Book Reviews

Book Review: Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

Fran Krause is an animator, illustrator, and cartoonist that has brought his and our irrational fears into life through colored lines. What began as a web comic found in deep-dark-fears.tumblr.com is now turned into an amusing and terrifying book.

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I got this book as a present for my sister for Christmas. On a daily basis, she would go on to Tumblr and submit her own irrational fears, in hope that hers get illustrated someday. It wasn’t long until I asked my dad to buy this book for her from me as a present. And what a lovely Christmas it was! I got her a book that says DEEP DARK FEARS and she was overjoyed.

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In this book, Deep Dark Fears, Krause certainly captures the true essence of fear. He illustrates it vividly, making sure you didn’t miss that panel that involves blood in a comedic way. Aside from the content of this book, the art is really well done. The water color style is easy on the eyes, and every irrational fear got the comic it deserved, all thanks to this fellow right here that did a great job.

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The book is a collection of 101 comics, which isn’t bad but as easy it is to read, it is also way too quick to finish. Nevertheless, the collection of the comics was so good that I didn’t mind reading it over and over again.

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Although this book gave me some troubling nights, I would definitely recommend you to grab a copy of Deep Dark Fears! It is funny, amusing, gruesome, wonderfully illustrated, and will give you nightmares and anxiety for the next following days. Enjoy your read!

Details of the Book: 144 pages | 6.8 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches | Hard cover | English

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Art Book Review: The Little Prince by Ramin Zahed

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On December 2015, the beloved children’s classic story of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was translated to the big screen as a full length animated feature. If you have seen the movie, you would know that the movie is in CGI and beautiful stop motion. This art book definitely extends the story behind the scenes. This book is written by Ramin Zahed, Foreward by Jeff Bridges (The voice actor of the Aviator), and Introduction by Mark Osborne (The director of the movie).

Unlike other art books out there, it doesn’t have a dust cover but a solid hard cover with some nice texture. I’m aware that there is another version of the book where the cover shows the Little Prince and the Fox in their stop-motion form. This version, as you can see, is a concept art of the Aviator meeting the Little Prince for the first time at the Sahara Desert.

This book is divided to  different parts: Foreword, Introduction, Beginning the Journey: The Terrifying Challenge of Adapting a Classic, Exploring the Neighborhood, The Art of Peter De Sève, The Art of Lou Romano, The Art of Céline Desrumaux, Storyboard and Color Script Development, Exploring the World of Saint-Exupéry, The Art of Alexander Juhasz, Scene Spotlight: The Aviator’s Plane Crashes in The Desert, Exploring the Universe, Tackling the Complexities of Scale and Texture, The Play of Light and Shadows, The Challenge of Creating CG Cloth and Hair, The Cutting Room Floor, Scene Spotlight: Releasing the Stars and Afterword. (Whoo that’s a lot!)

Here are some previews of the book:

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What I like about this book that it explains the iconic characters and locations in the book and what was present in the movie. Some may be disappointed with the fact that there were several characters that wasn’t given a scene in stop-motion form but was not entirely cut out in the movie such as the Lamplighter. They explain in the book why they wasn’t able to allot a scene for them.

Nonetheless, they present their content well. There is at least a spread for each character and location in the movie, that is both full in text and in art. Not only do you see the pre-production art, you get to know the story behind it! They include as well stills of the crew working on the stop-motion scenes in the movie, and no joke that stop-motion is hard and deserves to be recognized.

Overall, the book is as beautiful as it is insightful. This book boasts beautiful artwork, from concept art to storyboards to color scripts to the stop-motion models used in the movie. You really come to appreciate the hard work put into the movie after reading this.So if you’re a fan of the movie or the book or just love looking at art, don’t hesitate to grab a copy for yourself. (I’m so glad that I got this 20% off at Fullybooked BGC branch!)

Details: 160 pages | 11.3 x 0.7 x 10.3 inches | Hard cover | English

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(Originally written using another blog.)