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Art of Amanda Conner HC [Hardcover]

Amanda Conner
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May 8 2012
Desperado and IDW are proud to present this inaugural collection of one of comics' brightest and most popular talents in the field today. Her art has been called charming, inviting, friendly, and accessible. A foundation of elegance, dynamic design, and personality can be found in every single panel of her work. Sought after by all the top writers in comics today - including Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, and Jimmy Palmiotti - Amanda Conner, with her amazing modern and tasteful take on the classic pin-up, has paved the way for countless female artists in a predominately male-oriented industry.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and fun art book May 24 2012
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:05 Mins
This book was getting postponed so many times I thought it was never going to get published. So finally it's out and IDW did a great job with the publishing, as usual. It's a 224-page hardcover.

The book presents a retrospective look at the Amanda Conner's illustrious work. You can see from her student work that she has that sense of humor all along.

Every chapter starts with several photos of Amanda Conner. It's usually her in funny situations like being chased by a T-rex, or necked choked by Powergirl. To quote from her facebook description, "Amanda Conner is the first (and hottest) female artist to crack Wizard Magazine's Top Artist list." You'll see just why from the photos.

Her art is beautiful and charming. I like the occasion doses of humor either in the story or the way it was drawn. She can turn bar fights into mud wrestling with just a few panels. There are also down-to-earth humor like Supergirl bringing her dog and cat out for a fly. And her comic The Pro is just hilarious.

The incredible variety of work featured shows that she's a very versatile artist. There are even examples of character designs created for animation. More of her DC comics work will be included in another book coming up later called The DC Comics Art of Amanda Conner.

Her included candid commentary are refreshing to read. She talks about the art pieces got her into trouble - the one with Vampirella on the toilet bowl - and other drawing mistakes, and whenever possible the remedy, like including a cat-washing sequence for Powergirl's cat that was coloured wrongly.

It's an inspiring and enjoyable book. Highly recommended to fans of hers and comic art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and fun art book May 24 2012
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was getting postponed so many times I thought it was never going to get published. So finally it's out and IDW did a great job with the publishing, as usual. It's a 224-page hardcover.

The book presents a retrospective look at the Amanda Conner's illustrious work. You can see from her student work that she has that sense of humor all along.

Every chapter starts with several photos of Amanda Conner. It's usually her in funny situations like being chased by a T-rex, or necked choked by Powergirl. To quote from her facebook description, "Amanda Conner is the first (and hottest) female artist to crack Wizard Magazine's Top Artist list." You'll see just why from the photos.

Her art is beautiful and charming. I like the occasion doses of humor either in the story or the way it was drawn. She can turn bar fights into mud wrestling with just a few panels. There are also down-to-earth humor like Supergirl bringing her dog and cat out for a fly. And her comic The Pro is just hilarious.

The incredible variety of work featured shows that she's a very versatile artist. There are even examples of character designs created for animation. More of her DC comics work will be included in another book coming up later called The DC Comics Art of Amanda Conner.

Her included candid commentary are refreshing to read. She talks about the art pieces got her into trouble - the one with Vampirella on the toilet bowl - and other drawing mistakes, and whenever possible the remedy, like including a cat-washing sequence for Powergirl's cat that was coloured wrongly.

It's an inspiring and enjoyable book. Highly recommended to fans of hers and comic art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Art and a history lesson of the Artist July 26 2012
By Nelson H. Pacheco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I originally purchased this book because I absolutely love Amanda's art. When I received it and started flipping through the pages, I was surprised as to how much of a history lesson you're getting about the artist themselves. Most art books I've ever seen contain many pieces and commissions; while this book does carry on those art works, it also contains a lot of her material from her time learning the art form of comic books. It was very insightful to me and makes me acknowledge and respect the artist more, knowing how she went from a 'Barbie' artist to the kick ass artist of many Marvel and DC characters (particularly Power Girl). For many of us up and coming artist, this is a great book to check out for a good price and get some working knowledge of what we have to go through in order to make it in this industry. Surprisingly inspiring buy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humanizing Style May 19 2012
By Glenn R. Howes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
With the release of the third generation iPad, I've gotten back into reading comics after a 20 year absence, and by chance decided to buy JSA Confidential #1, which lead to quickly to 2,3 and 4, and looking through comiXology for everything they have by Amanda Connor which led me to Power Girl 1-12, and eventually to buying this book. What a clean style, filled with the little emotions of daily life and dialing in a pleasant balance between cartoony and realism. When Power Girl slouches down and pouts or is a little sad until someone gives her a hug, well that's hard to convey and isn't something you'd expect to see in an action packed superhero yarn, but there it is.

This book is a nice personal look at Connor's professional life with snapshots of her personal life. She complains about her time drawing Barbie, but really that's a cute bit of kitsch that would be lost to time without this collection. I've been compelled to read a fair amount of awful Barbie drivel at my daughter's request and I could have done with some of her artistry.

The testimonials from other artists get a bit tiresome, but nobody makes you read those, and it would be fun to see the young Connors in her Electra modeling getup, but all in all, a fine retrospective to an artist who's been producing great work from a young age.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A look into a fantastic talent! April 29 2012
By James Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having met Amanda, and instantly being drawn in by how wonderful she is, buying this book was a no-brainer.
"The Art of Amanda Conner" chronicles her work from early days, through current day. It even shows the picture she did for Jimmy Palmiotti's Crab Queen, released just a few weeks ago.
There's great art from cover to cover, interspersed with informative stories from well known comic professionals, and even the lady herself. You get a look behind the curtain to see not only the art, but what went in to making the art so good.
If you are a fan of this artist, or just like great art, this book deserves a place in your life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, and a must have! April 29 2012
By MattLaz1013 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been a fan of Amanda Conner's work for years, and have been looking forward to this collection of her art for some time, and I have to say: it was well worth the wait! Following her career from her earliest work til her most recent, it has something for everyone, both those like me familiar with much of that work, and just curious. Superhero art, commercial, art, the book has it all. There are bits from Amanda's most famous works (sketches from The Pro, a massive collection of Power Girl art)and some lesser known work (art from her early Barbie comics and Soulserchers). I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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