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The Unseen Art Of Will Meugniot (book review)

April 24, 2021 | By | Reply More

After reading the ‘X-Men: The Art And Making Of The Animated Series’ by Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald’, I did wonder if there were any books devoted to artist Will Meugniot himself and came across this beautiful book. Independently produced by him but mostly in full colour, the black and white for pictures done in that form obviously being the exception.

The odd thing is that there is barely any text except for a couple pointers at the beginning and end where it points out that Meugniot has a lot more digital magazines on-line.

Before he moved into animation, Meugniot worked for the comicbook companies and the way the number of parodies mount up looks like he did most of these to unwind and have fun. You have to smile at female versions of the X-Men and Howard The Duck, but he goes right across the board with probably Tigra getting the most prominence because he used to draw her. There’s also a page and a half of big yellow sticker illustrations from 2010, while he was working on ‘Bob The Builder’ to hone his skills doing beautiful ladies working at scale.

There doesn’t appear to be many copies out there but if you can lay your hands on one and you like parody then you’ll love this. The fact that he draws really well and pulls you into each picture is a testament to his work.

GF Willmetts

December 2020

(pub: Amazon Fulfilment, 2018. 103 page illustrated softcover. Price: I pulled my copy for about £22.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-79070-139-1)

Category: Books, Illustration, Superheroes

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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