Love and Rockets
Subverting the traditions of comic book art, the Hernandez brothers’ stories, set in a Central American village and among the Californian Mexican community, heralded a new alternative comic book style when Love and Rockets was launched in 1982. This portfolio reproduces the front and back covers of all 50 issues of Volume 1 (1982–96) as well as the collected edition covers plus original artwork and production ephemera. Slightly off-mint.
The Mackintosh Style
Decor & Design
Elizabeth Wilhide begins this study of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his achievements in architecture and design by looking at how influences such as the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements were forged into a new style and a ‘unique vocabulary of design and decoration’. The book goes on to give a detailed and richly illustrated account of buildings and interiors by Mackintosh, including The Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill, The Hill House and the Willow Tea Rooms.
The Second Book of Illustrations by Chris Achilleos
A master of pre-digital airbrush technique, Chris Achilléos was a leading figure in fantasy, science fiction and glamour illustration in the 1970s and 1980s, creating visuals for film design, book covers and magazines. This collection of his work includes a brief biography in addition to over 100 artworks and preliminary drawings ranging from fantasy paintings and erotic illustrations to book cover art for Doctor Who and Star Trek novelizations. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Origins of Comics
From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
In this classic work, Belgian comics writer and scholar Thierry Smolderen explores the origins of the 20th-century comic strip. He establishes how the picture stories and illustrations of artists including William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer and Gustave Doré laid the foundation of the form, which flourished with the evolution of visual culture through developments in printing technology, photography, audio recording and cinema. First published in 2000, the book is translated here by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with a concise survey of the life and work of William Morris (1834–96) and paying particular attention to his pivotal role in the Arts and Crafts Movement, this volume from the popular Masterpieces of Art series presents a selection of his much-loved designs for wallpaper and printed, woven and embroidered textiles. Altogether, there are almost 100 designs presented in full-page colour reproductions, with notes on their motifs and original intended use.
Issue Twenty Three
NC Wyeth (1882–1945), one of the most influential illustrators of the early 20th century, is featured here, along with the master of fantasy artwork, Virgil Finlay; the character designer Bobby Chiu; and the 1960s illustrators of myth and legend, Anne and Janet Johnstone.
Three artists are featured in substantial illustrated articles in this issue: the British illustrator John Millar Watt, a frequent contributor to the Look and Learn and Picture Library series; the Serbian fantasy painter Petar Meseldžija; and the children’s book illustrator Davd Ashford.
The Man Who Changed the Look of British Illustration
In addition to producing his own ground-breaking work, Brian Grimwood founded the internationally renowned Central Illustration Agency in 1983. His distinctive free and fluid style first brought him to prominence in the 1960s and this overview of his output, which includes traditional drawings and paintings as well as iPad and Photoshop designs, clearly demonstrates his significant contribution to the changing world of commercial art since then.
Graphic Art of the Underground
From the automotive art of ‘Kustom Kulture’ in 1950s and 1960s California, through drug-fuelled psychedelic graphics and the cartoons and freak art of illustrators such as Robert Crumb in the underground press, to punk graphics and the ‘lowbrow’ art of West Coast USA, this history uses LP cover art, flyers and concert posters to follow the shifting visual aesthetic and the artistic personalities of the counter-culture up to contemporary indie crafts. Sexually explicit content.
The Raging Storm
The Album Graphics of Stormstudios
Storm Thorgerson made his name as the cover art designer of classic albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon and Band on the Run and his design company's more recent work retains his characteristic style of using photography to create surreal tableaux. This collection presents the studio's work between 2001 and 2011, explaining the design ideas behind album covers by artists including Biffy Clyro, Pink Floyd, Muse and the Cranberries.
Ambassador of Comics
In 1939, at the age of 17, Jerry Robinson was taken on by cartoonist Bob Kane to work on his new creation, Batman, and over the next few years helped create the superhero's sidekick, Robin, and his chief antagonist, the Joker. This illustrated biography charts the career of the influential artist from comic books, satirical cartoons and newspaper comic strips to his later work as a curator of comic book art and campaigner for artist's rights.
The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Leonard S Marcus, a distinguished historian of children's literature, presents a short biography of Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886), illustrated with a great collection of his work, including many previously unpublished drawings. From doodling in the margins of his schoolbooks to his tragically early death, the book traces the career of the 'man who invented the modern picture book' and whose dynamic visual storytelling was to influence later illustrators, notably Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak. Slightly off-mint.
In 1933, Stephen Tallents, who had been working on posters for the Empire Marketing Board, joined the General Post Office (GPO) to revitalize its public relations and advertising campaigns. He was to become a major patron of art and design, commissioning work by designers such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Lewitt-Him and Frank Newbould. This volume describes the major personalities and themes of Tallents’s ambitious project.
Inside the Machine
Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
In the early twentieth century the electronics industry employed fine artists to create advertising material explaining rapid technological advancements to the general public. The resulting artwork tracks the development of new components, including valves, transistors and circuit boards, from ‘laboratory to tabletop’. Slightly off-mint.
The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction
Movies, Art, Comics, Pulp Magazines, Fiction
The first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, was published in America in 1926, offering adventures that involved imagined but plausible technology. By the 1940s writers such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were proposing fascinating futures that would inspire iconic films in the 1950s and 1960s. This highly illustrated celebration of the genre charts its milestones from the novels of Jules Verne and HG Wells to Star Wars through pulp fiction, comic books, novels and movies.
Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton
The Complete Adventures
In competition with Dan Dare in the Eagle, Wulf the Briton was the star of rival comic Express Weekly and enjoyed his heyday in the hands of artist Ron Pembleton between 1957 and 1960. The complete Pembleton-era adventures of the ancient-world hero are reproduced at full size in this large-format volume, which also includes stories from the Express Weekly Annuals and features about the strip and its celebrated artist.
Warriors & Heroes
Tracing the origins of the genre to the American pulp magazines of the early 20th century and later science fiction adventure stories and comic books, this showcase of fantasy art celebrates some of the important illustrators in its history and presents the work of leading contemporary practitioners. With contributions from over 50 artists, different hero and warrior types are identified and techniques explored through step-by-step sequences.
Committed to producing work that was provocative, challenging and sexually explicit, Zap was one of the most controversial comics of the 1960s and 1970s and became the model on which the self-published comic book subculture was based. In this collection of interviews, illustrated with some examples of their work, its contributors discuss their inspiration and techniques and the culture in which they produced the comics.
Following the life and creative struggles of Velázquez as he worked on Las Meninas, this graphic novel was critically acclaimed in its native Spanish. The narrative and its expressionistic drawings also explore the links between artists and patrons, institutions and audiences, and the legacy of the painting – considered to be the first to explore the relationship between the viewer and reality.
This situational comedy from acclaimed cartoonist Peter Bagge features a team of misfit studio assistants desperately trying to maintain an abysmal comic strip while their boss formulates half-baked schemes to exploit it. Sweatshop was published over six issues by DC Comics in 2003 and features art by Johnny Ryan, Stephen deStefano, Stephanic Gladden and Bill Wray as well as Bagge himself.
Peter Bagge's Other Stuff
Demonstrating Bagge’s talent for character-based comedy and social commentary, and featuring some adult content, this volume contains the complete ‘Lovey’ stories and ‘Shut-ins’ series, now in colour. Also included are many of his shorter stories and one-off pages from the 1990s Hate comics, and work created in collaboration with Daniel Clowes, Los Bros Hernandez and Dana Gould and the artists Johnny Ryan, R. Crumb and Adrian Tomine.
Treasury of Mini Comics
For over 40 years, small handcrafted booklets – written, drawn, printed and collated by enthusiasts – have fuelled the alternative comic scene. Continuing to survey the history of these publications, this second volume begins with a tribute by Newaver Brad Foster and a look back at the sexually explicit ‘Tijuana Bibles’ of the 1930s before reproducing work by modern artists and writers including Fiona Smyth, Ethan Persoff and Trina Robbins.