Sonic Books Page 2 - Modern Sonic Books
|This second page of Sonic the hedgehog books is for only 'modern era' (Dreamcast & after) books. For whatever reason, though this era is longer than the 'classic era', there aren't as many books here.|
|Sonic Books 1 * Sonic Books 3 * Sonic Gear Main *|
|The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is a book by Udon Pix n Love Editions. It's a large size, hard cover book with 300 pages. It's heavy, with good quality paper, & comes wrapped in plastic. You can get it from Amazon (who may sometimes ship it free, despite its heavy weight) with the button in this entry! At right is the blurb on the back cover to read.|
|Above is the table of contents...where you can see there's lots of content! At left are 2 examples of the inside pages. They have some nice CG character models (top is a height chart, & big is the tallest...but did you know Vector is taller than Eggman?)|
|The interior to the hard covers/interior 1st pages have some fun classic line art you can see to the left. Then, here are 2 example pages. The first shows merchandise like dolls & Sneakers (made by Nike, modeled after a Sonic shoe) the other page has an 'origin of Tails' paired with an old art of Eggbotnick.|
|The sort of hybrid 'eggbotnik' is where the art was beginning to resemble Robotnick (the all black eyes, etc) but still had the Eggman clothing. That art's not common, but did appear on a UK calendar so it's neat to see.|
|History of Sonic the Hedgehog Hardcover book
This is a hardcover, 300 page giant book of Sonic! This isn't an Archie thing either, it's actual games & facts and history. You can see the size at left, compared with game & CD.
Amazon Says: "Celebrating over 20 years as SEGA's official mascot, The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is the ultimate guide to SEGA's spiky blue speedster! This hefty 300-page hardcover volume covers in detail every 2D and 3D Sonic game, plus spinoffs and crossovers. You'll also find character profiles, promotional artwork, rare concept art, and a detailed look at the origins of the "Blue Blur"."
|You can use the SonicGear Store Amazon Link (at right) to order it, though it's expensive, at 31.00 because it is big. Discovered by Sonictoast.
"Visually, this book is amazing. Right off the get go, the inside covers have great classic artwork of Sonic and the gang. Every page is stunning with great collages of official SEGA artwork and 8-128 bit graphics from the video games. It is almost worth getting just for the pictures. But the content is amazing too.
It has a brief 8 page Sega history lesson before Sonic, another 6 pages of history about the creation of Sonic, then a full 83 pages covering Sonic's full history from 1991-2011. which includes interviews with Yuji Naka, Naoto Oshima and Takashi Iisuka. Then there is a profile for every Sonic Game. Every Spin-off and arcade and handheld. The games they do not include profiles for are the compilation games and games released in 2012 ("Sonic4 Ep.2" and "Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed"). They also don't include the 40+ Mobile phone Sonic games, but there is a page addressing the collection as a whole.
There is also Profiles for the modern cast of characters, including all three chaotix, all three babylon rogues and a lot of Sonic Adventure characters like Chaos, Tikal and E-102 Gamma. Strangely there is no profile for Omega. (Omega has a bigger part than E102 did so that's strange) Each profile also has a full list of every game that character has appeared in. The lists even includes "Sonic 4 Ep. 2" & "All-stars Racing Transformed".
The end has some cool concept art for a number of villains and badniks from the whole series. Then it finishes off with a lot of Cameos Sonic has made in other SEGA games. This is a great part because many of the screenshots and info they ripped straight from http://sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic_Cameos a web page which is fan run/contributed Seriously, a lot (not all) of the screenshots used in this section of the book are the exact ones that I took from the games themselves and posted on this website.
However it is not perfect. There are a hand-full of errors. Some are forgivable like where they reference a level being from "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games" when it was really from "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic WINTER Games". But then there are other things like showing 1994 Sonic Mcdonalds toys in a 2003 Sonic Happy Meal box or saying that "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" was a French series that debuted in 1995. We all know it's American and came out in 1993. Mario is also mentioned or referenced A LOT / Perhaps too much in the book as well, they really emphasize that Mario is the driving force that made Sonic what he is..."
Want to see the Special Gold Foil Exclusive Cover Version? (From France)
Review by Sonictoast * Further review pending
|The Sonic X series of books. These appear to be a summary of an episode of the show that you can read. These are smaller then comic books, but about the same shape. They have nice glossy covers and pictures inside. Naturally, the words are big for easy readers. The books are around $4.00, one was mysteriously 3.99 the other 4.99 although they're the same size. Amazon.com will ship them to you if you can't get them in stores. There is a third one on the way "Aqua Planet by Charlotte Fullerton"|
|As you can see, the books have a design-style that will run through all of them. The back covers are the same, except the summary. The inside pages are all quite similar to the one shown. If you see this one, then you've pretty much seen them all, except for the stories.|
|In the year of Sonic's 25th Anniversary comes...
This very thick looking hard cover book. It's supposed to be an art & design book along with some history for Sonic. It will have 2 editions: Regular & Collector's Edition. It is not branded with the 25th Celebration logo, though.
The book was a while in coming, but once printed correctly it is a super collectors piece.So far, it's reported to have "Never before published art" and "Concept Designs" along with scarce interview transcripts and some rare articles. (So, like, maybe something that was published only once in a gaming magazine before the internet, or similar early pieces that were only in select places that people may not know of)
Once available, this book will appear in the Gear Store because Amazon will have it.
|Here is the bonus item you get with the special edition.
It's a print by Sonic Channel official artist Uekawa. This illustration of all 3 types of Sonic: Boom, Modern & Classic was made especially to be included as a bonus item for the book. They're all shown jumping, and, in the usual style with some of the sketch lines left on the final colored art.
This is a fun, action-type art piece that's a great choice for inclusion with the big 25th Anniversary book that covers all Sonic styles.
|The book has special pages like 'fold outs' to show large scenes like this one from Chemical Plant Zone. It also has the occaisional semi-transparent page like the one shown above for Knuckles. Pages like this tend to have little character model sheets on them with the original notes still there in Japanese.No previous book has featured special pages, so they make it extra collectible.|
|This is an ART BOOK.
It is not necisarily an 'education book' (which is slightly unfortunate) It has a focus on big, splashy images and collected sketches. It DOES have unpublished 'to be stock art', that never got to be stock. This includes items like "Sofa Sleeping Sonic" who never got used. If you are a hardcore fan, it's likely you'll have seen most but not all of the stuff somewhere before BUT it's great to have it all together...just don't think it's going to get explained! (which is, again, somewhat unfortunate)
Clearly, with the absolutely huge badnick there, they had room to do things like translate the text from the sketches, but they never do. The zone examples above are written in English, but the note for Sonic 2's Mecha Sonic (who had a very Tails-like nose/lower face for a while) are not.
Are there proto-character sketches?
Because the fans love these, yes. Some of the Silver ones are rare, but online, while others like some Proto-Shadow are not. "Emo Bangs" Shadow is especially hilarious.
|Shadow fans: You got VERY lucky you got his final design, as this book proves.
This book is large & also heavy. It is about 12 by 11 inches and weighs 5 pounds!
It is made of very thick quality paper with each page being glossy & nice. It's certainly something any fan should add to their collection! See a Special Edition Video for another look. (It has a sleeve that turns into a stand & a heavy cover/box too)
This IS something any fan should have, but it does not fulfill all hopes or desires while looking like it could have. Several things are quite noticibly missing WHILE keeping in mind that "Its an art book not an explanation book" and so not trying to impose the wrong set of rules on it & then bust it for not following them.
Where are the Chao?
What WAS Cream the Rabbit?
Mention/show Sonic the Comic but Archie 100% absent.
Really Great Image: Page 99
The classic section is really extensive & that's where the book spends the most of its time and effort. You have the whole "Sonic rock band" that got dismissed, the ill-concieved 'Madonna human girlfriend*' who was thankfully also dismissed, game box art, early level sketches, Alex Kidd stuff, and other early items explained. As it becomes more modern, explanation and fleshing out goes away.
Coulda Shoulda Woulda
That aside, it really is still a great book to have.
|Cook & Becker Sonic Book Update:
In 2019 this art book gets an update that is an expansion of 32 extra pages! It's rather unusual for a book to get an update. If something else about a book needs to happen it is generally given a sequel, or some kind of 'special deluxe edition' or some kind of supplement. However, C&B have decided to release it again, but this time with 32 more pages that weren't in the original.
SO. If you never bought it when it was first released, 2019 / fall is a better chance to do it.
The extra content will be Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces & Team Sonic Racing. The cover will NOT change much, the 25th Anniversary branding will NOT re-occur & the special edition will always be special because that won't be duplicated either. So, collectors who bought those can rest easy knowing they have valuble editions of them that won't be messed with or re-released. For people without the book, it's a nice incentive to get it. The website also reports that the previous books are almost all gone, which is also very nice news.
Read more & see pages at Cook & Becker Sonic Art Book Update .
|But what did the update look like?
Here are 8 pages from the updated area inside the book that they published so you can take a peek. You get full page shaded art for Mighty & Ray, the art from the poster, a level scene, a boss sketch, and several good shots of the variously styled new Egg Robos from the game. So, these fit right in with the rest and are expect-able on an update like this.
If you didn't already own the book, this update is the perfect excuse to go and get it.
You've probably seen the art of her around, she's basically Who Frame Roger Rabbit's "Jessica Rabbit" but with yellow instead of red hair so as not to infringe copyright but still "have that character because we like it". She's named "Madonna" because....the America-hating "edgy" singer at the same time was super popular and they basically wanted that exact person to be "Sonic's girlfriend" in the game. So yes a stolen badly drawn celebrity is making out with little silly cartoon old Sonic. (Evidenced by 'kiss mark' all over face) She's regarded as one of the few 100% Mistake things that hide in Sonic's past & never ended up happening. (Thankfully) Emo-Bangs Shadow is silly and bad, but he's not next-level bad like she was going to be.