Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The Sumi: Vagabond Illustration Collection Paperback – Sep 16 2008

5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback, Sep 16 2008
CDN$ 78.66 CDN$ 127.77

Back to University 2016
Save on College Prep Essentials on Amazon.ca. Shop now
click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (Sept. 16 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421520575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421520575
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description

About the Author

Takehiko Inoue was born in Kagoshima prefecture in 1967. His first major success -- the hugely popular 31-volume long basketball manga SLAM DUNK -- sold over 100 million copies worldwide and catapulted him into the top ranks of Japanese manga artists. Besides manga, Inoue also worked on character design for the Playstation basketball game ONE ON ONE.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2009
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:26 Mins
The edition published by Viz Media is soft cover with a dust jacket. But the cover is actually quick thick and hardy. There are 164 pages to give this book a nice thickness.

This is the art book by Inoue Takehiko. It's based off the manga Vagabond. If you like the manga and the line art, this book is definitely for you. It contains many black and white full page illustrations, some of which comes from panels in the comic book.

The illustrations, when blown up to full page, show an incredible amount of detail. I'm talking about details in brush strokes, textures, line art and cross hatching. It's a showcase of technical prowess with manga ink. Every page is a delight.

At the end of the book are two very interesting pages. One is a full page photo of his workplace. The other is a collage of photos on his tools. There is a Stevie Wonder CD among his collection of CDs.

This book has no captions. It doesn't need them.

Fans of Inoue Takehiko or his comic should find this book very satisfying.

There are two art books released based on the Vagabond comic. This is one of them. The other is called Water: Vagabond Illustration Collection which contains water colour illustrations. Check out the my review for that too.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is wicked cool. Very high quality prints and lots of full pages of inspiring pieces. I refer to this book often to remind myself that i got long way to go in my drawing skills.
I'd suggest this book for anybody and it shows the wide variety of modern japanese ink styles, that is not just limited to anime style.
Presentation and writing in this book is well done. The main focus is pictures (as it should be), and there is plenty to look at. I'll definitely be getting the other book by Takehiko Inoue.
There is not much else i can say about this book besides i'm glad i got it, and its a valued piece of my art book collection.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A showcase of manga prowess Nov. 23 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The edition published by Viz Media is soft cover with a dust jacket. But the cover is actually quick thick and hardy. There are 164 pages to give this book a nice thickness.

This is the art book by Inoue Takehiko. It's based off the manga Vagabond. If you like the manga and the line art, this book is definitely for you. It contains many black and white full page illustrations, some of which comes from panels in the comic book.

The illustrations, when blown up to full page, show an incredible amount of detail. I'm talking about details in brush strokes, textures, line art and cross hatching. It's a showcase of technical prowess with manga ink. Every page is a delight.

At the end of the book are two very interesting pages. One is a full page photo of his workplace. The other is a collage of photos on his tools. There is a Stevie Wonder CD among his collection of CDs.

This book has no captions. It doesn't need them.

Fans of Inoue Takehiko or his comic should find this book very satisfying.

There are two art books released based on the Vagabond comic. This is one of them. The other is called Water: Vagabond Illustration Collection which contains water colour illustrations. Check out the my review for that too.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Da Vinci of Comics Sept. 15 2008
By Bruno M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Before having this set of artbooks in my sweaty, trembling hands, I used to think that Takehiko Inoue was one of the greatest comic artist of the last couple of decades. Now I see what a fool I was: Inoue is in fact the best comic artist of all time.

No Katsuhiro Otomo, no Moebius, no Manara, no Frank Miller (in the good old days), no Bradstreet, no Kirby, no Breccia (Sr), no Tezuka, no Lee, no Hitch, no Cassaday or Quitely can top this unleashed beast of pencils, inks and brushes that Takehiko Inoue is.

This man is the Leonardo Da Vinci of comics.

Now let's talk about the editions, and let's talk about the set of them, because it's nonsense to only buy one, you have to have both.

These editions are from another planet. And that's it. Never before have I seen such a printing quality in my life. The definition and sharpness of those images will just cut you to the very bone, just as deep Musashi would. The effort that the people of Viz put in these books is really commendable: the moment I opened them I was struck by an intensity of black so pure and strong that I felt I was looking at the fu**ing originals.

And the COLORS... I won't even talk about the colors, because there is no point in describing them: I could waste an entire dictionary of adjectives and never get close to make justice to this palette and the quality of its impression. These color, you have to see them for yourself.

I know I may sound excessive, but I repeat you, the quiality of this printings is superior to anything I've seen before (not even in Taschen deluxe editions can beat The Water and The Sumi).

The paper, of course, is beautiful, as white as it gets. And the smells is splendid, too.

Oh, one last thing... these books are not hardcovers. However, the sleeves -of very nice quality- are much more thick than any given paperback. So all in all, it's a perfect edition and this should not frighten you away from getting them. The price is more than fair, believe me, now that I've seen it for myself, I'd be willing to pay for this set with my very own internal organs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Artbook Jan. 11 2014
By Helen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had order both Water and Sumi artbook from Takehiko Inoue because he's' one of my favorite artist. When it came to my door and open the package, there was some dent on the corner of the book, but I didn't mind. Oh man, when I open both water and sumi, I was so captivated to see many of the illustration that can be found in the manga in large scale size. You can see alot of the detail more closely and appreciate the markmenship of Takehiko's illustration skills. I dont regret throwing my money for these artbook. Great buy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Feb. 15 2009
By Raquel B. Starace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Oh, my. This is expensive for a book that isn't a hardcover, but if you love ink drawings, manga or if you've enjoyed Eiji Yoshikawa 's fictional account of Miyamoto Musashi, or if you've read "Vagabond," drop some coin for this volume of truly astonishing drawings. I'm reading Inoue's Takehiko's manga ( "Vagabond" ) based on MUSASHI right now, and that alone convinced me he's one of the greatest manga artists out there. But this book took my breath away. I don't know much about the process of ink drawings, but every piece seems to be a mixture of techniques: bold brush strokes, delicate cross-hatching, and washes. The sweep and life and brutality of these drawings really can't be written about, they have to be seen. Though it's a soft cover the book is beautifully bound, and it's a pleasure to just run your fingers over the cover. Worth every penny. I'm going to get his other volume, "Water." Get it, treasure it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Art is 5 star, Book is more like 3.5-4 Jan. 7 2011
By Nossy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The art of Inoue is truely marvelous. I would say he is the master of line art - the crosshatching and delicate and elegant use of strokes is second to none. I enjoy Sumi more than Water, but that's just me. I have both. Everytime I look at it, my jaw just drops even though I've opened it a gazillion times already.

On the other hand, I think they could've done better with the design of the book. It's difficult to appreciate the double page spreads w/o destroying the book. I think something like this deserve a hard-cover. The print of each page is amazing though. They used very high quality ink and paper. I am tempted to remove all the pages and glue them onto my wall.

I'd recommend this to anyone, even if you dont read the manga (Vagabond) or know about it. BTW, it is a really engaging and interesting manga.

Any inspiring young or veteran artist will appreciate this book.


Feedback