If you haven’t already rushed out to buy this book, then I suggest you get on that. But if you need a little push as to why you should buy it, I’ll indulge you.
Andrew DeGraff is a huge movie buff and a lover of maps. In his introduction, he talks about covering his bedroom walls with National Geographic full-color maps and the first time joy of studying his favorite movies. As an adult, his freelance illustration career landed him creating maps so at a certain point he realized he could join his two childhood loves and create Cinemaps. His maps are absolutely amazing on their own but he recruited A.D. Jameson to give context and deeper meaning to the maps. Jameson is able to interpret the maps with as much passion that DeGraff put into drawing them.
Needless to say, this book is perfect for any movie lover and even a map lover. Some of my favorite movie maps include: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Labyrinth, Edward Scissorhands, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
DeGraff is extremely detailed about his maps but I think what really pops is his use of colors. They really invoke the feel of the film they are portraying. Guardians is practically a rainbow, Clueless is bubblegum pink, Shaun of the Dead has bright red streaks.
Cinemaps is out now from Quirk Books in physical and e-book format.