- Series: Modern Masters (Book 3)
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing (December 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893905306
- ISBN-13: 978-1893905306
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Masters Volume 3: Bruce Timm Paperback – December 4, 2012
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Bruce Timm may not have achieved Jack Kirby's stature (see The Jack Kirby Collector, v.4, reviewed below), but he may be better known by today's comics fans, for he produced and designed the popular animated TV show Batman Adventures, which many consider the most successful filming of the Caped Crusader. Though he has since produced shows featuring Superman and the Justice League, he intermittently returns to comic books with an expressively simple, distinctively cartoony style that recaptures the fun of superheroes before they acquired their current veneer of relative sophistication. In this book-length interview, Timm discusses his background and influences (foremost among them Kirby) and tells what it's like to toil in TV animation. Despite his success, he comes across as affable and enthusiastic--qualities evident in his work on screen and page. The volume is amply decked out with character designs, comics pages, storyboards, and other illustrations, notably including a galley of pin-ups of Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and other costumed adventuresses that show off Timm's skill with (PG-rated) feminine pulchritude. Gordon Flagg
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I rated this book 3 stars because all in all, it was ok and worth the price. It does have a nice range of illustrations from stuff Bruce did back in the day all the way up to some of his professional work. Sadly though the illustrated content is rather sparse and 90% of all the illustrations are in black and white (this is a shame because Bruce is the master of marker/ink/paint color work).
GET THIS BOOK IF: You're a fan of Bruce Timm and would like to read about Bruce's journey of being a complete nobody to becoming the guy who brought us one of the most amazing American Cartoon television series ever made and you'll be content with a few small (mostly B&W) drawings with a couple of older color Bruce Timm drawings you've seen online before passing as a lackluster "gallery" towards the back.
DON'T GET THIS BOOK IF: You're not that interested in lots of back story, text, and only a few smaples of artwork. If you're looking for a comprehensive art book, with color illustrations, conceptual sketches, etc this is not for you.
The reason that I rated this 4 stars instead of 5 is that the quality of the book isn't very good. It feels much more like a magazine than a book. When I first picked it up, I was afraid that it would fall apart in my hands. Just be aware that it's a bit more fragile than the average paperback. Other than that it's a great read with lots of great artwork. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in retro-style cartooning, animation, or the Batman animated series. You won't be disappointed.
What'll you get: Lots of great Timm line art fleshes out the pages, showing his progression from toy-insert mini-comics to extremely influential animator/comic penciler. Those curious about the history of Timm's various animation projects will enjoy some behind the scenes info. If you're interested in breaking into comics or animation, you'll learn how Bruce did it (decades ago), though it's not likely to be vary relevent to your endeavors.
What you won't get: There's not a lot of time spent on Timm's techniques or methods - this isn't a very technical interview. Also, any of his recent projects (like Justice League: Unlimited) fall after the making of this book.
If you're a hardcore Bruce Timm fan, you'll definitely want this in your collection. It's a very enjoyable read. However, if you're looking for insight on "making it" in the comis/cartoon world, move along...
The long interwiev its full of anectodes, curiosities and skills,the experience of a master available to all those who wants to learn, or are simply curious.