BOOK REVIEWS FROM A CURIOUS MIND: I read a lot. Books and the data/stories contained within them are my oldest friends. My wife suggested in her wisdom that I should write up short summaries/observations on the books I've been reading, since people might be interested, so I did. Comments are welcome.
the Watchmen – Dave Gibbons, Chip Kidd, Mike Essl (2008)
The Watchmen is a comic book written
by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.It is maybe the single greatest work of superhero literature I have ever
read, and I re-read it every few years, always finding new details and
Alan Moore is one of the best
writers for comics around.He treats his
subjects with so much skill, does so much research, that it really takes an
artist like Gibbons to bring the dense, inventive storylines to visual
life.This book is basically a
collection of sketchbook work, preparatory drawings, and final artwork for the
12-issue series.Everything from pen and
ink sketches of main characters to the trial and error of preparing finished
pages is included.
Here is how I would have drawn Dr. Manhattan
For an art lover like me, it is
invaluable!To see into the mind of Mr.
Gibbons is amazing.While his finished
artwork bristles with detail, resonance, and expertly framed images, the
sketches expose the vitality of his art.For anyone who has read Watchmen, (and if you have only seen the film,
please do yourself a favor and read the comic), this book is a fantastic