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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897376367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897376362
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.2 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Still, it is inspiring to see and a fun read.
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My only real beef with this book is that it costs 5 dollars more than Robot, and a good portion of the book fluctuates between glossed and unglossed paper!
Natalie
Buy it if you are interested in the art, the styles, and the talent of Korean Anime/Manga artists.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Daugherty on January 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I currently own several miscellaneous art books, the "Japanese Comickers" series, the Robot series, and a few various issues of (ugh) Flight. I was hesitant to buy it because the price is a tad higher, but you defintely get what you pay for.

All the other series I mentioned about have great variety, but that occasionally comes at the cost of "talent". Let's face it, some of the artists just aren't very good or have very conceptually executed work.

Apple still has variety, but nearly all of the artists truely push their work to the edge. It just feels more "mature" than any other series on the market (that I'm aware of).

Apple also has alot more pages for the money compared to the other series I mentioned.

I should add that I'm coming from the standpoint of someone looking for good compilations of artists and their techniques; I don't buy these books for their storylines. That said, I will buy the second volume the moment it comes out. The other series can wait.

I would also urge you to disregard anyone you tells you not to buy this book because it has swords that look like they might be from Final Fantasy 7 in it.

Seriously.

And 11 people found that review helpful so far.

"Omg u gaiz dun't buy this book bcuz theirs an armored bear on page 112 and there were already armored barez n Goldun compaz."

And apparently, Robot is the first Anthology ever, and now that Anthologies have been done no one should ever do them again. Seriously, you guys...please stop and think before you just rate people up.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Jenkins on July 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book came to life from Korean illustrators being inspired by Robot. Apple has much better binding than the first issue of Robot did. I find that the concept artwork actually at a higher quality than Robot. Both Robot and Apple suffer from mostly the same problem of storytelling. I however find Apple's storytelling much weaker.

The book switches from glossy stock paper to matte but it really doesn't make it worse.

I'm glad that I was able to browse through the book at Anime Expo from Udon's booth. What makes it difficult to buy books these days is that often these types of books are shrink-wrapped and sealed. If you don't know what it's supposed to be about, it makes it harder to purchase.

I'm often looking at the book to see what techniques I can learn from these illustrators.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
...This is a great buy, even though this may be a bit biased because I generally prefer many Korean artists' style over their Japanese counter-parts, (don't get me wrong I love them too). The comics that are in this book vary greatly in quality between each other, but the same can be said of this book's Japanese parallel, Robot.

Another pro for this book, for me at least, is there is a lot less sexualizing of little girls in the strips, so you don't have to feel so awkward when you bring this book to the cashier, and don't feel the need to hide this book from anyone ever seeing because of a few strips.

My only real beef with this book is that it costs 5 dollars more than Robot, and a good portion of the book fluctuates between glossed and unglossed paper! This maybe a choice of the artists, but as a matter of me being ocd and cheap, this set me off a little, but I won't hold it against them.

Over all, this book is superior to Robot in visuals, and there are some very very promising comics that I'll look forward to reading in the next issue, as well as some comics I'd really wish they'd omit, (it seems the poor ones take up the most space in the book). I'd recommend this to anyone who loves digital art, I'm looking forward to the next release!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Token on September 17, 2012
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This is a nice little collection of strange tales from the far away land known as Korea. There are short stories with full pieces of art mixed in between. Though some of the stories are not really even stories at all. Like 'Transcendence' by the artist known as Kkuem. While the art is beautiful the only words are as follows...

'realization of weakness' 'time and chance' preparation for progress' 'and courage' hope and time and meditation' 'anxiety frustration' 'but' 'challenge' 'I'm not going to cry like this anymore' the beginning of the world' contrary to burden' 'change' dew of snow evolution' 'your own world... that you can reach on your hand' 'tomorrow' 'it's time for you to create'.

It just doesn't make any sense within the context of the pictures they go with (from my point of view anyway). I'll asume the artist thoughts were lost in translation.
Well I do like it the same way I like Heavy Metal magazine or Robot. Both of those suffer some of the same 'lost in translation' problem but have amazing art.
The colors are bright and the binding of the book is sound. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2008
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As the other reviewers have mentioned, this book is inspired by Murata's "Robot" series. The big twist being that it features all Korean artists instead of Japanese manga artists. As the style is definitely manga-influenced, I find it interesting to see how the Koreans have their own spin on manga, just as the Americans do (see "Manga in America" among others). To my eye, the Korean style shown in the book is a little more raw and a little less polished than that in Robot. Still, it is inspiring to see and a fun read.
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