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Fables Covers: The Art of James Jean (New Edition) (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/2/10
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Available again in hardcover, the exquisite Fable covers by James Jean, winner of multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, whose diverse clients include Prada and Pepsi, are collected in one extraordinary volume!
Perfect for any art-book library or FABLES completist, this volume includes never-before-seen sketch material, along with insightful commentary and remarkable insights into Jean's creative process. Also included is a afterword by celebrated FABLES writer/creator Bill Willingham. Designed and annotated by the artist, this deluxe, oversized hardcover includes ten vellum sleeve inserts, an embossed case and other fine art details that make FABLES: COVERS BY JAMES JEAN as elegant and unique as the FABLES covers themselves.
James Jean was born in Taiwan in 1979. Raised in New Jersey, he graduated from New York City’s School of Visual Arts in 2001. Along with his award-winning cover art for DC Comics, Jean has produced illustrations for Time Magazine, The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Spin, Playboy, ESPN, Atlantic Records, Target, Nike, and Prada, among many others. He currently lives and works in Santa Monica.
So what's the difference?
The first edition had cover art for the 75 single issues up to the point of Fables: War and Pieces which was released in 2008. In this new edition, the new cover artworks includes the The Dark Age (6 covers), Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (1 cover), Jack of Fables (11 covers).
Other than that, you also have a new cover art for the book itself which is actually two separate pieces of paintings. Bill WIllingham's interview with James Jean is still at the back, as well as the several photos of James Jean's studio. And the book's still a hardcover.
In short, this new edition gives you 50 more pages of artworks. So you get 256 pages in total. Some places have the total number of pages listed wrongly.
The artworks from James Jean are absolutely beautiful. There's this fine art quality from him that I really love, as compared to other comic covers that feature very stylized comic characters. Going through the covers, you'll notice that James Jean works with a variety of media to create the covers. There are the rough sketches and finalised cover art. While some have the Fables title built into the art, others are clean without the titles, barcodes or any words.
Winning six consecutive Eisner Awards from 2004 to 2009 is a testimony to just how good he is.
Interestingly, this book is also available in Kindle format for almost the same price.
Is it worth the money to get this new edition? Well, if you don't have the earlier book then it's a must-buy. If you have the earlier book, then it feels like spending money yet again to buy the additional pages. I always have this love-hate thing with new expanded edition books.
As a standalone artbook, it's highly recommended.
One of 2015's best artbooks that's for sure.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
This book offers a beautiful view into some Jeans' interpretative skill and does a great job of conveying the often strange yet certainly familiar mood of the Fable series. This is a large volume and the paper quality is great. The color pallets used by Jean are frankly on par with the actual paintings and sketches themselves. While I would have liked fold-outs which would have better showcased larger pieces, given the excellent work in this volume, there is no way I would detract a star for that quibble. This is a fine book and well worth adding to anyone's art book collection whether you've followed the awesome Fable's series or not.