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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


Witchfinder Omnibus Volume 1 Graphic Novel Review

Sir Edward Grey, also known as the Witchfinder was an occult/paranormal investigator that lived during the 19th century. He is one of the supporting characters in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe, and have on multiple occasions aided Hellboy during times of need with his considerable occult powers and knowledge. Witchfinder can be considered a prequel/spin-off of Hellboy, covering Sir Edward Grey’s missions and adventures during his time as a mortal. This first omnibus edition collects Sir Edw...
Tags: Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Anime, Hellboy, Graphic Novel, Dark Horse Comics, Art Book Review, Manga/comics, Mike Mignola, Amazon De, Mignolaverse, BPRD, Edward Grey, Liz Sherman Abe Sapien, Johann Krauss


Tokyo Genso Art Book Review (2020 Edition)

First published in 2015, the Tokyo Genso (東京幻想) art book imagines a post-apocalyptic Japan through a series of fascinating illustrations depicting a barren and desolate Tokyo landscape gradually reclaimed by nature. The images will certainly resonate strongly with any Tokyoite ( or anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time in Tokyo ) because the sights portrayed are landmarks that have come to define the sprawling metropolis. This new 2020 edition comes with many new pieces of art wo...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, South, Shibuya, Roppongi, Post-Apocalyptic, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Takadanobaba, Hiroaki Samura


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


Ghibli Museum Photography Book Review

Adored by animation fans all over the world, Ghibli Studio’s anime films have captured the imagination of both children and adults alike with its captivating stories and endearing characters. The Ghibli Museum, located in Mitaka, Tokyo is a wonderful extension of these films. The brainchild of director Miyazaki Hayao, the museum’s slogan is “Let’s get lost together” ( 迷子になろうよ、いっしょに ), derived from the man’s vision for visitors to immerse themselves in his imagination and film work. This hard ...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Japan, Book Reviews, Animation, Tokyo, Anime, Totoro, Amazon UK, Mitaka, Toshio Suzuki, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Ponyo, Yoshida Noboru


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


Megasia – Story Of Another Universe Art Book Review

Megasia – Story Of Another Universe is an art book by Japanese illustrator Monokubo (もの久保). Through her boundless imagination she dreams up fantastic worlds where the mundane meets the magical, with giant animals inhabiting our realm. The massive size of these otherwise familiar creatures create an anachronistic sight that is both bizarre and charming. (above & below) A recurring visual element of Monokubo’s illustrations seem to be influenced by Shintoism; with the giant white f...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Torii, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Fantasy Art, Giant Animals, Megasia, Monokubo, Shintoism, Kyoto Monokubo, Mononoke Her


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


PLUS – SLAMDUNK Illustrations 2 Art Book Review

PLUS+ Slam Dunk illustrations 2 is the much awaited follow up volume to the first Takehiko Inoue Illustrations art book released 23 years ago. This 96 page hardcover art book includes the brand new cover illustrations that Inoue-san drew for the new edition of his Slam Dunk manga released last year, as well as brand new art work created specifically for this book. This is a pretty big and heavy volume, in part due to the thick, high quality paper stock used for the prints, which look vibrantl...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Anime, Gaudi, Manga, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Takehiko Inoue, Inoue, Shibuya Tōkyō, Hiroyuki Asada, Inoue Takehiko


MFKZ Background Art Book Review

MFKZ (Mutafukaz/ムタフカズ) is a 2017 adult animated science fiction film based on the comic series and the short film of the same name. The film was a French-Japanese co-production between Ankama Animations and Studio 4°C and is directed by Shōjirō Nishimi and Guillaume “Run” Renard. I have to admit I showed little interest when I first heard of the film because the character designs just didn’t appeal to me, but I finally made the effort to watch the film recently and it was actually better than...
Tags: Amazon, Film, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Kimura, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Background Art, Tekkon Kinkreet, Mutafukaz, Kimura Shinji, MFKZ, Guillaume RUN Renard


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


Panzertales World Tank Museum Illustrated Art Book Review

World Tank Museum is series of 1/144 scale miniature tank toys sold by Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy. The company commissioned illustrator Morinaga Yo to create these beautiful art work from the toys, and this book Panzertales – World Tank Museum Illustrated is a collection of some 50+ tanks from the toy series. I have no particular interest in tanks or warfare but I do love Morinaga Yo’s art work, the style and presentation somewhat similar to Miyazaki Hayao’s Daydream Notes. Morinaga also h...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Book Review, Illustration, Anime, Takara Tomy, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Tamiya, Morinaga, Miyazaki Hayao, Morinaga Yo, Tokyo Skytree, Panzertales


The Food Of Ghibli Films Picture Book Review

Have you ever watched any of Studio Ghibli’s animated films and salivated at the amazing sight of those mouth-watering food ? Well then this book is for you ! (スタジオジブリの食べものがいっぱい) – “The (Bountiful) food of Ghibli Films” showcases the many delicious food featured in many of the studio’s films, from the ramen in Ponyo, the riceball in Spirted Away to the bentos in My Neighbour Totoro. I was a little surprised that the food in my favorite Ghibli film Princess Mononoke isn’t fe...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Book Reviews, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Mononoke, Ashitaka, Picture Book, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Ponyo, Ghibli food, Food Of Ghibli Films Picture Book Review, Spirted Away


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


Sisterhood – Little Thunder Art Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Sisterhood is a delightful collection of illustrations by the popular Hong Kong based cartoonist Little Thunder, with over 50 thousand followers on Instagram at the time of writing. The artist has garnered a huge following in Japan as well ( her work is also featured in Illustration 2020 ), and this is her first art book published in Japanese, with over 100 pieces of art work spread across 200 pages. I myself find it hard to define...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Comics, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Manga, Amazon UK, Sisterhood, Akira, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Little Thunder


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


Ikegami Ryoichi Art Works Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. An art book that is long overdue, Ikegami Ryoichi Art Works is a superb collection of illustrations from the famed manga artist of Crying Freeman, Sanctuary and Mai The Psychic Girl. Running at a sumptuous 288 pages, the art book is split into 2 separate volumes, with one book dedicated to male characters, and the other female. While a good portion of both volumes feature illustrations from Crying Freeman, likely the artist’s most...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Nudity, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Manga, Erotic, Freeman, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Crying Freeman, Ikegami Ryoichi


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


The Dam Keeper Vol 1 Book Review

The Dam Keeper is a lusciously illustrated children’s graphic novel by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, co-founders of the Berkley based animation studio Tonko House. Based on the Academy Award nominated animated short of the same name, Pig, Fox and Hippo are 3 inhabitants of Sunrise Valley who must discover the mysteries of the fog that killed Pig’s mother years ago and now threaten to envelop the entire village. I’ve been a fan of Dice Tsutsumi’s beautiful illustrations since I was introduce...
Tags: Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Art Book Review, Manga/comics, Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, The Dam Keeper, Tonko House


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


Tokyo At Night – The Artworks of Mateusz Urbanowicz II Book Review

Tokyo At Night is the 2nd art book by Tokyo based Polish illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz. A seasoned artist who has worked on anime films like Space Dandy as well as Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, Mateusz has been working as a freelance artist to focus on his own original works since 2017. His first art book Tokyo Storefronts (2018) showcased the many quaint and charming storefronts found throughout Tokyo, rendered in his beautiful watercolor paintings. In this new art book, he explores the moody...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Japan, Book Reviews, Painting, Illustration, Drawing, Tokyo, Anime, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Mateusz, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Makoto Shinkai, Mateusz Urbanowicz


The Art Of The Transformers Toys Book Review

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Transformers media franchise, Takara Tomi/Parco publishing has released The Art Of The Transformers book, a collection of toy/merchandising illustrations from the golden age of Transformers ( 1985-1995 ). Included are the many classic designs of the most recognizable Transformers including Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Grimlock and the Dinobots, Devastator and many more. (image above) Needless to stay the Dinobots were one of my ...
Tags: Amazon, Toys, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Robots, Hasbro, Anime, Transformers, Optimus, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Kozaki Yusuke, The Art Of The Transformers Toys


Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind Deluxe Edition Vol 1 Manga Review

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind ( Kaze No Tani No Naushika ) is a manga written and illustrated by renowned anime director Miyazaki Hayao. The manga was first published in chapters by Tokuma Shoten in their monthly magazine Animage from 1982 to 1994, and when completed was collected into 7 Tankobon volumes as it appears in this boxset. This special deluxe edition ( made up of 2 volumes ) was published in 1996, and comes in a bigger print size ( though still not 1:1 size of Miyazaki’s original ...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Book Reviews, Deluxe Edition, Illustration, Anime, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Manga, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Manga/comics, Manga Review, Tokuma Shoten


Voluptuous Terrors : Horror And SF Film Posters Book Review

Warning : The following post contains nudity/adult content. Voluptuous Terrors explores classic Italian film poster designs that sprang forth from the post-war period through to the 1980s, focusing on science fiction 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 in the same vein as two other volumes I’ve revi...
Tags: Movies, Film, Book Reviews, Sci-fi, Illustration, Anime, Horror Movies, Art Book Review, Monster Films, Sex And Horror, Voluptuous Terrors


Making Solo: A Star Wars Story Book Review

Industrial Light & Magic Presents : Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is a handsomely photographed making of book by Rob Bredow, the SVP, executive creative director, and head of Industrial Light & Magic. As a child, the production photographs of the AT-ATs from The Empire Strikes Back inspired Rob to become a filmmaker, and in meticulously documenting the progress of the production on Solo he hopes to do the same – to inspire the next generation of artists, engineers and storytellers. The beaut...
Tags: Star Wars, Film, Book Reviews, Sci-fi, Rob, Anime, Cinematography, Solo, SVP, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan, Industrial Light Magic, Art Book Review, Making Of, Industrial Light And Magic, Rob Bredow


100 Views – Yamamoto Nizo Background Art Book Review

Yamamoto Nizo is a veteran background artist who have worked on such esteemed films as Madhouse’s A Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Ghibli’s Mononoke Hime, Laputa – Castle In The Sky, Grave Of The Fireflies, and more. This art book, titled 100 Views ( Hyakkei – a reference to the 100 famous views of Japan ) collects 100 background art pieces that the artist has painted over his 40 years of work. There is also a small collection of concept art and color keys the artist created for films like Grav...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Anime, Amazon UK, Spirited Away, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Ghibli, Background Art, Princess Mononoke, Kazuo Oga, Mononoke Hime


Japanese Bathhouses Illustrated Guide – Enya Honami Book Review

Sento Zukai (銭湯図解) is a delightfully illustrated book showcasing public Japanese bathhouses located in Tokyo, drawn by artist Enya Honami. Communal bathhouses have been on the decline in Japan as most residences now come with their own baths, but some still enjoy the spacious public baths and use it for relaxation. A total of 24 bathhouses are featured in this book, and each cross-sectional drawing is meticulously illustrated and annotated with interesting background information about the uni...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Tokyo, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Enya Honami, Japanese bathhouses, Sento, Sento Zukai, Enya Honami Book Review, Enya Honami Communal


Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World Art Book Review

Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World (情緒的な風景を描) is the 3rd art book from a series published by PIE Books dedicated to illustrations of beautiful scenery and landscapes. I reviewed the 1st from series as well – Everyday Scenes From A Parallel World. The curated illustrations found in the book are of exceptional quality, with many created by artists that I love, including Ilya Kuvshinov ( image above ), Yoko Tanji, Hirotaka Tanaka and more. (below) Artwork by Hirotaka Tana...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Anime, Amazon UK, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Hirotaka Tanaka, Ilya Kuvshinov, PIE books, Retrospective Scenes From A Sentimental World, Yoko Tanji Hirotaka Tanaka, Yoko Tanji She, Yoko Tanji Yoko Tanji


Intron Depot 8 Bomb Bay Art Book Review

Bomb Bay is the eighth in the series of Intron Depot illustration art books by famed manga artist Shirow Masamune, creator of Ghost In The Shell. None of the art books in the series can best the first and original Intron Depot, in part due to Shirow’s unfortunate descent into garish digital and CG techniques. This particular volume collects misc art work created between 1992 and 2009, and most of it is fluff except for the fantastic “old school Shirow” illustrations from his manga ( and subse...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Book Reviews, Illustration, Anime, Shell, Manga, Amazon UK, Dominion, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Manga/comics, Masamune Shirow, Shirow, Intron Depot, Shirow Masamune



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