Cover art by Eric Powell. All images courtesy of Boom Studios.

John Carpenterā€™s Big Trouble in Little China has become a cult favorite for many reasonsā€”its goofy mix of humor, action, and quotable lines; Kurt Russellā€™s Kurt Russell-nessā€”but the filmā€™s visual style is also quite distinctive. The new book TheĀ Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China is devoted to collecting and celebrating it, and weā€™re thrilled to debut some pages here today.

The Boom Studios release, written by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry with an intro by Carpenter, is out February 1 in comic shops and February 7 in bookstores. It delves into Big Troubleā€™s costumes, set designs, storyboard art, and more, and contains interviews with everyone who helped make the filmā€™s visual style so unique, including the filmā€™s cinematographer, visual effects producer, makeup effects artist, and others.

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Hereā€™s a look at the gorgeous red gown costume designer April Ferry created for Lo Panā€™s unwilling brides:

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Hereā€™s Lo Panā€™s Minion Thunder, from concept to screen to uh, exploding special effect.

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Anf thereā€™s this guy. I find the smug smirk on the unfinished versionā€™s face even more unsettling than the final monster.

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The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China also takes a look at the classic Big Trouble poster, with a spotlight on artist Drew Struzan, as well as other art and comics inspired by the film.

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If youā€™re a fan of the movie, youā€™ll probably also want to check out Boom Studiosā€™ The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China (by the same authors), which came out earlier this month and contains a wealth of behind-the-scenes tidbits, photos, and interviews. The cover pays tribute to Struzanā€™s iconic movie poster, and in the afterword, Kurt Russell confesses that Big Trouble fans are his absolute favorite fans to meetā€”largely because of the great delight they take in sharing their favorite Jack Burton lines. May the wings of liberty never lose a feather!

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