 countries over 4 and half years.
A total of 71 artists, over the course of 4.5 years, contributed to this traveling museum, including Bill Plympton, Enrico Casarosa, John Howe, James Jean, Scott Campbell, Dice Tsutsumi, Peter de Seve, character designers Carter Goodrick and Nicolas Marlet, veteran animators like Glean Keane and even Koji Morimoto and Hayao Miyazaki.
Can you say “an easy and essential purchase at the price”? Something of a one of a kind collectible.
The Frazetta Sketchbook [Hardcover]
Frank Frazetta (Author), J. David Sopurlock (Author) The Frazetta Sketchbook
It’s Frazetta, and it’s an artbook. What more do you need?
Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings [Hardcover]
Publication Date: July 3, 2012 Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings
John Buscema has been called one of the finest comic artists who ever put pen to paper. His work for Marvel Comics on The Avengers, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and Silver Surfer are all classics, highly regarded by fans from around the world. The same is true for his definitive rendition of Conan the Barbarian – Buscema breathed life into Robert E. Howard’s legendary creation in a manner that has rarely been rivaled. IDW is proud to announce the first American publication of John Buscema: Comics & Drawings, a special edition of the fine art catalog created for the most extensive exhibition of Buscema’s art ever staged. Weighing in at nearly 300-pages, this gorgeous hardcover book is a dream come true for fans of the visual mastery of John Buscema, an artist who’s ilk we are unlikely to see again.
Prometheus: The Art of the Film [Hardcover]
Mark Salisbury (Author), Ridley Scott (Foreword)Prometheus: The Art of the Film
Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The movie takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.
With an introduction by Scott himself, this lavish book will be the only publication to accompany Prometheus. Stunning production art and behind the scenes photos will grant the reader a window on the process of creating this astounding new epic.
I’m not really a fan of movie art books. In fact I own a grand total of zero, but I am quite impressed by the visuals on this film. Enough to make this art-book a definite possibility.
Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth [Hardcover]Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth
Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell continue their comprehensive review of the life and art of Alex Toth in Genius, Illustrated. Covering the years from the 1960s to Toth”s poignant death in 2006, this oversized 9.5″ v 13″ book features artwork and complete stories from Toth”s latter-day work at Warren, DC Comics, Red Circle, Marvel, and his own creator-owned properties, plus samples of his animation work for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and others, as well as sketchbook pages, doodles, advertising art, and other rarities provided through the cooperation of Toth”s family and his legion of fans.
Two of Toth”s best stories are reproduced complete from the original artwork: “Burma Skies” and “White Devil… Yellow Devil.” A full-length text biography will chart the path from Toth”s increasingly-reclusive lifestyle to his touching re-connection to the world in his final years. Fans of comics, cartoons, and all-around great artwork revere Alex Toth. See why Genius, Illustrated – along with its companion volume, 2011”s Genius, Isolated – are being praised as the definitive examination of the life and art of The Master, Alex Toth. Volume 2 of a definitive three-volume series.
Graphistes World Artbook 01- This artbook (223 pages) edited by Oracom Editions is a fine selection of francophones digital artists! The book is available in a lot of bookstores and of course on line via Amazon or FNAC. This is a really handsome object full of inspirations and talented artists. French language book.
Listen to me. Listen to me as if I’m Cerberus, barking with all his heads. Buy this Book. If you love art. Specifically of the Beksinski/dark surrealism variety, this is an art-book for you! (And yes that opening line is from KISS ME DEADLY :). If you have issues finding this book leave me a comment and I can help you with that. )
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