Talking art and design books, manga and comics, plus any other interesting things that find space on the shelves; nothing digital quite matches reading, or having, a great book on your shelf.

Yokoyama’s sketchbook reflects a distinctive style and stance that is so difficult to find these days, and though the work is several decades old, it’s more than refreshing if you like scifi hardware and design.

Kow Yokoyama: Ma.K. Sketchbook

Reading Time: 4 minutes
The Amnesia Machine - Shaun Tan

In many ways, I categorise Shaun Tan in the same way I would Haruki Murakami – their work is both multi faceted and almost abstract

Shaun Tan – a brief thought

Reading Time: 4 minutes
Play Forest - Terran Trade Authority 7

The books had big flashy pictures that were more than enough to capture a fertile young mind – the Terran Trade Authority books were favourites in my collection.

Terran Trade Authority

Reading Time: 7 minutes

My second exploration into Akira was always going to end about halfway though (a situation to be remedied), so diving into the full story was naturally only ever going to deliver half the experience.

Akira, an incomplete review

Reading Time: 4 minutes

I was not what you call a classic ‘comic book’ fan as a kid and never got into the whole DC or Marvel super hero thing.

Masamune Shirow aka Masanori Ota

Reading Time: 9 minutes

The chap had a book of spaceship illustrations that he was using as inspiration and I was so besotted with it he let me borrow it for a while…

Chris Foss and me

Reading Time: 5 minutes
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