HUKE's self-publications continue to impress, with the newest addition being his Comiket 78 release STEINS GATE VISUAL WORKS. Though it's sad to say, this collection includes more full-fledge illustrations than the commercial counterpart Steins; Gate Official Material Book.

I was looking back on things from Comiket 77 that I somehow missed, and Kishida Mel's short but sweet Pistil was overlooked! To remedy this, I figured I could combine that and his Comiket 78 release, Lumen, in the same review especially since they're both so similar overall.

COLORS Gekka Saboh Artworks 2000-2010 is a joint release between Kaya Kuramoto and Asaki Asuka containing ten years worth of their doujinshi publication illustrations. Even though the collection spans such a long time, the illustrations are detailed and high quality through out, not leaving you questioning when exactly it might have been illustrated ^^

The sixth volume of KEI's illustration series, Ga (画) was released during Comiket 78, continuing KEI's tradition of full-color illustration releases. The usual content is present in this volume; a little from Vocaloid, a little from Touhou, some original works and various fan arts from popular shows and games. KEI's painterly style continues to impress, although a slightly more anime-style is appearing in these volumes more and more.

IGNITION - redjuicegraphics works portfolio 2009-2010 was released during Comiket 78 and includes a full color collection of the artist's illustrations from the past year. While Redjuice's releases have been consistently high quality, and lengthier than the average doujinshi, IGNITION tops them all with a full 56-pages of illustrations on an A4, art book sized presentation.

Growlanser Art Works is a definitive collection of Growlanser illustrations, covering the character illustrations and promotional art works, game covers, and so on from the first game through the sixth. Though there have been a few Growlanser illustration collection released over the years, like the Growlanser Character Collection or game specific materials volumes, Growlanser Art Works is the one to get if you just want the art work.

For Comiket 78, Hato Rami released two illustration doujins, both individually sold. STAR★DUST is the less expensive of the two and is composed entirely of fan art illustrations from past Hato no Tamago releases. Inside, there's a mix of illustrations from Black Rock Shooter, Rozen Maiden, Fate/Stay Night and more, selectively chosen for this compilation.

CUTEG's Girl's Collection 2.0 BREAK is a full color illustration book, featuring fan art illustrations from several recent animations like Bakemonogatari, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Angel Beats!, Kimi ni Todoke and Macross Frontier, along with several of the girls from the popular iDOLMaSTER game series. There are fewer original girl illustrations than in CUTEG's Winter 2009 Comiket 77 release Sweet Impact, but the art work is all top-notch as usual ^^ is a blog of anime art book, magazine, and doujinshi reviews. In the mix you'll also find wallpapers, opinions, buying tips and my thoughts on collecting art books.


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