Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Hello readers, lots to get through this week but first thanks to those of you who dropped by our stand during the 40th International Festival of BD in Angouleme.
We picked up some great books while we were there and got the low down on some projects you're waiting on, happily I can report both the Spirit Artist Edition and the second  book in the three volume series from IDW Alex Toth: Genius Illustrated will both be available soon.

So let's start with an artist from way over there yet published over here by Soleil,

HC 137pp Color Black + White
Flag Studios
The artist behind Soleil's "Guerre des Orcs" showcases art for various projects and publishers American, Asian and European in this art book.
Obviously there's a bent towards the fantastic and with a distinctly Asian flavour but if you like highly intricate yet dynamic art, also to be shown how the artist achieves these results then this is your sort of book.

We stay with fantasy now as we finally get to review the fabled,

HC 376pp Color Black + White
Insight Editions
It's been a long time coming but finally this big brash book of art from the studio behind some of the world's most popular games is here.
If you like the look of Worlds of Warcraft, Diablo and Start Craft then you are in for a treat because this book is filled to the rafters with development and promotional art from these games, featuring principal characters and locations in vibrant color and moody black and white.

Fantasy of a gentler hue now as we collect our passes from a very clean cut young person for,

HC 144pp Color
Disney Editions
This is a wonderfully produced book, vivid colors and images leap at you from every page, as it follows the themes and styles used to promote the numerous attractions at the various Disney Parks around the world.
Given the Parks have been using posters since 1956 to alert visitors to what they can expect to find and given the sheer number of attractions there's a wealth of visual styles and great art on display.
Pirates and Tikki idols, cityscapes of the future and the nostalgia of the bygone American main street mix it up with Disney's own brand of fantasy in the Parks and they're all represented here, as are images of posters which didn't get produced but it wasn't for lack of merit.
So, a treat for everyone, er can I get a drink here?

Since we're in the Nostalgia neighbourhood why don't we travel back to the future, 

HC 127pp Color Black + White
Frank R Paul might not have been the world's greatest draftsman but what he lacked in technique he made up for with an imagination which was way way out there and that was just as well because he was constantly called upon to realize images of things yet unseen in the 1930s.
His designs for rockets and robots became the template other artists who followed him used time and again, they might appear kitsch or ludicrous to our generation but back when these images were freshly printed they enthralled and excited a significant audience.

We continue to hug the curb of memory lane with,

HC 140pp Black + WHite
The original Artist's Edition is back in a new printing and with a new cover, so yes not the original one featured above.
Heavily detailed art is falling out of favour but not Dave's, his lush line and brush work are well served by the faithfull reproductions of each page for his hugely popular Rocketeer adventures.
Enjoy again the daring do of a young aviator in the early 40s, his jet pack, his glorious glamour model girl friend Betty and the lousy Nazi spies who's fiendish plots he's out to foil!

So that's what's new from that side of the Atlantic, we move closer to home now, with two welcome additions to the Comix Buro series of sketchbooks.
So by now you'll know that each of these books features lots of artwork in various stages of development from rough sketch to fully colored finished art and the subjects range from the artist's signature creations to the two sketch book staples animals and cute girls.
Each of these books runs to 48 printed pages, the first features the heady work of Andreae, while the second is full of cheerful images from El Gunto! 

Before I go I should mention we picked up the new portfolio and sketchbook from one of the best illustrators of super heroes, Gabriele Dell'Otto, as well as a fabulous adaptation of the Wizard of Oz illustrated by him and some new prints.
We'll cover all these when everything arrives later this month but we have a limited number of the new sketchbook available right now!

Then given we're just the play things of fate I should have known to expect this but yes the week after Angouleme we've received restocks of lots of popular titles such as The Disney Sketchbook, The Hobbit Chronicles, Art of Madagascar 3, Art of District 9, Art of Halo 4 and Art of Assassins Creed 3, so if you missed any of these first time around then call in to Pulp's Art.

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