Book Review: The Art of Professor Elemental

“The Art of Professor Elemental”
By Paul Alborough and

Chris Mole
Plus a host of hugely talented artists
Review by Steve J. Ray

It’s no secret that Fantastic Universes is a website that celebrates art, comics, music, whimsy, and fun. Few people truly encompass all those virtues more than our friend, Paul Alborough, AKA Profesor Elemental.

The Art of Professor Elemental is a tome that’s been 15 years in the making, and it was well worth the wait. I’ve collected most of the hugely entertaining comics that the Prof has released over the years, but sadly wasn’t there as a friend or fan from the very start of his career. Of, course, I've more than made up for it since.

This gorgeous book not only collects every issue of the comics, but also features promo material, album cover designs, merch, posters, and a whole lot more.

The list of artists featured in these glorious technicolour pages even includes the work of more than a few comic book luminaries, including Charlie Adlard and Pete Woods! Plus, even though it’s touted as an art book, there’s a ton of stuff to read which makes me very happy as a major bookworm. This is a coffee table edition that will keep you entertained for weeks, and it will become real conversation piece when you have friends around, too.

Comics fans will get tales of horror, comedy, steam-punk, time travel, parallel worlds… and much, much more. One of my favourite things about all of it, though, is that it’s all super fun. Don’t expect X-Men angst or superheroic trials and tribulations, these are tales that, much like the Professor’s music, are there to lift you up and make you smile. The world’s serious enough as it is, thank you.

On summer days I light the barbecue and play The Professor's music, because it makes me happy and fuels both physical and internal sunshine. This book will do the same, but also keep you warm on cold winter nights, as every page exudes pure joy. Think of this book as the visual equivalent of Chap-Hop, and you’ll be on the right track.


The Art of Professor Elemental is a book that all his fans should own, of that there’s no doubt. However, if you just want to read, smile, and laugh, appreciate good art, and love a well-made and exquisitely crafted book, you will not be disappointed.

Buy this book… it’s splendid.

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