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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Graphic Novels & Art Books to Look Out For (Upcoming)

Today in The Cube:
I've been noticing lately that there are a number of very cool-looking books - graphic novels and art books - soon to be released. I thought I'd share a few that you all might enjoy:
1. Mark Schultz: Various Drawings Vol. 5If you're not familiar with Mark Schultz, then you better be soon. The creator of the classic Xenozoic comic (which was later adapted as Cadillacs & Dinosaurs), Schultz is a master of drawing otherworldly action, dinos, and fascinating characters. His first four volumes were spectacular, combining his famous Xenozoic characters with his impressions of Helen of Troy, barbarians, sci-fi technology, and a serious dose of pulp nostalgia. His pencil work rivals his mastery with a pen and brush, and he echoes Frazetta at times. Highly recommended.
2. Hellboy Vol. 11: The Bride of Hell and Others
One of the best comics series of all time just keeps on coming. While The most recent volumes of Hellboy have been concentrating on the ongoing story of HB's 
world-ruling destiny, this volume seems to be a collection of shorter tales from everyone's favorite demonic paranormal investigator's past. Creator Mike Mignola never disappoints - though he's been shifting the artistic duties to other artists in recent years, his writing has taken off and he skillfully weaves obscure world folklore into his tales. Not to be missed.
3. Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland
Probably best-known for his covers for Wonder Woman and Transmetropolitan, Bolland has been a mainstay in the comics field for the last 30+ years and keeps getting better. (Nowadays he works completely digitally). A retrospective art book penned by Bolland himself that covered his entire career came out in 2006, but this book will focus solely on his work for DC Comics, which has been considerable and worth it's own volume. Certainly one to check out! Bolland's figure work, and his faces, are spectacular, and his attention to detail is second to none.
4. Drawing the Head and Hands (Andrew Loomis)
Few illustrators have garnered as much respect among modern comics artists as Andrew Loomis. Loomis is acknowledged as a major influence in the work of comic book greats Alex Ross and Steve Rude, but his exceptional art instruction books have been out-of-print for nearly 30 years. Finally, a hardcover facsimile edition of the book's original printing is coming out, and for those of you out there wanting to learn to draw or hone your skills, this is not to be missed.
I'll be posting more upcoming finds as I find them!

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