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Watching the Watchmen

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by Dave Gibbons, Chip Kidd, Mike Essl
     
 

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Enjoy the ultimate companion to a comics masterpiece, as award-winning artist Dave Gibbons gives his own account of the genesis of WATCHMEN in this dust-jacketed hardback volume, opening his vast personal archives to reveal never-published pages, original character designs, page thumbnails, sketches and much more, including posters, covers and rare portfolio

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Enjoy the ultimate companion to a comics masterpiece, as award-winning artist Dave Gibbons gives his own account of the genesis of WATCHMEN in this dust-jacketed hardback volume, opening his vast personal archives to reveal never-published pages, original character designs, page thumbnails, sketches and much more, including posters, covers and rare portfolio art. Featuring the breathtaking design of Chip Kidd and Mike Essl, WATCHING THE WATCHMEN is both a major art book in its own right, and the definitive companion to the graphic novel that changed an industry.

Voted among Time magazine's 100 Best Novels from 1923 to the present, a perennial bestseller over the past twenty years and widely considered the greatest graphic novel of all time, WATCHMEN is a gripping, labyrinthine piece of comic art, which has earned an acclaimed place in modern literary history.

"I've had a great time, re-visiting the very beginnings of Watchmen and unearthing material I haven't set eyes on for many years. As a fan myself, this is the kind of stuff I eat up and I'm sure the many devotees of the graphic novel will do the same!" says Gibbons.

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Editorial Reviews

Douglas Wolk
…for those of us who've already read Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's mid-1980s autopsy of the super­hero ideal 63 times, Gibbons's new Watching the Watchmen is a treat: a scrapbook in which he dissects the artistic process that produced the original series, including his thumbnail sketches for every chapter.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848560413
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
10/21/2008
Pages:
265
Sales rank:
772,741
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Dave Gibbons is best known for his iconic artwork on the groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen. He has also written and/or drawn many other comics titles, including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Doctor Who and his semi-autobiographical graphic novel The Originals.

Chip Kidd has been called "the world's best book-jacket designer" and "the closest thing to a rock star" in graphic design today. His iconic designs include the cover for Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. He is also a writer, musician and avid comics fan.

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Like the DVD extras to a blockbuster movie, "Watching the Watchmen" delves into the process of creating the watershed comic title. Gibbons shares his own experiences with equal humor and candor, while also revealing how the universe itself seemed to conspire in helping "Watchmen" get made.
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Lycidas85 More than 1 year ago
For anyone who may not be a graphic novel reader, this book is definitely a good place to begin. Originally written in serial form in the late 1980s, this graphic novel presents the reader with philosophical, personal, and global issues that, while not original, are still debated and argued today. While the graphic novel uses common archetypes and familiar motifs, it introduces a perspective that is usually not found in the Superhero genre. Anyone who liked The Dark Knight film by Nolan or found The Dark Knight Returns enjoyable will probably enjoy this graphic novel exciting as well.
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