Category Archives: Books

Posts relating to books that don’t fall into the zines or comics categories, often art books or kids books with great design, cover art and illustrations.

Signed Ooo for You

Art of Ooo book plates

Signed Ooo for You

There are a load of exactly 300 Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo books with signed and doodled book plate stickers available now exclusively at Think Geek. Here is a blog post about it where you can see a shot (also above) of a few of the three hundred unique doodles that I made for you ready to place in books. Obviously the people who took the shot took special geeky pleasure in showing off some of the weird alternate Finn versions that I drew every once in a while. Will you get one? I don’t know. I think I remember drawing a Hello Kitty-Finn, a Hobbes-Finn, a Heathcliff-Finn, a Garfield-Finn and then just a bunch of weird Finns and some Jakes. See the spread of just some of the book plates above.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Popping up online today you can expect multiple websites to be previewing their own sets of exclusive artwork from the new art book Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo. The book publishes in one week on the 14th. Here is a link to the book on Amazon.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Many Meathaus associates have connections to the show. Tom Herpich is one of the early designers and then storyboard artists who helped to shape the show. Jesse Moynihan has been a storyboard artist on the show for most of the seasons so far. Brandon Graham has contributed boards to the latest season. Pen Ward, Phil Rynda and Rebecca Sugar have all been featured in our Go For the Gold! sketchbook anthologies. I wrote and designed this book.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Let’s take our own exclusive look at just some of the piles of concept artwork featured in the book by Tom Herpich.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

At the top of this post you’ll see some fashion concepts for Marceline, and everywhere else a slew of wild visual designs for Mannish Man the Minotaur from the season one episode “The Enchiridion!”

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Thomas Herpich Concept Art

The book is full of exciting work like this, often paired with insights from the artists themselves, such as this quote from Tom regarding Mannish Man:

“I think this might be my very first character design—maybe from my first day working on the show. Definitely within the first couple weeks. I didn’t really have much of an idea of what the job really was yet, plus there were some hiccups in the production, so we had a lot of extra time on these first couple episodes. So I think this stuff came from Phil just telling me to go nuts and have fun. I didn’t realize at the time that all this stuff was impossibly complicated, plus strayed so far from the original storyboard drawings that it would’ve all had to be reboarded to use these designs. I think even the final one, after all the far-out stuff had been shot down, ended up being too complex and too far off-board, and needed a lot of retakes in the animation later on. If I got the assignment now, he’d end up looking a lot closer to how he does in the board, for better or worse. This was the problem, this superfluous inventive energy, that eventually got solved by my doing tons of concept drawings for episodes in the works.”

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Cover

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo Cover

Here is the jacket cover of the art book that I wrote and designed, Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo. It has an introduction by Guillermo del Toro. It was edited by Eric Klopfer at Abrams, which is the publisher. Cartoon Network, Pen Ward, Adam Muto, and the whole crew were involved in its creation. Here is an amazon.com referral link: Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo that you can click and pre-order it with so that I can earn some extra change and go out for some pizzas. It is still on a super pre-order sale as of right now. The very reasonable $35 cover price (this is a 352 page book), is currently 29% off … so that’s about ten bucks off, which makes it $24.92. Get into it! It publishes this fall. Look out for more previews and images soon.

Adventure Time

Adventure Time Art Book Pre-order Stealz

Adventure Time Art Book Pre-order Stealz

Psst… hey kid. Yeah, you with the 22 bucks. I got a hot tip for yous. Even though we don’t have final cover art selected for the book yet, the Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo book that I wrote and designed is listed on amazon.com and they are pre-selling it at 36% off for some crazy reason. So if you pre-order that massive 352 page book now, you get it for only $22 something, plus tax and shipping. Cover price is a reasonable $35. You’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more about it from me through the spring and summer before it publishes in the fall, but yeah. Hot tip.

Featured image above is a page from the just aired “Lemonhope: Part 2″ episode, storyboarded by Tom Herpich and Steve Wolfhard. OK well that storyboard is not in the book. But there is 352 pages of other kick-butt art in the book.

PictureBox Sale

Walrus

Check it out. Bad news that PictureBox is ceasing publishing operations. But good news for you that they are selling everything at half off. Now you can get Brandon’s Walrus book if you haven’t already, and a load of their other super books.

By the way we are selling Meathaus SOS more than 50% off, as well as the New Olde Pack of Meathaus back issues #4, #5, #6, #7 and #8. That’s your hint to buy those from us too.

My First Picture Book

My First Picture Book

This is just the first free, public domain eBook I checked out at Project Gutenberg, and also the first picture book you should read to your children. My First Picture Book is credited to Joseph Martin Kronheim. The second book I have looked at here is The Practice and Science of Drawing, by Harold Speed, which contains golden nuggets of knowledge.

This looks like a great project. I wonder if they have larger versions of all the images they have scanned. I hope it isn’t one of those casualties of the early digital age in which great ideas were started too soon, before storage capacity and internet bandwidth caught up with them. What if they scanned thousands of images from books and all they have are 500 pixel wide versions or something? Dag. Well according to their blog, Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 by Michael Hart, who recently died unexpectedly, and who is also the inventor of the eBook. The blog also mentioned they have scanned their 40,000th book, and I checked the image quality available on that one and it is indeed much nicer, here is just a detail of a cool extinct bird from that eBook:

extinct bird

The Night Riders

The Night Riders

Wow I’m eager to receive my copy of Matt Furie‘s The Night Riders and see how much of a brain-melt it will administer to my children. I have been meaning to mention this sometime too: I’m also the happy owner of Jordan Crane‘s book from the same publisher, McMullens, called Keep Our Secrets. This book is super fun and has black ink that becomes transparent showing art beneath when exposed to heat (like from rubbing friction, which unfortunately doesn’t work that well and is probably the reason there was a sticker applied to the front of the book that recommends using a hair dryer!). Check out this massive preview of The Night Riders on 50 Watts and get a copy yourself. Via Lisa Hanawalt who is another super artist published in this line of books from McMullens.