Thursday, May 23, 2013


Hello readers, quite a bit to get through this week so without further ado, it's,

HC 64pp Color
You might feel another comic adaptation of Michael Moorcock's celebrated albino, wizard prince, Elric wasn't really necessary. As Moorcock makes clear in his introduction to this new interpretation there have been several previous adaptations and if one also considers those illustrators who have imagined the character for the novel's covers then we are in the company of some seriously good artists.
Yet this new treatment ranks as the author's favorite to date and it's probably because this creative team aren't pulling their punches in their depiction of the character and his world, this is Elric and Melnibone as Morcoock envisaged it, majestic and monstrously cruel.
If you like the dynamic and epic art style of Matthieu Lauffrey you are certain to like what Poli, Recht and Bastide are doing here and you get additional character studies and development art, along with portraits by top illustrators, to round out this impressive debut volume. 

We stay this side of the Atlantic as we review the latest in a top series of art books,

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Cafe Sale/Ankama
The latest showcase of the best artwork from animators, BD and game artists served up during this past year on the Cafe Sale site, the francophone web page for displaying digital art.
Like Spectrum some of the work is commissions for professional projects and some of it is work done for the artist's pleasure in their down time and now printed in this gorgeous book for our pleasure!

And still we stay here, to review another French title and the cultural high point of this week's review,  ahem clears throat..

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Galerie DM
Recently Daniel Maghen's gallery hosted an exhibition of Paul and Gaetan Brizzi's depictions of scenes from the most celebrated Operas. A catalogue was produced to celebrate the occasion and we're fortunate to have some of the 500 copy print run of this handsome publication.
The Brizzi's have been working in animation, creating wonderful art in pencil to inspire and guide their colleagues in the visual team's endeavours to capture and create beautiful art specific to a particular time and place.
As well as featuring all the finished pieces from the show, the book also features development art for images the brothers decided to adapt or change.
The brothers are masters of location, atmosphere and emotion and their style is ideally suited to capture the high drama of the greatest moments from the best loved Operas.

So to close this selection of wonders from here, we keep to the theme of fabulous pencil work as we consider,

HC/SC 48pp Color Black + White
Ana Mirallès draws beautiful women just as a hot and bothered man might, her signature character Djinn is one of the most sensual sirens steaming up BD.
So her fans will be delighted to read Snorgleux Editions have edited another collection of her studies and sketches, including a heap of research work for Djinn.
The new collection is available in two versions,a deluxe in hard cover with a book plate/ex-libris and the regular soft cover.

OK let's cross "the pond" as see what's come out State side,

HC 352pp Black + White
OK for some this will be the wrong trilogy, such is thier attachment to the first three films which are of course the second installment!? Frankly I'm baffled by a lot of George's choices on the whole Star Wars project and not just getting the story back to front!?
Anyway, what you need to know is some incredibly talented people worked on sequencing the action for these films, including Iain McCaig and Ralph Damaggio. The commentary from the artists give a fascinating insight into how they approach the process of imagining a scene and how they interact with their fellow film makers.

We'll end with a couple of books featuring art from way back in the day,

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The images might seem camp and kitsch to us but in their day these were revolountinary images, pushing the boundaries of what was permissible even in the pulps and all the more remarkable for that epoch they were by a woman.
The original queen of the pulps, Margret Brundage provided Weird Tales and other pulps anthologies some of their most memorable covers, including the first ever depiction of Howard's Conan.
Her life story was as colorful as her art, she was married to a radical and she spent her life pushing against conservative tendencies and to broaden acceptance of ideas which had yet to come into vogue.

Finally, a new book of early work by a popular artist with the customers here,

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They forgot to mention war in the title! Anyway this is the companion volume to the same teams earlier collection of Wally Wood's non EC publisged science fiction comics, "Strange Worlds of Science Fiction".
So here we have genre stories by Wally Wood produced for publishers other than EC. It isn't Wally's best work but even on a bad day he was better than many and this book is a must have for completests.

Keep out of the rain here at Pulp's Art!

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