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Fables: Covers by James Jean HC (New Edition) Hardcover – 24 Feb 2015

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; New edition edition (24 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401252818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401252816
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 2.4 x 30 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Jean was born in Taiwan in 1979. Raised in New Jersey, he graduated from New York City's School of Visual Arts in 2001. Along with his award-winning cover art for DC Comics, Jean has produced illustrations for "Time Magazine," "The New York Times," "Wired," "Rolling Stone," "Spin," "Playboy," ESPN, Atlantic Records, Target, Nike, and Prada, among many others. He currently lives and works in Santa Monica.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic artbook 17 Feb. 2015
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So here's the 2015 new edition of Fables Covers: The Art of James Jean that was originally published in 2008.

So what's the difference?

The first edition had cover art for the 75 single issues up to the point of Fables: War and Pieces which was released in 2008. In this new edition, the new cover artworks includes the The Dark Age (6 covers), Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (1 cover), Jack of Fables (11 covers).

Other than that, you also have a new cover art for the book itself which is actually two separate pieces of paintings. Bill WIllingham's interview with James Jean is still at the back, as well as the several photos of James Jean's studio. And the book's still a hardcover.

In short, this new edition gives you 50 more pages of artworks. So you get 256 pages in total. Some places have the total number of pages listed wrongly.

The artworks from James Jean are absolutely beautiful. There's this fine art quality from him that I really love, as compared to other comic covers that feature very stylized comic characters. Going through the covers, you'll notice that James Jean works with a variety of media to create the covers. There are the rough sketches and finalised cover art. While some have the Fables title built into the art, others are clean without the titles, barcodes or any words.

Winning six consecutive Eisner Awards from 2004 to 2009 is a testimony to just how good he is.

Interestingly, this book is also available in Kindle format for almost the same price.

Is it worth the money to get this new edition? Well, if you don't have the earlier book then it's a must-buy. If you have the earlier book, then it feels like spending money yet again to buy the additional pages. I always have this love-hate thing with new expanded edition books.

As a standalone artbook, it's highly recommended.

One of 2015's best artbooks that's for sure.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Manufacturing Issue? 19 April 2015
By G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Absolutely stunning book! James Jean is another one of my favorite artists out there, and I especially love the work he produced for the Fables series. This book truly delivers, and I love the organization of it. The new edition is beautiful as well, but my biggest concern is with the manufacturing of the spine for this book. The pages of the first book I received, upon opening it, wrinkled up into this wavy pattern within minutes. I exchanged the book for another only to have the same thing happen yet again (not nearly as bad, but it's still there). I gave up because I didn't want to chance the third book having the same problem. I don't know if anyone else has had this issue, or if it was addressed, but the book is definitely worth the buy if you're in need of some inspiration (or just want to stare at pretty pictures ;) ).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The new cover is so much better than the old one 18 Feb. 2015
By jessica wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Absolutely stunning. This new edition is a must have for James Jean fans, and of course fans of the Fables comics as well. The new cover is so much better than the old one. I can't stop looking at it~ I am really happy with this purchase ^^
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great artwork 11 Feb. 2015
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Got it today. Looks good. Shipped fast. A Must have! James Jean is one of today's greatest artist! This is the second edition and the cover differs. Overall is a great album
James Jean is a god 10 Mar. 2015
By Sivan Kotek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book for my birthday. I wanted it for so long and was ecstatic for the reprint. This is freaking amazing. James Jean is my favorite artist and to have all the covers and sketches in one book is perfect.
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