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Often referred to as the "artist's artist," Brian Bolland has produced some of the most memorable and inspiring illustrations--primarily cover art--ever. This handsome volume is a retrospective of this astonishing artist's career and a look at the man himself. It begins with his rarely-seen British series, including Judge Dredd and Tank Girl, but quickly moves into iconic U.S. work on 63 covers for Animal Man, the legendary Camelot 3000, Wonder Woman, The Invisibles, Batman: Killing Joke. Every cover he's done is powerful, a knockout, minutely detailed.
This comprehensive and sizable retrospective features contextualising references and copious text – 33,500 words – written by the artist alongside hundreds of pieces of artwork and rare photographs. The Art of Brian Bolland covers all of the artist's work to the publication date, under an introduction from close friend Dave Gibbons, an autobiographical essay and sections ranging from his "Influences" (featuring near-unseen examples of Bolland's childhood art), through each of the decades from the 1960s to 2006, when this was published. The book also showcases several of Bolland's own photographs taken in Asia and Russia over twenty years of travelling.
When we discovered this was being put on sale, we jumped at the chance and brought in more copies than any of the other newly on-sale books. Bolland may not be a name every fan knows, but you will recognize his work as soon as you see it. And there's a LOT to see here, this is a major career look with hundreds of full color reproductions. I can't say enough about how every comics fan should have this book.
Best known in the United Kingdom as one of the definitive Judge Dredd artists for British comics anthology 2000 AD, he spearheaded the "British Invasion" of the American comics industry, and in 1982 produced the artwork on Camelot 3000 (with author Mike W. Barr), which was DC Comics' first 12-issue comic book maxiseries, created for the direct market.
His rare forays into interior art also include Batman: The Killing Joke, with writer Alan Moore, and a self-penned Batman: Black and White story.
Although his interior artwork is almost universally acclaimed, Bolland is far more commonly seen as "just" a cover artist – although he notes that he has never decided to actually "pursue covers exclusively," having merely "branched off a little bit" from strip work. He admits that he works slowly, and consequently finds covers easier to supply than whole story artwork. He also noted simply that he began to "concentrate on covers... really just because they were the jobs that I was offered." He adds that for artists like him, "it's common knowledge they're going to say no" to strip work, "so editors get them to do pin-ups instead."
Bolland has contributed covers – in many cases to complete runs/arcs – to some of the more famous landmark comics of recent years, with his photo-realistic work leaving an indelible impression on the titles for which he works, as the primary external reference image. His iconic covers are in high demand, although his work predominantly appears on titles published by DC Comics.
The first 63 issues of Animal Man featuring Bolland's artwork covered the tenures of writers Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan, Tom Veitch and Jamie Delano, with Bolland's images maintaining a continuity of style and imagery while the interior work underwent several changes of style and storyline. Initially, he recalls that his cover images derived directly from the script. He would "go through and find a scene that looked as if it would make a good cover," or "find a particular hook that cleverly summed up what's going on inside the book." This included the incorporation of photographs into the later covers of Morrison's tale of metafiction and deus ex machina author-input. With the (post-Morrison) move of Animal Man to DC's new "Mature Readers" imprint Vertigo, Bolland notes that the covers moved to "full color painted covers" with issue No. 57. These of his covers were "a mixture of ink linework, color washes, airbrush and then, eventually, areas painted in poster color..."
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Item Code ARTBBH Publisher Image Publish Date 2006 ISBN 9781582406039 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 176pg Color Partial Color
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