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The Art of Over the Garden Wall Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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Well-known as the creative director and writer on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time series, McHale is an artist/writer/cartoonist and the creator of the Over the Garden Wall mini-series.
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I expected there to be a lot of amazing artwork in the book – and there is. In addition, the physical book itself is stunning, with many lovely small touches such as the intriguing endpapers (and of course, so much of what in between those endpapers is awe-inspiring). However I was surprised, and especially pleased, to find there was far more to read about how Over the Garden Wall came to be than I had hoped for.
The book is beautifully organized into chapters detailing all that went into making OTGW, as well as its pilot Tome of the Unknown. It was fascinating to read the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the entire creative process – in the words of creator Patrick McHale, as well as many others who worked on the show -- how the original idea was first conceived, and learn about all the steps it took to see it through to its completion.
This book is a wonderful assortment of backgrounds, character sheets, and words from the creators of the show describing how it all came to be. And it's just as beautiful as any one of the episodes. I was particularly interested in how this show came about, so this book was a marvelous addition to my library. I have already spent time getting "lost" learning about Patrick Mchale's vision for the story and how it evolved over time, as well as learning some tidbits and insights into the world of The Unknown. This book is an absolute must-have for any fan of Over the Garden Wall or television animation in general. And if you haven't watched the series yet, you had better get on it, because you are most definitely missing out.
The book's sections are mostly chronological. It starts with the beta-version of OTGW, then known as "Tome of the Unknown." Patrick McHale, the series' creator, and Nick Cross the art director discuss the process of creating TotU, and the book even provides the short's bible, which is something I rarely see in TV show art books! Designs from the short follow. The next chapter discusses the visuals of the show, including the Uknown itself and the characters. And after that, the book dedicates a chapter to each episode of the show. These episode-chapters host an impressively wide variety of character designs, background art, early art drafts, and storyboards that are all accompanied by commentary from various staff members. I personally find it disheartening when art books of movies, tv shows, video games, etc. include very little concept art or insight to the title's design process. But this art book has that in spades. The final section discusses the products I mentioned before, that were released after the show was aired. From music to comics to real-world objects that inspired the show, this section covers about everything you need to know that didn't directly go into making the show.
Art book collecting is definitely a(n expensive) hobby of mine, so I've seen my fair share of art books. But the Art of Over the Garden Wall has to be one of THE best art books out there in terms of quality and content. Like the show itself, the book tackles heavy topics like death and estrangement between family members while maintaining an upbeat and hilarious attitude. Obviously, this book is a must-have for fans of the show like myself, but I think anyone who enjoys the work and effort put into animation can find a great time in this book as well.
The quality is fantastic and full of details, especially regarding character and background design. Complementing the wonderful artwork are the author's commentaries regarding their design choices which provides a great insight into the love and care that was put into the series making. There's also an episode by episode commentary which admittedly I haven't read simply because now I want to watch the series.
I came upon this book by chance and it's delightfully atmospheric cover immediately caught my eye. I've always been a fan of fairy tales, especially the mysterious, creepy kind which give both a sense of wonder and dread, and was delighted when the book preview confirmed that that was indeed the overall theme of the book.
It was unintentional, but now that I look at the date I realise this would be a great Halloween gift, so wether you're an artist looking for inspiration and knowledge in great artwork, or a fan of the series looking for more insight and interesting tidbits, or simply someone who loves the eeriness and excitement of wondering what's beyond the wall, then give this book (and the series) a chance.