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The Art of Splatoon 2 Blasts into Shops on October 15, 2019

Splat! Dark Horse is proud to bring Splatoon 2 fans an amaze-ink behind-the-scenes look at the making of the award-winning game in The Art of Splatoon 2! To the delight of fans around the world, Dark Horse and Nintendo partnered on an English-language edition of The Art of Splatoon in July 2017. 

The Art of Splatoon 2 is based on Nintendo’s 2017’s award-winning game for the Nintendo Switch™ system. In The Art of Splatoon 2, fans can dive into 384 pages of intense ink-splatting action through illustrations and rough designs of your favorite colorful characters, weapons, gear, locations, and maps. This book also features storyboards and other extras that are sure to make a splash with any fan of Splatoon 2.

The Art of Splatoon 2 goes on sale October 15, 2019.

The Art of Splatoon 2

The Galaxy Awaits in The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Dark Horse Books, Lucasfilm Ltd., Respawn Entertainment, and Electronic Arts present The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The new book, which was created in close collaboration between the four companies, is a full-color, oversized hardcover volume that captures the design process of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a galaxy-spanning, action-adventure video game from Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts arriving later this year.

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will guide readers through Cal Kestis’ perilous and heroic journey across the galaxy in an attempt to rebuild the Jedi Order as he learns the ways of the Force, travels to exotic worlds, and battles tyrannical foes. This uniquely designed work is sure to thrill dedicated Star Wars fans and gamers alike.With detailed concept art of all-new characters, exciting equipment, and locales both familiar and new, this tome offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a highly anticipated video game—all accompanied by intimate artists’ commentary that reveal how this incredible galaxy is brought together.

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order goes on sale November 19, 2019.

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Dark Horse and Cartoon Network Announce The Art of Steve Universe the Movie

Dark Horse and Cartoon Network have announced the newest installment of their partnership with The Art of Steven Universe The Movie art book. Steven Universe, Cartoon Network’s GLAAD Media Award-winning and Emmy-nominated animated series, revolves around Steven, the “little brother” to a team of magical aliens—the Crystal Gems—who defend the planet Earth. Created by Emmy and Annie Award-nominated writer and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

Go behind the scenes of Cartoon Network’s highly anticipated movie with this unique art book! This magical deep-dive into the Steven Universe movie is designed by Ryan Sands (Frontier) in conjunction with Steven Universecreator Rebecca Sugar. See preliminary character designs, witness the formation of settings and storyboards, and discover the art that shaped the full-length movie! It’s a new kind of artistic adventure with Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and—of course—Steven. In the meantime, eager fans can purchase the Steven Universe Coloring Book to occupy their time and prepare for the upcoming movie release. 

The Art of Steven Universe The Movie art book will be timed to the release of the movie, coming this fall. This unique, 96-page zine-like softcover retails for $19.99.

The Art of Steven Universe The Movie

Preview: Planet Of The Apes Artist Tribute HC

Planet Of The Apes Artist Tribute HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  n/a
Artist: Alex Ross, Paolo Rivera, Bob Larkin, Michael Allred, Gabriel Hardman, Jay Shaw, Declan Shalvey and more.
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Price: $24.99

Since its original release in 1968, the Planet of the Apes franchisehas shocked and captivated authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world with its incredible effects and brilliant narrative. Now, return to the worlds of Planet of the Apes, both old and new, realized by a collection of classic and modern artistic voices in celebration of one of cinema’s most celebrated works.

The Planet of the Apes Artist Tribute features illustrations from renowned artists and bold new voices alike, including Alex Ross, Paolo Rivera, Michael Allred, Gabriel Hardman, Joe Quinones, and more.

Planet Of The Apes Artist Tribute HC

Get a Load of The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell this October

BOOM! Studios has announced The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell, a brand new art book with scandalous tales, family gossip, illegally obtained medical records, behind-the-scenes character designs, sketches, and illustrations from the twisted mind of the creator of the acclaimed series, The Goon, available in stores October 2019. Celebrate an obscene number of years of low art and high art, failure and success, and the many other mistakes of multi-award winning writer and artist Eric Powell!

In Nashville, Tennessee lives a man, a recluse, a curmudgeonly high falutin’ cartoonist-type who, as a young child, had a penchant for drawing and making up tall tales. It was at the tender age of 18, he turned his back on a promising career in adult film cinematography and followed his heart into the comic book industry. Out of desperation, Eric kept drawing, painting, and then creating his own characters and worlds culminating with the beloved series, The Goon, currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell sheds light on the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world renowned comic book creator as recalled by the artist and a few of his delinquent friends. This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen childhood drawings, early superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell’s homegrown publishing house Albatross (Exploding) Funnybooks. 

Eric Powell is an Eisner Award-winning writer and artist best known for his critically acclaimed series The Goon, which launched in 1999, and quickly became an indie hit with a die-hard cult following. In 2002, Powell launched his own publishing house, Albatross Exploding Funnybooks, which has been home to several creator-owned titles, including his own series Chimichanga and Hillbilly, as well as Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis, Fabian Rangel Jr. and Logan Faerber’s weird war tale ’Namwolf, and Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. In 2019, Powell relaunched The Goon at Albatross in coordination with the book’s 20th anniversary.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell will be available for sale October 23, 2019 at local comic book shops and October 29, 2019 at bookstores.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell

Preview: Bettie Page The Dynamite Covers

Bettie Page The Dynamite Covers

artists: Various
cover: Terry Dodson
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Do you love Bettie? Do you love Dynamite’s action-packed, wit-slinging take on the classic Pinup superstar? Love the gorgeous depictions of her famously fabulous figure on our covers? Well, then… Have we got the book for you!

Collecting all art covers for our first volume of Bettie Page in one place, this book is a must-have for all Bettie fans! Featuring the art of renowned talents such as Terry Dodson, Joseph Michael Linsner, Scott Chantler, and more!

Bettie Page Covers

Yoe Books Launches Marvel Hardcover Program

IDW Publishing and Yoe Books have announced a new line of Marvel Comics collections, a sensational series of large-format hardcovers curating the finest artwork from the Golden Age’s four-color foundations all the way up to the Marvel Age’s dizzying heights!

Coinciding with the year-long celebration of Marvel’s 80 years of publishing, Yoe Books will debut their retrospective look at the House of Ideas with Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups, which will be followed by additional entries in 2019.

In Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups, the pulsating pin-up artwork of legendary Silver Age creators – including Jack KirbySteve DitkoJim SterankoDon HeckJohn ByrneBarry Windsor-SmithJohn SeverinWally WoodDan DecarloJohn Romita, and many more – is collected for the first time ever into a single volume, accompanied throughout with witty wordage, pulse-pounding patter, and zany zingers by Stan “The Man” Lee!

Fans will treasure large, deftly drawn pin-ups by these marvelous artists of Spider-ManThorDoctor StrangeCaptain MarvelThe HulkThe X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and many more, plus nefarious villains led by Doctor Doom – and even Millie the Model by Dan DeCarlo!

Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups

Rage 2 Gets an Art Book from Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics joins Bethesda Softworks, Avalanche Studios, and id Software, the creators of the first-person shooter genre, to present The Art of RAGE 2, a collection of art from the development of the post-post apocalypse first-person shooter, RAGE 2.

The Art of RAGE 2 delves into the riotous world of the Wasteland to examine the intensity and beauty of RAGE 2 in an extensive hardcover collection of art and commentary from the studios behind DOOM and Just Cause 3! Explore the split scenery of lush overgrowth and barren deserts through concept art and finished renders from across the incredible landscape of one of the most anticipated games of 2019. The Art of RAGE 2 details the game’s wide-open world, insane characters, and massive guns—all with exclusive commentary from the developers of the game.

The Art of RAGE 2 arrives September 17, 2019 for $39.99.

The Art of RAGE 2

ECCC 2019: Return to Luxendarc with The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer

Return to the enchanted world of Luxendarc with a collection of art that celebrates another critically revered entry in the Bravely series! Enjoy in-depth commentary from the game’s creative team, and explore detailed concept art from the ethereal sequel to Bravely Default in The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer.

Dark Horse Books is collaborating with Square Enix to present The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer, officially published in English for the first time! With over 250 pages, this faithful localization of the original Japanese text features gorgeous concept art, revealing production notes, and extensive commentary from the team behind Bravely Second. The second of two-volumes, this collection intimately explores the concepts and creativity from the next chapter in the fan-favorite Bravely series!

The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer goes on sale November 19, 2019.

The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer

Sequart Releases The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola

The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola

Sequart is releasing The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola, edited by S.G. Hammond.

In 1993, Mike Mignola debuted Hellboy, beginning a universe that would expand to include hundreds of comics and characters. Today, the Mignolaverse is the largest creator-owned comics universe, inspiring multiple live-action movies, animated films, and video games.

The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola, edited by S.G. Hammond, examines Mignola’s comics and the sprawling Mignolaverse mythos. The book explores Mignola’s artistic growth, collaborators, panel compositions, influences, and major themes, among other topics. It’s a must for any Mignola fan!

The book runs 196 pages and sports a cover by Mike Mignola himself! (Hellboy is a trademark of Mike Mignola and the cover art is used with permission.)

The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola is available in print and on Kindle. (Just a reminder: you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle-formatted books; you can download a free Kindle reader for most computers, phones, and tablets.)

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