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Review: A Diary of the Plague Year: An Illustrated Chronicle of 2020

Go through the disaster that was 2020 in this chronicle of the year that was with images depicting some of the major events that shaped the world.

Art: Elise Engler

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Z2 Comics Celebrates 20 Years of Gorillaz with The Gorillaz Art Book with Jamie Hewlett

The Gorillaz Art Book

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Gorillaz’ eponymous debut album, released in 2001, Gorillaz co-creator and acclaimed artist Jamie Hewlett has invited more than 40 creators to offer new interpretations of 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs in one expansive volume. The first ever Gorillaz Art Book debuts this coming Spring 2022, featuring brand new artwork by Jamie Hewlett and a host of guest contributions from friends and admirers of the band, case bound at 12.6 x 9.2 inches and set across 288 pages of luxury art paper.

Created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs, and Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle, Gorillaz were formed following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up the real and digital worlds with their colorful backstory and ground-breaking virtual ways. Based at Kong Studios in West London, the band settled into a life of ongoing musical and artistic innovation with an eye-wateringly exciting roster of collaborators, a list that includes musical legends, geniuses, and future stars.

With this latest Z2 partnership, Hewlett is now expanding the band’s collaborative vision to fellow visual artists in The Gorillaz Art Book.

In addition to Hewlett, contributing artists include:

  • Ana Godis
  • Andre Carrilho
  • Andrew C. Robinson
  • Anna Cattish
  • Ben Bocquelet
  • Brendan McCarthy
  • Chloe Nicolay
  • Craig McCracken
  • Dana Terrace
  • Daniela Uhlig
  • Del the Funky Homosapien
  • EPHK
  • Erik Fountain
  • Glyn Dillon
  • Gregory Hergert
  • Holly Warburton
  • J.A.W. Cooper
  • Jack Black
  • Jared Cody Wolf
  • Jean-Baptiste Mondino
  • Jens Claessens
  • Jeremy Enecio
  • Kerbcrawlerghost
  • Kim Jung Gi
  • Laurie Vincent
  • Little Thunder
  • Marella Moon Albanese
  • Marianna Ignazzi
  • Miss Jisu
  • Nicolas Dehghani
  • Robert Smith
  • Robert Valley
  • Ruffmercy
  • Sainer
  • Tara Billinger
  • Taya Strizhakova
  • Tim McCourt & Max Taylor
  • Valeria Ko
  • Vanesa R. Del Rey
  • Venla Linna
  • Vincent Roucher
  • William Wray 
  • Zeen Chi 

The Gorillaz Art Book will be available this Spring 2022 from participating retailers and can be ordered directly from Z2.

Preview: Art of Goosebumps

Art of Goosebumps

writer: Sara Rodriguez
artist: Tim Jacobus
covers: Tim Jacobus
FC | 200 pages | Art/Pop Culture | $29.99 | Teen+

Featuring tons of fun facts about the series alongside a walkthrough of all books and covers in the Goosebumps collections, this art book is a must-have for old and new fans alike!

In the summer of 1992, Scholastic tasked two terrifyingly talented artists with creating the cover paintings for the books that would premiere the Goosebumps series. At that time, four books in the line were being market-tested by the publisher to see how young readers would react to R.L. Stine’s particular brand of humor-tinged horror. One element that was sure to catch the attention of little eyes everywhere was striking cover art, and, boy, did they find it!

The imagery provided by the covers of the Goosebumps series is part and parcel to the 90s Kid zeitgeist, helping to create a visual brand for R.L. Stine’s smash-hit horror series. The covers helped set the tone for the numerous adaptations of the series, including a television series, a theatre experience, and, more recently, blockbuster films!

Art of Goosebumps

Rare Ltd. and Dark Horse Books Presents The Art of Battletoads

Rare Ltd., Dlala Studios, and Dark Horse Books present The Art of Battletoads, an essential art book whether you’re a brand new brawlin’ tadpole or Turbo Tunnel champion of old! The partnership was brokered by Rare Ltd’s brand extension licensing agency, Tinderbox.

Drop into vibrant illustrations of the game’s heroes, villains, and environments that evoke nineties cartoon nostalgia! Hop in and race through a wealth of production materials from early concept art to finely tuned combat and stage design throughout late development stages. This book is filled to the brim with unique development insights and also revisits the franchise’s classic titles, which informed an all new, battle-ready era of ‘Toad!

Celebrate the return of Rash, Zitz, and Pimple in this immense, 192-page art book for Rare Ltd. and Dlala Studios’ thrashing beat-em-up adventure, Battletoads!

The Art of Battletoads trade paperback will be available for purchase on June 15, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. The Art of Battletoads will retail for $39.99.

The Art of Battletoads

Mattel and Dark Horse Launch The Art of the Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Mattel and Dark Horse Books have announced The Art of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, a one of a kind oversized hardcover book exploring the newest edition to the Masters of the Universe world 

Diving deep into the creation of the show, this book features detailed explorations into your favorite visual aspects of the series. Explore Powerhouse Studios’ character art from the development stages to the finished product, as well as extensive looks at the world and locations of Eternia!

The Art of Masters of the Universe: Revelation will be available everywhere books are sold April 6, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. The Art of Masters of the Universe: Revelation will retail for $49.99.

The Art of Masters of the Universe: Revelation

Preview: Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence

Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence

(W) Hugh Syme, Stephen Humphries
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $99.99

Newly expanded and updated, this beautiful coffee table book delves into the 40-year relationship between Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator, Hugh Syme, with a foreword by drummer and lyricist Neil Peart!

Containing original illustrations, paintings, photography, and the incredible stories behind each album that Hugh Syme has designed with the band since 1975. The book’s narration was written by music journalist Stephen Humphries and includes in-depth interviews with each Rush band member and the artist. The Art of Rush also contains entertaining anecdotes and commentary from a wide array of notable musicians, actors, athletes, writers, radio personalities, and Rush insiders about their favorite Rush album covers, which clearly reveals how vital and impactful the visual representation of their music has been through the years. One of the hallmark’s of Rush releases is the considerable care and consideration that goes into each one-including the conceptual artwork. Readers may be surprised to discover just how much effort went into each concept and the execution for every album cover!

Some of the regaled stories include furtively crossing the border for a guerilla-style shoot for A Farewell to Kings, trying to herd a warren of rabbits for the cover of Presto, descending into the depths of an autopsy lab to find a brain for Hemispheres, and a stunt involving fire, whiskey, and photographer Deborah Samuel for Moving Pictures. But no history of the band’s art would be complete without the story of the creation of arguably the band’s most iconic image, The Starman from 2112.

“From the first time Hugh and I met, we shared a level of communication that would sustain us through all the years of discussing art by long distance,” said Rush’s Neil Peart. The Art Of Rush is a must for fans of Rush, art, and music everywhere.

Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence

Review: The Art of Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess’ Stardust – An Informal History by Charles Vess

Explore the world of Neil Gaiman and Charles VessStardust as Vess opens up his vault of art. The book features sketches, pencil drawings, inked art, fully rendered paintings, and the secrets behind it all.

Art: Charles Vess

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Weekly Preview! Stardust and Science Comics!

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • The Art of Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess’ Stardust (Titan Comics)
  • Science Comics: Whales (First Second)

First Second and Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks

The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks

In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $49.99

Judge these books by their covers! Get immersed in the definitive visual history of pulp fiction paperbacks from 1940 to 1970.

The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks chronicles the history of pocket-sized paperbound books designed for mass-market consumption, specifically concentrating on the period from 1940 to 1970. These three decades saw paperbacks eclipse cheap pulp magazines and expensive clothbound books as the most popular delivery vehicle for escapist fiction. To catch the eyes of potential buyers they were adorned with covers that were invariably vibrant, frequently garish, and occasionally lurid. Today the early paperbacks-like the earlier pulps, inexpensively produced and considered disposable by casual readers-are treasured collector’s items.

Award-winning editor Ed Hulse (The Art of the Pulps and The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction) comprehensively covers the pulp-fiction paperback’s heyday. Hulse writes the individual chapter introductions and the captions, while a team of genre specialists and art aficionados contribute the special features included in each chapter. These focus on particularly important authors, artists, publishers, and sub-genres.

Illustrated with more than 500 memorable covers and original cover paintings. Hulse’s extensive captions, meanwhile, offer a running commentary on this significant genre, and also contain many obscure but entertaining factoids. Images used in The Art of Pulp Fiction have been sourced from the largest American paperback collections in private hands, and have been curated with rarity in mind, as well as graphic appeal. Consequently, many covers are reproduced here for the first time since the books were first issued.

With an overall Introduction by Richard A. Lupoff, novelist, essayist, pop-culture historian, and author of The Great American Paperback (2001).

The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks

Ablaze Reveals New Artbook and Manga Releases for December

THE DRAGON UNIVERSE

by Olivier Ledroit and Laurent Souillé
MSRP: $29.99 ·
Release Date: December 22nd

Dragons. They reign above the eternal snows or in the depths of the abyss… They are marvelous, magical, malicious creatures… But where do these winged creatures with sparkling scales and fearsome claws come from?

This collection of illustrations on the theme of dragons brings together acclaimed illustrators and comic book authors from around the world: French, English, Danish, Spanish, Italian, American, Canadian… From John Howe, designer of The Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia, to Todd Lockwood, illustrator of Dungeons & Dragons, and Olivier Ledroit, creator of the Chronicles of the Black Moon, and Adrian Smith, one of the authors of Warhammer, and more… They’ve pooled their talents in a Tolkien-style universe where dragons coexist, fight Dwarves, Orcs, Elves and Humans…

THE FAIRY UNIVERSE

by Various Artists
MSRP: $24.99
Release Date: December 22nd

Our world is inhabited by mysterious and elusive spirits: the Elves and the Faes. Once we accept this evidence, we still must recognize them, approach them, and sometimes be wary of them… Illustrator Olivier Ledroit used all his skill to approach them, sketch them, and deliver this comprehensive guide to the most remarkable Faes and Elves.

The result is this illustrated encyclopedia, which combines an extraordinary history of dragons, with gorgeous, full-color art, that captures every majestic and fearsome detail of these wonderful scaly behemoths. The Fairy Universe offers readers the keys to a magical and poetic world through hundreds of drawings by Ledroit, spread over double pages in stunning watercolor and pencil, with illuminating words by Ledroit and writer/colleague Laurent Souillé. 

CAGASTER VOLS. 1-6 BOX SET

by Kachou Hasimoto
MSRP: $29.99
Release Date: December 22nd

It’s the year 2125, and a strange plague called “Cagaster” appears. One-in-a-thousand people is infected by this disease, which turns humans into monstrous cannibalistic insects. Two-thirds of humanity is decimated… 30 years later, young expert bug exterminator and mercenary adventurer Kidow and newfound friend Ilie struggle to survive in this brutal new world, while delving into the mysteries of the plague and its causes.

Kidow is tasked with finding Ilie’s mother, after being entrusted with her by her dying father. Meanwhile, the battle continues to rage against the mutated population of Earth, with the code possibly being cracked to finally end the nightmare. Cagaster is a thrilling shonen adventure into a strange apocalyptic universe, somewhere between Mad Max and Attack on Titan.

Published by Tokuma Shoten in Japan, Cagaster has been adapted into an anime series by Gonzo Animation called Cagaster of an Insect Cage under the direction of Koichi Chigira (Tokyo Babylon, Full Metal Panic!, Last Exile) and is streaming now on Netflix!

CAGASTER VOLS. 1-6 BOX SET
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