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Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie Paperback – February 23, 2010
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Good articles, interviews, and insights into the creative process. A must have for any fan.
I just wish they'd make one for the 2nd movie!
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High resolution film stills, set photos, comic panels and other production art fill the pages. Some of the pictures are so huge you can see the pores on the skin. There are also additional art drawn for the movie, like the drawings of villains by Nicolas Cage. Most of the blood in the book actually come from the comic panels. I haven't read the comics but the beautiful comic drawings entices me to check them out.
Note that there might be a bit of spoiler revealed but not really a big deal.
Slapped on the back cover is a parental advisory label warning of explicit content. Some of the funny quotes happen to be vulgar ones -- delivered by a kid no less -- and there are some nudity (small stills) as well. This book, just like the movie, is for the mature audience.
This book is an entertaining blend of outrageous fun and the mundane.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The concept of Kick Ass is marvelous. With no power comes no responsibility. Well, that is kind of true. David Lizewski, is a comic book fan, who asks the tough question. Why don't people do this in real life? It can't be that hard saving people from villains, and the like, can't it? Experience is the best teacher, and what the heck, what's a few broken bones. Heal, and get at it one more time, right?
It is extremely rare for a comic book to be created the same time as a film is in pre-production, especially for a new property. It doesn't hurt that Mark Millar already had a professional reputation for production already, I guess. With John Romita Jr tapped for art on the comic book, and his experience in film work to date, it was really a natural progression for both.
This book reflects an all around look at the process. Input from actors, writers, artists, designers, and scads of art taken from production notes, the comic books, and random sketches. Design wise, I am amazed at the finished product, it represents an extreme view of what might be a franchise. It is varied, interesting, and even includes fake blood splats on the page numbers. Can't imagine what this would have looked like had Titan taken the safe route.
As the film is due soon, there are production stills, photographs of sets and stars with and without makeup/costumes, script snippets, and some great comments from Nick Cage. I can't imagine not meeting Adam West, as he had, and not coming away impressed!
Kick-Ass, Creating the Comic, Making the Movie is an invaluable look at what can happen when a property strikes the right balance between comic and film. Once the film is available, this book will sit alongside Kick-Ass, the Movie and be a complete package!
With its inventive layout, well-chosen text, and overall intelligence of presentation, the book resembles a super-extended feature article in a glossy magazine. A magazine that happens to boast a topnotch design department, that is. Imagine Entertainment Weekly doing a couple of special issues on Kick-Ass, then increase the length, trim size, and paper quality so they're closer to art-book level and you'll get a sense of how inviting this book is. Of course the real fun in such magazine pieces is exploring all the factoids, asides, and revealing quotes that are tucked away in the sidebars--and one of the main virtues of this book is that it reads like a compilation of such sidebars, all the boring parts having already been cut out.
That should partly explain the above reference to "well-chosen" text. But it also bears mentioning that the text itself, although built around an engaging autobiographical strand from Kick-Ass cocreator Mark Millar, is really an artfully edited collection of interview snippets conducted by Mark Salisbury, Stacy Mann, and Jeremy Smith.Read more ›
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If your a Fan of the Kick-Ass movies your going to love this Book! its filled with great stuff from the Kick-Ass movie and is a Must for Any Fan!!Published on February 7, 2014 by Bob Brading
A good buy, the book is in perfect state, like new. A good sheller and a good place to buy.Published on January 27, 2014 by Anabaias
This book, put out by Titan Books, London, tells the whole story in a few words and a lot of pictures and illustrations, of the making of the movie Kick-Ass. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Bow or Stroke oar
Any fan of Kick Ass the movie will want this book. It gives a deeper look into what went into making this unique film.Published on August 1, 2010 by isidro garcia
Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic Making the Movie accompanies the movie based on the best-selling comic book by Mark Miller and John Romita Jr. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
The groundbreaking comic book KICK-ASS by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. is an amazing blend of geeky humor and unrelenting violence. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Brian D. Ahern