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Wulfric

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Amano Book Review #1: Maten
Amano Book Review #2: Hiten
Amano Book Review #3: Think Like Amano
Amano Book Review #4: The Virgin
Amano Book Review #5: Collecting Paintings of Amano's World

Amano Book Review #6: Amano: The Complete Prints (ISBN 978-0060567637)
292 pages, 10.5x9 inches



Amano The Complete Prints is a comprehensive catalog of his printmaking and lithography work from 1991 to 2001. These pieces were created at Amano's workshops across Japan, Paris, and New York.

Before continuing, it might help to understand how a lithograph is produced. The initial drawing for a lithograph is drawn in reverse on a stone or plate with a crayon or pencil. After the drawing is completed, the drawing is sealed with various liquids and powders. These process allows ink to mirror the image when paper is pressed into the stone. This is repeated for prints with multiple colors. MoMa has a good overview of this procedure.


While Amano creates the drawings, printmakers and assistants have the task of producing the actual prints. The unique feature of artwork created in this fashion is that there is no "original" in the traditional sense. Every print is a copy of the first drawing, each with minute differences depending on how ink seeps into the paper. The approved prints are numbered and signed, while the drawing plate and unacceptable prints are recycled.
This book contains over 919 prints, ranging from personal work, Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D, Sandman, and The Tale of Genji. The real meat of the book lies in it's 79-page complete catalogue, which details the technical information of each print. Each piece's edition size, dimensions, lithograph type, and workshop of origin is detailed. This book is particularly useful for collectors in search of these prints. For example, this is the page for the Final Fantasy VII silkscreens:



So print #463 has an edition of 200, with 30 artist proofs (production samples, basically).

And this framed print is number 120 of 200, yours for only $700 secondhand. When these prints were first produced, they would have cost a couple thousand.



There is also a small selection of reproduction prints towards the back, although these have more in common with a conventional inkjet print or mass produced poster. Nonetheless, the editions are usually small, ranging from 50 prints all the way to 300 copies per image.



All in all, this is one of the seminal books in Amano's bibliography. There is a wide range of material in black and white as well as vibrant color prints. If you can find a copy for less than $50, scoop it up as soon as possible.


 
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Bane

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Oct 27, 2017
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Looks like Dark Horse lost the Final Fantasy license.

Square Enix is bringing more of its stories to the page.

The video game company has announced a new deal with Penguin Random House Publisher Services that will bring all-new original titles from the company behind iconic game properties from Space Invaders to Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider to the American market under its own banner for the first time.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/final-fantasy-owner-square-enix-launch-publishing-line-us-1211749
That's a bummer, I really like their releases.
 
Feb 15, 2018
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I used to have tons of art books dating back to the late 90's and I sold almost all of them so I'd have a chance to meet the Dalai Lama.

I've no regrets. This is the cover to one of them that I can remember. I had a lot of KOF, NGE, MGS, Martian Successor Nadesico...tons.

 

catshade

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Oct 26, 2017
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So... what will happen to their newly-announced FF Dot and Miniature Final Fantasy (ETA December 19 and January 20)? I already preordered those on Amazon :(
 

Bane

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Oh no, I hope Vol. 3 of the Ultimania is still in the cards.

As long as they publish outside of their crummy web store I'm okay with it.
I imagine that's still happening as that would be a done deal and comes out soon. Another book was also recently announced from DH: Miniature Final Fantasy for release in December. So I'm sure they are still coming, just nothing after those.

https://smile.amazon.com/Miniature-Final-Fantasy-Square-Enix/dp/150671353X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=final+fantasy+mniature&qid=1558127888&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell
 

ghibli99

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Oct 27, 2017
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Ordered that BB Sega Master System book. Couldn't resist; it's such a defining part of my younger years.

Also, I'm sure I'm not alone in having a large collection of these things still shrinkwrapped...
 

B.K.

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I imagine that's still happening as that would be a done deal and comes out soon. Another book was also recently announced from DH: Miniature Final Fantasy for release in December. So I'm sure they are still coming, just nothing after those.
Final Fantasy Dot may be cancelled. You can't even preorder it on Amazon anymore. Its listing page says it's unavailable.
 
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Bane

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Final Fantasy Dot may be cancelled. You can't even preorder it on Amazon anymore. Its listing page says it's unavailable.
Oh, interesting. It does seem likely the same will happen to Miniature then.

Still, Ultimania 3 should be fine since the Penguin deal doesn't start until the Fall.
 

B.K.

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Oh, interesting. It does seem likely the same will happen to Miniature then.
Miniature might come out. Who knows when Dark Horse actually loses the license. Miniature is scheduled for December. Dot was January 2020. They might be able to release books through the end of the year.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Not gaming related but it might be of interested for some of you :



https://vol.co/product/to-ky-oo/

the limited edition is sexy too with its plastic neon slipcase :

I forgot to mention, but for anyone who was like me and wanted this but only found out too late — standard purchases are now available for pre-order on the volume website

https://vol.co/product/liam-wong-pre-order/

Into the Spiderverse is back in stock on Amazon. I would pick that up, or the End Game book.

I still don't understand why Marvel stops printing their books so quickly.
Tell me about it... I already had several, but after Endgame I was on a hype and decided I would try and get the full set... quite a few are out of print and people are reselling them for crazy prices now. Worst ones seem to be Winder Soldier, Dr Strange, Guardians 1, Iron Man 3 & Avengers 1 books.

The endgame book was already released? saw one coming like in November, in amazon US.

I'd love to have the black panther one, but it's gone :(
The endgame book that is out now is "road to endgame" and tbh its not as good as the road to infinity war (which was more about the characters). This one is more about the history of the infinity stones as they've appeared over the course of the films. The actual art book that covers Endgame's contents is the November one you are thinking of.
 
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NHarmonic.

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I forgot to mention, but for anyone who was like me and wanted this but only found out too late — standard purchases are now available for pre-order on the volume website

https://vol.co/product/liam-wong-pre-order/


Tell me about it... I had several but after Endgame I was on a hype and decided I would try and get the full set... quite a few are out of print and people are reselling them for crazy prices now. Worst ones seem to be Winder Soldier, Dr Strange, Guardians 1, Iron Man 3 & Avengers 1 books.



The endgame book that is out now is "road to endgame" and tbh its not as good as the road to infinity war (which was more about the characters). This one is more about the history of the infinity stones as they've appeared over the course of the films. The actual art book that covers Endgame's contents is the November one you are thinking of.
Oh get it! thanks for the info!

I ordered the art of infinity war, i was planning one getting road to endgame but i'll better save for the November one then.

Amazon uploaded the cover of the SW episode 9 artbook and it's amazing. I might pick that up too.
 
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Oh get it! thanks for the info!

I ordered the art of infinity war, i was planning one getting road to endgame but i'll better save for the November one then.

Amazon uploaded the cover of the SW episode 9 artbook and it's amazing. I might pick that up too.
While I'm not to enamoured with the Road to Endgame book, the Road to Infinity War book is actually really good — especially if you are someone who wants art of all of the characters but don't necessarily want to buy all of the other books.
 

Wulfric

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While I'm not to enamoured with the Road to Endgame book, the Road to Infinity War book is actually really good — especially if you are someone who wants art of all of the characters but don't necessarily want to buy all of the other books.
I'm hard pressed to purchase these MCU books considering how the local library system orders multiple copies.

I'm confused as to why the End Game book isn't even releasing until November. Perhaps there are spoilers for the next phase in it?
 
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I'm hard pressed to purchase these MCU books considering how the local library system orders multiple copies.

I'm confused as to why the End Game book isn't even releasing until November. Perhaps there are spoilers for the next phase in it?
Why November specifically? No idea.

But in general I'd imagine that a lot of the material in these books needs to be prepared and handed to outside sources in advance, and they wanted as few people knowing details of Endgame as possible.
 

Sankara

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Does anyone have an idea if the artbooks printed by Blue Canvas will ever be re-printed? I know that Blue Canvas is no more, but it would be so sad to see the incredible artbooks like Homeworld and Journey be gone forever.

Right now they are being sold for a 1000-3000 USD on Amazon and suddenly my artbook shelf is incredibly valuable :O I wish others would have the opportunity to acquire them.
 

Wulfric

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Does anyone have an idea if the artbooks printed by Blue Canvas will ever be re-printed? I know that Blue Canvas is no more, but it would be so sad to see the incredible artbooks like Homeworld and Journey be gone forever.

Right now they are being sold for a 1000-3000 USD on Amazon and suddenly my artbook shelf is incredibly valuable :O I wish others would have the opportunity to acquire them.
It depends on who owns the rights to the book. They must have been a very small publisher, as I can't find anything about them excepted a Linkedin page.
 
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Does anyone have an idea if the artbooks printed by Blue Canvas will ever be re-printed? I know that Blue Canvas is no more, but it would be so sad to see the incredible artbooks like Homeworld and Journey be gone forever.

Right now they are being sold for a 1000-3000 USD on Amazon and suddenly my artbook shelf is incredibly valuable :O I wish others would have the opportunity to acquire them.
I guess they will Never be reprinted I hold my journey book very close.
 

HONDA

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Oct 27, 2017
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wanted to share some a list of cheap used art books that were under $10 from Thriftbooks
They are very limited. Only 1 avilaible for some books. You can also search Amazon for these on USED section and find similar prices
 

Wulfric

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wanted to share some a list of cheap used art books that were under $10 from Thriftbooks
They are very limited. Only 1 avilaible for some books. You can also search Amazon for these on USED section and find similar prices
Thiftbooks also has a 15% off $15 or more coupon right now. Pretty good deal for those books, but I don't have any more shelf space. I'm literally stacking books on top of one another now.

UnluckyKate How was Japan? Find any rare books?
 
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UnluckyKate

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Thiftbooks also has a 15% off $15 or more coupon right now. Pretty good deal for those books, but I don't have any more shelf space. I'm literally stacking books on top of one another now.

UnluckyKate How was Japan? Find any rare books?
Still there. Just landed in miyajima Island. So far I didn't bought much, only the eyes of bayo 2 and the art of mateusz urbanowicz, it's Japanese store fronts water painted, it's lovely. I've been too close to 20 book shops so far, used new. I really felt like buying more granblue fantasy artbooks. I also try to not buy books for game I didn't play yet, such as dmc5 that is everywhere with a killer cover or bravely default or fire emblem.

I like when looking for stuff finding these amazing looking book for lord of vermillion or other card /gatcha games. Sometime also for otome games with the weirdest names like brother conflict ugggh they even have several books of art for this okay??? I don't really want to know.

My biggest find is Nagoya's little akiba in osu kannon. It's such a lovely place with great price, great shop, with more space and no tourists. Very much like osaka's denden but even more intimate.

But so far, no really 'rare' find or oldies.

Last day in Tokyo might change that... If I don't run out of money before that on all the delicious food.