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Reflections Art Book Volume 1 Hardcover – Mar 6 2012


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (March 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785143289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785143284
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.9 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 921 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #551,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:26 Mins
Of all the books that stood on the shelf, this one stood out because it's black. This book doesn't seem have a dust jacket although the product image on Amazon has it.

This book looks like a sketchbook because of the black cover. On the cover inscribes the Japanese kanji words "Kabuki", barely visible.

Inside's a collection of David Mack's sketches, paintings, sculptures and photos. Some of them on the Kabuki comic series, some on Daredevil, works for other comics and some sketches from life.

I like his watercolour style. It has the randomness of watercolour, yet well controlled to produce a beautiful portrait. Every piece has a textural feel to it from the watercolour splashes. Some are worked on canvas. Come to think of it, there aren't a lot of comic artists using watercolours.

David Mack seems to like collages. You'll see a few pages of collage with his drawings and photos. There's a very scrapbook feel to the book. There are photos of some of his hand made books, which he adapted into a collage style book made from his father's old hymn books. On some pages, he draws on a graph paper and sticks text balloons and straps of text using other paper.

Some of the photos included are of him drawing at events, snapshots of his paintings in progress, fans who have Kabuki tattoos.

There are lots to read, from the captions to dialogue of his random comic strips, and some fan letters.

This is a fantastic book for fans and sketchbook lovers. Every page is a pleasant surprise of style, drawings and ideas.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Kabuki: Reflections Nov. 8 2010
By Edward S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Contrary to the current (Nov. 2010) product description, the Reflections hardcover collects Reflections issues #5-9, not #5-10 or #1-5. It is black with the "Kabuki" kanji debossed on the front cover, and does not have a dust cover (unless my copy was defective). The black cover makes it look somewhat like a hardcover sketchbook, incidentally, which suits the contents rather well.

Reflections presents a selection of David Mack's art, including sketches, finished paintings, comics pages, and so forth; most of this is related to the Kabuki series. Each piece (with just a few exceptions) has a brief caption telling you what it is, when it was made, and what media was used, and more than a few have some description of the process. In a few cases Mack shows us photos of a piece at various stages of completion and comments on how he proceeded from step to step.

Also included are a few pages with photos of David Mack and his friends at conventions and other places, photos of fans' Kabuki/Noh tattoos, and even some pics of fans in Kabuki-related costumes. At the end is a selection of letters from fans and friends about Mack's work, and the script for the first 14 pages of Kabuki: The Alchemy #1. (The complete Alchemy #1 script is included at the end of the hardcover Alchemy collection.)

I especially like Mack's watercolors, but the appeal in this book for me is the general range of creativity presented, particularly in some of the sketchbook excerpts, which somehow convey an impression of artists hanging out together, sketching each other and generally enjoying each others' creative influence.

This book will probably appeal primarily to fans of the Kabuki series; if you are not a fan of the series already, this may not be a good starting point. It seems like a good book to page through when in need of creative inspiration (by which I mean not ideas for art, but rather a sort of creative morale-boost).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book for fans and sketchbook lovers July 13 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Of all the books that stood on the shelf, this one stood out because it's black. This book doesn't seem have a dust jacket although the product image on Amazon has it.

This book looks like a sketchbook because of the black cover. On the cover inscribes the Japanese kanji words "Kabuki", barely visible.

Inside's a collection of David Mack's sketches, paintings, sculptures and photos. Some of them on the Kabuki comic series, some on Daredevil, works for other comics and some sketches from life.

I like his watercolour style. It has the randomness of watercolour, yet well controlled to produce a beautiful portrait. Every piece has a textural feel to it from the watercolour splashes. Some are worked on canvas. Come to think of it, there aren't a lot of comic artists using watercolours.

David Mack seems to like collages. You'll see a few pages of collage with his drawings and photos. There's a very scrapbook feel to the book. There are photos of some of his hand made books, which he adapted into a collage style book made from his father's old hymn books. On some pages, he draws on a graph paper and sticks text balloons and straps of text using other paper.

Some of the photos included are of him drawing at events, snapshots of his paintings in progress, fans who have Kabuki tattoos.

There are lots to read, from the captions to dialogue of his random comic strips, and some fan letters.

This is a fantastic book for fans and sketchbook lovers. Every page is a pleasant surprise of style, drawings and ideas.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
David Mack Cannot Go Wrong April 5 2014
By Michelle M LHommedieu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was never a "comic person". I read the Sunday newspaper and left Marvel (etc) to the superhero crowd. It's actually easier for me to read a book than it is a book of comics.

David Mack changed everything.

My roommate in college had a collection of the Kabuki books, and they changed how I saw books, the comic (graphic novel) genre, and art in general. She and I were attending a top 5 art school; I was studying fine art, and she, illustration. The work of David Mack (but particularly Kabuki) have greatly influenced each of our work (though we have very different artistic approaches and styles) and are simply gorgeous to look at. It could stand on it's own as a book of pictures in a gallery or museum setting.

David Mack has a diversity of media that is remarkably varied, and his technical skill is amazing. I myself have begun collecting his work and it is among my most treasured book collection. He has gotten many accolades for his storytelling too, but I find myself so drawn into his imagery that I'm distracted from the words.

This particular book will please sketchbook aficionados too. It is a collection of his various works, including Daredevil and other projects, that show everything from the loosest of sketches to his tightest finished work. One might even use excerpts as "how to" guides for those who are studying painting or drawing. This edition is a well-made book with a good weight. It is elegantly bound with embossing on the cover. I was lucky to find it in great shape for an excellent price. (Kudos to the seller also).

For those looking for something closer to traditional comics, Daredevil appears to have that feel, though I have not read through them and have only seen excerpts. I want to finish collecting his Kabuki books before starting a new collection.
Reflections Dec 5 2011
By Bev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really enjoy this book and continue to draw inspiration from it in my own work. The way that David Mack uses his mediums to expand creativity is incredible. I love his work and I think this is a fun book to look at. I appreciate his sketchbook art as well as his refined watercolors. Inspiration is developed from many things and it's not always a finished product.


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