Dragon Ball: The Complete Illustrations (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/8/19
• Dragon Ball is the best-selling manga series in Japan.
• The Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z series combined have sold through more than one million GNs in the U.S. to date (BookScan).
• Over 11.7million Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z videos & DVDs have sold through in the U.S. to date (VideoScan).
• Every volume of the Dragon Ball series is still selling to this day. There are 42 volumes total and they debuted in the U.S. in 2000!
• Toriyama has a strong fan base in the U.S.
• Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z have also spawned numerous video games, which consistently rank in the top ten in national sales.
• A live action Dragon Ball Z movie is currently in production to be released theatrically in Spring 2009.
Dragon Ball: The Complete Illustrations
A seminal series from a legendary creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to Son Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is turned upside-down when he meets Bulma, a girl determined to collect the seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and to get them she needs the help of a certain super-strong boy...
Akira Toriyama's first weekly series, Dr. Slump, has entertained generations of readers in Japan since it was introduced in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1980. A few years later, he created his wildly popular Dragon Ball series, which brought him international success. Toriyama is also known for his character designs for video games, including Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger and Tobal No. 1. He lives with his family in Japan.
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Right at the front is a multi-fold page that unfolds into a small Dragon Ball poster with a thank you note from Akira Toriyama.
Following on are illustrations from the weekly JUMP title covers as well as comic covers. Each is fully coloured and reproduced big. It really brings back memories of reading the comic, as well as anticipating weekly at the comic book store.
It's really great again to marvel at the uniform ink strokes and character designs of Akira Toriyama.
Every piece of work is annotated at the back of the book. Included is also the very unique sequential spine art for the comic, which at that time I thought was really cool. There are also mugshots of Akira Toriyama over the years, including photos and icons.
An interview with Akira Toriyama is also included to give this book some depth.
There's really nothing not to like about this book if you're a Dragon Ball fan.
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So if you are a casual DB(Z) fan looking to add to your manga collection, or the most insane Dragonball collector, this release is for you. The artwork is top notch, and has something for Dragonball fans of all ages. 5 Stars, and great job by Viz!!!!
This book's title, Dragon Ball: The Complete Illustrations, is a bit of a misnomer. It's an English version of a Japanese art book published after Dragon Ball's conclusion in Weekly Shonen Jump back in 1995, so it doesn't include rare character sketches nor any promotional images for the animated series, including the Toei-driven Dragon Ball GT. What you do see are familiar images throughout the decade-long series appear in beautiful color, including covers and various character images. You could see the evolution of Mr. Toriyama's art and design practices over the decade, and as an illustrator, I feel inspired by his works. There's even a rare interview with him at the book's end.
In another life, something like this would have been very pricey, and it would have been out of my price range. At Amazon, it's (at the time of this writing) under $20, a steal at any cost. So, if you're a long time fan of the manga and animated series or you're just discovering the awesomeness of Dragon Ball courtesy of the airings of Dragon Ball Z Kai on Nicktoons and The CW, check out this book.