So to this week's new arrivals and we start this side of the Atlantic because the new titles from here are all top notch, for instance,
MATHIEU LAUFFRAY AXIS MUNDI
HC 240pp Color Black + White
What you are looking at here is the cover free of belly band and underneath with belly band. Anyway, what you need to know is that the supremely talented Mathieu Lauffrey has poured the best from his various assignments in comics, film design and the sundry other assignments art directors have assigned to him into this gorgeous book.
This isn't the first art book dedicated to Mat, some of you may be lucky enough to own the excellent "Proto" but while this new tome touches on some of the work featured in Proto it expands on it and features everything Mat's been up to since, including production design for a Tarzan project, the zany representation of prehistory by Roland Emmerich, 10,000 BC and Mat's incredible sequel to Treasure Island, Long John Silver!
Less eclectic but as visually delicious is,
YAXIN: LE JOUR DE LA LICORNE
HC 40pp Color
Spanish animation artist, Man Arenas, whisks us back to the whimsical world of Yaxin. This time the diminutive and ever curious faun, Gabriel is hanging out with Unicorns and not Wizards but the results are no less gorgeous.
Lush artwork of frolicking unicorns might be thought of as fodder for young girls but as I tell the gaming boys from UB Soft, "I be hard" and I'll be taking a copy to treasure, so watch it!
Another fantasy now from the one man story spinning machine who is Arleston because he's teamed up again with, Skydoll's Barbucci for,
EKHO MONDE MIRROIR
HC 48pp Color
This is the regular edition of the special black and white album I reviewed a couple of weeks back, so now you can take your pick, do you want this nicely colored version or the larger, black and white one with lots of tasty extras?
Not so long ago we reviewed the first installment of,
SILAS COREY # 2
HC 64pp Color
It's still April 1917 and while the war still rages Sils Corey is still racing to foil a dastardly plot against the Republic by vicious and determined German agents.
MITCH O'CONNELL THE WORLD'S BEST ARTIST
SC 284pp Color Black + White
And whose to say Mitch isn't the World's Best Artist, you can't call it till you've seen his work and frankly to see it is to like it.
Mitch is steeped in the pop culture of the last 40 odd years and he has a ton of fun dropping it into his delightful and playful images.
It's low brow, pop surrealism with a big cheesy grin, yay!
Oh, serious illustration art now as we soberly celebrate the annual event which is,
ILLUSTRATORS # 54
SC 608pp Color Black + White
It's the annual collection of the supposed best work from the august body, The American Society of Illustrators. Their annual book is a rich mix to be sure, some of it is edifying and or beautiful, while some of it is pretentious and knowingly a la mode but it is always a rewarding experience viewing it.
Please note I'll be closing the shop a little early this Saturday evening, 19.00hrs, to catch a train to the UK but to ensure everyone gets their monies worth, the store will close at 13.30 and not 13.00hrs for lunch!