BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse

Chris McDonnell, Lisa Hanawalt

Netflix’s BoJack Horseman has quickly become one of the most critically acclaimed animated comedy series in recent memory. Set in an off-kilter, cynically spun rendering of modern-day Hollywood, the show follows washed-up horse actor BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) as he attempts to turn his life around. BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse is the official behind-the-scenes companion to this cult-hit series. Part oral history sourced from original interviews with the show’s cast and crew, part art book—including sketches, storyboards, and background art—this book will trace the series from conception to post-production. Beginning with the initial development of creator/ showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg and production designer Lisa Hanawalt’s inimitable aesthetic vision, The Art Before the Horse goes on to reveal all of the moving parts—direction, writing, casting, animation, and music—that come together to form this uniquely bleak, emotionally potent, very funny show.Also Available: BoJack Horseman 2019 Wall Calendar (ISBN: 978-1-4197-3177-8)

Creator Bio

Chris McDonnell has designed books on Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton, the Joker, Wonder Woman, and many more. McDonnell served as author and designer for Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo (Abrams, 2014) and the forthcoming Steven Universe: Art & Origins (Abrams, 2017). He is a founding member of the Meathaus comics/art collective. McDonnell lives in Philadelphia.



“A behind-the-scenes companion that comes straight, as it were, from the horse’s mouth. The text is an oral history of the Netflix show, backed by a full stable of concept art. Highlights include showrunner Raphael Bob-Waks berg’s intro and Aaron Paul enjoying an episode on the set of Exodus: “I had to hold my fake beard in place because of my laughter.” Total Film

“Bojack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse, offers an intimate and wonderfully quirky look at how real life stories and meticulous production came together to inspire the popular Netflix show centered around a horse(man) suffering the slings and arrows of show business. With an introduction by the show’s creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the book takes readers on a journey through embarrassing experiences that became part of Bojack’s dark and boozy story and reveals how its unique world came into focus with 121 pages of illustrations and concept art.” Metrosource

“Netflix’s BoJack Horseman has cemented itself as one of the best comedies – animated or live-action – of the past decade, thanks in large part to its meticulously detailed world and the fascinating design of its quirky characters. Every scene is brimming with visual gags, ridiculous animal puns and Hollywood-skewering easter eggs, to the point where it’s impossible to catch them all in a single viewing – which is why a new book, BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse, should appeal to fans of all stripes (and spots).” IGN

“In one section of the excellent new book BoJack Horseman: The Art Before The Horse, the show’s writers discuss the idea of BoJack Horseman’s “bad behavior” and thinking of the consequences of his actions as if he was a real person.” The A.V. Club

Price £26.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 4 September 2018
Pages 240
Height 254mm
Width 305mm
Illustrations 300 colour illustrations
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East
ISBN-13 9781419727733