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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178116889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781168899
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The artist takes an incredibly simple concept and creates quirky, beautiful art tailor-made for movie geeks." - Parade’s Best Books about Movies and TV 2013

"This book was a fun flip-through and will be entertaining for years to come since it incorporates current and classic epic showdowns that will be interesting and recognizable as long as movies are important to our culture." - NerdSpan

"Movie buffs will soak up every wry and silly portrait as they recognize their favorite films. Scott C’s artwork is humble in its simplicity, yet wildly enjoyable." - Deep Focus

"Scott C's Great Showdowns, some of the coolest pieces of pop art out there." - Paul Sheer on E! Online

PRAISE FOR THE GREAT SHOWDOWNS: "Beautiful" - MTV "Wonderful" - Boing Boing"You're going to love this book... buy two copies... one to cut up and frame all the drawings" - Wired"In this beautifully funny chronicle of the world's most momentous confrontations, there is only one true victor. And his name is Scott Campbell." - Edgar Wright"It's smart. It's simple. It's hilarious." - Neil Patrick Harris"Scott Campbell really is some kind of genius." - Mike Mignola

"Pick this book up for yourself, or as a gift for the art & movie lover in your life. It would make a great coffee table book, and would be the source of many fun conversations with guests!" - Awkward Geeks

"Scott C’s style is an enchanting recipe I can only describe as one third childlike innocence, one third artistic talent and one third movie pop culture." - Geek Nutz

"For those of us who live film, this is a gold mine of smiles." - Renegade Cinema

"Scott C writes and draws this book with an impeccable style that’ll make you smirk, laugh and sometimes even gasp. Oh, and on top of all that, it’s fun for all ages." - Adventures in Poor Taste

"One of the most awesome art related books out there." - Nerdophiles

 "...incredibly funny and curiously good-natured recreations of famous movie showdowns." - Home Cinema Choice

"This is pop culture perfection." - Nerdist gift guide

About the Author

Scott Campbell (Scott C) is a maker of paintings, illustrations, comics, kid's books and video games. He studied illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and has worked on such games as the critically acclaimed Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Alongside this career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. Some of his most notable projects include the Igloo Head and Tree Head series, Double Fine Action Comics, Hickee Comics and the Zombie In Love children's book. Scott lives in New York City.

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This book is great, high quality drawings in a high quality material.
Rafael Bandeira
If you like Scott C. like I do, then this is a fun little book to have in you rart book collection.
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GREAT SHOWDOWNS – like the first volume – is the perfect little coffee table book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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Pop culture can be infuriatingly intoxicating if you let, and, no doubt, artist Scott C. has let it. Based on his artistic renderings, he’s allowed movies and books and TV shows and the like to occupy every corner of his fertile imagination. He’s allowed this addiction (of sorts) to take up residence in his brain, and, as a consequence, he’s forever interpreting their shenanigans and turning them out as artwork for the even greater masses at large. The result? He’s become a part of pop culture himself, and his ‘showdowns’ continue to delight, amaze, and amuse more and more people at every turn. He’s back with another collection of these great confrontations, and, while it isn’t quite as inebriating as the first, it’s still worth the time, effort, and money to appreciate.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

At the core, each and every story is about conflict. Man versus man. Man versus woman. Man versus alien. Alien versus man. Woman versus zombie. Zombie versus vampire. You get the point (or, if you don’t, you’re destined for the ash heap of history!). These conflicts drive us – as audience members – to figure out where we stand with the issue. We choose a side, and, Devil be damned, we’ll stick with it until the bitter end.

But it’s that conflict that truly fascinates artist Scott C.
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So what about the second installment? Still pretty much one of the most awesome art related books out there. Still full of awesome artwork from Scott C. Still full of classic moments in film history. Really, the only reason I docked it a star this time around was that there just seemed to be a lot more obscure films in this one than the other. I’ve seen a few other reviews that have said the same so I don’t feel too bad for my apparent lack of knowledge of the classic origins for these pieces.

That said, there are still plenty of super recognizable moments.

The book starts out with an introduction much like before except this time it’s from Edgar Wright who – much like Neil Patrick Harris before him – is a huge fan of Scott C. Next to this introduction is one of the best drawings in the book which shows the characters in Hot Fuzz facing off. Then we hear from Scott himself once again in a rather disjointed message where ultimately the best part is his drawing smiley faces on terrifying things like a bloody knife to make them happy.

Great Showdowns: The Return starts off strong with the Karate Kid on the title page and moves into several other great ones. I think my favorite is probably the full two-page Sandlot drawing but there are tons of other great ones. Some other great ones are: Office Space, Home Alone, West Side Story, District 9, Spaceballs, Hocus Pocus, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Galaxy Quest, and Spirited Away. There’s also a great Ferris Bueller one with Cameron and the painting smiling back.

NOTE: This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Words cannot describe the genius of Scott C...not even the words of film-making legend Edgar Wright (Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Spaced) in his forward to the book. This man's talent for condensing characters and inanimate objects from some of the best loved (and sometimes lesser known) films in cinema history is unparalleled. With what seems like effortless panache, he is able to pinpoint what we love about these characters and their struggles with their onscreen "foes" - each piece surprising, charming, and funny, but above all, uniquely Scott Campbell.

I can't imagine a better introduction to some of the lesser known films that Scott depicts, and for this price this book is an absolute steal. Scott is one of my favorite artists - I have his books and art in my office and have yet to find someone who once they've opened the book, don't pore over each and every page. A great conversation piece and an easy way to ensure that anyone who sees that you own it knows you are, completely and incontrovertibly, "rad".

Anyone with the least interest in film will enjoy this book. Simply put, I cannot recommend it higher.
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By Rafael Bandeira on June 17, 2014
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This book is great, high quality drawings in a high quality material. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in clever art and joy.
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Book is awesome. A lot of fun to browse through and figure out what movie is being depicted. I would buy a third one if he makes it.
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Everyone who comes over my house and loves movies loves this book- trying to guess the movies. A great conversation piece!
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By B. A. Densmore on November 10, 2013
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So clever is Scott C. I bought this for my teen daughter who is a big fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed it myself...
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More About the Author

Scott Campbell (Scott C) is a maker of paintings, illustrations, comics, kid's books and video games. He studied illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, focusing on comic and children's book illustration. Soon after graduating, he began at Lucas Learning as concept artist on children's video games. Four years later, he joined Double Fine productions as Art Director on such games as the critically acclaimed Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Alongside this career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. Some of his most notable projects include the GREAT SHOWDOWNS series, "Igloo Head and Tree Head" series, Double Fine Action Comics, Hickee Comics, the Zombie In Love children's book, and Psychonauts and Brutal Legend with Double Fine Productions. Scott lives in New York City.

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