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Spectrum 5 the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art: Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art [Paperback]

Arnie Fenner , Cathy Fenner
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October 1998 Spectrum
Featuring work originally created for book covers, comics, art galleries, and more, "Spectrum 5" includes a wide representation of international talent, plus profiles of renowned comic artist Will Eisner and fine artist James Bama, and the Year in Review by Arnie Fenner. 200 color illustrations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but what's with all the dragons? Nov. 4 1998
Woo Hoo! The new Spectrum collection is out! You have no idea how thrilled I was to receive this book in the mail from amazon.com. My heartbeat and breath literally quickened as I flipped the pages, revealing every fantastic image. I would consider this book the equal of the previous collection, but with a few differences. First of all, there are no absolute stinkers in this book. There were only three in Spectrum 4, and two by the same artist, but they were very distracting. I'm sure some of you know the paintings I mean. Gun-toting T-rex and monster-stuffed house. This book is stinker-free. But there are also fewer great works, like "Prudence II" or "Number 16" or "Wintermute." Sure, this book has Thom Ang's "Can We Find A Cure for Heart Disease?" and Brom's "Seeker," but there are few more truly exceptional works. Also, there are *way* too many paintings of dragons, and bare-breasted women. Yes, I know this is a collection of fantastic art, but c'mon. Entire pages are dominated by bare-breasted Amazons, or fire-breathing dragons. After the originality of Spectrum 4, this seemed a little generic to me. All in all, this book is an outstanding collection of fantastic artwork, and I am proud to own it. I hope Spectrum 5 garners a Hugo nomination this year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully rich compilation Dec 7 1999
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This compilation of work features quite a few of the outstanding work produced during 1997 for various sci-fi and fantasy work. The work is broken down into several categories, such as 'editorial', 'comics', 'dimensional', & 'unpublished'. A panel of distinguished artists select a gold medal and silver medal winner for each category, though as a whole, much of the submitted work is top rate. Though one might wish that there were more information about the artists themselves, the artwork is enough to keep you looking several times over to see the work you missed - and there is plenty of stuff to miss with each pass. The book's packaging and presentation is impeccable, using high-grade glossy paper, well hued inking, and a solid binding. This could be a coffee table book if you wished it - that is, if you're not busy looking through it yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an tantilasing selection of fasinating art April 8 1999
By A Customer
wow, i have to have this book! that was my first responce to looking through it. Spectrum5 (and 4...) are filld with some of the most intersting art i have ever seen. imagin, a colection of all your favorit sf/fantisy book covers pluse work you have never seen befor, presentid in a wide ranging sample of the genera. truly worth having, always a pleshur to look at. you must by it..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy! June 2 1999
This book is full of great artwork. Not just paintings, but sculptures as well. Some of the work was familiar to me though most of it was new. It's great for letting your imagination take you places as you peruse the pages. Buy it now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great place to find art Dec 17 1998
By A Customer
Like I said, its a great book but not the best art book ever. I would recommend it to any art, sci-fi, and fanatasy fans. Love the picture of Lara Croft from Tombraider ;)
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