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Collecting Artbooks - Part 2Collecting Artbooks - Part 2

animattanimatt5 l. temuDiary
This day in age with books going digital, artbooks feel like a hybrid of sorts. Relics of a dying medium, containing beautiful works of art from our favorite artists/illustrators. A link between the past, present, and future.

It's great to see so many fellow artbook enthusiasts on MFC who share in this sub-genre of collecting. Some of my artbook comrades include: LADYRIVEN, CHOBITTSU, ASTRUM, WINDSORSEVEN, LEO_OTAKU, BOOTP, CHLOE-TSUNDERE, MINTBUNNY, and AEONBLUE ...just to name a few. And there are many more of you out there that I/we cannot wait to meet!

For those of you who do not collect artbooks but are thinking about it, I highly encourage you to do so. Artbooks are just as much a part of my collection as figures are. And paging through a book filled with detailed, vibrant illustrations can be every bit as rewarding as looking at a perfectly sculpted figure.

Here's a list of my absolute favorite artbooks that I currently own..."must gets", in terms of overall content and quality:
In terms of what I'm looking forward to most, it goes without saying that -- being a HUGE Clannad fan -- I cannot WAIT to get ITEM #166405, which is being shipped from my proxy soon. What a massive artbook! Needless to say, I'll probably be doing a blog entry covering just this book alone. Yikes! I'm also patiently awaiting the release of ITEM #130186, despite that fact it has undergone ridiculously insane delays already.

And of all the out-of-print artbooks currently on my wishlist, I would most like to get my hands on ITEM #73333 and ITEM #80847 ...both of which seem to be IMPOSSIBLE to find in near-mint (or better) condition and for a decent price >_<

Note to any OCD/neat freaks- I've found that almost all artbooks of Japanese origin have removable dust jacket (even the soft cover books, too). If you're like me and want to keep the dust jackets as clean as possible you can cover and protect them with some nifty protective covers...found here or here! If you don't want to spend the money on ordering them bulk or simply don't have that many books to cover, there's a good chance your local bookstore or library may sell them individually (comes in different sizes) for a very low fee, usually less than $1 each (ノ^_^)ノ

Instructional video on covering/protecting artbook dust jackets (not my video)
What upcoming artbooks are you most excited about?

Who are your favorite illustrators?

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*Update- CINNAMONCLOUDS asked a great question about where you can find/discover artists, as well as buy artbooks and doujinshi. Here are some great resources to help you in your endeavors!

Where to discover artists/illustrators?

Where to buy artbooks?

Where to buy doujinshi?

Artbook/Doujinshi Review Sites

Some good proxies/forwarding services I have used with much success:
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I snapped a bunch of photos of my most recently acquired artbooks. Hopefully this will inspire other individuals out there to start their own artbook collection ^_^

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12,165 wyświetleń • 54 komentarzy

How many artbooks do you own?

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Die4MePls (5 l. temu) #1683804I just own ITEM #43904 and ITEM #43903, and a couple of artbooks that game with video game limited editions.. Pretty underwhelming artbook "collection". I also ordered ITEM #43595 today after ogling the cover for weeks. Can't wait to get it~

You're going to love that Okami book. Luckily I managed to grab a copy of it at a con for a mere £20 and I felt it was worth far more than that. Its huge. Same guy was also selling ITEM #43636 so I grabbed that too. Luckily the con I go to always has at least three places that sell artbooks despite a small dealer's room, one of whom literally has around 10 boxes full of artbooks. Guy must have around 200-300 or so different books there, so I always end up buying something.

I'm a little annoyed as I found that Persona 4 artbook you mentioned at one point but didn't grab it because I had no money at the time. Pity since the cover alone is super-stylish. I need some Persona books, the franchise is something I'm a fan of and the character designs are arguably the best part about it despite the high quality of the story. Also need to grab the Valkyria Chronicles artbooks, plus after hearing that the Dark Souls artbook is getting an English release I'll have to make that mine.
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Upvoted for lolis. I only have like 3 artbooks, one from anime and 2 from games, I flip through them once or twice and never touch them again, so i kinda avoid getting too many.
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Die4MePls (5 l. temu) #1683804I just own ITEM #43904 and ITEM #43903, and a couple of artbooks that game with video game limited editions.
If you're a fan of the Persona series, I'd *highly* recommend getting ITEM #43590. I don't own it, but just looking online at some of the book scans, it looks fantastic.


Die4MePls (5 l. temu) #1683804I also ordered ITEM #43595 today after ogling the cover for weeks. Can't wait to get it~
This book, along with ITEM #106856 are two of the most beautiful video game artbook of all time. You will NOT be disappointed with either.
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Seasonreaper (5 l. temu) #1684178I'm rapidly moving away from figure collecting and focussing more on artbooks.
Nothing wrong with that. Not in the slightest.

My collection of figures is much smaller and more focused than the majority of folks I meet on MFC - and that is because I want equal emphasis placed on my artbooks.
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It saddens me slightly to not have my name amongst that list :(.

I do need more, though. Delicious artbooks are delicious.

Still, I'm rapidly moving away from figure collecting and focussing more on artbooks.
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jwan1996 (5 l. temu) #1683818A very informative article sir :P Regarding the topic of favorite illustrators.. "toi" is definitely one of them (www.pixiv.net/m...) I really enjoy his/her use of colors and themes chosen, especially the way he/she portrays the characters. Note that it may be a little bit "twisted" for some people but I really admire his/her drawings.
More illustrations by the artist uploaded by ppl on zerochan: www.zerochan.ne...
Personal favorite illustration by the artist: www.pixiv.net/m...

Thank YOU for the kind words, Sir.

And thanks for the links to this artist's work...it's really awesome! Many of their illustrations are industrial-looking...edgy and gritty. While these two are quite the opposite style, I like www.zerochan.ne... and www.zerochan.ne....
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A very informative article sir :P Regarding the topic of favorite illustrators.. "toi" is definitely one of them (www.pixiv.net/m...) I really enjoy his/her use of colors and themes chosen, especially the way he/she portrays the characters. Note that it may be a little bit "twisted" for some people but I really admire his/her drawings.

More illustrations by the artist uploaded by ppl on zerochan: www.zerochan.ne...
Personal favorite illustration by the artist: www.pixiv.net/m...
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I just own ITEM #43904 and ITEM #43903, and a couple of artbooks that game with video game limited editions.. Pretty underwhelming artbook "collection". I also ordered ITEM #43595 today after ogling the cover for weeks. Can't wait to get it~
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Conae (5 l. temu) #1682547How good is it! I could easily spend half a day in there looking through the art/design and cookbooks and that's not even counting the Japanese section. haha. Speaking of Nattoli's Blog I really miss that site. I started buying artbooks because of the lovely photos they had.
What a beautiful artbook thanks for posting this, think I'll include it in this month's order as well. :D I've always enjoyed the classic Castlevania artwork.


Get iiiit. There's even a translated afterword. I couldn't fangirl enough when I saw it. :) If it's one series I try and get all art books for, it's Castlevania. Ayami's book was the longest I've waited for a release. What, like 10 years?

A head's up though, that the Ayami Kojima book does contain gore. You can find out more about it at Nattoli's Blog.
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BOOTP (5 l. temu) #1683664In terms of artists, I’d personally recommend Shunya Yamashita’s art books for his unique style.
Wow, thanks for the heads up. I like his stuff a lot! Perhaps I can find ITEM #43694 on Rakuten or the like...
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