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The Great Showdowns Hardcover – October 30, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781162778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781162774
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a lovely coffee book for sci-fi junkies" – SciFiNow

"The wealth of treasure buried within is immense." – Crome Yellow

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a must-have addition to any geek haven and the perfect holiday gift for the fanboy or fangirl in your life!" – Fanboy Comics

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a brand new art book every film fan must own" – Film.com

This book’s whimsical illustrations will appeal to any illiterate, movie lover on your Christmas list.” – Cool and Collected

“A great coffee table book for conversation starters at parties!” – Beyond the Marquee

“The Great Showdowns is a wonderful little magical tome to include in your art library, pop culture collection, or keep out on your coffee table.” – Nerds in Babeland

“It’s freaking delightful. There’s no more enjoyable way to recall some of pop culture’s most raucous and contentious encounters than The Great Showdowns. What fun.” – San Francisco Book Review

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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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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Great book to have on your coffee table when guests come over.
Amber
The drawings are superb, the quality of the paper is awesome and it has a hardcover and sleeve that fits perfectly.
Diana
Going into this book my only real concern was that I wouldn’t recognize a lot of the drawings.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To my shame, I've never been all that much of an art geek. Now, that isn't to say that I don't appreciate artwork because I do. I've been reading comic books and graphic novels for well over four decades, so I can look at some forms of drawing and painting and coloring, and I can certainly get jazzed about what it takes to put something like that down on paper for others to see, much less evaluate. But art museums and the like? I just never caught that `bug.' I couldn't say why. It could be that I just never understood the `inspiration' behind the successful artist; thankfully, Scott C's artwork in THE GREAT SHOWDOWNS isn't lost on me.

Clearly, Scott C is a film nerd, much like so, so many of us today. His particular obsession - even highlighted in his brief `intro' in this small coffee-table-style book - is conflict as depicted in film ... because, after all, what would the art of storytelling be without conflict? There's no film to be had without it, and Scott C - in all his grace - has latched on to some wonderful metaphors in his watercolor illustrations here. Quite a bit of his inspiration is drawn from truly great motion pictures - THE SHINING, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, DR. STRANGELOVE to name but a few - but one can see by perusing his illustrations here that he genuinely loves good film. And who doesn't?

It's his style that's immediately accessible that makes THE GREAT SHOWDOWNS such a winner as a collection. There's absolutely nothing highbrow about any of it. In fact, it's refreshing uncomplicated - almost crude scrawling, in some cases - given life through basic watercolors. And even though he's given new life and examination to moments of conflict, everyone - even inanimate objects - are brought to life with a slim smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Johannesen on October 31, 2012
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This book is an absolutely adorable collection of Scott C's work. Scott takes on pop culture movies conflict in his adorable style - pitting hero against villain and i just love it. Plus you get an illustration of Neil Patrick Harris on a Unicorn. Who wouldn't want that?

This is an excellent coffee table art book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas Morgan on November 7, 2012
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I think my title for the review says it all. Scott C's art is sooo fun and amazingly simple, that you cannot help but giggle a bit!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Smith on January 5, 2013
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No words. Just pictures. But a key for the ones that stump the viewer would be a nice addition to the book.
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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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If we were pitting the two books in this series against one another in a battle to the death, I honestly think that this first installment in the Great Showdowns book series would come out the winner. The book starts out strong, grabbing readers instantly on the title page by offering up a scene inspired by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows with Voldemort and Nagini on one side and Harry – wand at the ready – and Neville with sword in hand on the other.

An introduction by Neil Patrick Harris follows and Neil basically fanboys over Scott C. as much as I did. Except he some how makes it sound way cooler. After which we get a brief introduction by the author before we’re immediately thrown into a whirlwind of pop culture nostalgia.

Going into this book my only real concern was that I wouldn’t recognize a lot of the drawings. Online Scott C. includes a quote from every movie with each drawing so if you don’t immediately recocgnize them you can always google the quote and generall figure it out. Sadly, the book does not do this – possibly for copyright reasons? Who knows. But that was my main concern and it was completely unfounded. Some of the highlights of this book include drawings of the Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Planet of the Apes, Aliens, the Shining, Starship Troopers, Jurassic Park, Tron, Star Wars, and the Wizard of Oz among so many more.

Some of the pieces are a little more diluted or raw than some of the stuff you’ll find on the Tumblr. That’s likely because this book seems to include a good amount of his earlier work from the beginning of the Great Showdowns series. They are still as awesome as any other and this book get a solid five stars from me. It’s fun, adorable, and its the kind of book you can share with anyone. I mean, seriously. It makes Se7en some how adorable.
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Excellent product. Didn't meet my internal expectations of an overlarge book. It was hardback. It does not come with explanations of scenes, or even a movie title. You might like than though, because it could be a conversation starter as a coffee book.
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By Steelval3 on December 28, 2013
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I love the way Scott paints the epic "showdowns"; he is so unique in his depictions. Only reason it is not 5 stars is because of its length (pretty short).
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