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Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel By Dave Gibbons Chip Kidd,

  • Title: Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel
  • Author: Dave Gibbons Chip Kidd
  • ISBN: 9781848560413
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 , including posters, covers and rare portfolio art FeaturingEnjoy 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 , 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 DC Comics 2008 All Rights Reserved.
    Watching the Watchmen The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel 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 pers

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    1. An absolute must have for all fans of Moore and Gibbons and their life changing work on the seminal artistic and cultural achievement that is, was, and will be Watchmen, this book sheds light into the messy and brilliant process of Gibbons, Moore, Higgins, and all parties involved, and provides incredible insights into the inspiration and perspiration behind the greatest graphic novel of all times, written, as it was, to honor the profound medium that is the venerable comic book, no matter what [...]

    2. With Alan Moore severing all ties with DC due to various reasons, it looks like we re not going to get a discussion by him of how the story of Watchmen came about or how he plotted the series, page by page and panel by panel However, what we get here is Dave Gibbons take on things, though primarily concentrating on the glorious artwork that he created over 25 years ago.And my What a lot of artwork there is Firstly, this thick, oversized book is a lot bigger than I d thought it d be It feels like [...]

    3. More pictures at parkablogs The construct of the book is great It s hardcover with a dust jacket The paper stock is good, thick and low gloss.Inside the book are tons of initial sketches, designs, storyboards, comic panels, scripts and scribbles Dave Gibbons really packed in a lot of stuff from their sketchbooks The scans are so high in resolution you can see the texture of the sketchbooks paper grain.The book starts off with the background story on the history of Watchmen, when Dave Gibbons and [...]

    4. Watchmen is a very special comic It remains so despite the Snyder movie, despite the two decades that have passed, despite the reveal at the end which actually makes rereading the comic exciting , despite the strange form half comic and half book I ve reread it recently and got out of it A lot than rewatching the Snyder movie So a book describing the process of creating the comic should be just as fascinating, right Well I m not the intended audience.See, I want to read and hear the stories th [...]

    5. I don t believe I ve ever given Dave Gibbons the amount of credit he deserves for the creation of Watchmen It wasn t until my most recent re reading that I really paid attention to what he managed to accomplish with a 9 panel grid The subtlety and level of detail he conveys with absolute clarity is every bit as genius as Alan Moore s words There isn t anything flashy about his style, but I can t imagine any of today s big name artists capable of the feat, especially since so many of them struggl [...]

    6. The title omits the fabulous work done by Mike Essl, who designed every page with the velveteen touch and genteel manner one would expect from a gentleman craftsman.

    7. Considered by some as the watershed graphic novel of the late twentieth century, my best comparison of Moore and Gibbons epic comic book series for you neophytes out there is to Orson Welles Citizen Kane How, you ask Well, think of the recursive nature of the narrative, as well as the adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely That and the fact that the ubiquitous smiley face is akin to Kane s Rosebud in its symbolic power Perhaps not in its meaning per se, but in its figurative use throughou [...]

    8. I ve been a big fan of The Watchmen since I read it many years ago It was my first exposure to Alan Moore s writing, and Dave Gibbons art as well for that matter In addition to being blown away by the mere complexity and depth of the story, I also found it quite fun to look for all the symbolism, which in my pre sophisticate days, consisted mostly of finding all the smiley faces.In the subsequent years, I ve flipped through my Watchmen volume a few times and found other interesting little tidbit [...]

    9. If you are obsessed in love with WATCHMEN and want to be a comic artist, you WILL LOVE THIS BOOK OMG.This book was written by Dave Gibbons, the artist behind WATCHMEN, who introduces us in the comic world, talk us how he met Moore and how they used to spend hours on the phone chatting about WATCHMEN Gibbons explains us how hard and complex was to produce only a page and how enjoyable was to create it.When I was reading this book and felt a charming warmth in my chest and my fingers ached with de [...]

    10. The next best thing to sitting down with Dave Gibbons and leafing through his sketchbooks and files while he tells you how Watchmen got made from his perspective Be warned, though the level of painstaking detail here is for uber fans and other comics writers and artists only if you re not interested in seeing a full set of Dave s thumbnail layouts for the entire series, or photographs of the test inkblots Gibbons made for reference for Rorschach s mask, move along The thing I appreciate most her [...]

    11. I was a little scared when I started to read Watching the Watchmen , not really knowing what I was going to get myself into, just knowing it was about the watchmen and I had to feed my inner nerd I was scared that the book would withhold to much information about the secrets and wonders of the watchmen, things that shouldn t be told, much like Shakespeares Macbeth and it s hidden secrets that no one can figure out even to this day, yet I was pleased to see that this book gave you enough informat [...]

    12. excellent overview of the production of the series by artist dave gibbons not even chip kidd could mess this up yes, it s true, i hate kidd s designs i know they re supposed to be innovative and cutting edge but it always looks like some dude from design school went nutsyway, presentation is very clear and concise, and the layout is very pleasing if you re into it it s my favorite super hero story ever then this book is well worth having although it offers insight on the making of the comic, avo [...]

    13. As I fan of this graphic novel since it came out in the late eighties, and as someone who finds the business of comic books and their production interesting, I enjoyed this book, though it is little than a grandiose coffee table book I suspect that those who have never read of or heard of Watchmen before will find it of little interest, especially as the original graphic novel is NOT part of this book, though there are quite a few pre production pages and other interesting oddities included For [...]

    14. A good coffee table book that discusses the creation of the famous The Watchmen graphic novel Dave Gibbons offers a lot of great insights about the initial ideas that drove the work and the processes he used to bring it to life The book is full of sketches, thumbnails of pages, and a few pages of Alan Moore s script.Unfortunately, the majority of the artwork doesn t merit than a passing glance The text, though definitely interesting and worthwhile, doesn t go into as much detail as one might ho [...]

    15. It is quite disconcerting to feel that you are missing important aspects of the story when you are reading a graphic novel designed in the best comic tradition But this is supposed to be the great Graphic Novel and it s themes are many and were ground breaking for this genre in 1986 The Cold War arches over all the stories, whilst characters inner turmoil, psychological profiles and environmental conditioning are brilliantly explored Read in 1986 this would have indeed been revolutionary, but we [...]

    16. This is an excellent deconstruction and history of the writing, drawing, coloring, and lettering of the Watchmen comic series Gibbons doesn t get into any of the ridiculousness and bad blood that may exist between parties and instead focuses on the creative process That s not to say that there aren t a lot of different anecdotes from the time, but they are always focused on the creation and reception of the book I ve always liked Watchmen, but the level of detail within this book really increase [...]

    17. Wish I could give it 3 1 2 stars At times really insightful into how comic artwork comes together and comes from concept to realisation, colour and lettering forming a big part of it.Dave Gibbons is clearly a match for Alan Moore in this instance, both of them at the top of their game when DC ran with this title Developmental sketches form the bulk of this lavish book, with some amazing watchmen collectibles detailed at the end, my favourite being a swatch type watch with the smiley face on the [...]

    18. What was most enjoyable about this book is the background information and anecdotal stories told by the illustrator of Watchmen He describes the creative process behind the drawings as well as the evolution of several character designs Also included are many original drawings, sketches, and page layouts With the upcoming film incarnation of Watchmen , fans of the graphic novel will appreciate and enjoy this unique opportunity to Watch the Watchmen , a clever response to the graphic novel s oft g [...]

    19. This book was very intriguing and gave many reasons to read on It was a littlel embarassing to read on the train however because there are many nude shots of the big blue superhero, Dr Manhattan I think there are many concepts in this book that may be hard to comrehend and it would help to research the time period Over all, I found that this book was very interesting and I liked the maany twists and turns of the plot I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants to read a book that realy makes [...]

    20. Nice behind the scenes look at the making of the artwork of Watchmen When everyone thinks Watchmen, they inevitably think Alan Moore Which is fair Moore was the one that created the initial ideas and story But it was Dave Gibbons and John Higgins that really brought it to visual life.And make no mistake, visually, design wise, this book was groundbreaking Gibbons is never given enough credit for the ultimate success of this series.So, this is an interesting, albeit one sided look at the creation [...]

    21. This isn t exactly a book that one reads It s like a keepsake for people who hold the original graphic novel in high esteem, as I do I read it inasmuch as I looked at every page, recently.It s chock a block with interesting tidbits and insights, all without Alan s direct participation But I certainly don t begrudge Mr Gibbons making a few extra pfennig from this endeavor.I continue to eagerly await the forthcoming major motion picture adaptation, even as it also fills me with dread.

    22. This was really cool The artist that helped create Watchmen how he and Alan Moore made the concept a reality He discusses what made Watchmen so different than the rest of the genre at the time, while also going into the actual details of how they physically created the work The book details what the comic book scene was like for writers and artists of the time Most interesting, the book is filled with sketches and artwork that never made it into the final piece A very neat, quick read.

    23. While it may not be a definitive look at the creation of Watchmen, it s pretty darn close Artist Dave Gibbons tells his side of how this pivotal graphic novel was created and shares his memories of the working experience Included are sketches from the characters and pencil drawings of various pages as they slowly become the pages we know and love today.If you love Watchmen you re going to love this.

    24. I m glad I borrowed this book and didn t buy it While it s pretty cool to see the early sketches and ideas, I felt like there were far too many page breakdowns done with marker I find myslef flipping through than half the book with no real interest A comic artist might find interest in it I did like Mr Gibbons memories of the events and creations, but it doesn t really shed too much light on the events I must say however it really helps one to appreciate the art of this wonderful comic series [...]

    25. i m not one to worship the ground it floats above think WATCHMEN the pinnacle of superhero comic book lit, but yeah, Moore and Gibbons put together a pretty impressive package, that you have to respect, particularly for its time This book is a great behind the scenes look, full of design work, thumbnail layouts, sketches, all from Dave Gibbon s perspective, for the obvious reasons.

    26. This is another sorry case where the movie was vastly superior to the book Rorschach, the graphic novels only likable and entertaining character, makes it worth the read, but do yourself a favor and skip every page you don t see him on Seriously, you can go through this entire damn thing reading only the panels he s in and you won t miss an ounce of plot Dave Gibbons drew the book, and I applaud his work, but to the writer Allen Moore, I say I am disappoint.

    27. Gibbons gives an excellent account of the creation of Watchmen from his perspective He provides a detailed examination of the artistic process that he went through, and describes how much the work means to him He unapologetically avoids going into any of the drama associated with the book, keeping the focus closely on how it was created, and how much he enjoys the continuing positive reception.

    28. This book is about a group of superheroes that somehow have fallen apart The main characters of this book are John Gates, Rorchak, Dan, and Lauie I liked this book because is seemed to ave a lot of fighting parts in it Most of the action is what was engaging about the book.I would recommend this book to any teenager who likes to read superhero action books Anyone who does not like a whole lot of violence should not read this book.

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