Let's kick off with some good news, we're happy to announce that Pulp's Art is now carrying the books of Allen Spiegal Fine Arts.
For many years now Allen has been representing and publishing artists at the cutting edge of the industry where the distinctions between comic art, genre illustration and fine art blur.
Allen will be in Paris early next month accompanying the artist Kent Williams, Kent's in town to open an exhibition and sale of his art at the Galerie Daniel Maghen.
And just in time we have the latest collection of Kent's stunning art:-
KENT WILLIAMS: ELEKTIKOS
HC 68pp Color
Elektikos collects Kent's recent fine art output, pieces not featured in the impressive Amalgam.
Kent's work explores the sense of alienation and dislocation afflicting us in this digital age in exquisitely painted images of the human form often vulnerable and yearning for that certain elusive something.
KENT WILLIMAS: AMALGAM
HC 168pp Color, Black + White
The first monograph of Kent's fine art, beautiful figurative art exploring the human condition.
ASFA PRESENTS 108 DRAWINGS
SC 108pp Black + White
A superb collection of 108 drawing from the artists represented by Allen including Phil Hale, Dave Mckean, Jon J Muth, George Pratt, Greg Spalenka, Greg Ruth and many more in a package designed by Kent Williams.
GREG RUTH: 52 WEEKS PROJECT
HC 120pp Black + White
Between September 2008 and October 2010 Greg Ruth decided to each week set time aside from a hectic schedule producing illustrations on demand and draw somethings which weren't an obligation.
The spectacular results are published here, these aren't sketches or scribblings but fully fledged illustrations often following a sequence or theme which hint at a narrative.
As the artist's friend actor and writer Ethan Hawk says in his introduction "this is the good stuff".
DAVE MCKEAN: NARCOLEPSY
SC 96pp Color, Black + White
So if you can't sleep this book contains lots of stuff from the award winning multitasking artist Dave McKean to while away the hours, paintings, photos, comics, essays and all the stuff that keeps him up at night!
DAVE MCKEAN: POSTCARDS FROM BRUSSELS
HC 54pp Black + White
A collection of drawings made by Dave on a trip to Brussels, capitol city of a land big enough for two languages but with no room for a government!
All our copies are signed, that's by Dave and not famous Belgians.
SC 224pp Color
Heh heh yes that's FBI head honcho or queen bee if you prefer J Edgar Hoover in a Tutu as depicted by the irreverent caricaturist Robert Risko.
Since his first assignment in the late 70s Risko has been depicting the great and not so good in bright and breezy illustrations for America's top journals.
ROY ANDERSEN: DREAM SPINNER
HC 166pp Color
Settlers West Galleries
Following a distinguished career in commercial illustration - like many illustrators - Roy loaded the wagon and headed west to pursuit a career in fine art, depicting the indigenous tribes of America's western wilderness.
Roy was known for his bold designs when he was producing paperback covers and film posters such as the famous Outlaw Josey Wales image.
In his fine art he occasionally uses an abstract background to contrast the faithful depiction of an Indian brave in the foreground.
This is an extensive collection of his Indian paintings, an inspirational book for any enthusiast of Amerindian culture and, or, majestic fine art.
CALGARY COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO 2008 ARTBOOK
HC 40pp Color, Black + White
Calgary Comic Expo
We stay out west but head north of where Roy Andersen holed up even crossing the border into Canada to join up with the Calgary Comic Expo posse.
Every year the show gets the attending artists to submit a western themed piece to include in their annual art book and 2008's included the likes of Bruce Timm, Gene Ha, Jo Chen, Bill Pressing and other top artists from the fields of animation and comics.
ART OF JOE KUBERT
HC 232pp Color, Black + White
As Bill Schelly recounts, in this heavily illustrated book by him on one of the all time greats in American comic book illustration, Joe Kubert started his career as a professional artist at the age of 12!
Now one can quibble about why the law didn't put a stop to a publisher employing a kid but it doesn't appear to have done Joe's career any harm, as here we are 73 years later and after the creation of 1000s of superb comic illustrations with this excellent tribute to one of the mediums most esteemed draftsmen.
COROMINAS: DORIAN GRAY
HC 88pp Color
One can't help but suspect the luminaries of the Decadent movement would have loved Catalan artist Corominas' adaptation of Oscar Wilde's celebrated novel A Portrait of Dorian Gray.
Lush, fluid and elegant water colors perfectly capture the story of a dissolute young gentleman gadding between high society and the gutter in good Queen Vic's London.
Following the 72 pages of beautiful comic book art are 15 pages of portraits and development work.
ASHLEY WOOD'S ART OF METAL GEAR SOLID
HC 120pp COLOR, Black + White
If there's a problem with Ashley Wood's books it's that we can't keep them in stock, you can suggest we order more and we could respond that we order plenty, perhaps his publisher should print more?
Yet I suspect IDW print plenty, the simple fact is Ashley is so accomplished a stylist and draftsmen and his subjects so appealing, such as those very rude girls and boiler headed robots, that none of us have yet to know his work's full demand.
In this book Ash bring his distinctive style to bear on the uber successful shoot 'em up from game company Konami, Metal Gear Solid.