- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Udon Entertainment (May 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1927925045
- ISBN-13: 978-1927925041
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works Paperback – May 13, 2014
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that much of this book is recycled from that. This is true. However, I
don't regret having purchased both. This book is laid out perfectly,
with full-page tribute/poster artwork to start and each individual game
art to follow. You'll find yourself reading about every step of the process:
original design, concepts, troubles & concerns and
a retrospective look at what the artist might change today looking back. It's
a depth I've seen in some books but never to the extent Darkstalkers Official
Complete Works has and it keeps me going back. As I run a site that
collects Street Fighter & Darkstalkers art, most of the game-specific art is
nothing new, but they are large pictures and are wonderful. This book collects
everything including Darkstalkers Resurrection from 2013.
However, that's only half the book. Covering all the games in the series (and
referring to them by their Japanese names where applicable), the book then
goes on to supplemental materials and art where Darkstalkers fighters appeared
in other titles. While I expected Marvel vs. Capcom and Capcom Fighting Jam to
be in there, I was surprised to see even titles like Namco X Capcom and Cross Edge.
Once again we're treated to sketches, concept art, level background design,
calendars, posters, promo art...(I could really go on for a while). This
book also includes translated interviews, character bios and more. The last
sections of the book are jam packed with images.
I may be gushing here, but having collected several hundred dollars' worth of
art books, I've seen few include quite so much. I have some in my collection that
warrant a gander every so often, but with so many visuals and so much accompanying
text, it's fun to return and I haven't nearly read it all yet.
Finally, the quality of the paper is high and the binding is solid. It's not the
best in my collection and by far not the worst.
I think Udon has improved their game and put out one of the best collections. For
any fan of Vampire/Darkstalkers, I think this is a no-brainer.
Only thing I wish more is that people had videos with books like this from start to finish of a character, in a tutorial view showing you how to make or remake that image, and show off their studio setup what equipment they use and recommend for what ever type of art your into. I think something like that with a book like this would make it 100 times better. I would love to see them actually making the characters.
This book is overflowing with development and behind-the-scenes sketches, most of which I had never seen before. As well as reproductions of familiar promotional images, for the most part printed bigger and better than I have seen previously. Just about every image is accompanied by brief commentary ranging from the silly to the insightful by the artist who created it. There are also 16 pages in the back of the book devoted to interviews with the series developers.
There’s really no comparison when it comes to English language Darkstalkers art/coffee table books. “Darkstalkers: Graphic File” is a surprisingly anemic book which is full of move-lists (which you could get online free), microscopic pictures/screenshots and small/hard-to-read-character bio text, along with an overview of series games and merchandise in the back. “Darkstalkers Tribute” is literally just a fan art collection. “Tribute” has got some good art in it of course, most of which isn’t reproduced in “Complete Works”, but you could get a good chunk, maybe most, of said contents for free by browsing deviantart.
Bottom Line: This is the definitive English-language book on the series for Darkstalkers fans or fans of gaming art and history in general.
The various artist comments give good insight to what goes on in their minds and what went along in the planning process for the games.
I recommend this if you are a Darkstalkers fan.