Dark Horse To Publish An Illustrated Biography Of Yoshitaka Amano In Regular & Limited Editions

by Hannah Means Shannon

Dark Horse has announced that they’ll be publishing Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy celebrating the life and work of the Japanese artist, in both regular and limited editions.

Author Florent Gorges (The History of Nintendo, Vol. 1: 1889-1980), one of France’s leading video game historians, will explore the past 50 years in the career of  Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy).

Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy is a landscape format hardback containing nearly 400 illustrations and photos from Amano’s career, ranging from his first job in 1967 at the age of 15 working on Speed Racer. From animator to illustrator, to internationally exhibited painter, this biography looks at the influences, techniques, philosophy, and family behind his work.

The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition is designed in black, red, and gold, to evoke Amano’s own favorite colors, based on his father’s traditional lacquerware craft that influenced him.

The black slipcase of the Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition contains not only the same 328-page gold hardback biography from the regular edition, but also the red 96-page Yoshitaka Amano—Paris Sketchbook, a landscape-style softcover with French flaps. The Paris Sketchbook follows Amano through the city in a photo essay, collecting the sketches of the people he made along the way.

Besides the gold and red books, the Limited Edition also contains a portfolio with a region-free Blu-ray (subtitled in English) featuring almost three hours of talk and interviews with the creator and the documentary makers, containing bonus information and archival images not in the biography. A mini-lithograph of the painting and a Final Fantasy illustration is also included in the portfolio and also an individually signed card from Amano.

The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy hardcover is 328 pages and retails for $49.99. The Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy Limited Edition is 424 pages total and retails for $149.99.

Both editions go on sale October 10, 2018, and are available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.