Former president of CJAS, Bruce Hahne ’93 has been working on compiling an artbook for the past several months. We are proud to present the announcement of the book, and where one can order it. Details are in the following press release:
Sunnyvale, California – (January 23, 2012) Newcomer anime publishing company Maron Media today announced the preorder availability of Anime Angels, a new 100-page original-character artbook featuring the work of 66 anime artists from 22 countries. All of the artworks are based around the book’s title, “anime angels”, with each contributing artist bringing her or his own interpretation to this overall theme.
“It’s been fantastic to see the response from the global Japanese animation fan community”, said editor and project lead Bruce Hahne. “What began as a local artbook project in the San Franciso Bay Area has taken on a life of its own, with artist participation from all over the world. We’ve got many different art styles, different approaches, and different cultures participating, but it all comes together under the anime angels theme.”
Anime Angels features commissioned cover artwork by well-known Canadian artist Shilin Huang, with cover and interior layout and design by Finni Chang. “Multi-artist anime fan projects like this one don’t come along too often,” noted Finni, whose art also features in the book. “It’s great to see an ensemble work like this put together in a way that both anime fans, and character art fans, will be able to enjoy.”
Consistent with the community spirit of the project, all art is published under a profit-sharing arrangement with the artists, who receive both an up-front payment for their contributions as well as a portion of the profits from every book sold. This approach is something of a rarity among group-created character artbook projects, which often expect artists to contribute their work for free.
Anime Angels is available now through mid-March for special preorder on kickstarter.com — see http://kck.st/xxAxVU , also linked from www.AnimeAngelsBook.com — in both softcover and hardcover releases. Kickstarter-only bonuses include art cards, prints, and a poster set. The book will officially launch at Fanimecon 2012 in San Jose, California, just prior to its general release.
About the Anime Angels project: From its beginnings in May 2011 with the recruiting of initial artist participants at Fanimecon San Jose (www.fanime.com), the Anime Angels artbook project has grown far beyond expectations to include both professional and emerging amateur artists from 22 countries.
Maron Media, LLC
Bruce Hahne, editor/publisher