Firiel's Reviews > Bizenghast: Falling Into Fear

Bizenghast by M. Alice LeGrow
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Oct 29, 2009

bookshelves: manga, oel, fantasy
Read in May, 2009

This volume of "extras" is aimed at serious fans - those who love the series enough to be completists and those who focus on the art of comics and the creation process as much as (or more than) the story, or those who love it enough to take it apart.

The main content is 20 pages of art, each in its own plastic slipcover, with notes from the artist on the back of each. Most of these are original, either concept art or designs/scenes that didn't make it into the final publication. There are a few pages of paper dolls with different outfits for the two main characters. Some of the scenes are spread across two pages and require removing one from the plastic to hold it beside the other to get the full effect. The final 12 pages are stickers of the characters, mostly from the manga but also a few unique drawings.

A serious collector will enjoy LeGrow's thoughts on her art, what did and didn't make the final cut in the books, and different aspects of the characters, as well as the previously unseen artwork. Other fans will like the ability to remove the art from the protective sheets and use them and the stickers to decorate walls, notebooks, etc.

Hardbound with a hidden spiral binding and velcro closure flap, this volume will probably last longer than the manga themselves.

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