Watchmen is a twelve-issue comic series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Originally published by DC Comics as a monthly limited series from 1986 to 1987, it is now available as a trade paperback, which popularized the “graphic novel” format. To date, Watchmen remains the only graphic novel to win a Hugo Award, and is also the only graphic novel to appear on Time Magazine’s 2005 list of “the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.”
Watchmen is set in 1985, in an alternative history U.S. where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviets. It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own.
With a major motion picture in production for release spring 2009 from Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures and director Zack Snyder, this is DC Comics' first-ever hardcover edition of the Hugo Award-winning epic from writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, offered at DC’s standard trim size.
This volume features a new cover by Gibbons and contains the high-quality, recolored pages found in Watchmen: The Absolute Edition, which were restored by WildStorm FX and original series colorist John Higgins. Also included are selected bonus sketch materials.
The Watchmen Hardcover Edition is 436 pages and is slated for release in November of 2008.
This oversized hardcover is worth the $75.00 for any serious fan of Watchmen. Each page of art has been restored and recolored by WildStorm FX and original series colorist John Higgins and approved by Gibbons to appear as originally intended.
It includes 48 pages of supplemental material including samples of Moore’s Watchmen scripts, the original Watchmen proposal, Gibbons’s conceptual art, and cover roughs produced exclusively for the Graphitti Designs Watchmen hardcover edition not seen since their original publication.
This work, by Sara J. Van Ness, explores the graphic novel's reception in both popular and scholarly arenas and how the conceptual relationship between images and words affect the reading experience.
Other topics include heroism as a stereotype and social construction, the hero's journey, the role of the narrator, and the way in which the graphic layout manipulates the reader's perception of time and space. The final chapter even covers the history, controversy, making of, and critical reception of Zack Snyder's Watchmen movie.
But the best thing about this book is that this website, and yours truly, is cited and quoted several times within its pages!
Artist Dave Gibbons gives his account of the genesis of Watchmen in this dust-jacketed hardback volume, opening his vast personal archives to reveal excised 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.
“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.
It is the most eagerly awaited comics-to-film adaptation of them all. The graphic novel that changed an industry is now a film from Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures, directed by Zack Snyder (300), and Watchmen: The Official Film Companion is the essential guide to this cinematic event.
Featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, and scores of photos, this is the comprehensive guide to the new movie event.
Watchmen: The Official Film Companion is published by Titan Books and written by Peter Aperlo, an LA-based writer whose credits include the screenplay to the video game 300: March to Glory. The 176 page book is due out in February 2009.
Discover how director Zack Snyder (300) and his crew faithfully recreated the intricately detailed world and characters of the legendary graphic novel in the eagerly awaited film.
From the New York City of an alternate 1985 to the surface of Mars, the film adaptation of Watchmen is a triumph of design, filled with unique characters and layer upon layer of arresting detail.
Featuring scores of production designs, set photos, costume sketches, storyboards and other pieces of conceptual art, Watchmen: The Art of the Film is a lavish celebration of a comic book made real. The 256 page book is published by Titan Books and is due out in January 2009.
As the official photographer on the set of Watchmen, Clay Enos was there at every stage of production as director Zack Snyder filmed the adaptation of the legendary graphic novel. As well as his day-to-day duties making sure there was a visual record of the production, Enos also made time to work on a very special project: a collection of black-and-white portraits photographs.
From the lead characters, including of course Rorschach, the Comedian, Dr Manhattan, Nite-Owl and all the other Watchmen, to supporting characters and even extras in the crowd, his lens captured them all. With its wealth of exclusive photographs, this stunning book is a unique look into the world of the film. The 192 page book is due out in January 2009.
Alan Moore’s Watchmen popularized the graphic novel format, has been named one of Time magazine’s top 100 novels, and is now being made into a highly anticipated movie adaptation.
This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series peers into Moore’s deeply philosophical work to parse and deconstruct the ethical issues raised by Watchmen’s costumed adventurers, their actions, and their world.
From nuclear destruction to utopia, from governmental authority to human morality and social responsibility, it answers questions fans have had for years about Watchmen’s ethical quandaries, themes, and characters.
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This 20th Anniversary Watchmen tribute book from Italian publishers Lavieri is a 240 page trade paperback containing twelve essays and new illustrations from a wealth of comics talent including Giuseppe Camuncoli, Eduardo Risso, Jay Stephens, Dave Hitchcock, Gary Spencer Millidge, and Chris Weston.
It was put together by, smoky man, co-editor of the book Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman, with all net profits from the book to be donated to AIMA, the Italian Alzheimer organization.
The two images on the top left show an original pencil sketch by Dave Gibbons and the finished cover which is the sketch painted over by artist Gabriele Dell’Otto. The bottom left images show the only two original illustrations I could dig up that appear within the book.
If you’re an insane completist of all things Watchmen, or you can read Italian, you can read more about it on the Lavieri Comics web site. You can also read the introduction to the book by writer Michael Moorcock over at smoky man’s blog.