Art aficionados Cook & Becker today announce the opening of pre-orders for their much anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog 25th anniversary art book! Each tome is set to contain more than 200 pages of artwork and interviews, with the special edition arriving in a collectors box which includes an exclusive print created by Sonic Team artist Yuji Uekawa.
Prices start at $45/45 Euro for the standard edition, with a release date set for April 2017.
The full press release, including concept images of the book can be found below!
Additionally, C&B are also soliciting for contributions to the art book in the form of rare merchandise, scarce artwork and other such official items of interest (purely official work, not fan art). For more information head to the Cook and Becker contact page, or directly email maarten [at] candb.com.
AMSTERDAM – Next-gen art dealers Cook & Becker and SEGA announce that their upcoming ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 25th Anniversary art’ book is available for pre-order on Cook & Becker’s online store (https://www.candb.com) starting today.
The Sonic The Hedgehog 25th Anniversary art book is available as a special Collector’s Edition and a standard Hardcover Edition. Both Editions share the same general design, inside and out: a premium quality ‘coffee-table style’ bound book with a separate dust jacket, counting over 200 pages and printed at the highest quality. The book contains key art, illustrations, promotional art and never before published material from the timespan 1991 – 2016, and has a complete written history of the origins and evolution of Sonic as a design icon. Detailed accounts by Sonic Team-members such as Yuji Naka, Takashi Iizuka, Kazuyuki Hoshino and Yuji Uekawa explain key design decisions shaping Hall of Fame video game icon Sonic The Hedgehog over the years.
Exclusive to the special Collector’s Edition is a unique, luxurious outer box with a modernized ‘classic 90’s’ Japanese Sonic design, and a special inner sleeve that conveniently folds into a display stand for the book itself. The Collector’s Edition also comes with an exclusive, newly drawn matted art giclee print by Sonic Team lead artist Yuji Uekawa, the artist famed for the ‘Graffiti style’ that ushered in ‘modern Sonic’.
The Collector’s Edition is limited to 2.500 copies and sells for $120/€120 respectively. As a special pre-order bonus Cook & Becker offers a 10% discount on the Collector’s Edition if ordered before February 2017. The Standard Edition retails for $45/€45.
Cook & Becker is glad to finally share the art direction for both book editions. “It is exciting to work with SEGA on an art and design book that contains so much of the rich and vibrant art for the Sonic the Hedgehog game series,” Cook & Becker’s Maarten Brands says. “Working with such a large archive of Sonic art, and talking to Team Sonic members and other SEGA staff, is an honour and a pleasure. We hope the book highlights the iconic and recognizable quality of Sonic’s designs. Not only those of the character itself, but also of the unique world he inhabits. Hall of fame video game character Sonic deserves the best book design possible, and we went to great lengths to find the right look and feel.”
Both editions will ship to consumers late April 2017 worldwide.
Technical specifications for the official Sonic The Hedgehog: 25th Anniversary art book
– First ever official art book & design history of iconic video character Sonic The Hedgehog captures the complete 25 years.
– Book available in a limited Special Collector’s Edition and Standard Hardcover Edition.
– Officially licensed and made in conjunction with game company SEGA.
– 200+ pages of images and text.
– Interviews with all the key Sonic The Hedgehog designers such as Yuji Naka, Takashi Iizuka
and Yuji Uekawa
– Release date April 2017
– RRP Collector’s Edition $120/€120
– RRP Standard Hardcover $45/€45
– Size 310 H x 275 W (mm)