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The Art of John Carter: A Visual Journey Hardcover – March 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; 1St Edition edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423154924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423154921
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 11.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Born on Earth (Southern California) and raised in reality, Josh Kushins has always felt far more at home on distant planets and in faraway galaxies. He parlayed his far-flung interests into a film degree from Northwestern University before returning to Los Angeles, where he spent several years as a freelance writer working on all manner of projects from the core of the industry to its outermost fringes. Falling into the unfettered field of communications, he has worked steadily for various Hollywood studios most recently on the Publicity teams for Lucasfilm Ltd. and DC Comics.

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The book is out of print.
Dennis K. Wilcutt
This book does a lovely job of giving you a taste of the creativity that went into John Carter with beautiful artwork from the film, character sketches and interviews.
Suzanne L. Smith
For any fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs I would recommend it!
James Clukey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 11, 2012
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I like the cover of this book. Two White Apes chasing John Carter. Awesome.

The art book collects the concept art for the film which includes sketches, paintings, 3D renders and film stills. The paintings look wonderful, especially the environment paintings which are painted in detail. The character designs come in the form of sketches and 3D models. There are even 3D models of the muscle groups of the Tharks. The film stills and photos are nice when used sparingly, as in this case.

Most sketches, such as storyboards, are by Iain McCaig. Those are fantastic, I don't mind this art book to be totally about his sketches. The other main concept artist is Ryan Church and his works are gorgeous. His environment paintings set the tone for the film. Even if you don't buy this book, check out his website for his art. Unfortunately, most artists are just mentioned in the main text but the illustrations are not credited individually.

The text on movie production is interesting to read and starts with directory Andrew Stanton's obsession of John Carter when he first read the book. I wish there were more commentary on the concept art though, especially on the discarded pieces that look quite promising as well.

It's a good movie art book. Lots to read and see.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on March 6, 2012
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I haven't seen the movie itself yet, and while I'm dying to, I'm equal parts excited and apprehensive as a life-long fan of the literary source material. But this book is certainly reassuring. It's clear from all the interviews that director Andrew Stanton and many of the key creative personnel involved in creating the film are also life-long fans of Burroughs' books. It's equally clear that the author of the book, Josh Kushins, is a dyed-in-the-wool Barsoomian himself, and his obvious enthusiasm is an ideal conduit for the filmmakers' enthusiasm... and it all leaves ME more excited than ever to see their movie.

The book itself is beautiful. Beneath the white apes on that dust jacket, its hardcover front is adorned with a cool piece of storyboard art depicting Carter in action. Inside, there's page after page of lavishly reproduced concept art (both used and abandoned concepts), along with digital sculpts, photos of maquettes, and more storyboards - all accompanied by thoroughly informative text. Speaking of those abandoned concepts, I actually prefer some of the early Thark treatments to the slender design they ultimately went with. But my favorite Thark picture in the book is one that Stanton drew when he was twelve years old! Just another thing that demonstrates that this film really is a labor of love for its makers. And so, clearly, is this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Khanada Taylor on March 14, 2012
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This book is fantastic! John Carter is an excellent film overflowing with wonderful creativity and I love seeing all of the concepts and images for the characters, creatures and world of Barsoom! It's all gorgeously presented. I'm going to be as addicted to looking through this book as I am with the film (I've seen it 3 times and I'm going again).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By motherofpearl on April 1, 2012
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This book is beautifully written and compiled. It brought to life the creative journey of bringing an imaginary world to the big screen... from a wonderful Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, to the minds of young fans, and onto the pages of a movie script to be enjoyed by millions of movie goers around the world. It obviously was not an easy process from idea to paper to screen but this book allows the reader to share in the love of reading and dreaming and where that can lead. I loved the book and enjoyed the movie more for having read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Oshram on March 22, 2012
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This is a well-made and gorgeous book, filled with many sketches and maquettes used in the design process; the artwork is interspersed nicely with stills from the film, and the commentary from Andrew Stanton and the artists is unusually good, not the trivial tripe that often litters books of this ilk. As someone else here said, artist credit isn't given on individual pictures, which is a little irksome (I know McCaig's style, but the others, not so much), but the overall presentation is beautiful and the book covers all of the major design challenges in the movie (Tharks, the landscape, and so on). My only quibble is that this feels a little small for a $50 book. At Amazon's price of about $32 (as of this writing), this is certainly a worthwhile purchase, but it's a little slim for a Grant. Fans of the movie, and I know we're out there, will certainly want this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradford Blake on April 27, 2012
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Dear Disney, This is an excellent book that touches just the tip of the iceberg of an amazing and enjoyable movie that easily bests Avatar and it's ilk. Not since Star Wars first dazzled in 1977 has a movie been so much fun. I wholeheartedly recommend this fantastic book to anyone considering buying. I hope the publisher decides to print more, as clearly Disney is learning there is a huge global market for John Carter in all it forms, and in particular for two sequels!

Sadly your marketing department of middle school dropouts totally ignored the history behind A Princess of Mars, the amazing love story at the heart of this remarkable movie, and the fact that you had the visionary director of Wall-E and Finding Nemo making it!!! How could they do this and doom such a wonderful movie?

In spite of that the movie exceeded it's costs worldwide with about $275M before DVD sales, which goes to show you that with the right marketing there would have been at least another $200M worldwide and probably more.

SO, YOU HAVE AN ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE TWO PLANNED SEQUELS FOR MUCH LESS MONEY AND REAP THE BENEFITS OF THIS FRANCHISE IN TERMS OF SALES FOR DECADES TO COME!

I hope you'll find this note, take it seriously, and make this happen :-)
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