Sunday, June 3, 2012

6/1/2012

New Prince Valiant, more exclusives & signed books from Spectrum Live!

This week we offer you more very special sketchbooks and art books from the first Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! show. But first I must acknowledge that the new volume of Prince Valiant, volume 5, is here and an event all it's own. Fantagraphics' new hardcover printings of these wonderful Hal Foster Sunday pages offers the finest reproduction yet, far superior to their old softcover series. While I own the original Sunday pages, collected years ago, I could not resist sitting down with these new volumes and getting re-hooked on the stories AND art by one of the very true masters of comic art. We have all the volumes available at $6 savings on each, just $23.99.



Spectrum Live! the book was just offered last week and has immediately become a bestseller for us. While our supply lasts, we are including a free color illustrated bookplate hand-signed by Brom, and a special color Spectrum bookmark, with each copy.



Exclusive new signed books! With all the artists attending the Spectrum show, lots of fans were able to get artists to sign and personalize their books. Publisher John Flesk was kind enough to make sure his "stable" of creators signed a whole bunch of great books that we got for you. Here's what we have--the quantity available is with each one, so these are very limited. We've separated each of these from the regular unsigned copies, so be sure to use our links here or ask specifically for the signed copies. The item code will always have an added "s" at the end, for signed.



Signed by Gary Gianni:
The Prince Valiant Page -8
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea -7
Major Thrill's Adventure Book -10


Signed by Petar Meseldzija:
The Legend of Steel Bashaw -8


Signed by Mark Schultz:
Xenozoic -2
Various Drawings #4 -2
Various Drawings #5 -5


Signed by William Stout:
Inspirations -5
Hallucinations -6



We still have Mark Schultz's signed and limited hardcover editions of Various Drawings also. Click here for all his books, and click their name for all books by Gary Gianni and William Stout. Also available again are four Stout sketchbooks, which are all regularly signed and limited: Convention Sketches #15-17 and Monsters #3.




New Spectrum signed sketchbooks and artbooks: Featured below are more of my favorites.




I first met Echo Chernik at the Emerald City Comic-Con in March. She's a dynamo artist and is doing amazing work inspired by Art Nouveau and Alphonse Mucha. She's apeared five times in the Spectrum Annual. She has a wonderful hardcover art book made only a few years ago but since she was running out, I could not get any at Emerald City. But at Spectrum she let me have just a few copies of the last of her stock, as well as two of her very limited deluxe edition. Click here for her own comments on Spectrum.


Shelly Wan is an amazing artist whose finished, mural-like paintings remind me of Frank Brangwyn. I only bought three prints at the Spectrum show, strictly for myself, and her's was one. It is included in her modest but also modestly priced sketchbook and I can't recommend enough that you discover her work. I've linked some of her work on Google images for you to check out.



Brynn Metheney is an extremely talented concept and creature design artist. Her new sketchbook Fish Hooks 2 is filled with strange and wild creatures and I am pleased to have discovered her work at Spectrum. We offer her signed Fish Hooks below, and here's her website so you can discover more of her work.




On the Way to the Imaginarium is a no slim sketchbook but a full-on hardcover art book, with fine finished work by these two talented painters, Daniela & Vladimir Ovtcharov. They are in Spectrum 14-16 and Metamorphosis 2. They both signed Imaginarium for us. Here's a link to their website, complete with music and moving art!



Mark Nelson is an amazing artist who has been appearing in Spectrum for many years. We offered both of these art books in the past and I'm very pleased Mark had some copies left for us. The deluxe From Pencil... is particularly cool, with a special signed plate. For the Spectrum show he produced four slim but beautiful little hand-printed and hand-bound booklets. He didn't have any left for us, but is sending copies and I hope to offer them next week. His color work just knocks me out.



Mort Meskin: Out of the Shadows deserves your attention. Meskin is one of my favorite artists from the 1940s and 1950s. He was a first class contributor the DC's powerhouse titles such as Action, with The Vigilante, in Sensation with Wildcat and the long-running Johnny Quick in Adventure Comics. He started his career at MLJ/Archie working with the likes of Charles Biro and Jack Cole there, and was one of the best of this early publisher. Then he got together with the legendary Jerry Robinson on The Black Terror, The Green Lama, Golden Boy and Fighting Yank, they rivaled Simon & Kirby for dynamic, creative and exciting comics. Mort's work here are some of the hidden gems of the Golden Age. Then he went on to work for S&K doing dynamic pre-code horror stories for Black Magic, their premiere horror title. Mort's work for DC in the later 1950s and 1960s began to fall off and unfortunately many fans only think of that Silver Age work and dismiss him. But in the 1940s and 1950s, his work was often the best-drawn in every comic he appeared in. This book comes a long way to reveal this incredible talent who rose above the mass of Golden Age artists.



Collector Supplies: Since we drew more attention to our dust-jacket covers, plastic bags and sleeves on our home page, I've been pleased by the steady orders for our many supplies. We stock these in depth so that we very rarely are out of an item, since I know as a collector myself that I want to always have these on hand to protect my new stuff. I've added three new sizes to our Just-A-Fold dust jacket covers: 8"-which handles smaller books from any size up to 8" in height (they are fully adjustable). And 10" and 12" Longs--these are perfect for those square or horizontally rectangular books so that you still have plenty of protection to the jacket flaps. We've brought back postcard-sized sleeves. But our most popular size remains paperback. Our manuacturer is running low on he higher quality paperback size and we have laid in plenty, but in a few months we may be forced to switch to a lesser quality bag as these finally run out. So act now. Click here for all our supplies.



The Avengers Movie: It took us awhile to find time to see this, but it was worth the wait. Director and script-writer Joss Whedon has produced one of the best-ever super hero movies--and that's taking on a tough task of weaving together an entire team of heroes. But he did himself proud. Every fan I've spoken to has nothing but praise for the film, so I hope you can still catch it full screen. Even my partner Anne, who is no fan of super heroes, really enjoyed it. So take the family! It's not just a guy's movie. Here are all our Avengers graphic novels.



Next week: more exclusives from Spectrum Live including delightful fantasy art by Jean-Baptiste Monge--including his jigsaw puzzles and a perpetual calendar, Alex Ruiz, Justin Sweet, Frank Dixon and sculptor Igor Grechanyk. And an exciting major new work on artist Hannes Bok!


Best wishes -Bud

Some of my favorite new Items:

ECHO NOUVEAU: The Art and Life of a Working Girl: 1995-2010
Highly Recommended
I first met Echo Chernik at the Emerald City Comic-Con in March. She's a dynamo artist and is doing amazing work inspired by Art Nouveau and Alphonse Mucha. She's apeared five times in the Spectrum Annual. I was eager to offer you this outstanding art book printed a few years ago, but she was almost out of copies. We met again at Spectrum and faced with her impending move from Florida to Seattle, she relented and let us have just a few copies of the last of her stock, as well as just two copies of her very limited deluxe edition. Click here for here own comments on Spectrum. We may not be able to restock these; we have just ten at this writing. Signed by the artist!
Item Code: ECHONS
Your price: $39.9


FISH HOOKS Vol. 2
Recommended Brynn Metheney is an extremely talented concept and creature design artist. Her new sketchbook Fish Hooks 2 is filled with strange and wild creatures and I am pleased to have discovered her work at Specrum. Brynn was raised in the Mojave Desert and moved to the Bay Area in 2006. She specializes in creature and animal illustration for the game and entertainment industry as well as fantasy and sci-fi illustration for books and magazines. Her work has been featured in Spectrum 18, Imagine FX Magazine, Exotique 7 and Uppercase Magazine. She has signed each copy. See more of her work at: www.brynnart.com.
Item Code: FISH02S
Your price: $25.00


SHELLY WAN SKETCHBOOK 2010
Highly Recommended
Signed
Shelly Wan is an amazing artist whose finished, mural-like paintings remind me of Frank Brangwyn. I only bought three prints at the Spectrum show, strictly for myself, and her's was one. It is included in this modest but also modestly priced sketchbook and I can't recommend enough that you discover her work. I've linked some of her work on Google images for you to check out.
Item Code: SWS
Your price: $12.00


ON THE WAY TO THE IMAGINARIUM
On the Way to the Imaginarium is a no slim sketchbook but a full-on hardcover art book, with fine finished work by these two talented painters, Daniela & Vladimir Ovtcharov. They are in Spectrum 14-16 and Metamorphosis 2. They both signed Imaginarium for us. Here's a link to their website, complete with music and moving art!
Item Code: ONTHS
Your price: $30.00
     
MORT MESKIN: Out of the Shadows
Highly Recommended The first-ever collection of Meskin's comic book stories from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. In just under 200 pages, you'll discover his amazing ability to stamp his own fresh visual approach across a wide variety of genres: superheroes (The Black Terror, The Fighting Yank and a never-before published Golden Lad from 1946), adventure (the origin of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, Meskin's first work in comics), science fiction (Tom Corbett, Space Cadet) -- plus horror (from Frankenstein and Out of the Shadows), Crime (from Simon & Kirby's Headline Comics) kid gangs (from Atoman #1), and western (from The Westerner and Prize Comics Western)! All complete stories. Meskin is one of my favorite artists. This goes a long way to reveal an incredible talent who rose above the mass of Golden Age artists, exciting to look at and to read.
Item Code: OOS
Published at $26.99
On Sale! Save $5!
Your price: $21.99


VISUAL DIALOGUES
Highly Recommended
Signed
Character designer Nelson delivers with this sci-fi influenced collection of paintings and sketches. Giant, kaleidoscopic dragons inhabit the pages along with mystical cats, strange creatures and sensuous, erotically-charged nudes. These highly detailed, intricate pieces are brightly colored with an expert sense of draftsmanship, showcasing Nelson's unique sensibilities. His use of color is superb and with the extra detail he adds, including intricate border designs, his work stands apart from the typical fantastic illustration. He has appeared numerous times in Spectrum.
Item Code: VSUAS
Your price: $24.95


DOC SAVAGE #59: Pirate Isle / The Speaking Stone
First, The Man of Bronze travels to Pirate Isle to rescue Johnny Littlejohn from the master criminal, Lord London. Then, Doc uncovers a lost civilization as he hunts for the strange secret behind The Speaking Stone that speaks with the missing Monk Mayfair's voice.
Item Code: DC59
Your price: $14.95


THE SHADOW #61: The Triple Trail / Murder Genius
Recommended
First, The Shadow follows The Triple Trail that could lead to a million-dollar art treasure! Then, The Dark Avenger attempts to rescue his loyal agent from the Murder Genius in the violent sequel to 'Prince of Evil.'
Item Code: SHT61
Your price: $14.95          

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