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Toshiyuki Fukuda Portfolio 2 Art Book Review

A graphic design graduate from the Osaka University of Art, Toshiyuki Fukuda (福田利之) is a prolific illustrator whose art work has graced countless magazines, children’s books, T-shirts, music album covers and many more. This 2nd collection of his art work ( see the first collection here ) showcases more than 200 pages of his delightful illustrations. (image above) The art book comes housed in a lovely slip case. (above right) This particular piece feels like a tribute to one of my fav...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Gustav Klimt, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Amazon De, Stanley Artgerm Lau, Amazon CA, Toshiyuki Fukuda, Toshiyuki Fukuda Portfolio 2 Art Book Review, 福田利之作品集2


Transformers FANBOOK2020 EZ Collection Optimus vs Megatron

Just up on Amazon Japan is the retail listing for the Transformers FANBOOK2020 TV magazine MOOK special issue that appears to be offering a couple of Transformers EZ Collection Movie pack-ins figures of Optimus Prime and Megatron that will be available for sale on July 1, 2020. See the translated details and cover below for more details.
Tags: Toys, Optimus, Amazon Japan, Mook


Cicada – Shaun Tan Illustrated Book Review

Australian illustrator Shaun Tan’s picture book Cicada tells a sobering parable tale of migrant workers and workplace bullying through the voice of a hardworking insect who has toiled away, unappreciated and without promotion, alongside humans in a grey office block for 17 years. Upsetting as the premise is, the story ends on a more optimistic note, perhaps serving as a bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us as well. (below) Some of the sketches and cl...
Tags: Book Reviews, Illustration, Tokyo, Anime, Shaun Tan, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Cicada, Art Book Review, Cicada Shaun Tan Illustrated Book Review


Pollen’s Women: The Art of Samson Pollen Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Pollen’s Women is a lush visual archive collecting some of artist Samson Pollen’s most memorable pieces, selected from the hundreds of jaw-dropping illustrations Pollen provided for men’s adventure magazines (MAMs) from the 1950s through the 1970s. Sexy women were a regular component of story illustrations published in the more than 160 MAM titles that flourished from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s, and nobody painted beauti...
Tags: Nudity, Book Reviews, Illustration, Anime, Mam, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Katoh Naoyuki Sci, Erotic Art, Pollen's Women: The Art of Samson Pollen, Samson Pollen, Samson Pollen Book Review, Tsukasa Bullet Tsukasa


The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Book Review

The concluding film to the Star Wars Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker is a spellbinding visual fest with spectacular VFX conjured up with the wizards at Industrial Light & Magic. The story and narrative treatment is a departure from previous films, which left dedicated fans divided, but I was never a big enough follower of the franchise to be troubled, and instead spent my time just marveling at the beautiful world the filmmakers created. Just like the previous two Art Of Star Wars books...
Tags: Anime, Lucasfilm, Kylo Ren, Skywalker, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Kintsugi, Doug Chiang


Dress Like a Woman : Working Women and What They Wore Book Review

Dress Like a Woman : Working Women and What They Wore explores the myriad of different costumes worn by women all over the world, a fascinating intersection of gender, fashion, politics, culture, class, nationality, and race. You’ll see some familiar faces, including trailblazers Shirley Chisholm, Amelia Earhart, Angela Davis, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Michelle Obama, but the majority of photographs are of ordinary working women from many backgrounds and professions. Pioneering scientists and mat...
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Book Reviews, Michelle Obama, Anime, Amazon UK, Photography Book, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Costume Design, Women Fashion, Ninagawa Woman


The Art Of Death Stranding Book Review

Having just finished the notoriously difficult FromSoftware game Sekiro recently, I have now moved on to Death Stranding, one of the most highly anticipated games of 2019, developed by renowned game director Hideo Kojima and his studio Kojima Productions. After the collapse of civilization, Sam Bridges must journey across a ravaged landscape crawling with otherworldly threats to save mankind from the brink of extinction. One of the highlights of this art book are the many concept art sketches...
Tags: Amazon, Anime, Kong, Hideo Kojima, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Yoji Shinkawa, Sam Bridges, Pablo Uchida, Skull Island Death Stranding


Austin Briggs – The Consumate Illustrator Art Book Review

Austin Briggs (1908 – 1973) was an American cartoonist and illustrator. Although he grew up on a farm with no books and no art, his talent for drawing and illustration eventually saw him taking on advertising agency work. He later became an assistant to the cartoonist Alex Raymond on Flash Gordon; after WWII he contributed art work to magazines like Readers Digest and The Saturday Evening Post. This hardcover volume features a sizeable collection of his black and white drawings as well as his...
Tags: Anime, Gordon, Rockwell, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Austin Briggs, Alex Raymond, Robert McGinnis, Takayama Toshiaki, Ishihara Gojin Illustrator, Leyendecker Norman Rockwell, Austen Briggs, Edwin Austin Abbey Norman Rockwell


Studio Series SS-50 Roadbuster and SS-51 Scrapper New Stock Images

Just in via Amazon Japan are new stock images the Transformers Studio Series SS-50 Roadbuster and SS-51 Scrapper. Have a look at what are assumed to be the final production images showing what we should see at retail with final colors and paint apps. Look for these figures to be arriving in the USA sometime in April 2020.
Tags: Toys, Usa, Amazon Japan


Akira 4K Remastered Ultra HD Blu-ray

Bandai Namco Arts will be releasing a new 4k remastered Ultra HD version of Otomo Katsuhiro’s groundbreaking anime Akira on the 24th of April 2020. The new print is a 4k scan of the original 35mm master positive film. Also, the composer for the film Yamashiro Shoji supervised a new mix of the 5.1ch audio track with a “192kHz Hypersonic-Effect”. Source. (image above, L to R) Cover art for the outer slip cover, front and back, and the slip case. The Amazon special limited edition comes with a ...
Tags: Amazon, Film, Animation, Anime, Uhd, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Otomo Katsuhiro, Steelbook Blu, Blu-ray/dvds, Bandai Namco Arts, Shibuya Parco Tokyo, AKIRA 4Kリマスターセット, Akira 4K Remastered Ultra HD


Game Of Thrones : The Costumes Book Review

One of the four books in the Game Of Thrones series of giant hardcover tomes published by Insight Editions ( Art Of GOT, Photography of GOT and GOT storyboards ), this volume explores the splendid costume designs featured in HBO’s highly acclaimed fantasy series. Discover how BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton dressed the heroes and villains of Westeros and beyond, including Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Arya Stark and many more. The book showcases...
Tags: Hbo, Film, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Book Review, Filmmaking, Illustration, BAFTA, Game Of Thrones, Anime, Westeros, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Character Design, Costume Design


Voluptuous Terrors 2 : Horror And Exploitation Film Posters Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Voluptuous Terrors 2 explores classic Italian film poster designs that sprang forth from the post-war period through to the 1980s, focusing on exploitation/Sexploitation and the horror genres, often with compositions almost invariably including curvaceous female figures in jeopardy, juxtaposed with the iconography of fantasy and terror. The visual style of the art work featured in this art book is much similar to two other books I’...
Tags: Movies, Film, Book Reviews, Sci-fi, Painting, Illustration, Anime, Horror Movies, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Monster Films, Alessandro Biffignandi, Emanuele Taglietti, Sex And Horror, Voluptuous Terrors


The World of IT Art Book Review

I thorough enjoyed Andy Muschietti’s live-action remake of Stephen King’s renowned horror novel IT; the engaging story, tastefully done horror elements and great VFX all coalesced beautifully in both IT and IT : Chapter 2. This art book collects the best artwork produced during the making of both of these sophisticated and visually enthralling films, including concept art, sketches, storyboards, and behind-the-scenes photography. The last few pages of the book explore the visual development o...
Tags: Stephen King, Anime, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Pennywise, Andy Muschietti


Studio Series SS-49 Sentinel Prime, SS-47 Scavenger, and SS-48 Off-road Bumblebee Takara TOMY Official Production Images

Just in via Amazon Japan we have new looks at the retail production versions of the Transformers Studio Series SS-49 Sentinel Prime, SS-47 Decepticon Scavenger, and SS-48 Off-road Bumblebee coming from Takara TOMY. Check out many more angles and the final paint apps on these figures than what we saw at Toy Fair.
Tags: Toys, Amazon Japan, Takara TOMY Check


The Art Of Eric Powell Book Review

The Art ( and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell is a collection of illustrations by the Eisner award winning comic artist behind The Goon, published by Dark Horse. While I’ve never actually never the comic series before, I’ve always heard good things about it, and with recommendations from many friends. I know for certain however that I really enjoy Eric Powell’s illustrations – from the many pencil drawings that are showcased side by side with the color art in the book one can tell this is...
Tags: Anime, Eisner, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Eric Powell, Eric Powell Book Review


Vampirella 50th Anniversary Poster Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Vampirella is a superheroine created by Forrest J Ackerman and comic book artist Trina Robbins in 1969 for Warren Publishing’s black-and-white horror comics magazine. 50 years later, the sexy Vampirella has gained a huge following and her stories remains ever popular. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of her creation, Dynamite publishing has assembled some of the comic world’s best talents to put together this beautiful poster art ...
Tags: Anime, Jose Gonzalez, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Akira, Forrest J Ackerman, Trina Robbins, Stanley Lau, Vampirella, Stanley Artgerm Lau, Frank Cho Alex Ross Stanley


The Photography Of Game Of Thrones Book Review

The Photography Of Game Of Thrones is a massive tome of a coffee table book with stunning stills from HBO’s highly acclaimed fantasy series. Some 850 images are carefully selected from an archive of 1.5 million photographs by Game Of Thrones official unit stills photographer and Nikon ambassador Helen Sloan to appear in this book. The huge print format of this hardcover volume definitely lends itself well in reproducing the beautifully shot photographs in crisp, pristine detail that is perfec...
Tags: Photography, Hbo, Film, Book Reviews, Book Review, Filmmaking, Game Of Thrones, Anime, Nikon, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Art Book Review, Helen Sloan, The Photography Of Game Of Thrones


Tales From The Inner City – Shaun Tan Illustrated Novel Review

Tales from the Inner City is an illustrated novel by the Academy Award winning Australian artist Shaun Tan, who also bought us the highly acclaimed graphic novel The Arrival. Disclaimer : I’ve not yet read the prose in Tales From The Inner City, but ever since I visited Shaun Tan’s art exhibition Welcome To Nowhere in Tokyo and seeing his fantastic paintings in person I’ve become a fan of his art work. This review is based purely on just the illustrations, although I do hope to read the book ...
Tags: Tokyo, Anime, Shaun Tan, Inner City, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Odin Thor, Inner City Shaun Tan Illustrated Novel Review


Takara TOMY Earthrise ER-05 Starscream Official Images

Just in from Amazon Japan are official images of the Takara TOMY Transformers War For Cybertron: Earthrise ER-05 Starscream. Listed for ï¿¥4,950 JPY about $45 USD, will released on June 30, 2020 in Japan. Check out the images in the gallery and transalted product info for more details on this very Classics looking figure.
Tags: Toys, Japan, Amazon Japan, Starscream Official Images


Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker The Visual Dictionary Book Review

Every since the new Starwars Trilogy started with The Force Awakens I’ve not only looked forward to the films but also the incredible art books that came with the movie releases. The official concept art book for The Rise Of Skywalker won’t be out till late March this year, but thankfully we also have the Visual Dictionary, which is equally amazing. Produced in close collaboration with Lucasfilm and written by Star Wars insider Pablo Hidalgo, this 200-page book is packed with plenty of detail...
Tags: Film, Book Reviews, Sci-fi, Filmmaking, Illustration, Anime, Lucasfilm, Starwars, Concept Art, Skywalker, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Art Book, Pablo Hidalgo, Character Design


The Art Of Game Of Thrones Book Review

The Art Of Game of Thrones is a massive and heavy 432 paged tome of an art book that extensively covers the sprawling behind the scenes concept art from HBO’s hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones Season 1 to 8. Most, if not all the Westeros locations featured in the series are represented by at least a few pages of concept art, from King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone to Castle Black and many more. Conspicuously missing in the book however are the creature concept art designs; the dragons, ...
Tags: Hbo, Anime, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Castle Black, Takayama Toshiaki, King 's Landing Winterfell Dragonstone


My Favorite Art Books of 2019

This year I reviewed 62 art books, a dip again from the 74 I did last year, and 82 back in 2017. I attribute the reasons for the falling numbers to a combination of reduced readership for my blog ( less readers = less conversion, which unfortunately gives me less resources to procure books ) as well as the comparatively smaller number of interesting Japanese art books that I felt was worth picking up. Despite the reduced quantity, there’s still plenty of great art books that were published in...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Fox, Tokyo, Rob, Anime, Ridley Scott, Hellboy, Bram Stoker, Freeman, SVP, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Industrial Light Magic


Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Mike Mignola Graphic Novel Review

Mike Mignola‘s last comics project before he embarked on his epic Hellboy journey, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is his graphic novel adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 movie of the same name. Originally released as a full-color four issue adaptation some 25 years ago, this new edition comes in stunning black and white. Mike Mignola’s bold graphic style is perfectly suited to tackle this moody gothic horror number, with its rich inky blacks and shadows, creating dynamic negative spaces that he...
Tags: Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Hellboy, Bram Stoker, Francis Ford Coppola, Dracula, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Graphic Novel, Manga/comics, Mike Mignola, Dark Horse, Dracula Mike Mignola Graphic Novel Review


B.P.R.D – Hell On Earth Vol 5 Comic Book Review

B.P.R.D ( Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense ) is the spin-off comic series from Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, taking place in the same expanded universe as the organization’s “enhanced” agents like Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien and Johann Krauss battle the Ogdru Jahad that first appeared in the Hellboy comics. This is the 5th ( and concluding ) hardcover volume from the Hell On Earth arc ( read my review for Vol 3 and Vol 4 ) and collects number 12-13 and 15 of the trade paperback volumes as wel...
Tags: Comics, Book Reviews, US, Earth, Illustration, Anime, Hellboy, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Art Book Review, Manga/comics, Mike Mignola, Character Design, BPRD, James Harren, Paranormal Research and Defense


Kanojo, Okarishimasu English Version Trial PV & Mangaka Life Video

Recently, Kanojo, Okarishimasu / 彼女、お借りします / Rent-A-Girlfriend series Mangaka creator Miyajima Reiji has uploaded his official English version read trial PV for the 12th volume on Amazon Japan. But, the manga volume is still in Japanese. Here's the video.. Also, during around the same time, Miyajima Reiji has collaborated with Japan Culture YouTuber Paolo fromTOKYO to produce a glimpse of the Mangaka's daily life and with some interviewing. The video has reached over 800k+ views. Here's the v...
Tags: Japan, Anime, Amazon Japan, Mangaka, Mangaka Life Video, Miyajima Reiji, YouTuber Paolo


The Art Of Godzilla – King Of The Monsters Book Review

Godzilla – King Of The Monsters is the 3rd film in the Monsterverse franchise of films after Godzilla and Kong : Skull Island, a massive Kaiji-fest featuring some of the most iconic monsters from the Godzilla pantheon of films including Mothra, Rodan and of course King Ghidorah. This art book explores a sprawling collection of fantastic concept art behind the cinematic realization of these Kaiji legends for the first time in an English film. The bulk of the book’s contents are dedicated to th...
Tags: Anime, Godzilla, Skull Island, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Kaiji, Mothra Rodan


Japanese Laundry: Small-Space Solutions (Many via Amazon) from a Spotless Country

When my son dropped a glass bottle on a subway platform in Osaka last summer, a man appeared out of nowhere to sweep away the shards—and we learned firsthand how Japan earned its squeaky-clean status. The same fastidiousness extends to people’s homes—the slippers-only policy indoors is the law everywhere (we were even reprimanded for entering the foyer of a gym in our street shoes). So I wasn’t surprised to learn that doing laundry is a favorite chore that often gets tackled daily (“we don’t lik...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Japan, US, Italy, Laundry, Tokyo, States, Osaka, Muji, Siwa, Amazon Japan, City House, Yamazaki, Mio, Small-Space Living


Venice – Jiro Taniguchi Art Book Review

Venice is a stunning watercolor art book/manga illustrated by the late Japanese comic artist Jiro Taniguchi, who passed away in 2017. It’s one of a series of deluxe travel books endorsed by fashion brand Louis Vuitton. In its pages the illustrations of renowned artists or promising young talents tell the stories of the cities or countries they have visited, depicting the varied architecture, maybe the special light of their chosen topic whilst recording the passing days and lives of its peopl...
Tags: Venice, Anime, Louis Vuitton, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Taniguchi, Jiro Taniguchi, Ogura Hiromasa, Miyazaki Hayao Art


Spider-Man : Far From Home – The Art of the Movie Book Review

I really enjoyed Spider-Man : Far From Home. The story was fantastic and Mysterio’s unique capabilities as a holographic-illusions expert allowed plenty of opportunities to showcase creative visual effects which really made the whole film a fun ride coupled with amazing VFX eye candy. This official art book for the film documents the extensive concept art created by the talented team of Marvel concept artists, led by Ryan Meinerding. The hardcover, 300 page book covers a huge volume of conten...
Tags: Amazon, Anime, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Peregrine, Ryan Meinerding, Mysterio


Ghibli Museum Catalogue Book Review

The Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館) is a museum showcasing the work of the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli. It is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, Japan. This book is the official catalogue for the museum and is only available for purchase within the museum ( but some select copies are available on Amazon Japan; see more details below ). The contents include pictures of the various permanent exhibits found in the museum, interviews with the museum creators like Miyazaki Hayao, a list ...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Tokyo, Anime, Mei, Amazon UK, Inokashira Park, Amazon Japan, Mitaka, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Miyazaki Hayao