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Excess: The Art of Michael Golden: Comics Inimitable Storyteller and How He Does It [Paperback]

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Item description for Excess: The Art of Michael Golden: Comics Inimitable Storyteller and How He Does It by Renee Witterstaetter, Michael Golden, Patricia Snodgrass & J. David Spurlock...

*Excess reveals the thought processes behind Golden's noted work
*Features a wealth of new and classic images of popular comic-book characters
*In-depth commentary by the artist, Michael Golden

Artist/writer Michael Golden is one of the most respected creators in comics, the influence behind generations of artists. He visualizes the finished page completely in his head before he begins; onlookers are amazed to watch him start at one corner of a blank page and work his way down, leaving a fully rendered piece in his wake. Golden's unique, innovative work has been seen in Micronauts, The 'Nam, Star Wars, and Dr.Strange, as well as almost every major character in comics. Excess, the first retrospective of his work, features Golden's own words as he discusses his art and technique in depth. For Golden, "excess" defines a mind that can form every fold and nuance of a character without being overwhelmed by the frenzy. Like Michaelangelo creating a sculpture, Michael Golden chips away the excess to reveal the artwork within.

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 27, 2007
Publisher   Vanguard
ISBN  1934331007  
ISBN13  9781934331002  

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technically brilliant artist while at the same time one of the most obscure  Jul 9, 2008
For me growing up in the 80's,
going to art schools all those years, Michael Golden was the best in the bizz
as far as i was concern. Problem was his work was hard to come by..... as he was usually doing one a year comic annuals most of the time. Michael golden was a phenamonal technician with his fantatic pen & ink stylings..
This book shed light on Michael i previously didn't know...... with beautiful repros of his works.
It bought back memories on my years in high school; while most went for John Byrne or john Romita etc. i stuck with michael golden...... he was my 'guy'.
The book was a worthwhile read for me and shed new light on an obscure comic book artist that i grew up loving so can't go wrong if you're familiar with Michael Golden.
Great collection from one of the most innovative artist of our time.  May 19, 2008
I picked this up and read it in one night.


-Gorgeous, full color pages.
-Captions accompanying pictures are informative for any fan who wanted to know just a little bit more about a particular drawing.
-Great anecdotes about MG
-Foreward from Todd McFarlane succinctly encapsulates all of Michael Golden's fans experience with discovering Golden's artwork. But in McFarlane's case, inspired him to be the artist that he is. Very compelling because he remembers exactly the page, issue and scene distinctly-and they included the actual artwork too! I spent almost an hour on this part alone, reading McFarlane's words, then examining the pictures to see what McFarlane was describing-the moment he decided to become a artist. I have never read anything so forthcoming from a successful artist. And its just the Forward!
-About 1/4 of the pieces I had never seen before. This is amazing because I consider myself a huge Michael Golden fan and thought I had seen his best work so far.


-This may not be a con but I'll state it anyway under that heading. This is not a critique or in depth analysis of Golden's body of work. It's more of a celebration of the influence specific pieces of work Golden had, i.e. Micronauts, The 'Nam.
-Marvel Fanfare #47, the legendary Hulk v Spiderman issue I think deserved more pages than it did. The anecdote and samples included are great don't take me wrong. But I think that was a seminal piece of work and truly a fine example of art and storytelling that needed more attention(I'm just splitting hairs at this point)

Any fan of storytelling and art needs to get this book. Michael Golden's philosophy on both aspects is unique. I now have to go back over his body of work to look harder, examine closer, the story telling fundamentals that he has infused in his covers, panels and posters. Its a amazing tapestry and a testament to his popularity. Michael Golden is a preeminent illustrator who has decided after all these years, to finally come out and have the spotlight shine on him. He deserves every single accolade, award, interview and mention. Fans such as myself have waited years for this to happen. Now that it has, we could not be prouder to finally have our devotion and fanhood confirmed by Mr Golden's acclimation these past several years. I await Mr Golden's next project, but in the meantime, inspired by this book, I am drawing on my own again. My love for drawing re-kindled by this book and I have him to thank for it.

Who Dares Wins, to quote the SAS. Mr Golden has pushed the envelope his whole career and we are all richer for it.
much better than the Modern Masters book  Jan 23, 2008
Lots of "puff" text... it was embarassing to read at times. But most importantly it is a nice, thick volume with lots of his work, and it is organized with plenty of informative text.

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