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Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

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Challenging, controversial, educational, and irreverent, the award-winning Spectrum series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today’s culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium, both traditional and digital. The b ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Underwood Books (first published November 8th 2011)
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Jericha Macie
I had never really seen any of the Spectrum books before this one, and I found myself sitting in the book store for hours staring at each picture and analyzing the works of art for, what does it mean, why was it made, and of course the psychologist inside me asked what emotion or event made this. I have never made a better buy with an art book. The problem with many art work books is you flip through them once or twice and then youre pretty much done, but spectrum is different in the way that e ...more

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Volume 18 is another great addition to the series. It's now 304 pages, slightly thicker than Spectrum 17. Available in either hardcover or paperback. Binding is great for a book this thick.

There are close to 500 pieces of art from different type of publications and purposes. Also included are some unpublished ones.

The Grand Master Award recipient is Ralph McQuarrie in this volume. He's the popular Star Wars artists. The winners for the Gold and Silver Awards are Ryohei
Jim Fallone
The Spectrum art annuals have long played an important role in fantastic and genre art providing a bellwether for quality and highlighting new talent in the fields of comics, fantasy & science fiction, game designers, and new contemporary and outsider arts. Spectrum 18 is no exception. From concept art to advertising and toy design Spectrum presents the best work of the year as chosen by a carefully selected team of judges from all aspects of the industry. Every year I discover new artists t ...more
I have several of these volumes; they are wonderful, and they seem to keep getting bigger and bigger. I am continually impressed not only by the works themselves, but by the breadth of selection, from fine arts, to comics, to commercial art, to sculpture. There is apparently a near-infinite amount of 2-D and 3-D fantastic art being produced at any given time and much of it would largely go unseen if it were not for these annual collections.
Another excellent showcase of genre art. My first hardback copy after 18 years, and the larger size definitely enhances the art. The usual doom-and-gloom editorial at the beginning about how nobody is buying books any more. You'd think after 18 years the industry would be dead. Again with the minor typos throughout. The Fenners have always needed a decent proofreader, but it's no big deal at this point.
I gotta say this one was a step up from last year's volume 17 (which was more somber and less visually intriguing to me). I found a great deal of new artists that I may just have to view more of their amazing works.
Another one of those books you will keep referring to over the next decades if not more.
Another excellent collection of contemporary fantastic art.
Mark Vandervinne
Once again, Spectrum does it right. Need I say more.
Joe Freemyer
I Love the Spectrum Series!! Terrific artwork
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