The Art of The Cuphead Show Revealed by Dark Horse Books

The critically acclaimed video game Cuphead and its animated series spinoff The Cuphead Show are both a visual feast for classic animation fans. So it seems only fitting that the series is now the latest addition to Dark Horse’s ever-growing library of gaming art books.

The Art of The Cuphead Show is written by Deeki Deke, who also serves as lead writer on the animated series. The book aims to give fans a much closer look at the making of The Cuphead Show. It features a mix of concept art, character designs and creative commentary from various artists who worked on the series.

Not final artwork. (Image credit: Dark Horse)

The Art of The Cuphead Show is a hardcover volume priced at $49.99. The book is slated to hit bookstores and online retailers on June 27, 2023 and comic shops on June 28. Preorders should open shortly, but in the meantime, you can also order Dark Horse’s previous The Art of Cuphead book, which focuses on the original game.

The Cuphead Show debuted on Netflix in February 2022. IGN’s Rafael Motomayor gave Season 1 a 9, writing, “The Cuphead Show is a hilarious, surreal, chaotic cartoon that adapts the fan-favorite video game by mixing classic animation techniques with modern timing and humor. Although fans of Cuphead might miss the iconic finger guns from the game and may wish for a more faithful adaptation of the story, the show still provides one hell of a good time, with a focus on memorable characters, slapstick scenarios, and gorgeous animation.”

Netflix released a second batch of episodes for The Cuphead Show in August 2022, with a third season dropping earlier this month. The game was also recently given an expansion in the form of Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course.

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