Comic & art book releases 15-16 June 2009

Transformers: The Art of the Movies

I've just received a reply from the publisher (on 22 Jul 2009) saying that this book has been postponed indefinitely.

Transformers: The Art of the Movies
Finally there's an art book for the Transformers movies, both of them, Transformers (2007) ( and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Published by Titan Books, at 160 pages, this book will be looking at the making of Transformers, complete with interviews and over 200 pictures, including unpublished concept and design art.

Simon Furman is the author.

On, the book's release date is put at a ridiculous 31 December 2035, and there's not even an option to pre-order. On, it says 19 June 2009. Don't worry, I'll be telling Amazon about it.

Country-specific Amazon links for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: | | | | |

Transformers: The Movie Universe
Transformers: The Movie Universe
Here's another movie book tie-in published by DK Publishing. You should know what to expect from DK books, extensive pictorial spreads explaining everything about the characters. This should be the movie companion.

Here's what Simon Furman says about the book:

First up, in a trio of books set for June 09 release, is Dorling Kindersley’s Transformers: The Movie Universe, an updated and expanded version of the Movie Guide I did back in 07. Completely revised and redesigned, the book encompasses characters from both Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and includes feature spreads on the human cast, protoforms and more. Packed with images from the movies and amazing digital renders of the robotic cast, TMU gives you an in-depth lowdown on new characters such as Sideswipe, Jetfire, Skids/Mudflap, Devastator, Ravage and The Fallen, plus a more comprehensive guide to the core cast from the first movie, including Starscream, Ironhide, Optimus Prime and more. Robot mode, vehicle mode and weapons mode are all examined in minute detail, with facts, figures and detailed image annotations.

Amazon's product description:

Transformers: The Movie Universe brings the excitement and energy of the Autobots and Decepticons down from the screen and onto the page. Packed with behind-the-scenes information, incredible imagery, photographs, stills, and diagrams, Transformer fans will step into epic battles between good and evil.

Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes are back, along with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and the rest of the incredible, otherworldly Transformers! The next Transformers movie hits theaters (with an extremely loud bang) June 2009. Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel will be returning from the first movie. With its combination of cool tech and hot stars, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be a huge summer hit, just like the first movie.

Country-specific Amazon links for Transformers: The Movie Universe: | | | | |

Expose 7
When Ballistic Publishing calls their EXPOSÉ series the finest digital art in the known universe, it is really a substantiated marketing claim. Their EXPOSÉ series are really that good, and for that reason, they are always more pricey than other art annuals.

You can get a sense of what's inside from the page viewer on their EXPOSÉ 7 product page.

This book is already in stock at, link below.

Country-specific Amazon links for EXPOSÉ 7: |

Here are the other books, mainly comics, appearing soon in comic shops near you. I encourage readers to support their local comic retailers whenever possible. Visiting comic shops is cool.



I always have mixed feelings

I always have mixed feelings about those art annuals, but especially Ballistic publishing's offerings.
Not that they don't contain great art (they do!), but you can usually find the exact same art on CGTalk's forums or other places, which makes it hard to justify spending so much cash on the book, even if it's nice to have the art organized and on paper. They look really tempting in those page previews, but are usually the first ones to drop from my 'tobuy' -list since money's tight.

Yes indeed, Ballistic works

Yes indeed, Ballistic works are impressive but the books images can be seen in artists profiles easily. So it is hard to judge the book from what you all saw. Just make a good collection for experience way of expressions in drawing works.

Hi, I received an email from


I received an email from telling me that the book "Transformers: The Art of the Movies" is currently available, but I don't dare to order because from Titanbooks I also have this answer:

Hi Salvador,

Unfortunately, due to some complications, we no longer have this book on our release schedule at present.


So, what should I do? Does anyone really have this art book ?


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