Today I received The Art of Kung Fu Panda in the post. I have been eagerly awaiting it's arrival since seeing Nicolas Marlet's beautiful character designs and following the posts over at the characterdesign.blogspot. I am very pleased that the book is even better than I had hoped the quantity of concept work within far exceeds what most of these 'Art of . . . ' books deliver. The quality of production is also very high. I'm not going to post loads of images take my word for it you want this book and its is currently very cheap at amazon.
Doomed Presents: Ashley Wood - I've been looking around for an Ashley Wood publication to buy. There are plenty to chose from. Too many for me to pick one. Until I got a look at this one. I think what really sold it to me is the quality of the stories. So much more interesting than most of the pap filling comics shops shelves. These four dark tales suit woods style so well. In most of the other stuff I've read attached to Wood story seems to be something of an after thought. Not such a dreadful thing when the eye candy is so sweet but this book feels well rounded a pleasure to read and look at. There is also a gallery of special work in this edition as well as all the original covers I will be looking out for further Doomed books and may poke around a bit more through Ashley Woods other books.
Buja's Diary - Seyeong O. This extraordinary collection of short stories really blew me away when I first read it. I picked it up in my local library as it seemed to stand out from the average manga stuff. Manga is not really correct as Seyeong O is Korean, which more correctly makes it Manhwa. Beyond labels though this is an amazing graphical 'novel'. I am generally sceptical of graphic novels and in fact comics in general very few have stories of any real merit and many are poorly draw to boot. It is a real pleasure then that this volume is expertly drawn and the fine stories are expertly told. Very poetic tales that genuinely engage with both emotion, humanity and humour. This book is special.