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Artbooks and IArtbooks and I

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It's only recently that I've finally moved out of my old place and into somewhere new and closer to work that I was fully able to take an inventory of all the artbooks I've collected over the years. From hardbound tomes to smaller zines from indie artists online, it's been a very personal collection that I've built up of my favourite series', anime, comics, and especially artists. Artbooks have become my collectable hobby because there is something really special about them. They aren't like books or even comic books where recommendations and glances do not give the reader the true scope of it's greatness, and they aren't reference books on art where rules and anatomy are applied for style.


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The catalyst that really got me into collecting was a Kotaku article detailing the first Art of Capcom book by Udon studios. It hit me just as I was getting into Street Fighter. I wanted it more than ever, not just because it was Street Fighter but because it had visuals that I had not seen before. I never liked the realistic artwork of Street Fighter II and finding anything decent other than that was difficult without prior knowledge. Udon was doing something different with the characters. Inspired by modern anime and manga, they drew the same characters in different style. Mixed and matched Capcom series and made the whole thing feel fresh. It's one of my favourite purchases I made as a teenager from Amazon as it not only provided me with inspiration, visuals, and tutorials, it put Udon on my map as a studio I would follow to this day.

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Street Fighter and Capcom became my main go to for artbooks collecting many of the Udon published works such as the Street Fighter tribute, Eternal Challenger (another personal favourite as I found it at my first con), and SF25.

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My tastes have not changed too much over the years still favouring eastern anime and manga artists when compared to comic book artists in the west. What has changed are my methods of finding artbooks. Myfigurecollection has been the most recent income sink being a database for finding and researching anime figures and other media. It's extremely easy to sort by series and then search for merchandise on that site which lead me to finding works from more difficult products to come by in the west. Japanese artbooks have been my current collecting habit trying to relive my teenage fascination of anime through the artbooks.

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It's always been a dream of mine to have a collection of artbooks because it is still so rare to seeing a collection of them. There are only a few sites dedicated to the curation or collection of arbooks and far fewer still for retail stores to have a section for them.

Having them all displayed on a bookshelf together, it's a nice image as it represents determination to get them, research, and fond memories of what they mean to me.

I'll be doing more blogs about Artbooks in the near future, hopefully showing off new favourites for you to find and enjoy yourselves.
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randomly_ren09 (1 anno/i fa) #19419615ARTBOOKS IS LIFE FOR ME!!
As an artist who really loves to see concept art and looking for inspirations (and a Digital Media student), I also tend to buy artbooks (though the most recent artbook that I bought was the P3 movie art and genga book, and I made a review of it here:BLOG #31450)


Thanks for the link to your review. I love Persona 3 too!
Definitely gonna be hunting for this artbook next time I get paid
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ARTBOOKS IS LIFE FOR ME!!

As an artist who really loves to see concept art and looking for inspirations (and a Digital Media student), I also tend to buy artbooks (though the most recent artbook that I bought was the P3 movie art and genga book, and I made a review of it here:BLOG #31450) but lately my mom's been restraining me from buying stuff online so I had to smuggle my anime goods from a local middleman in the future (donttellanyoneshhh)
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WanderingWastrel (1 anno/i fa) #19403173I know what you mean about buying blind. I really appreciate when people add the maximum-allowed 3 pictures of the inside pages for listings here of the individual artbooks. Of course when you preorder an artbook, you have to go by what's on the retailer's order page, if anything is there at all.

Makster (1 anno/i fa) #19403293I've been burned before with some of the books on the shelves thinking it's an artbook but can really be defined as a guidebook or a fan book. Heavy on writing with some new pictures.
And the store or webpage only shows you the pictures of the illustrations...


Pretty much, a seller/online shop usually take pictures of illustration, I have a big problem with that when it comes to fanbooks, especially visual ones. I don't own any and I never know if I can afford to buy it. All I can find are illustration pages but if I ended up with half of it being text I can't read, I'd be highly disappointed so I just skip.

With importing you end up paying so much that going blind is risky cause no one might buy it off of you for the same price you paid whereas with western releases you can put up a more affordable price (usually).

Only two items (from the same series I bought together) I thought to be artbooks ended up being guide/encyclopaedia books but I managed to sell them a few years later since they became rare so I lucked out. Otherwise I try to be cautious and I hope it won't happen again.
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I also love to collect artbooks! I mainly go for the Japanese editions though, as I've been quite unsatisfied with the quality of the binding in Udon's releases. Have they improved in that aspect lately?
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That is quite some collection of art books there. I also have those To Love-ru books :)
The latest artbook received is ITEM #483269 and I've ordered ITEM #534432 (NSFW) but not sure if it's classified as artbook since it's actually colored doujinshi of several years I think.
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I love art books but I don't buy them much lately. When I want to get a title I always hope someone on Youtube has reviewed it. That way I can preview an entire book and find out if I'll like it or not.

A bookstore I used to visit was catered to North American releases so I always could expect them to have Udon's releases. I was so glad I was able to get the Street Fighter 20th anniversary book there; it is so heavy! That book is the definitive SF collection I had always wanted for years so that and Eternal Challenge is the perfect SF book combo for me.

I'm just waiting for Udon to eventually have a Persona 5 art book. I can't believe the game is coming out next month. :)
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I spy the Rise of the Ogre book. Own it too, and I love it! <3 I'm so excited for Humanz, you don't even want to know.

Nice collection and blog! :)
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WanderingWastrel (1 anno/i fa) #19403173I know what you mean about buying blind. I really appreciate when people add the maximum-allowed 3 pictures of the inside pages for listings here of the individual artbooks. Of course when you preorder an artbook, you have to go by what's on the retailer's order page, if anything is there at all.

I've been burned before with some of the books on the shelves thinking it's an artbook but can really be defined as a guidebook or a fan book. Heavy on writing with some new pictures.
And the store or webpage only shows you the pictures of the illustrations...
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Makster (1 anno/i fa) #19393186Have you got A sky Longing for memories? It's an artbook by the same director. It's absolutely beautiful when it comes to background art and discussion of what they were going for.
I haven't seen any of the movies so reading it for me would be a spoiler but the art in there is just gorgeous so it comes at a high recommendation from me.


I have that one, ITEM #43789, or rather the English language version of it. It really brings out how important the background art is to anime.
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partisanx_ (1 anno/i fa) #19398197I actually like reviewing artbooks and taking tons of pictures of them just to be able to show people what they can find in them as it's impossible to find proper reviews (and possibly convince them to show more interest in these books). I often feel like I go blind when buying an artbook and have to risk it, which is honestly just a pain when you have to import .

I know what you mean about buying blind. I really appreciate when people add the maximum-allowed 3 pictures of the inside pages for listings here of the individual artbooks. Of course when you preorder an artbook, you have to go by what's on the retailer's order page, if anything is there at all.
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