As much as Mario is considered the icon of gaming culture, you can't have that conversation without Sonic the Hedgehog. The blue speedster is getting his own coffee table book in time for his 25th Anniversary:
"Sonic The Hedgehog has been speeding through pop culture since 1991. SEGA’s super fast rodent grabbed the attention of millions, featured in dozens of video games, TV-series and comics, and was rightfully inducted in the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2016.
The ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Art Book’ honors the video game icon with a striking ‘coffee-table style’ volume about the art and visual design of his universe. It contains key art, illustrations, promotional art and rare material from the timespan 1991 – 2016, and has a complete written history of the origins and evolution of Sonic as a design icon. Detailed accounts by Sonic Team-members such as Yuji Naka, Takashi Iizuka, Kazuyuki Hoshino and Yuji Uekawa explain key design decisions shaping Sonic The Hedgehog over the years.
The Collector’s Edition is a hardcover book with a separate dust-jacket. It comes in a luxurious outer box with a modernized 'classic 90's' Japanese Sonic design and has a special inner sleeve that conveniently folds into a display stand for the book itself. The Collector's Edition also contains an exclusive, newly drawn matted art giclee print by Sonic Team lead artist Yuji Uekawa, the artist famed for the 'Graffiti style' that ushered in 'modern Sonic'."