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Explore the Unknown! This deluxe hardcover, inspired by the Tome of the Unknown, is your map to the magical behind-the-scenes world of Cartoon Network's Emmy-winning animated series Over the Garden Wall, and it looks like it came out of the show itself. The embossed cover design contains hidden references, and the applique is one of the first pieces of art that inspired th Explore the Unknown! This deluxe hardcover, inspired by the Tome of the Unknown, is your map to the magical behind-the-scenes world of Cartoon Network's Emmy-winning animated series Over the Garden Wall, and it looks like it came out of the show itself. The embossed cover design contains hidden references, and the applique is one of the first pieces of art that inspired the look of the show. From the original Tome of the Unknown: Harvest Melody pilot, through each of the episodes, and beyond, take a strange and wonderful journey with Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice. Learn how the award-winning backgrounds were created, see animation storyboards, and even take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the Mondo vinyl soundtrack and "For Sara" mix tape, as well as the ongoing Boom! Studios comics. This volume contains hundreds of pieces of concept art and sketches, and a comprehensive look at the show's breathtaking production art. Sean Edgar guides the tour, which includes commentary from creators Patrick McHale and Nick Cross, interviews with the cast and crew, and more! "I'm so happy Sean and Dark Horse got this book to happen! It's been really interesting going through all my old sketchbooks, notes, and file folders in search of lost bits and pieces from the show's development," said Patrick McHale. "This handsome volume will contain a nice mixture of beautiful drawings and paintings from the series, amusing anecdotes about the process, unseen and unused artwork that didn't make the final cut, other mysterious odds and ends, and a whole lot of horrible ugly early development sketches that should inspire people to say, 'Hey, I could do better than that!'"


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Explore the Unknown! This deluxe hardcover, inspired by the Tome of the Unknown, is your map to the magical behind-the-scenes world of Cartoon Network's Emmy-winning animated series Over the Garden Wall, and it looks like it came out of the show itself. The embossed cover design contains hidden references, and the applique is one of the first pieces of art that inspired th Explore the Unknown! This deluxe hardcover, inspired by the Tome of the Unknown, is your map to the magical behind-the-scenes world of Cartoon Network's Emmy-winning animated series Over the Garden Wall, and it looks like it came out of the show itself. The embossed cover design contains hidden references, and the applique is one of the first pieces of art that inspired the look of the show. From the original Tome of the Unknown: Harvest Melody pilot, through each of the episodes, and beyond, take a strange and wonderful journey with Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice. Learn how the award-winning backgrounds were created, see animation storyboards, and even take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the Mondo vinyl soundtrack and "For Sara" mix tape, as well as the ongoing Boom! Studios comics. This volume contains hundreds of pieces of concept art and sketches, and a comprehensive look at the show's breathtaking production art. Sean Edgar guides the tour, which includes commentary from creators Patrick McHale and Nick Cross, interviews with the cast and crew, and more! "I'm so happy Sean and Dark Horse got this book to happen! It's been really interesting going through all my old sketchbooks, notes, and file folders in search of lost bits and pieces from the show's development," said Patrick McHale. "This handsome volume will contain a nice mixture of beautiful drawings and paintings from the series, amusing anecdotes about the process, unseen and unused artwork that didn't make the final cut, other mysterious odds and ends, and a whole lot of horrible ugly early development sketches that should inspire people to say, 'Hey, I could do better than that!'"

30 review for The Art of Over the Garden Wall Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cat (cat-thecatlady)

    absolutely mandatory read for animation fans! over the garden wall is one of my favourite shows of all time and I was not disappointed. this is is a true encyclopaedia on the show. the endless sketches and storyboards made me so happy to see! the mood and story of this show are so well captured and I can absolutely see how that came to be with all the work shown here. this is truly an inspiring book and I cannot wait to start creating. absolutely loved this read

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    I've always been more interested in how this cartoon was made than the actual cartoon. (Even though I do like the cartoon). The art and ideas seem a little better than the writing in the show. One of the reasons I like this cartoon is because I can tell how most of it was made. It's interesting to learn more about the process and fill in some of the gaps. I also like how the book includes parts of the pitch bible. It's nice to see a cartoon based on fairy tales and fantasy instead of "random" thin I've always been more interested in how this cartoon was made than the actual cartoon. (Even though I do like the cartoon). The art and ideas seem a little better than the writing in the show. One of the reasons I like this cartoon is because I can tell how most of it was made. It's interesting to learn more about the process and fill in some of the gaps. I also like how the book includes parts of the pitch bible. It's nice to see a cartoon based on fairy tales and fantasy instead of "random" things like barfing rainbows and llamas. (Llamas haven't been random since 2009, by the way. I'm looking at you, Disney XD). I recommend this book if you're into animation.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    I love this show. I loved this book. I love my life. This book is a look into the production and obviously the art of Over The Garden Wall.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    If you enjoy Over the Garden Wall then you will like this, either casually or a more in depth work at what has gone into the show and the stories behind it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Philip McCarty

    An absolute must for anyone who is a fan of the series. It really adds so many layers to the story that one might have missed while watching it over and over again. I really loved how gorgeous the artwork is. The world of the series comes to life once again through concept art, backgrounds, character designs, and insightful discussions by the creators. Cannot recommend this enough to fans of the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    If you thought the art in the show was beautiful, looking at it more closely will give you even more of an appreciation and breathtaking experience. This book is a must-read for any Over the Garden Wall fan. I read the entire thing in one day haha.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Absolutely LOVED this! Over the Garden Wall is one of my my favourite TV show of all time, so I absolutely LOVED seeing more inspiration behind the show and some of the elements of the show explained. The art is obviously stunning. To those who haven't yet watched Over the Garden Wall, PLEASE WATCH IT NOW!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Puc

    I received an ARC PDF of this book from Dark Horse Comics for review on Rogues Portal. You can read an excerpt of that review below, or click this link to read it in full. *** For fans of the series, this book is a must-have. 188 full-color pages explore concept art, sketches, production art, and more. Commentary provided by series creators Patrick McHale and Nick Cross enhance the experience, as well as quotes from the cast and crew. It dives deep into the creation of Over the Garden Wall, beginni I received an ARC PDF of this book from Dark Horse Comics for review on Rogues Portal. You can read an excerpt of that review below, or click this link to read it in full. *** For fans of the series, this book is a must-have. 188 full-color pages explore concept art, sketches, production art, and more. Commentary provided by series creators Patrick McHale and Nick Cross enhance the experience, as well as quotes from the cast and crew. It dives deep into the creation of Over the Garden Wall, beginning with creator Patrick McHale’s assurances to Cartoon Network executive vice president Rob Sorcher that the series would be “at least decent.” ... Art of Over the Garden Wall dives deep into the creative process behind one of the most innovative children’s mini series in recent memory. Every page begs readers to immerse themselves in the experiential retelling of how the series was conceptualized and then executed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

    I really love seeing preliminary sketches and concept art for animated movies/tv shows, and of course, Over the Garden Wall has such gorgeous animation that I finally broke down and ordered the Art Of book online. It was really fun to read about how the show got started and where ideas came from, as well as getting to see early, scrapped story ideas and character designs. I was especially interested to hear about instances of collaboration with other Cartoon Network animators like Pendleton Ward I really love seeing preliminary sketches and concept art for animated movies/tv shows, and of course, Over the Garden Wall has such gorgeous animation that I finally broke down and ordered the Art Of book online. It was really fun to read about how the show got started and where ideas came from, as well as getting to see early, scrapped story ideas and character designs. I was especially interested to hear about instances of collaboration with other Cartoon Network animators like Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time). Much as I wish we could’ve gotten the full eighteen episodes that were originally intended (or even multiple seasons), this miniseries is absolutely perfect as it is, and this is a great companion piece for any fan, especially if you’re also interested in animation/art in general!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I received this book as a gift from a friend who knows of my love for this charming miniseries. I didn't expect there to be much written about the story outside of the retelling established by the comics. Fortunately, Edgar's book is just enough behind the scenes fun to incite some bonus reading for the fans of our favorite misguided brothers. I was engaged in the rough drafting that took place to get the show into its unique position, giving hope that my own writing will be shadows of better th I received this book as a gift from a friend who knows of my love for this charming miniseries. I didn't expect there to be much written about the story outside of the retelling established by the comics. Fortunately, Edgar's book is just enough behind the scenes fun to incite some bonus reading for the fans of our favorite misguided brothers. I was engaged in the rough drafting that took place to get the show into its unique position, giving hope that my own writing will be shadows of better things in the future. The art that's in the book is universally phenomenal, even if its a little redundant to experience if you've already seen in move on screen. However everything leading up to the art that shows the constructive process behind the series made it a worthwhile read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darcy Roar

    A beautiful and interesting look into the making of Over the Garden Wall, one of the very best pieces of animation in recent history. McHale, Cross, & a host of other creators talk about the shifts and turns the story and animation took before it was fully realized in a funny and entirely readable way (If you, like me opened this book and were discourage by the large blocks of text in an art book, don't be. It was absolutely worth reading through). If you haven't seen Over the Garden Wall yet (w A beautiful and interesting look into the making of Over the Garden Wall, one of the very best pieces of animation in recent history. McHale, Cross, & a host of other creators talk about the shifts and turns the story and animation took before it was fully realized in a funny and entirely readable way (If you, like me opened this book and were discourage by the large blocks of text in an art book, don't be. It was absolutely worth reading through). If you haven't seen Over the Garden Wall yet (what are you even waiting for?) I would recommend watching before you read through this book as the back half covers each episode in detail with plenty of spoilers. A beautiful and spooky book that fits perfectly with it's beautiful & spooky series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I absolutely love Over The Garden Wall and seeing how much work was put into it is really fascinating. The art direction, the creative process entailing both the writing, thumbnailing, sketching and finishing stages and all the different aspects that fit together to create the immersive world is so interesting and well-presented. I adored getting to see all the different sketches and especially the background paintings blew me away. So much care and thought went into the creation of this show an I absolutely love Over The Garden Wall and seeing how much work was put into it is really fascinating. The art direction, the creative process entailing both the writing, thumbnailing, sketching and finishing stages and all the different aspects that fit together to create the immersive world is so interesting and well-presented. I adored getting to see all the different sketches and especially the background paintings blew me away. So much care and thought went into the creation of this show and it's so fun to see. A lovely look into the creative process and the world of the show.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I’m a person who loves looking at character concepts and such and when I first flipped through this and thought “oh great..this has a lot of words on these pages..” I was very pleasantly surprised that I read every word. There is a brief on how it all got started, how to evolved, and what each episode was about. I loved learning more about this short series! I borrowed this from my library, but I would love to own this!! It has a great mix of writing and pictures :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    One of my favorite Halloween specials to come out recently now with its own art development book! I loved seeing how the story evolved and the characters changed over time. This is such a quirky story with so many amazing references from Max Fleischer cartoons, to Brothers Grimm, and to Dante's Inferno. My only qualm is I wish they had more stories on the experience of the choices and dealing with many voice actors, and details on the comic continuing story lines.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Kellam

    If you've never watched this miniseries, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, I'll wait. Now, if you're a die-hard Over the Garden Wall fan like myself, this is the book for you. It has commentary on each individual episode from the creators and thousands of sketches and storyboards. Plus, the art is just beautiful to study. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to the soundtrack for the thousandth time. :D

  16. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    Holy wow. This is what every 'art of' book should strive to be. Asides from the art (which is a 5-star review by itself), the commentary throughout the book and the markups and everything they show in the illustrations make it so much more than just a 'here's some pictures' book. By far the best 'art of' book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    If you love Over The Garden Wall - and why wouldn't you? - this book is perfect. I took my time over it, to enjoy every detail. The creation of characters, backgrounds, storyboards, plot developments are all lovingly pored over. The result of that attention to detail is the best animation I've ever seen. Did I mention I love Over The Garden Wall?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Telthor

    Beautiful artbook that is right up my aesthetic alley. Unlike some artbooks, this one has a decent balance between the text and the images. It talks at length about the idea's inception and how it developed, and there are cute anecdotes about working with the designers and voice actors. All the images selected are nicely formatted: the printing is well done and vibrant. Even smaller images, like the favorite background of just a post that Beatrice sits on for a few minutes, get glorious attentio Beautiful artbook that is right up my aesthetic alley. Unlike some artbooks, this one has a decent balance between the text and the images. It talks at length about the idea's inception and how it developed, and there are cute anecdotes about working with the designers and voice actors. All the images selected are nicely formatted: the printing is well done and vibrant. Even smaller images, like the favorite background of just a post that Beatrice sits on for a few minutes, get glorious attention. It's a beautifully made book! If I have any sorrows, it's that there just isn't enough. This show is beautiful, and I could have used more than a handful of pages for each individual episode. But what they gave me was just astonishingly gorgeous~.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    I love this show, and I absolutely loved this book. I'm obsessed with Over the Garden Wall, and I really enjoyed seeing how the show came to be! This is a great behind-the-scenes look at the animation, art, lighting, coloring, designing, music, and brilliant minds behind the show. Buy this book if you love the show.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This was a great addition to the Over the Garden Wall series. I found that this book deepened my appreciation for the story as well as animation in general. It also struck a chord with me as someone who watches videos about "behind the scenes" stuff. For fans of the series, it's great. On a different note, as the first-ever art book, I've read it was pretty cool. Previously I never thought I could make it through a book like this but now I feel interested in reading more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A must for fans of the series and animation nerds, the art is STUNNING and the anecdotes and insight into the creation of the show is so interesting, it adds deeper layers and appreciation to an already fantastic series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert Jones

    A great companion book to the series. It's full of amazing production art, and thoughts by the creators. It's a valuable addition to the library of anyone who loves the process of world-building, cartooning, and design. I especially appreciated how the chapters were ordered by episode.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaley Rhea

    Everything I wanted it to be. A beautifully-made book for a beautifully-made show. It was especially fun revisiting the episodes as I read through the comments and saw pieces of storyboards and sketches for each one. So many different elements. Love it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Noura

    Getting to see the all the storyboards and original ideas of this masterpiece was really nice. There's just something so unique about this show and I'm so happy I got to see behind the scenes and how such beautiful work went into every little detail.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ulrike

    I mean this was just great. I loved learning about all the hard work and artistry that went into creating one of my all time favorite animated things. Also the book is gorgeous. Highly recommend to any OTGW fan.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ju Stine

    This book is an excellent read if you're interested in animation. If you're interested in the series Over the Garden Wall, then the book is going to be enjoyable as you will learn many little things about the production, characters, plot etc

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    An amazing book that has lots of interesting stories and gorgeous artwork. I loved all of it. I wish there was more. Read it while listening to music from the show.

  28. 5 out of 5

    FJ

    Every detail of this book—from the character sketches to Sean Edgar’s writing to even the endpapers—is absolutely stunning. This is a must-read for any OTGW fan.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    A gorgeous book for a beautiful series. I loved the insights into the production. I need to find this series again and watch it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jean Kennedy

    A must for fans of the series and animation fans, beautiful artwork and interesting creator anecdotes!

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