Comic & art book releases 22-23 June 2009

Utherworlds

Utherworlds

Ballistic Publishing is excited to launch a large-format fantasy graphic novel based on the Utherworlds universe created by Philip Straub. The ambitious project spanning six years of production tells the tale of Lucas Sellers and his journey into The Realms where the forces of hope are pitted against ultimate evil. Utherworlds combines a fully-fledged novel with written and spoken languages, maps, and stunning paintings with hidden messages that provide layers of detail not seen in other graphic novels. Utherworlds takes the graphic novel to a new level of presentation with each page of the book covered in paintings and illustrations which immerse you in the quest of Lucas Sellers. The journal-style pages feature ornate parchments and detailed trinkets that draw you into the story and carry meaning that you might only find on the second or third reading. At 10 x 15 inch, Utherworlds presents Philip Straub's artwork like never before. Each painting in the book becomes a matte painting that you peer into rather than simply flick through like a normal book. Each spread of Utherworlds is a visual feast that can be appreciated as beautiful artwork, or studied in combination with the journal entries to find deeper levels of meaning within the story.

I urge you to check out the official website www.utherworlds.com because the work there is stunning. Do not miss out on the blog of Philip Straub as well, he has some high resolution illustrations posted there. I can't even begin to describe how awesome the work is.

You can get Utherworlds on amazon.com (via the third party amazon merchant) or from Ballistic Publishing's product page. The retail price is, however, a whopping, US$99. Wow.

Ancient Book of Sex and Science
Ancient Book of Sex and Science
Check out the book preview for some pictures. This is an art book created by a few Pixar artists, namely Lou Romano, Don Shank, Nate Wragg.

Ultimates Omnibus
Ultimates Omnibus

Is even an Omnibus big enough to contain Millar and Hitch's widescreen super-hero epic?! They are the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Wasp, Giant Man, Hawkeye, the Black Widow, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch! Brought together by Nick Fury, head of the elite espionage agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., the Ultimates are Earth's last line of defense against a rising storm of strange new threats to humanity - menaces such as the rampaging monster known as the Hulk, and an army of shape-shifting aliens bent on destroying the world and killing all humankind. But just as they begin to get comfortable in their roles as international celebrities and America's champions, things get hard! Can the Ultimates survive the Hulk's execution, Thor's imprisonment - and the advent of the Ultimate Defenders?! The world's greatest heroes are in for the battle of the century - and not all of them will be walking away! Collects Ultimates #1-13, Ultimates 2 #1-13, Ultimates Annual #1, and Ultimates 2 #1 Variant Sketch Edition.

Country-specific Amazon links for Ultimates Omnibus:
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The Immortal Iron Fist Omnibus
The Immortal Iron Fist Omnibus

Experience a brand-new kind of Iron Fist story - one steeped in legends and fables, magic and adventure, and a historical sweep that stretches back through the centuries - as the living weapon returns in this hard-hitting martial-arts epic by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, David Aja and a who's who of artistic collaborators! Orphaned as a child and raised in the lost city of K'un-Lun, Danny Rand returned to America as the mystical martial artist Iron Fist - but all his kung-fu skills can't help him find his place in the modern world. After learning that the centuries-spanning legacy of the Iron Fist holds more secrets than he ever dreamed possible, Danny is ushered to the fabled city of K'un-Lun to fight in a tournament against the Immortal Weapons. It is a round of games that occurs every 88 years as the different cities connect together on the same mystical plane. At stake is the life of his friend, the legacy of his father and mentor, and the future of K'un-Lun. Collects Immortal Iron Fist #1-16, Civil War: Choosing Sides, Annual #1, Orson Randall and the Green Mist of Death, and The Origin of Danny Rand.

Country-specific Amazon links for The Immortal Iron Fist Omnibus:
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Starman Omnibus Vol. 3
Starman Omnibus Vol. 3

The acclaimed series STARMAN, starring a Gen-X super hero from the 1990s, is re-presented in high quality format, featuring spectacular art by Eisner Award winner Tony Harris.

In this new, third volume, Starman's hometown of Opal City is terrorized by Dr. Pip, an eccentric bomber. And with no demands from the mad villain, both Starman and the local authorities are unable to track him down. Also in this volume, Starman teams up with Batman to save the life of reformed villain Solomon Grundy, and readers learn the history of Starman's enigmatic mentor, The Shade.

Country-specific Amazon links for Starman Omnibus Vol. 3:
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Luba by Gilbert Hernandez
Luba

The sequel to the 2003 perennial classic, Palomar. Gilbert Hernandez climaxed his award-winning "Palomar" series at the end of Love and Rockets' original run by leveling the Central American hamlet. But he soon picked up the story of Luba: The hammer-wielding matriarch had emigrated to the U. S. where she contended not only with an unwelcoming new culture but also her extended family. These "America" stories - over 80 of them, ranging from quick one-page blackout sketches to graphic novellas - were originally published in a number of different comics and reprinted in a trilogy of oversized paperbacks. Luba collects in one compact, affordable hardcover the entirety of these tales, showcasing Gilbert Hernandez's wicked wit, great compassion, and uncanny understanding of how human beings love, squabble, and ultimately find a way to make it through this life.

Here's the preview from fantagraphics.com:

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These books should be appearing soon in comic shops near you. I encourage readers to support their local comic retailers whenever possible. Visiting comic shops is cool.

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I am seriously skeptic about

I am seriously skeptic about "Utherworlds". I was very curious when I heard about the idea. Then after examining the preview on the site, it looks rather like a digital version of "cheesy tourist" illustrations I see at the Santa Monica Pier or SF Fisherman's Wharf on sunny days. And the idea? pretty much a rip off of Wayne Barlowe's Expedition and Inferno series. For $99, I think I can find a better real art book for the money. Guess we will just have to wait for the review. ;) awesome Blog btw...we all love it. Keep up the good work!

Thanks Parka! You are right.

Thanks Parka! You are right. The preview link you posted show the entire book. Some nice pages spread in there. There's a handful of pieces that are actually pretty good ( those from "nightmare realm")....I must say. I agree with you...I don't think its worth $100. As for Ballistic, their best book is still the Oddworld Inhabitant art book. That's the only one I ever bought from them.

If you get to see the book in person, I am sure we all love to hear your thought!

I thank you for the post on

I thank you for the post on the book and for the positive thoughts on it. I lived in Santa Monica for a couple of years and I can tell you that I highly doubt you can find any illustrations like this on the Pier:)The book is really what you might see in an art bible a game or hollywood studio would create for an Ip combined with an original story.

You can take or leave my artwork - 5,000,000 hits on my site last month tells me a few folks are enjoying the work. But, I understand its not for everyone and I only try and produce art that is honest and from my heart.

I can say with confidence that this is definitely Ballistic finest book to date though- the production quality is impecable and it is thier largest book as well. It really represents Ballistic staking new ground into a whole new kind ofbook- and gallery type books are not cheap to make.

As for the rip on Barlow's inferno- it definitely is not:) Once the book starts shipping and people read it I think that will become clear.

Finally, on the price tag- I know its steep, I really do. All I can tell you is the book was very very expensive to make - required thousands of hours on my part to complete and lots of time and affort by te Ballistic folks. I have no question that once you see it you'll be impressed.

Phil

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