James Jean Art Book Preview

PR3 CoverFrom AdHouse books (purveyors of fine looking arty books) comes another impressive product. Arriving in July is The Hallowed Seam PR Vol. 3. If you’ve seen James Jean’s delicious Fables covers for DC/Vertigo or his other PR (Process Recess) books, then you’ll drool over this. 284 pages of sketches, experimental paintings and more. I’m a sucker for these kind of journal/sketchpad/creative process books.

See a few pages below and you may understand why. Perhaps it’s my fascination with the creative process or my fond memories of art school. Either way, I like the look of it. There’s also a limited edition (of 200) available, with more details to come.

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The Art of Top Cow Book

Art of Top Cow HCWho doesn’t like pretty coffee table books adorned with prettier art? That’s a rhetorical question. Top Cow have released a few of these books already focused on certain characters, but come July 29 they’re unleashing a 320 whopper of a Hard Cover with even more art. Press release below.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that they will release The Art of Top Cow, a 320 page hard cover coffee table book. Scheduled to be released in July 2009, The Art of Top Cow celebrates the artwork of Top Cow CEO and founder Marc Silvestri as well as alumni of the famous Top Cow Artist “Pit.” This definitive art collection chronicles the visual impact that Marc Silvestri’s artwork and his personal training of the in-house artists of Top Cow had on the face of comic art.
    The Art of Top Cow reproduces the best artwork from 16 years of Top Cow’s publishing legacy, featuring fan-favorite properties such as The Darkness, Witchblade, and Cyberforce. Famous alumni of the Top Cow “Pit” included in The Art of Top Cow are artists Michael Turner, Dave Finch, Joe Benitez, Eric Basaldua, Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic, and many, many more. 
    Never-before-seen photographs and behind-the-scenes stories compliment the artwork in The Art of Top Cow, illustrating the rise of Top Cow’s place in the comic market.

“Marc Silvestri is one of the greats among comic artists and this volume will showcase that, but the true impact Marc has had on the comic industry is in the legacy of artists he has trained,” commented Filip Sablik, Top Cow Publisher, “You only need to look at top projects in the industry to see alumni like Finch, Benitez, Turner, Tan, Manapul, Choi, and many, many more.”

The Art of Top Cow hard cover is presented in an oversized 10” x 12” hard cover with a two-sided dust jacket that folds out into a unique poster and features a new cover collaboration between Silvestri and long time colorist & painter Steve Firchow.

Green Lantern Fan Trailer

This is a pretty snazzy fan-made trailer for a Green Lantern film, starring fan-fave Nathan Fillion (Firefly) as Hal Jordan. You may very well recognise the shots used from other blockbusters, but the special effects are pretty convincing, as are the cameos from other ring slingers such as Tomar Re and Kilowog.

Olympus and Praetorian

At Broken Frontier is my interview with Nathan Edmondson, the writer of Image Comics’ new series, Olympus, which centres on two eternal brothers. There’s also my review of the Praetorian OGN. Praetorian is written by Jason M.Burns with perty art by Ramon Espinosa. It’ not bad and uses elements of the thriller and supernatural and cop show genres well. Plus, it also has a few eternal guys running around.

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