I know, I know, there is a whole generation that is growing up right now that reads everything digitally, whether it’s on their tablets, phones, or device of choice. Me, I’m old school and I LOVE books. There is an added bonus when you hold a book. I’ll always prefer books over digital and this is why we have chosen to share our FAVORITES in Part One of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.
MARVEL COMICS: 75 YEARS OF COVER ART
DK Publishing commemorates 75 of years of comics excellence with Marvel Comics Cover Art, a beautiful, large-scale book featuring some of the most impactful, inspiring, and unusual comic cover art to come out of the Marvel vault.
With access to the rarest and most interesting cover art in Marvel’s 75-year history, DK brings together an unforgettable gallery spotlighting the most iconic covers along with never-before-seen concept art from all over the world. Featuring the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers, as well as the writers and artists who gave them life, including Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, this book brings together the beloved Marvel characters like no other has done before.
Spreads feature blown-up versions of the beautiful comic art capturing every detail while captioning facts and information about each cover’s artist, storyline, and history. Marvel Comics Cover Art is the only book of its kind to span the breadth of Marvel’s cover art and is an imperative addition to any collection.
This slipcased edition features 2 amazing prints and over 300 pages featuring some of the most memorable covers in comic book history.
DC COMICS: A VISUAL HISTORY – UPDATED EDITION
DK PUBLISHING has updated this expanded edition, with 16 new pages to cover 2010-2014! Featuring a new slipcase design along with two NEW prints packed inside.
Trace DC’s fascinating story: the company’s beginnings as National Allied Publications in the 1934, and its subsequent change to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1937. The book details all the major DC publishing landmarks and more, displayed clearly, month by month.
Highlighting the debuts of iconic super heroes like Superman and Batman, the geniuses that invented them, and the real-life events, like the Vietnam War, the atom bomb, and the Space Race, that shaped the atmosphere of the times, DC Comics: A Visual Historyfollows the characters’ foray into the real world through TV series and blockbuster movies.
This gorgeous slipcased edition comes in at a whopping 366 pages of pure awesome and includes a forward by Paul Levitz, former president of DC Comics (2002 – 2009.)
BATMAN: A VISUAL HISTORY
We’ve made it known time and time again that The Dark Knight is our favorite comic book superhero and DK PUBLISHING’s Batman: A Visual History is spectacular. The book follows the DC Comics Super Hero from his 1939 beginnings as a crime- fighting vigilante to his present status as a worldwide cultural icon approaching his 75th anniversary.
The book celebrates Batman’s greatest stories and the writers and artists that created them. It also charts the careers of the Super Heroes and super-villains — Robin, the Justice League, the Joker, Catwoman — associated with Gotham City’s Dark Knight. The debuts of every key Batman character are featured, as well as some details of Batman movie and TV series, both live-action and animated.
To make this one even better it features a Foreward by Frank Miller, the man who literally changed the entire comic book industry when he released “BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS” in 1986. With over 340 pages strictly dedicated to Gotham’s protector, this one is a MUST-HAVE for fans of the Dark Knight.
ILLUSTRATION NOW! 5
TASCHEN’s regular Illustration Now! series brings you the latest, groundbreaking work from the world’s most exciting illustrators. A stimulating mix of established master draftsmen and neophytes, working in a vast range of techniques, this Illustration Now! Vol. 5 features 150 illustrators from over 30 countries, including illustration duo Craig&Karl, reportage artist Sue Coe, upcoming Agata Nowicka, old master James McMullan and Syrian artist Youssef Abdelké.
The spread includes personal work, as well as high-profile projects for clients such as Nike, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, Google or Timemagazine.
Looking back at the history of media, the book’s introduction from Steven Heller explores the many styles of illustration. A perfect round-up of illustration’s here-and-now for graphic artists, creative professionals and illustration students, but also for anyone with an appreciation of draftsmanship and visual language.
This book features gorgeous art and will introduce you to some fantastic artists that you may or may not have heard of. With well over 400 pages this one is packed with must see art.
GEEK ART: AN ANTHOLOGY – ART, DESIGN, ILLUSTRATIONS & POP CULTURE
Thomas Olivri grew up loving geek art and culture and never outgrew them. He is the creator of Geek-Art.net, a popular online pop culture community that features art created from these worlds, and hosts gallery shows of the work in Paris, where he lives.
Thomas and CHRONICLE BOOKS has given us a book where the ONLY thing we don[‘t like about it is that we wish it was longer! (That’s saying a lot considering it comes in at a staggering 416 pages!)
Every age has its artistic inspiration. Medieval artists exalted spiritual subjects. Modernists shifted their attention to humanity and the senses. For a generation of artists and fans today, our heroic subjects are Mario, Pikachu, Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Frodo, and a legion of other iconic figures from the geek culture realms of movies cartoons video games and comics.
For the first time Geek-Art collects the work of nearly 100 international illustrators graphic designers photographers and artists whose inspired interpretations of these beloved characters celebrate them with creative brilliance and a true fan’s passion. Featuring more than 750 images this lavish illustrated anthology showcases the inspired energy that drives pop culture and makes geeky fans of us all.
Some of the artists included are: Matt Ferguson, Andy Fairhurst, Marko Manev, Arian Noveir, Fernando Reza, Tomasz Opasinski, Godmachine, Jason Edmiston, Robert Ball, Avanaut and many more. If you are a fan of pop culture art, this book belongs on your bookshelf!
THE HOHOKUM ALMANAC
iam8bit has come up with a whimsical book featuring fantastic pull-out pages, ballads and more. If you love fun, colorful layouts with fantastic characters, unique design, then this book belongs in your collection.
Enter the beauticious world from the wild imaginations of artist Richard Hogg and Honeyslug, where you’ll discover so many delightful and bizarre things, you’ll want to continue your adventure in Hohokum, available now for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game systems.
If this book does not make you rush out and buy the video game, then you have serious issues that need to be addressed immediately. In fact, stop reading now and schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist… pronto!
Stay tuned as we will be giving you some more fantastic ideas for this holiday season.