Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel

Dave Gibbons

Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel

Acclaimed as one of "Time Magazine's" 100 Best Novels, "Watchmen" is widely considered to be the greatest graphic novel of all time. "In Watching The Watchmen", artist Dave Gibbons gives his own account of the genesis of "Watchmen", opening his archives to reveal excised pages, early versions of the script 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. 4.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel

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Classification Fiction
Genre Comics & Graphic Novels
Format Hardback
Pages 256
RRP £24.99
Date of Publication October 2008
ISBN 978-1848560413
Publisher Titan
 

Acclaimed as one of "Time Magazine's" 100 Best Novels, "Watchmen" is widely considered to be the greatest graphic novel of all time. "In Watching The Watchmen", artist Dave Gibbons gives his own account of the genesis of "Watchmen", opening his archives to reveal excised pages, early versions of the script 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.

Reviews

The Times

Jonathan Ross

You didn't - and in fact still don't - need to know a lot about the history of the American comic book or even the history of this particular project to enjoy it. But for those of us who still live and breathe the four-colour masterpieces of our youth, the back-story is important. Charlton Comics, home of various third-division heroes (E-Man? Konga? The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves? No, didn't think you'd have heard of them) had recently been acquired by the behemoth DC, home of Batman and Superman. Moore's and Gibbons' plan was to create a new epic that would integrate a gaggle of Charlton heroes into the “DC Universe”. Knowing that every character in Watchmen had a “real-life” counterpart, so to speak, still thrills me and my other fanboys to death: Moore's Rorschach was Charlton's Question, Doc Manhattan was Captain Atom and Nite Owl was the hero formerly known as Blue Beetle.

17/10/2008

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The Independent on Sunday

Jonathan Wells

...the input of artist Dave Gibbons is often underappreciated. Watching the Watchmen does much to set the record straight. The nine-panel grid that gives the book its intricate, symmetrical, watch-maker's structure was Gibbons' idea, for instance. He also suggested the smiley-face badge that, spattered with blood, became the book's emblem, and was co-opted as the mascot of 1988's second Summer of Love. Beautifully laid out by the graphic designer Chip Kidd, who gave a similar treatment to Batman and Superman, Watching the Watchmen will be of interest to any serious fan of Watchmen.

09/11/2008

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Time Out

Web Behrens (Chicago)

The handsome, hefty book features Kiddarific design—the trademark touch of Chip Kidd who, along with fellow graphics guru Mike Essl, worked with Gibbons to present hundreds of pages of art with an eye toward flow. Unfortunately, they scrimp on text: Most notably, the book needs more elucidation about the stunning (yet surely difficult to execute) fifth chapter, “Fearful Symmetry,”... Of course, the book’s unlikely to interest anyone who hasn’t yet devoured the original graphic novel. Still, it gives those interested in comics a stronger perspective about its genre-expanding impact.

15/04/2009

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