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Ominous Press Reunites Green Lantern Legends Ron Marz and Darryl Banks for WWII Adventure!

The mission of Ominous Press is to partner with the world’s most talented creators, bring their new projects to life, and extend their legacies. In that spirit, Ominous Press is partnering with legendary artist Darryl Banks, esteemed writer Ron Marz, and head of VanBreed Studios Allen Cordrey to bring to life two exciting projects.

The first project is an oversize hardcover graphic novel called Harken’s Raiders. Famed for creating Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, writer Ron Marz and artist Darryl Banks are again teaming for a tale of heroes facing long odds and implacable enemies. Harken’s Raiders is a classic World War II adventure, as Captain Harken leads a crack Special Operations Executive team of American commandos behind enemy lines. The mission: retrieve a German scientist who holds the key to stopping the Nazi war machine, and safely escort him to England. The problem: everything goes wrong, and Harken’s men find themselves in the fight of their lives!

The initial idea for Harken’s Raiders came from military vet Allen Cordrey, who recruited Banks and Marz to bring his concept to life. Marz jumped at the chance to work with his longtime Green Lantern collaborator again.

The companion project is Black Book: the Art of Darryl Banks, a brand-new collection of Banks’ artwork, much of it never published previously. The 100+ page hardcover spans Banks’ entire career, including classic images, rare private commissions, never-before-published sequential pages,character designs, and more. The images are all hand-picked by Darryl Banks, who provides commentary written throughout. Black Book: the Art of Darryl Banks will be the first-ever collection of Banks’ extensive work.

Both Black Book: the Art of Darryl Banks and Harken’s Raiders are available via a Kickstarter campaign from Ominous Press, which is live now, and ends on Dec. 21. A range of reward levels are offered, including signed books, original Darryl Banks artwork, military-style patches and challenge coins, and much more.

With the help of supporters, this special limited-edition project will be ready for delivery in early 2019.

Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition is Out December 11

VIZ Media explores the video game-related artwork of famed creator Akira Toriyama with the release of Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition on December 11th.

The print-only, hardcover edition collects a wide array of illustrations for the popular role-playing video game (RPG) Dragon Quest, whose characters were notably designed by the legendary Dragon Ball manga creator, Akira Toriyama. Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition will carry an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN.

Akira Toriyama brought the world of the renowned Dragon Quest video games to life through his creative, fun and inventive design work. Thirty years of genius are on display in this stunning comprehensive hardcover collection of over 500 illustrations from the Dragon Quest video games, from Dragon Quest (originally released as Dragon Warrior in English) to Dragon Quest Heroes II. Includes fold-out poster of the Dragon Quest timeline.

Dragon Quest is a classic video game property developed by Square Enix that originally debuted in Japan in 1986 and influenced scores of RPG titles that followed. The Dragon Quest video game franchise spans 30 years and over 30 individual game releases. Many of these titles are available in English. The newest game,Dragon Quest XI was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 in July 2017, and worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows in September 2018.

The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist Out November 13. We’ve Got an Early Look

The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist contains more than 280 pages and over 300 illustrations of Fullmetal Alchemist by creator Hiromu Arakawa.

The book contains the artwork collection in two previously published art books as well asl all new content covering work from 2001 to 2017. It features original chapter title pages, graphic novel covers, portraits, promotional artowkr and more as well as an exclusive interview and step-by-step illustration creation discussion with Arakawa.

You can order yours now:


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Celebrate 25 Years of Magic with Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends

Magic: The Gathering is celebrating 25 years and VIZ Media is recognizing the event with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling card game.

Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends is written by James Wyatt, a Senior Game Designer for Magic. The book takes you through the creative process behind the evolving art and design of the games and its worlds and characters.

The book is out now in comic shops and book stores and retails for $39.99.

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VIZ Media Delivers The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist

VIZ Media releases The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist on November 13th.

The Complete Art of FullMetal Alchemist contains more than 300 illustrations of FullMetal Alchemist by creator Hiromu Arakawa. The MSRP for The Complete Art of FullMetal Alchemist will be $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN. The release contains the artwork collected in the two previously published art books from FullMetal Alchemist as well as all new content, perfect for collectors and fans of the bestselling series.

This massive hardcover collection contains all the FullMetal Alchemist color artwork by manga artist Hiromu Arakawa from 2001 to 2017, including the series’ entire run and beyond! The Complete Art of FullMetal Alchemist contains over 280 pages of gorgeous full-color illustrations, including all the original chapter title pages, the graphic novel covers for the single-volume and collected editions, portraits of the main characters, and promotional artwork. Includes an exclusive interview and a special step-by-step illustration creation discussion with Hiromu Arakawa.

FullMetal Alchemist fans can also enjoy VIZ Media’s re-release of the original manga series in new, fully remastered collector’s volumes with FullMetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition. Featuring an updated translation and completely fresh lettering, the Fullmetal Edition is presented with bonus color pages on large-trim archival-quality paper.

NYCC 2018: VIZ Media Announces The Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Daytime Shooting Star

VIZ Media announced a pair of new publishing acquisitions this past weekend at New York Comic Con 2018, including of The Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2007-2017 and the shojo manga series Daytime Shooting Star.

A collection of artwork from the groundbreaking series will be presented in The Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2007-2017. The comprehensive edition, which is set for release in the summer of 2019, compiles a decade’s worth of bold imagery and vivid illustrations for the enduring property. Also announced was the acquisition of the famed shojo manga series, Daytime Shooting Star. The manga has drawn rave reviews and inspired a popular live-action feature film.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.


Debuts Summer 2019

A collection of ten years’ worth of illustrations from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, including movie art, concept art, collaborations with mobile video games, fashion spreads, dozens of illustrations from NEON GENESIS EVANGELION character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and much, much more!



By Mika Yamamori
Debuts Summer 2019

After arriving in Tokyo to live with her uncle, Suzume collapses in a nearby park where she had once seen a shooting star during the day. A handsome stranger brings her to her new home and tells her they’ll meet again. Suzume starts her first day at her new high school sitting next to a boy who blushes furiously at her touch. And her homeroom teacher is none other than the handsome stranger!

Preview: My Little Pony: Art is Magic!, Vol. 2

My Little Pony: Art is Magic!, Vol. 2

Tony Fleecs, Sara Richard, Andy Price, Brenda Hickey, Agnes Garbowska ( a) • Andy Price (c)

From the pages of IDW’s many popular My Little Pony comic book series comes this very special collection. Your favorite artists are back to reveal their secrets and show you more of the pieces they love! See Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, and all their friends throughout Equestria captured in each artist’s unique style! Discover what each artist enjoys most about drawing and painting the beauty, kind-heartedness, and fun that is MLP!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-261-5

Preview: The Art of Halfbrick: Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride and Beyond


writer: Sarah Rodriguez
artist: Halfbrick
cover: Halfbrick
FC | 256 pages | $39.99 | Teen+

Since 2001, Australian games company Halfbrick has continued to change the mobile gaming scene. After seven years of making licensed games, Halfbrick took a chance and released the highly acclaimed Fruit Ninja, which began a worldwide obsession with slicing and dicing cartoon fruit. Since then, Halfbrick has continued to release widely celebrated titles and cement themselves in mobile gaming history. Featuring art from Jetpack Joyride, Monster Dash, Dan the Man, and more, this book explores a rich collection of never before seen art and tells the story of a creative and ambitious company that never ceases to deliver fun and joy!

Dark Horse and Compulsion Games Take You In To the Art of We Happy Few

Dark Horse Books and Compulsion Games are filled with joy to bring audiences The Art of We Happy Few. This hardcover companion to the game offers two-hundred pages of mind-bending art and insightful creator commentary that showcases the unique retro-futuristic style of We Happy Few, a game of paranoia and survival in a drugged out, dystopian society.

The game is set in 1964 against the backdrop of an alternative timeline of events after World War II. The citizens of the fictional English city of Wellington Wells, to forget a Very Bad Thing they did, take a drug known as “Joy”—a delightful hallucinogenic antidote to their despair, with the mild side effect of making them easily controlled and morally malleable. But happiness isn’t so easily found for everyone. The Downers — awful citizens who refuse to take their Joy — are a menace to society, and as such are hunted by the police. If only they knew what was best for them! Turning their frown upside down is just a trip away!

Don’t be a Downer by missing out on this perfect companion to the psychedelic video game experience!

The Art of We Happy Few HC goes on sale November 13, 2018, and is available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This 200-page volume retails for $39.99.

How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way! Celebrating the Marvel Studios Visual Development Team in April 2019

Black Panther. Thor. Captain America. You’ve seen them fight on the big screen—now, you can paint them yourself! While celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel invites fans of all ages to learn the tips and tricks of painting your favorite super heroes from the masters themselves…with a brand-new book called How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way!

In this beautiful hardcover, you’ll discover insights from some of the industry’s leading concept artists. Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen, Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Rodney Fuentebella, Anthony Francisco and more of the artists behind The Marvel Studios Visual Development team will share their method behind creating iconic designs for all your favorite characters, from Captain America to Black Panther!

Within the stunning pages of this keepsake book, readers will learn these artists’ favorite tools of the trade, their tips for visual character development, their process of collaborating with filmmakers and other artists on the team, and the costume and props departments—and how it all comes together to create seamless film designs! Each five-ten page “character study” will take readers on a step-by-step journey through the artist’s approach to bringing a specific hero or villain to life. Not only will readers get a sense of how each artist works, from their tools to their process, they’ll also get to see how a character’s design was created—from blank page to a final approval!

Don’t miss How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way, coming this spring!

How To Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way is out April 17, 2019.

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