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Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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"In full color, this oversized hardbound edition will make any Trek fan or more general pop-culture aficionado grin with aesthetic joy." - Austin Chronicle
"It’s simply a stunning achievement—one look inside and you’ll be blown away." - Barnes and Noble Book Blog
“Ortiz's endeavor involves 80 individual masterpieces that turn the beloved sci-fi series into glamourous, sometimes macabre works of art.” – Huffington Post
“Juan Ortiz has channeled his love for Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild in a unique, inspiring way, creating beautiful retro-inspired images.” – LA Times, Hero Complex
“A terrific collection.” – The Slanted
“A wonderful art book for Trek fans and art lovers.” – SF Signal
“a fascinating conversation piece for any ‘Star Trek’ fan.” – High Def Digest
“Probably the most attractive hardcover, coffee table-style book about Star Trek ever created.” – Borg.com
“A gorgeous edition.” – Uproxx
“A really beautiful book.” – Military.com
“A great new book.” – The Verge
“Awesome movie-style posters for every original ‘Star Trek’ episode.” – Flavorwire
“A very cool blend of modern, often minimalist stylings with vintage sci-fi flair and an unabashed love for all things Trek. The book contains all of Ortiz' art and would make the perfect sort of coffee table addition for the Trekkie in your life who already has everything.” – Movies.com
“Better than a vast majority of "real" movie posters that we see these days.” – Aint It Cool News
“If you’re a fan, you will go crazy over these amazing prints. If you know a fan, Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz is perfect gift material.” – Geek Dad
“A remarkable exercise in creativity that will appeal to hardcore Trekkers or just anyone who appreciates great graphic design.” – Topless Robot
“This gorgeous, over-sized book, (365 X 260 mm) perfectly displays each one of Juan’s creations.” – Blurppy.com
"Wonderfully retro." - Fast Company
"Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz is such a compelling art book, one fantasizes that Ortiz or another equally talented artist will offer the same treatment to other TV shows—say, The Sopranos or Mad Men. Also, the book damn near forces the reader to pick up the remote and stream those wonderful old Star Trek episodes." - Culture Mass
"This is an excellent book to keep on any geek’s coffee table; opening it up is just as immersive and excellent as a marathon of the entire series. The trip is well worth it." - Geek Magazine
‘Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz is more than a love letter to Star Trek. It’s a beautifully designed tribute to movies, classic TV shows, comics, music...it’s a delight to see something that takes the series and finds something fresh to say about it.’ - Starburst
"Whether you’re a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series or just love a good movie/TV poster, you will definitely want to check out this beautiful oversized book" - The Blot Says
"Gorgeous hardcover book" - Hero Complex gift guide
"Each page is jammed packed with a full dose of art and classic subject matter that will give any fan butterflies in their stomach." - Urban Vinyl Daily
About the Author
Since 1985, Juan has been an illustrator/designer for Disney and Warner Bros. and has penciled covers for DC Comics’ Looney Tunes and Tiny Toons magazines. He is also the publisher of his own comic book series, Silver Comics, seen in the Disney/Dreamworks release I Am Number Four (produced by Steven Spielberg) as well as The Skull Army, a macabre/detective pulp, featuring his creation (named) The End.
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Juan Ortiz started with a movie poster he created for one episode, liked it so much he created a whole bunch of them, one for each episode for the three seasons, including the unaired pilot 'The Cage'. There are 80 episodes in all.
The art style is retro and looks great. The colours look like they are faded on purpose to create that old look from the 60s. For some posters, he even created the folded crumpled paper look, as if the poster had just been taken out from some box.
In terms of design, you can see the influence from Juan Ortiz's background in editorial illustrations from the use of typography, composition, reverse colour fills. There are the strong shapes probably created by a vector graphics software. Compared to photographic movie posters, these Star Trek posters stand on their own for their composition and play of space (pun not intended).
The last few pages contain the index with commentary. The index comes with list of titles with one memorable quote from each, and Juan Ortiz talking about his designs.
This is a huge hardcover measuring almost 14 by 10 inches. The paper's low gloss. All the posters are nicely reproduced, printed to the edge. You'll be able to find the printed posters that sell separately online. But if you want the whole collection in one handy book, this is it.
Recommended to all Star Trek Original Series fans.
(Check out more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
For me the only Con is that I wish the book cover wasn't mainly white.
Bottom Line is its a great book and you won't regret buying it
Table of Contents
Season One 014
Season Two 046
Season Three 074
Index and Commentary 101
Total pages 112
pages are stitch bound, and then it looks like they are glued in. I'm not sure.
The quality of assembling in this book is very good and the pages feel like they are very securely bound.
Hard cover is very nice and thick.
Pages are nice; very smooth, thick and well printed.
I'm very tempted to wait for the paperback so I can remove the posters to frame and put on display around the house.
(Yes, I know the posters can be purchased separately, but as a book, it is an astounding value.)
The premise of each piece is "what if each episode of Star Trek (TOS) was a movie? What would the movie poster be?" Looking through the book made me think about some of my favorite episodes. I even went back and watched a few the night I got the book. The styles are varied, but all maintain a retro feel. I am considering purchasing a second copy of the book so I can cut out and frame a few of my favorites. It would still be cheaper than buying a few of the poster sets.
A couple addenda to the product description:
While most of the graphics are in the style of movie posters, many are mock magazine covers done in the style of 1950s science fiction / adventure monthlies -- equally fun, in my opinion.
Also, in the back of the book, Mr. Ortiz explains the reasons for the visual choices he's made for every single poster, an extra feature that I enjoyed (I had several "ah-ha!" moments).
The only reason for giving this 4 stars is that a few of the works struck me as generic or disconnected from the source material (for instance, the design for "Space Seed" the which, ironically, is the cover art for the whole book). Overall, however, this is really a lovely book and a fun conversation piece when friends who grew up with ST as I did come over to visit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
totally rad for a trekkie! i agree with a previous review that some imagery is repetitive, but I gotta say it was a fun layer onto the experience.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome idea, enjoyed the art throughout, recommended for Star Trek fans of any age - well let's say art aware fans ;-)Published 3 months ago by BLambracht
This is a great book. The artwork is fantastic and it has great meaning behind almost every poster. I got this for under $10 and it has given me much more than $10 worth of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by brad dowell
I like it but its not clear what role he played in the actual Paramount franchisePublished 5 months ago by YouTube's Real Inventor
Beyond my expectations. Juan Ortiz is a genius. If I had the room/money, I'd buy each poster individually and frame them.Published 7 months ago by Zimster
Art that would make Saul Bass or any of the great postwar graphic artists proud, lovingly devoted to Star Trek. Read morePublished 13 months ago by buttmunch666