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 – 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.
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 – 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.
For Nintendo Lovers
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.
My personal favourite is exclusive to the book and involves the term “prat in a cape” so I’ll share my second favourite instead:
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
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.
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!
You can see some more here.
For Atlus Fans
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).
Most of my favourites are in the book and printed really nicely but here’s one that I really like that I found online:
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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!