The book starts with Guillermo del Toro (GdT) recounting how Hellboy went from being one of his favourite comic books to become a Hollywood movie he would direct.
Major characters in the book have their own biography pages, providing a little background for readers, like me, who didn't read the original comic book series. That's helpful.
Conceptual art is plentiful and accompanied by the movie script. Short captions by artists explained how the art was created to fit into the vision of GdT. This book's main subject is most probably artistic direction with function. From the captions, every thing drawn has form, function and purpose. Here's a little quote from GdT.
This book is heavy on character design, set design, movie story boards and props design. Movie frame stills were hard to find.
For Hellboy fans, getting this book is a no brainer.
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