Sonic Books Page 2 - Modern Sonic Books
This second page of Sonic the hedgehog books is for only 'modern era' (Dreamcast & after) books. For whatever reason, though this era is longer than the 'classic era', there aren't as many books here.
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History of Sonic Front Back Covers History book blurb
The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is a book by Udon Pix n Love Editions. It's a large size, hard cover book with 300 pages. It's heavy, with good quality paper, & comes wrapped in plastic. You can get it from Amazon (who may sometimes ship it free, despite its heavy weight) with the button in this entry! At right is the blurb on the back cover to read.
Sonic book character model pages Sonic history table of contents photo
Above is the table of contents...where you can see there's lots of content! At left are 2 examples of the inside pages. They have some nice CG character models (top is a height chart, & big is the tallest...but did you know Vector is taller than Eggman?)
Interior cover art pages Sample book pages The interior to the hard covers/interior 1st pages have some fun classic line art you can see to the left. Then, here are 2 example pages. The first shows merchandise like dolls & Sneakers (made by Nike, modeled after a Sonic shoe) the other page has an 'origin of Tails' paired with an old art of Eggbotnick.
The sort of hybrid 'eggbotnik' is where the art was beginning to resemble Robotnick (the all black eyes, etc) but still had the Eggman clothing. That art's not common, but did appear on a UK calendar so it's neat to see.
Size of the history book History of Sonic the Hedgehog Hardcover book
This is a hardcover, 300 page giant book of Sonic! This isn't an Archie thing either, it's actual games & facts and history. You can see the size at left, compared with game & CD.

Amazon Says: "Celebrating over 20 years as SEGA's official mascot, The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is the ultimate guide to SEGA's spiky blue speedster! This hefty 300-page hardcover volume covers in detail every 2D and 3D Sonic game, plus spinoffs and crossovers. You'll also find character profiles, promotional artwork, rare concept art, and a detailed look at the origins of the "Blue Blur"."

You can use the SonicGear Store Amazon Link (at right) to order it, though it's expensive, at 31.00 because it is big. Discovered by Sonictoast.
"Visually, this book is amazing. Right off the get go, the inside covers have great classic artwork of Sonic and the gang. Every page is stunning with great collages of official SEGA artwork and 8-128 bit graphics from the video games. It is almost worth getting just for the pictures. But the content is amazing too.
It has a brief 8 page Sega history lesson before Sonic, another 6 pages of history about the creation of Sonic, then a full 83 pages covering Sonic's full history from 1991-2011. which includes interviews with Yuji Naka, Naoto Oshima and Takashi Iisuka. Then there is a profile for every Sonic Game. Every Spin-off and arcade and handheld. The games they do not include profiles for are the compilation games and games released in 2012 ("Sonic4 Ep.2" and "Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed"). They also don't include the 40+ Mobile phone Sonic games, but there is a page addressing the collection as a whole.

There is also Profiles for the modern cast of characters, including all three chaotix, all three babylon rogues and a lot of Sonic Adventure characters like Chaos, Tikal and E-102 Gamma. Strangely there is no profile for Omega. (Omega has a bigger part than E102 did so that's strange) Each profile also has a full list of every game that character has appeared in. The lists even includes "Sonic 4 Ep. 2" & "All-stars Racing Transformed".

The end has some cool concept art for a number of villains and badniks from the whole series. Then it finishes off with a lot of Cameos Sonic has made in other SEGA games. This is a great part because many of the screenshots and info they ripped straight from http://sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic_Cameos a web page which is fan run/contributed Seriously, a lot (not all) of the screenshots used in this section of the book are the exact ones that I took from the games themselves and posted on this website.

However it is not perfect. There are a hand-full of errors. Some are forgivable like where they reference a level being from "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games" when it was really from "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic WINTER Games". But then there are other things like showing 1994 Sonic Mcdonalds toys in a 2003 Sonic Happy Meal box or saying that "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" was a French series that debuted in 1995. We all know it's American and came out in 1993. Mario is also mentioned or referenced A LOT / Perhaps too much in the book as well, they really emphasize that Mario is the driving force that made Sonic what he is..."

Want to see the Special Gold Foil Exclusive Cover Version? (From France)

Review by Sonictoast * Further review pending

The Sonic X series of books. These appear to be a summary of an episode of the show that you can read. These are smaller then comic books, but about the same shape. They have nice glossy covers and pictures inside. Naturally, the words are big for easy readers. The books are around $4.00, one was mysteriously 3.99 the other 4.99 although they're the same size. Amazon.com will ship them to you if you can't get them in stores. There is a third one on the way "Aqua Planet by Charlotte Fullerton"
Sonic-X Meteor Shower Messenger Messenger Back Cover Spaceship Blue Typhoon Cover Inside Page Illustration
As you can see, the books have a design-style that will run through all of them. The back covers are the same, except the summary. The inside pages are all quite similar to the one shown. If you see this one, then you've pretty much seen them all, except for the stories.
25th Anniversary Sonic Art Design Book Hardcover
In the year of Sonic's 25th Anniversary comes...
This very thick looking hard cover book. It's supposed to be an art & design book along with some history for Sonic. It will have 2 editions: Regular & Collector's Edition. It is not branded with the 25th Celebration logo, though.

The book was a while in coming, but once printed correctly it is a super collectors piece.So far, it's reported to have "Never before published art" and "Concept Designs" along with scarce interview transcripts and some rare articles. (So, like, maybe something that was published only once in a gaming magazine before the internet, or similar early pieces that were only in select places that people may not know of)

Once available, this book will appear in the Gear Store because Amazon will have it.

Uekawa Special Edition Print Here is the bonus item you get with the special edition.
It's a print by Sonic Channel official artist Uekawa. This illustration of all 3 types of Sonic: Boom, Modern & Classic was made especially to be included as a bonus item for the book. They're all shown jumping, and, in the usual style with some of the sketch lines left on the final colored art.
This is a fun, action-type art piece that's a great choice for inclusion with the big 25th Anniversary book that covers all Sonic styles.
Cook Becker Fold Out Page Chemical Plant Cook Becker Special Clear Page Knuckles
The book has special pages like 'fold outs' to show large scenes like this one from Chemical Plant Zone. It also has the occaisional semi-transparent page like the one shown above for Knuckles. Pages like this tend to have little character model sheets on them with the original notes still there in Japanese.No previous book has featured special pages, so they make it extra collectible.
Cook Becker Sonic Book Example Pages This is an ART BOOK.
It is not necisarily an 'education book' (which is slightly unfortunate) It has a focus on big, splashy images and collected sketches. It DOES have unpublished 'to be stock art', that never got to be stock. This includes items like "Sofa Sleeping Sonic" who never got used. If you are a hardcore fan, it's likely you'll have seen most but not all of the stuff somewhere before BUT it's great to have it all together...just don't think it's going to get explained! (which is, again, somewhat unfortunate)
Clearly, with the absolutely huge badnick there, they had room to do things like translate the text from the sketches, but they never do. The zone examples above are written in English, but the note for Sonic 2's Mecha Sonic (who had a very Tails-like nose/lower face for a while) are not.
Are there proto-character sketches?
Because the fans love these, yes. Some of the Silver ones are rare, but online, while others like some Proto-Shadow are not. "Emo Bangs" Shadow is especially hilarious.
Shadow fans: You got VERY lucky you got his final design, as this book proves.
This book is large & also heavy. It is about 12 by 11 inches and weighs 5 pounds!
It is made of very thick quality paper with each page being glossy & nice. It's certainly something any fan should add to their collection! See a Special Edition Video for another look. (It has a sleeve that turns into a stand & a heavy cover/box too)
Book Review:
This IS something any fan should have, but it does not fulfill all hopes or desires while looking like it could have. Several things are quite noticibly missing WHILE keeping in mind that "Its an art book not an explanation book" and so not trying to impose the wrong set of rules on it & then bust it for not following them.

Where are the Chao?
There's perhaps 2 Chao images in the entire thing and they were a big part of Sonic for a while. Even if only Cheese is left (Chocola shout out! Do you remember that one???) No mention of the different types, nothing on their art or design. They're just missing. Why?

What WAS Cream the Rabbit?
She wasn't always a rabbit, as the book proves. She spent time as a cat and maybe a squirrel? None of this is explained. Her two derivitives Marine Raccoon & Sticks the Badger are also conspicuous in their abscence of design explanation. All 3 of these characters are clearly, clearly design-derived from eachother and the old sketches.

Mention/show Sonic the Comic but Archie 100% absent.

Skimpy Sections:
They can devote an entire page to a single badnick (more than once, hello Crabmeat) but not give the Chaotix members their own page? At all? Babylon Rouges same treatment. The Deadly Six (if they have any fans) also get about a page, but their design was likely more interesting than a very large Sonic stock art and nothing else on the page.

Really Great Image: Page 99

The classic section is really extensive & that's where the book spends the most of its time and effort. You have the whole "Sonic rock band" that got dismissed, the ill-concieved 'Madonna human girlfriend*' who was thankfully also dismissed, game box art, early level sketches, Alex Kidd stuff, and other early items explained. As it becomes more modern, explanation and fleshing out goes away.

Coulda Shoulda Woulda
WHY is so much stuff missing/skimpy-content pages?
Could they just not get the images for someone like Marine, or a Chao?
Red Master Metal Sonic (or whatever that end boss in Chaotix is called) also no sign of at all.
Books always have to balance page number with content. It's more expensive to make a thicker book with more pages. However, this one seems to expend pages on purpose for 'trivial' things like an Orbinaut while excluding fan favorite items like Chao hero/dark, or the version of Metal Sonic from S&K. They also publish a Japanese intro comic page with 0 translations even though there's a good bit of dialogue. It's understandable they couldn't publish the entire thing, but at least write what happened in the rest of it. IF there were no sketches for say...Espio, just throw in him doing the color-shifting from Chaotix, and publish some of its beautiful scenery that everyone has access to just like they can access Orbinaut.

That aside, it really is still a great book to have.
Just because everything didn't get 100% equal treatment, doesn't mean it's not good. It's still cool to have, don't let nit-picking diminish it, but you should also know what's inside.

*Madonna
You've probably seen the art of her around, she's basically Who Frame Roger Rabbit's "Jessica Rabbit" but with yellow instead of red hair. She's named "Madonna" because....the America-hating "edgy" singer at the same time was super popular and they basically wanted that exact person to be "Sonic's girlfriend" in the game. So yes a stolen badly drawn celebrity is making out with little silly cartoon old Sonic. (Evidenced by 'kiss mark' all over face) She's regarded as one of the few 100% Mistake things that hide in Sonic's past & never ended up happening. (Thankfully) Emo-Bangs Shadow is silly and bad, but he's not next-level bad like she was going to be.