The Art of Regular Show [Review]

Art of Regular Show - book review
WRITTEN BY:
Shannon O’Leary
ART BY:
Various
PUBLISHER:
Titan Books
COVER PRICES:
$29.95
RELEASE DATE:
Now Available

Released earlier this month by Titan Books, The Art of Regular Show is a large format (11.4” x 8.9”) 160 page collection of animation stills, sketches, storyboards, and commentaries that chronicles how the show originated and the eccentric cast that inhabit it. Beginning with a series of short films creator JQ Quintel produced during his junior and senior years at CalArts (Naive Man from Lolliland, 2 in the AM PM)—both of which were done in 48 hours—The Art of Regular Show reveals how these rough proto-characters evolved into the Pops, Mordecai and Benson that we’ve come to know in the series today.

From there, the book breaks into 1-3 short overviews of each cast member with commentary from a variety of individuals including Quintel, Paula Spence, Sean Szeles, Calvin Wong, Minty Lewis, Mark Hamill and more. While most of these are personal reflections on the characters, there are a few revealing tidbits. One was the fact that much of the animation team initially thought Skips was an ape/gorilla (his original color scheme even had black fur) including voice actor, Mark Hamill! (EDITOR’S NOTE: Skips is actually an Yeti.)

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Another fun bit of trivia was the fact that Quintel is a hardcore Sega fan and, in fact, will often request that references to other consoles like Nintendo be replaced with something Sega-related. Quintel is also quoted as leveraging 80s nostaliga as art direction, “you’ve got to get it to look like (a combination of) Predator and Sylvester Stallone from Rambo.” I can’t recall offhand if a creature like that actually made it on the show, but it sounds AMAZING! I DO remember, however, Carl Weathers making multiples cameos as the “God of Basketball.”

Aside from those nerdy little nuggets, the book also includes brief overviews on the park itself, family members, supporting good/bad guys, music from the show and the rampant 80s influence (technology, culture, fashion). As a bonus, ever though it makes total sense for an art book, The Art of Regular Show ends with a series of “How to Draw” sections that cover detailed breakdowns for Mordecai, Rigby, Pops and Benson. Admittedly, it’s a fast read, but there’s enough visual content to please any fan of the show or aspiring young animators out there. Easily justifiable at the default cover price, this book is a steal at 45% off on Amazon (just saying).

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4.0
OUT OF 5
GREAT

The Art of Regular Show definitely lives up to it’s title, delivering loads of finished stills, sketches and “how to draw” guides. I wish it a little more of the concepts that were rejected, but there’s still some great insight thanks to commentaries by the production team and voice actors. A great addition to any Regular Show fan’s collection.

PROS

+ Embossed cover – nice!
+ Loads of artwork/sketches
+ Fun bits of trivia
+ Commentaries

CONS

Lack of rejected concepts

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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    • Same here, man. I could go broke trying to collect them all!

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