Video Game Art & Comic Books you Need in your life

Hi guys,

Something I’m really enthusiastic about is the art the comes from Video Games. Concept Art, In Game Art, Fanart – I like it. I mean, if you want to see my own fanart you can do so here on this blog. I’m not a patch on these guys but I enjoy it.

So, for your pleasure, here are some art books and comics that I own and why you should own them to.

For the fans of the stories that games tell

Magical Game Time Book Zac Gorman

Magical Game Time – Zac Gorman

Buy Magical Game Time Vol. 1 Here

This book is a collection of comics and illustrations by the incredibly talented Zac Gorman. You can read them all at Magical Game Time. He tells stories that echo the feelings that playing a game can bring. Some are funny, some are sad, there’s a great mixture here. Most of the comics are about retro games and large game series like Final Fantasy and Super Mario, but there are some more modern niche games like Journey that are also represented.

Personal Favourite

The Returners Zac Gorman FFVI

I’ve had this picture of the Returners as my wallpaper for ages and now I have it as a print on my wall thanks to Fangamer. It details all the cast of Final Fantasy VI and I think it is wonderful – I could stare at the details all day.

For the Retro Gaming Fans

Bits in Multiples of 8 Cover

Bits in Multiples of 8 – Jimmy Giegerich and Friends

Buy Bits in Mutliples of 8 Here

Originally started life as a Kickstarter, Bits in Multiples of 8 is a lovely collection of comics and illustrations about retro (64 bit and under) games from various artists. Each piece has a different art and story telling style. Includes references to classics like Castlevania, Pokemon & Final Fantasy series.

Personal Favourite

FFIV Pretty Sure this is how it went Irma Kniivila

Flying to the moon in a space whale Irma Kniivila

Regularly, for no reason I just say “Golbezzzzzz” because of this comic by Irma Kniivila. Haha. I love this one – it always makes me laugh. Never played FFIV, but it seems about right.

For Nintendo Lovers

Awkward Zombie Book Vol 1 Katie Tiedrich

Awkward Zombie: Vol 1 – Katie Tiedrich

Buy Awkward Zombie Vol 1 Here

This is based on the webcomic of the same name by Rocket Scientist & Silly Faces Draw-er Katie Tiedrich. It’s the first ever Kickstarter I backed. It’s mostly based on Nintendo games (especially Super Smash Bros) but has some other great comics in there that’ll make you laugh.

Personal Favourite

My personal favourite is exclusive to the book and involves the term “prat in a cape” so I’ll share my second favourite instead:

Awkward Zombie Rubix Cube Marth Roy Link Katie Tiedrich

It’s actually very difficult to choose a favourite but Link solving a Rubix cube sticks in my head the most. He might not seem too bright, but he’s good at puzzles.

For Pokémon Fans

The Field Guide to Kanto

Field Guide to Kanto – Kari Fry

Buy the Field Guide to Kanto here

Yep, illustrations of the original 151 (+one more) Pokémon that make them look more like real creatures. Some are surprisingly close to the original designs, others will surprise you! The artwork is by Kari Fry and it is gorgeous.

Personal Favourite

Many aren’t available without buying the book, but I will say I love how creative the Clefairy, Clefable, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff & Electabuzz ones are. But, here is a lovely picture of everyone’s favourite Kanto Vermin!

Rattata Raticate Kari Fry

You can see some more here.

For Atlus Fans

Shigenori Soejima Artwords 2004-2010

Shigenori Soejima Artworks 2004-2010 – Shigenori Soejima

Buy Sigenori Soejima Artworks 2004-2010 here

A collection of artworks by Atlus artist Shigenori Soejima who did the character designs for Persona 3 and Persona 4. It’s a collection of his designs and other art for some of his most memorable games and some you may not know about (but are equally lovely to look at).

Personal Favourite

Most of my favourites are in the book and printed really nicely but here’s one that I really like that I found online:

Persona 3 Audio Drama Akihiko Shinjiro

It’s a picture of my two favourite characters from Persona 3 for the cover of one of the drama CDs.

For Legend of Zelda Fans

Hyrule Historia Cover

Hyrule Historia

Buy Hyrule Historia here

This lovely hardback includes concept art for every Legend of Zelda game up to and including Skyward Sword. It gives a great detail of the (little bit confusing) Legend of Zelda timeline. This is a must for any fans of the series or of fantasy concepts in general.

Personal Favourite

Ghirahim Concept Art

There is a lot of great concept art, but the page I keep coming back to is the concept art for Ghirahim. I’ve never played Skyward Sword – I’m presuming he’s the baddie here? Either way, I love the cool double page spread for his concept art.

For Ace Attorney Fans

The Art of Ace Attorney

The Art of Ace Attorney

Buy The Art of Ace Attorney Here

It does what it says – it’s really big, lovely pictures of all the characters from Ace Attorney 1-4. It is a shame that they don’t have an awful lot of concept art in this book (the Ace Attorney concept art is fantastic) but it’s still a fantastic book, and if you’re a fan you really need this book.

Personal Favourite

Ace Attorney Picnic Art

Obviously, this picnic image. It is a shame that they do not have more of the promotional art/special art that was drawn because it’s fantastic and full of life. Especially the second picnic picture (I’ll give you a hint, it has Gumshoe drinking wine from the bottle and Phoenix with his tie round his head like Rambo). But still!

For the Street Fighter Fans

SF20 The Art of Street Fighter Cover Art

SF:20 – The Art of Street Fighter

Buy SF:20 The Art of Street Figher here

Suggested by Illiya AKA The Presentation Designer – an art book full of wonderful Street Fighter art and concept art covering 20 years of Street Fighter from the original game to Street Fighter IV.

For Valkyria Chronicles fans

Valkyria Chronicles complete artworks 3

Valkyria Chronicles 3: Complete Artworks

Buy Valkyria Chronicles 3: Complete Artworks jere

Suggested by Illiya once again, any of the Valkyria Chronicles are musts for fans of the series or of Japanese artwork in general – lots of cool character and weapon designs lie within!

For Xenoblade Chronicles Fans

Xenoblade Chronicles Artbook

Xenoblade Chronicles Artbook

Buy the Xenoblade Chronicles Artbook here

Suggested in the comments by Illiya (he’s got good taste). It’s full of cool characters, cool creatures and beautiful fantasy landscapes.

Do you have any favourite game art/comic books to share? Please let me know and I will add them!


  1. Hey Emma,

    Thanks so much for the mention. I’m sure you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki but the Studio Ghibli art books are out of this world. I have one so far but I plan on obtaining more.

    Also, I don’t know if you’ve ever played Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii but I ordered the art book for that game and it’s one of my favourites. You should check it out if you haven’t played it yet.

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