The Mad Max Artbook is So Shiny, So Chrome

Oh what a book. What a lovely book! 

I can’t remember the last time I was excited for a movie to come out on DVD. Partly because DVDs are already becoming ancient…but there also hasn’t really been a movie worthy of post-theatrical hype.

Then? Mad Max: Fury Road came into our lives.

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Through all the ’80s sequels that have dropped this year, Mad Max was arguably the one made for reasons other than blatant dolla dolla bills. Despite being a two-hour car chase (such spoiler), its practical effects, meticulous design, and vivid color that makes it look like this it was shot through that second filter in Snapchat, brings the Fury Road life. I fell in love with this post-apocalyptic wasteland…and I wanted more.

So when I heard there was a book called “The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road“? I thought I’d died and gone to Valhalla.

Without giving away too many details, WITNESS:

Concept art of the War Rig returning to the Citadel

I’m a sucker for concept art. To me, it’s the equivalent of seeing a movie adaptation after reading the book – You get a glance at how someone else envisioned things.

Furiosa concept art vs her final, beautiful, post-apocalyptic-bae design (io9)

Not to mention, you get to see that the movie you see onscreen didn’t pop out of the creators’ heads perfectly formed – something any artist can appreciate.

One of the literal thousands of storyboards for “Mad Max: Fury Road” (USA Today)

For example, the artbook reveals that the movie was storyboarded before they even had a script – which may be why the movie reads like a comic book that jumped off the page.

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Doof Warrior on the Doof Wagon (billboard)

And, this guy? Fire-guitar dude? He’s the Doof Warrior on the “Doof-Wagon,” And the reason his face looks funky? Because it’s not his face…it’s his mother’s face that he wears like a mask. Which makes stuffing your cat look normal…

The Buzzard vehicles concept art and final product (io9, Warner Bros)

Everything down to the steering wheels has a story behind it. And that’s the kind of love that movies are missing being made with nowadays. Because blockbusters have become the fast food of film – made for money and not much care as far as if the ingredients are actually good for you.

The Citadel concept vs final product (io9, Warner Bros)

We’ve been in need of a blockbuster that is as artistic as it is entertaining. And I don’t think any of us expected Fury Road to set the new standard.

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“Yo, Joe!” by Evan Ferstenfeld & Mathiole

If you’re lookin’ for a really cool book of concept art, crazy details you’d never know about Mad Max, or if you’re just bored, I 10/10 recommend this book.


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Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.