Voted among TIME magazine's 100 Best Novels from 1923 to the present, a perennial bestseller over the past 20 years and widely considered the greatest graphic novel of all time, WATCHMEN is a gripping, labyrinthine piece of comic art.
Written by comics living-legend Alan Moore and featuring the iconic artwork of Dave Gibbons, it has earned an acclaimed place in modern literary history.
Now, Titan Books is to shed new light on this seminal work with WATCHING THE WATCHMEN by Dave Gibbons [October 2008, 9781845760413]. Providing the ultimate companion to the comics masterpiece, artist Dave Gibbons gives his own account of the genesis of WATCHMEN in this dust-jacketed hardback volume, 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.
"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," Gibbons said.
The well-known plot follows the end of super heroes. They've been outlawed. Once the self-appointed saviors of mankind, the men and women that kept the streets safe have hung up their capes and returned to the anonymity of their secret identities. All except one: Rorschach, a half-psychotic vigilante whose name still evokes fear on the city's streets.
After the suspicious death of one of the old team, Rorschach must convince his middle-aged, retired ex teammates, that he has uncovered a plot to murder the remaining super heroes -- along with millions of innocent civilians. But even reunited, will the remnants of the Watchmen be enough to avert a global apocalypse?