Release: June 1, 2018 | Hiroshi Unno

Release: June 1, 2018 | Hiroshi Unno

This is an art book. It is highly informative and is such a great read about exploring the overlapping links among Gothic, Steampunk and the Victorian era.


For starters, think of Gundam, Full Metal Alchemist, The Legend of Korra, Nadia The Secret of Blue Water, Steamboy, Akira, Howl’s Moving Castle, and other similar anime titles. If they excite you, wait till you get deep into the pages of this book.

There’s posters, illustrations, photos, diagrams and notes combined with fashion, art, history, culture and the reflections of the society at various periods in time.


THE ART OF FANTASY, SCI-FI AND STEAMPUNK, set for release on June 1, 2018, is a dazzling visual history of fantasy art, from Romanticism in the 18th century to the origins of steampunk in the Industrial Revolution to the modern era, this book by acclaimed Japanese writer Hiroshi Unno offers a never-before-seen level of historical analysis and illustrative detail in respect to fantasy art and literature.


With examples from the works of genre greats such as William Blake, H.G. Welles, Edgar Allan Poe, and J.R.R. Tolkien, THE ART OF FANTASY, SCI-FI AND STEAMPUNK will be a welcome addition to the collections of all lovers of fantasy art and literature.

As you delve deeper into its striking pages, you will realize how there is more at stake than just nostalgia.

There is a lengthy introduction by Hiroshi Unno about the origins and evolution of gothic and steampunk in the various timelines of history.

Learning about Gothic and Steampunk as possible keywords for decoding contemporary culture is really interesting.



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For over twenty years, Japanese publisher PIE International Inc. has been bringing books of unparalleled quality, originality, and beauty to the North American market, making their catalog consistently sought-after by visual entertainment industry professionals. The variety of PIE’s active list ranges from legendary Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika, one of the most famous Ukiyo-e artists, to Otomo Katsuhiro, author of the mega hit anime/manga series AKIRA

Originally founded as a graphic design firm, ever since they began to publish books in 1971, the guiding philosophy at PIE has been to create titles that are ‘Sweet and Fresh’ – so much so, these have become essential keywords at the company’s Tokyo headquarters.

“When we make a book, we always ask ourselves: is it Pretty? Impressive? Entertaining? That is the PIE spirit,” president Hiromoto Miyoshi explains.

In Spring/Summer 2018, PIE International – already well known to Japanese book lovers as one of the country’s leading art book publishing houses – will release five remarkable front-list titles sure to make a lasting impression on North American audiences, and all who seek out works of great artistry, insight, and freshness.