So this may already have gone viral but just in case you haven’t seen it yet I wanted to share this all-kinds-of-awesome banner of HP7 in anime (click to enlarge):
Apparently the artist is from Japan and his (her?) name is Nakagawa. If you happen to know Japanese here is his/her artist profile. I’m not sure how JK Rowling would feel about it (besides the fact it would add to her millions) and I’m not a hard-core anime fan but I would definitely be there for more of this.
Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now.
Ever since I started featuring book art on my blog I’ve been interested in learning more about the history of book cover design. I spent some time searching on Amazon the other day and came across The Art of American Book Covers, a book I’d love to take a look at, if not own:
Isn’t the book itself just gorgeous? I’m sure there’s more where that came from on the inside. Here’s a real looker from the featured image set:
If I ever get around to making a book clutch I hope to find an antique book of this quality. Of course then I may not be able to rip out the pages to make the clutch.
Another book I wantwantwant is the second edition of The Book As Art which is coming out on August 1 (sorry for the size – it was the only image I could find):
These are both a bit pricy as coffee table books with high quality images usually are so I don’t think I’ll be buying either of them anytime soon. I may see if I can get both via interlibrary loan. Then I can find out if either of them are worth owning and save up. Of course I forgot to put them on the wishlist for my birthday which was just a few days ago. There’s always Christmas, right? I did get some bookish gifts I received that I will be posting about later so watch for that.
Any expensive, unattainable books that you have your eye on?
I have Lins at Bibliophile Brouhaha (via Shelf Awareness) to thank for pointing this awesome new permanent exhibition at the Children’s Book Museum in Hague called Papiria: Land of Books. The horizontal, gravity-only book stacking is very similar to the work of artist Adam Bateman which I was able to see in person at my local university library in May.
Ironically the 40,000+ printed books form the walls for the interactive, digital part of the exhibition that allows kids to design their own storybook characters on computers. Apparently this is how you get kids to read actual books these days – through digital means.
Secondly, I realize this is old news (thanks to the posts by Jess at Tales Compendium and Sandy at Pirate Penguin Reads), but the US cover and release date for the Aussie YA contemporary novel Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley were revealed while I was on vacation. I was one of the lucky ones who got to read this in May as part of the Go Aussie Book Tours and I adored it. I’m in the minority here but at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the US cover because I was so accustomed to the minimal, graphic feel of the Aussie cover. That it was just a neon yellow spray paint can made it stand out from the crowd of photo covers. After seeing it around however the US cover has definitely grown on me. The image is lovely and represents the book very well. I’m not in love with the font and overall look of the title yet though. Here are the two covers side-by-side:
Most interestingly there were a few changes made to the content in the US edition, which I’m really curious see. But, really, there was no question that I wouldn’t be adding this to my cart come February 12! This book was such a cool read guys, I hope you do too.
What do you think of the exhibition and the two different covers?
The other day my good friend and fellow blogger Michelle was kind enough to alert me to a post on Flavorwire featuring 10 visual artists who use books as their medium. There were a couple of new-to-me artists but the one that stood out to me as we near the new year is Paul Octavious. I’m enamored by his Book Collection of whimsical, gravity-defying stacked book sculptures of numbers:
When I saw this photo of ‘2010’ I immediately thought of the new year and how a stack of ‘2011’ would be the perfect centerpiece for a New Year’s Eve party.
And since it’s that time of year, I can’t resist ending with something that’s been around, but which I love:
This whole post just makes me want to organize my books by color. Does anyone do that on a less than temporary basis? I’d love to but my practical side won’t allow it. Maybe I’ll attempt my own artistic book stack one day though. And I’m definitely going to make one of these someday:
(via Chachic’s Book Nook)