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Frank Miller: The Art of Sin City Hardcover – 27 Dec 2002

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (27 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840233370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840233377
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 23.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,130,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...amazing...possibly the next best thing to Loaded magazine!" -- Loaded Magazine June 2005

" essential book to have on your shelf: a definite collector's piece." -- Hotdog Magazine March 2005

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Sin City the movie will be released in 2005, from Buena Vista.
The 3 graphic novels the film is based on are: Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (prev. Sin City), Sin City: That Yellow Bastard, and Sin City: The Big Fat Kill.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kevin garnett on 23 Mar 2003
Format: Hardcover
this book is a must for sin city and miller fans alike.not only does it contain a great intro from r.c. harvey but also sketches of the characters and full penciled page layouts from the many books of sin city it even contains a full colour cover gallery (coloured by miller's wife herself lynn varley)at the back of the book which shows miller's style works well in colour as well as black and white!however the book lacks real insite into the creator other than a sort paragraph on the last page(no interview either) however the book is called "the ART of SIN CITY"not the art of frank if your looking for a book about miller himself i surgest "artists on comic art" by mark salisbury which has a great frank miller chapter as well as other skilled comic book artists,still this book's still great and worth 4 stars!
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Shame on you, Frank. There is hardly any new material here. 13 Mar 2003
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Format: Hardcover
I have been a huge fan of Frank Miller since his Wolverine mini-series done in the late 80s. I'm a huge Sin City fan, and I own all of the graphic novels, even though I also own most of the individual issues, so you can imagine my joy when I heard this project was first announced. It arrived today from Amazon, and I'm returning it tomorrow morning. This book is about 90 percent reprints of pages from the various Sin City mini series, and some promotional items, with perhaps a dozen or so rough layouts and sketches. There were exactly 4 images in this book that I hadn't already seen!!! I can't believe he would try to milk [$$]from his fans like this!!! If you own the majority of the graphic novels in this series, don't waste your money on this. There is very little about his thought or design processes. If you haven't read any of the books in this series, this is a good teaser for the full graphic novels.
I bought this hoping that it would wash the bad taste of DK2 away, but now I feel doubly cheated.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
perfect exhibition of light-dark aesthetics 14 Jan 2007
By Dan Bergevin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's really a shame that Sin City fans are responsible for this book's poor overall rating. The title says it all- it's about the ART of Sin City, so people who want to see all original material should just wait for new Sin City comics and stop complaining about this book.

With that said, I should really take a moment to compliment Dark Horse for producing books like this and The Art of Hellboy, both of which are valuable to artists like me who do not read comics but are in awe of many of the artists who work in the field. I could name many artists who I wish had books like this one- compilations of finished art and sketches that showcase the art in large format and take the readers/viewers behind the scenes of how it was produced.

If you are an artist who is looking to master the aesthetics of black and white design, I highly recommend both this book and The Art of Hellboy. I also recommend both books if you are a fan of art and enjoy discovering complexity in what appears to be simple, and vice versa. However, if you have every Sin City comic and are distraught because you bought this book expecting it to be all new material, then do us artists and art fans a favor and put your copy back on the market.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
The REPRINTED Art of Frank Miller 30 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I saw this in a comic book store and boy, was this a disappointment. Most of the material has appeared in the pages of the Sin City comic books. Here, they're reproduced at a larger size but big deal. Compare this to the recent Art of Hellboy and you'll see a huge difference in terms of value. Do not buy this book if you already own the Sin City comics or graphic novels because you're going to be getting something you've already seen.
A great collection of a unique artist's work... 17 Jan 2009
By Michael J. Berry - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you're a fan of graphic novels, you're no doubt familiar with Frank Miller and his unique art style. This book serves to collect all the best visuals from the Sin City series and even throws in some sketches and promotional art that you probably haven't seen. Because the book is also oversized at 11x14 you get a better look at some art that in the original books is much smaller. It also does a good job of collecting all the best panels from the series and showing how Miller's style shifts from book to book, and the hardcover especially will allow you to keep the collection for years to come. It's a great book, filled with tons of great art that you'll no doubt flip through often for inspiration or just to see some great work. The only reason I gave this 4 stars, and not 5, is that to get the full effect you really should read all 7 books of the Sin City series and see these featured panels in their intended form.
inspiration for print artists and illustrators 8 Oct 2007
By zen - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Innovative technique, closer to fine art than comic illustration.
I would like to know if Miller does all of this work, or oversees other artists.
If the later, they should be given credit.
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