Serving as a way to celebrate CLAMP's 20th anniversary, and to give fans of the all-female manga-ka team something else to fall in love with, Del Rey has recently released an awesome art collection from their Tsubasa franchise. Entitled Tsubasa: ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS Original Art Collection, this book is quite the sight to behold.
Presented in an oversized format, this art collection is 102 pages of CLAMP masterpieces as they have been pulled from various sources. Each page is loaded with amazing examples of CLAMP's designs and eclectic style. If you're unfamiliar with the manga-ka then you should know that each character features elongated proportions. Legs, arms, and even entire bodies are often stretched beyond reason. It gives the artwork a very unique look that stands out and defines who they are. One look at a single piece here and you'll instantly be able to recognize it as CLAMP.
Now, Tsubasa also happens to be one of their more successful franchises. It's basically a culmination of all their works. Various characters cross-over from one series to the next, but ultimately the series is its own entity. The plot follows the tale of a guy named Syaoran on a quest to save the girl of his dreams, Sakura, along with his travel companions Fai and Kurogane. It's a fantastical franchise that launches its characters from one world to the next, so in each segment the looks is more and more diverse. This art book catalogues a majority of their more striking adventures.
Included here are colored full-paged versions of pieces seen in Japanese magazines, on advertisements, or even CD covers. The breadth of content is formidable, and it's safe to say that outside of the manga chapters and anime, these pieces have never been available in the States before. What's great about this book from the standpoint of a fan of the franchise (which I happen to be, by the way) is the pair of drawings and five-page manga that are exclusive to this release. Nice!