Item description for The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni, Mike Mignola, Robert Wagner, Matt Keefe, Keith Pinfold, Emily Umberger, Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan...
The Prince Valiant Page is the first book collection featuring Gary Gianni's work on Prince Valiant. This book gives a well-rounded informative look at both Gianni's rendition of the Prince Valiant Sunday strip and his own working procedures. Further, he explains the usage of his tools and provides many tips learned during the course of his career.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9.5" Height: 12.75" Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 7, 2008
Publisher Flesk Publications
ISBN 1933865040 ISBN13 9781933865041
Availability 0 units.
More About Gary Gianni, Mike Mignola, Robert Wagner, Matt Keefe, Keith Pinfold, Emily Umberger, Frances F. Berdan & Gerard S. Sloyan
Gary Gianni has adapted and illustrated a wide variety of books, including John Henry, Kidnapped, Moby Dick, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria, and more recently, Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road. His comic's work includes Classics Illustrated, The Shadow, and The MonsterMen. He won an Eisner Award for his illustration of "Heroes," a tale included in Batman: Black and White. Gianni currently serves as the illustrator of the Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Prince Valiant Page?
Makes me want to draw Aug 28, 2008
Gianni's breakdown of how the pages are constructed and story of how he came to replace J. C. Murphy are pretty interesting, but it's the scads of Prince Valiant art that really make this book an excellent art book. The art is reproduced very crisply and makes me want to get out my own art tools, just looking at it. An excellent value for a reasonable price.
An unprecedented exploration of graphic genius Aug 12, 2008
Gary Gianni, a gifted pen and ink artist in the tradition of Franklin Booth, began to rejuvenate the "Prince Valiant" Sunday strip as assistant to the soon-to-retire John Cullen Murphy in 2004. Noted for this remarkable illustrations for Wandering Star's editions of Robert E. Howard's Conan, Solomon Kane, and Bran Mak Morn stories, Gianni's work in comics include THE SHADOW: COILS OF LEVIATHAN and a "Hellboy" backup series, titled THE MONSTER MEN. Gianni was soon joined by writer Mark Schultz, who helped restore the element of the supernatural to the strip, which had in past decades gravitated toward mundane historical detail. Worthy heirs to creator Hal Foster, Gianni and Schultz have restored "Prince Valiant" to its status as the best-drawn and written adventure strip in America. While recent years have produced fine comics-related retrospectives such as Barry Windsor Smith's OPUS, and Alex Ross's series (such as EARTH X) have been accompanied by "zero issues" with sketches and character designs, never before has there been so lavish an exploration of the making of a comics series. As newspaper printing fails to do justice to Gianni's exquisite line, the razor-sharp black and white reproduction in THE PRINCE VALIANT PAGE brings with it a sense of vindication. (Though designed as a full-page, The Boston Herald crops and rearranges the panels and text into a quarter page.) The book is so packed with intense visual detail that I can't take in more than about 30 pages in one sitting. Beautifully designed, this 9"x12" Flesk Publications hardcover is a exemplary work of the art of publishing, with elegant touches such as the gold-stamped title on black cloth boards. Highly recommended to fans of the golden age of illustration, Mark Schultz's XENOZOIC TALES, Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, Michael Kaluta, and Frank Frazetta.
Absolutely Stunning! Don't miss out on this one! Jul 30, 2008
What an amazing piece of work! Both fans of comic books and classic illustration will find a lot to glean from in this book. If you're not familiar with Gary Gianni's work, check him out at GaryGianni.com and look at some of his amazing pen and ink samples. The guy clearly stands on the shoulders of some of the pen and ink masters like Coll and Booth and yet he still manages to bring a new spin to the techniques of the masters.
Basically, what you'll find in this book is a behind the scenes look at the creation of the Prince Valiant page that Gianni and Mark Shultz have been helming for several years. There's lots of drawings and studies depicted in the making of this masterpiece. There's also some examples of Gianni's other works from Batman, The Shadow, and his comics translation of 20000 Leagues Under The Sea (which is going to be released very soon by Flesk Publications). Gianni gives a lot of insights to what he uses to create this work including his pen nibs and paper as well as his thoughts and his thinking behind some of his artistic decisions on the series. One thing that I thought was kind of neat were the notes that Gianni received from the former Prince Valiant master artist when Gianni was just getting started assisting on the strips. It's kind of like seeing George Bridgeman grade Norman Rockwell and reminds me of the Famous Artist School where you send your art lessons to a master and they put an overlay on top, critique them, and redraw portions to show you how to do it better.
There's also several full color foldout Valiant strips that I believe have been specially colored for this edition only. The entire book is very well made and the paper is heavy and beautiful. The tones of Gianni's work are reproduced in ways that I've never seen before. Usually, reproductions of Gianni's works (Batman, The Shadow, Conan, etc.) are specifically black and white, and yet this book gives you the tones that Gianni creates in his work that are often missed by standard reproduction. So anyway, buy this book and you won't be disappointed. And while you're at it, buy some of the books of the masters that inspired Gianni from the same publisher. Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll Legacy in Line are tremendous, and Mark Shultz's work (co-writer of Valiant and creator of Xenozoic Tales) is also available. I can't say enough about these works. Having started reading comics with Todd McFarlane's Spiderman and Jim Lee's X-Men (which I still insist are fun) I was completely floored when I saw an inking demonstration by Mark Shultz. The guy took comic art to new levels. Anyway, following Shultz' work lead me to Gary Gianni, and both of them lead me to other great artists like Hal Foster, Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, Al Williamson, etc. Alright. I'm done gushing. To end all, this book is really terrific. Buy it and enjoy it.