I’m not much of a reader. Other than reading stuff online I can’t say I’ve buried my head in a good book for a number of years now. But there is one type of book that I absolutely adore, and that’s the jumble coffee table book.
These books vary from video game art books, to deep dives into the history of certain subjects. They don’t tend to have too many words, but within them they present a world of discovery.
If, like me, you know someone who prefers to thumb through pages of a good coffee table book, or you’re looking for something to add to your list, this one might be right up your alley.
Mangasia: the Definitive Guide to Asian Comics
Manasia: the Definitive Guide to Asian Comics is a deep dive into the comics from countries such as Bangladesh, China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, shedding light on art styles and comic series outside of the more popular series’ such as Dragon Ball, Naruto, and Attack on Titan.
If you’re a fan of Asian comics, art styles, and much more, this is definitely a must-have, and is filled with knowledge that’d likely impress your manga-loving friends.
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The Art of Overwatch
Overwatch has to be one of the biggest shooters from the past couple of years. Blizzard is certainly onto a winner here. With a colourful cast of characters each with their own rich histories, there’s plenty to love about the game, even if you’re bad at it.
In swoops Dark Horse with The Art of Overwatch, a must-have for any Overwatch fan as it includes plenty of concept art and never-before-seen images of some of our favourite heroes before they became the final models they are now.
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The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn
Arguably the best game of 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn is not only a brand new IP with a whole world ahead of it, the game hits the nail on the head with both its visuals, gameplay, and storytelling.
The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn takes time to appreciate the art that went into this game, from concept arts, to huge spreads featuring some of the game’s idyllic landscapes. It’s definitely one for the coffee table, that’s for sure.
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The Legend Of Zelda Encyclopedia
Next year Dark Horse released the third part to what they’re calling The Goddess Collection with The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia. This book hopes to offer the most definitive run-down on the Legend of Zelda series from the first game through to Twilight Princess HD.
Unfortunately it’s not available just yet, but perhaps you could surprise your giftee with a pre-order? Alternatively, you could grab a copy of [amazon_textlink asin=’1616550414′ text=’The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’cef62458-d44c-11e7-90d5-cb00df700617′] and [amazon_textlink asin=’2302064267′ text=’The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’d5a3e3f7-d44c-11e7-bddf-bb76617f6b4c’]?
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Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery
Harry Potter hype is well and truly back thanks to Fantastic Beasts. Potter heads across the world are once again throwing themselves into the world created by J.K. Rowling, though many aren’t too pleased with the recent casting choice of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Anyway, here’s Harry Potter A Cinematic Gallery, an adult colouring book that’ll keep any Potter fan well and truly occupied while they wait until November 2018.
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Splendid Life by Scott Campbell
This one is more of a personal recommendation as I’ve been following Scott Campbell for some time. You may have seen some of his work floating online or on shelves in certain book stores as he’s the creator of the Great Showdowns – adorable watercolour pictures of certain heroes across pop-culture coming head-to-head.
Splendid Life is more of an anthology of Scott’s original work and it’s truly a sight to be seen. It features a ton of new paintings, drawings, and illustrations, it’s definitely worth a look.
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Things Come Apart
Whenever a new bit of tech comes out, I always wait for iFixit’s breakdown so we can see the inner workings of what powers most of our lives nowadays. But what about other things? Have you ever wondered what goes inside a rotary phone? What about an iPod?
Things Come Apart is page after page of every day objects that have been pulled apart and laid out bare for all to see. There’s electronics, musical instruments, and everyday tools. It’s a sight to be seen, for sure.
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PlayStation Anthology – Classic Edition
The PlayStation was a console which shaped many childhoods during the mid-nineties, it muscled into a territory dominated by Nintendo and SEGA and took the world by storm. Now, you can celebrate the rich life the first PlanStation console had with PlayStation Anthology.
PlayStation Anthology, much like the N64 Anthology, offers a ton of facts and insights into the development of the console which took the nineties by storm. The book also goes into some of the history behind Sony and the marketing behind the first console, and if you opt for the Collector’s Edition, you’ll also be able to grab the collector’s guide which shows all 4500 titles released for the console.
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