Dark Horse announce two new Final Fantasy books
There was a time where Final Fantasy was my “thing.” While it’s been years since I’ve played any of the games, I still have a certain affinity for the franchise, especially after spending countless hours in various fantastical worlds. VIII was the first game in the franchise I played, and is kind of my de facto favorite (and I genuinely love it too, so it’s not just a nostalgia thing. “Love Grows” is, no joke, one of my favorite pieces of music ever), and I’ve beaten the first, second, ninth, and tenth installments in the series. While I never got past the final boss, VI is a stellar game, with a story as great as its cast is large, and VII was fun until I got kind of frustrated trying to breed Chocobos. I dabbled in III, IV, and a bit of V, made good headway in XII before life just kind of got in the way, and even played a few spin-off games like Tactics Advance and Revenant Wings, but I really haven’t played any since.
Point being, though, I still like the franchise quite a bit, so the announcement of an art book based on the series has my interest. Two books, though? You have my full attention.
Dark Horse have revealed that they will release two very different but very cool sounding Final Fantasy art books. Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large has artist Tatsuya Tanka recreate iconic scenes from the franchise using miniature figures. That’s just a fun, whimsical idea, and definitely something I want to check out.
It’s the second book, though, that really has my interest: FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy. Like the title indicates, it’s an art book that focuses on the pixel art and spites from the series, as well as on the tools used to create the memorable characters. Those sprites from the original games especially are so iconic that they even inspired one of my favorite webcomics, so an entire art book dedicated to their creation is a no-brainer.
Check out the details below, and reserve your own copies so you can get all the Chocobo, Cactuar, Moogle, and airship action you could ever want.
Per Dark Horse:
DARK HORSE FINAL FANTASY COLLECTION GROWS (OR IS IT SHRINKING?)
Dark Horse and Square Enix Bring You Pixelized and Miniaturized Final Fantasy Art Books
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (May 23, 2019)—The highly successful partnership continues to expand as Dark Horse and Square Enix offer two new Final Fantasy art books, Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large and FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy.
In Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large, Final Fantasy fans can have a unique and adorable experience with beloved art from throughout the franchise as miniature photographer Tatsuya Tanka takes a whimsical approach to iconic scenes from the Final Fantasy series.
Tanaka’s vibrant and cheerful miniature photography is showcased side-by-side with concept art that details the process of each photo’s creation. This 96-page hard cover tome catalogs fan-favorite moments captured from across the Final Fantasy series, followed by a longform interview with Tatsuya Tanaka himself.
In FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy, experience the intriguing evolution of pixel art from the Final Fantasy series! Containing detailed sprite sheets that showcase the pixel composition of Final Fantasy’s beloved characters, highlighting tools used by the developers, and including a special interview with Kazuko Shibuya—the character pixel artist for the Final Fantasy series. FF DOT is an extraordinary 296-page hard cover art book that immerses readers into an iconic aspect of the Final Fantasy history and experience.
Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large arrives in comic shops and bookstores December 17, 2019 and FF DOT arrives a month later on January 28, 2020 for $24.99. Miniature Final Fantasy is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your local comic shop for $19.99.
Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large will be available December 17, followed by FF DOT on January 18, 2020.