Yesterday, Dark Horse Comics and Nintendo announced the first in a new line of literature based on The Legend of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts will be released on February 21, 2017.
This new tome follows on the heels of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and no doubt Dark Horse is hoping for a repeat of that book’s success. Hyrule Historia features an introduction by Shigeru Miyamoto as well as never-before-seen concept art, a massive collection of information on the history of Hyrule, and an official chronology of the popular video game series. It is a must own for any fan of Legend of Zelda. Basically, if you’re a fan of Zelda and have a coffee table, this book should be on it.
And I hope your coffee table is big enough for two! Art and Artifacts is over four hundred pages and contains “fully realized artistic masterpieces, exclusive interviews with the design team behind the beloved video game franchise, the official pixel art of the early series, and rare promotional art never before published in this format”. Fans will also be treated to a sneak peek of the art for the newest game in the series, Breath of the Wild, prior to its official release sometime next year.
I’m sure that fans of the series will need to own this book in addition to Hyrule Historia, as it’s sure to be filled with all sorts of interesting tidbits and secrets about the franchise. A behind-the-scenes look at the design and animation will most likely give fans an even greater appreciation of the game series. It looks to be a gorgeous book as well, full of breathtaking illustrations, judging by some of the sample pages (which we have displayed below).
What do you guys think about this new book? Will you be reserving a spot on your coffee table for Arts and Artifacts?
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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