Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Hello readers, it's quite a week here at Pulp's Art, we've lots of great titles and of course our book signing with JP Kalonji and Johan Walder on Friday and Saturday!

Men of steel seem to be popping up everywhere, the full theatrical trailer for Superman: The Man of Steel was released recently and looks to be the film fans have been waiting for. Meanwhile, Marvel's third outing for old "shell head" has been getting rave reviews, so thankfully this has arrived,

HC in slipcase 280pp Color Black + White
So by now you know what to expect from an art book based on a Marvel film, lots of concept art featuring the iron clad Avenger, his adversaries and allies and the locations where the action takes place.
Hard core fans of the comic book have been longing for iron Man's arch enemy The Mandarin to appear in the films and their wish has been granted and he's not come alone, uh-oh.
Our hero and the art department are tested to the limit in this epic production, see how the visual development team rose to the challenge.

We stay with films but move to the medium of animation with,

HC 143pp Color Black + White
Titan Books
Blue Sky studios have taken a break from making wonderful animated films about prehistoric life as featured in their "Ice Age" series to tell a tale of tiny folk.
Can you picture minuscule noble, faerie and elve types, the leaf people,  battling from the back of birds for the honour and survival of their species and environment, brutish orc and troll types, the Bogons?
If you can't then this book will conjure all the imagery you could want, from what I hope will prove a heart warming crowd pleasing comedy with a sound environmental message.
The quality of the "Ice Age" series and "Rio" features from this studio should inform you that this book features top notch imagery and being the first book to celebrate the art work of the Blue Sky team it's a welcome and over due addition to the ranks of our Art of collection.

Keeping it sweet, why here's another Mark Ryden book coming round the bend,

HC 352pp Color Black + White
Hot on the heels of Mr Ryden's last collection of his cute but cruel art work "The Gay 90s" comes this whopping big career retrospective from the Kaiser of art book publishing Ben Taschen!
It will dwarf your copies of Mark's previous books such as "Blood" and "Fushigi Circus" but if you wanted just one book of his work for your book case then "Pinxit" would be the one!

Keeping it alternative, here's the latest tome from Low Brow libraries favorite son,

HC 208pp Color Black + White
Skira Rizzoli
Gary Baseman is one of the most prolific artists in any field, he's drawn and painted images and textiles and designed toys, games and apparel, if you can stamp a style on it chances are Gary has!
The book is based on the first career retrospective of Gary's art held at the Skirball Cultural Centre.
The title eludes to the fact that this was a very personal project for Gary, it's as if one were invited into his parlour to discuss his family back ground and how the rich cultural tradition of his Ashkenazim family mingled with the multi cultural vibrancy of his home town, LA to inspire his unique talent.

How about some comic art now but comic art by an animator,

HC 88pp Color
Robert Valley
In this latest self published book animation ace Robert Valley concludes the sad story of his friend Techno's decline begun in Massive Swerve # 4 and entitled, "Pear Cider and Cigarettes".
I wrote of Robert's previous chapter in Techno's story that he brought all the visual story telling skill one would expect from an animator but also the story telling talent of the novelist, in the sensitive handling of the emotionally charged material, this still holds true of this the conclusion to the story.

We finish with some classic old school comic art, as if to emphasise the fact that this week we have a little something for everyone,

HC 176pp Black + White
The latest Artist's Edition focuses on another thorough breed from the E.C; stable of amazing comic talent, this time the work of Jack Davis gets the "treatment".
Jack Davis used dynamic brush strokes and elongation to dramatic effect in stories of horror, suspense, westerns, war and finally in satirical humor for virtually all of EC's titles.
In these faithful reproductions of the original pages one can get a real free for the genius of this one of a kind artist.

Pulp's Art will be closed tomorrow for 1 May but I hope to see you here following the brief break.

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