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The Art of Brian Bolland Hardcover – December 12, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; 1 edition (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406039
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:24 Mins
The biography and all the text in the book are written in first person by Brian Bolland. It feels very comprehensive and personal.

Brian Bolland collected a vast amount of work he has created over the years, right from when he was a kid to the 21st century. They are arrange chronologically. The portfolio consists of comics, covers, illustrations, sketches, nude drawings, side commissions and some of his travel photos. Every piece of work is captioned and filled with interesting information.

Some of the more notable works created by him are Judge Dredd, The Killing Joke, Camelot 3000, Tank Girl etc. There are simply too many to mention but all included in the book, making it quite thick at 312 pages.

The biography details his journey in the comics industry from his childhood, including influences, education, people he met at comic fairs, the relationships he built with other artists (Dave Gibbons wrote the introduction).

This is a recommended art book for fans of his works.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CB on May 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
For those of us who are self-taught artists and look to the work of other artists for inspiration and guidance, Brian Bolland's work is, in a word, intimidating. One of the deans of comic book artists working today, Bolland's clear, clear, virtuoso style is one of the most recognizable on the comics page, and looking at his work - deceptively simple - you can't help but ask yourself "How did he do that?" The Art of Brian Bolland showcases Bolland's work and will no doubt have you asking the same question.

Published by Image Comics - which has produced a number of excellent "art of..." books over the past few years - The Art of Brian Bolland is a retrospective of Bolland's career thus far, starting with his childhood drawings and continuing to the present day. There is a lot of text in this book discussing Bolland's career but, unlike so many "art of..." books, Bolland himself actually wrote the text, and he is amazingly honest and quite droll in his writing.

While this book is certainly on the expensive side, it is well worth it - at more than 360 pages, it seems to stretch on forever (in a good way) and showcases just how talented Bolland truly is. A good number of the pieces center on his Judge Dredd and DC Comics (largely Wonder Woman) work; also, most of the work pictured is in black and white. The book itself is exceptionally well-produced: sturdy and hefty, it is printed on nice, glossy paper and all of the images are reproduced with exceptional clarity. Any fan of Bolland or of comic book art in general, should pick this book up. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jared A. Zichek on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is easily my favorite art/illustration book of the last several years! Bolland is an outstanding illustrator and this thick hardcover book offers a very comprehensive look at his work over the course of his career, from obscure early art in UK underground comics to the beautiful covers he is doing these days for DC/Vertigo. The quality of the paper, binding and reproduction is top notch - a must for any serious fan of Bolland, modern comic art, or quality illustration generally!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo Paz on April 10, 2010
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If you like Brian Bolland's art or just want to know one of the masters of this media career, don't hesitate to buy this book right now. Any dollar spent here is worth your money, and this is a killer price, just check other online stores.

Amazon is saying there's just one in stock for a couple of weeks, even when I bought mine, take it easy, it seems to be plenty for all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Giant Squid Studio on February 12, 2007
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I'm a bit biased here, being a longtime fan of Brian Bolland's work, but I loved this book. I've bought a few of these types of books and it's ususally a collection of artwork, but this book gets a bit personal with great interviews, family pictures and funny stories. You really get a sense of the man and his development as an artist throught the years.

Highly recommended.
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