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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

Biographie de l'auteur

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 C. IS the Pop Culture Standard For His Generation! 8 novembre 2013
Par E. Lee Zimmerman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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. Sure, there’s a story built up around the conflict as far as the eye can see, but that contest of wills when “two men enter, one man leaves” is what inspires him to pick up pen, brush, and paper in order to capture it in one seminal frame, trying to force as much meaning and depth into it as is humanly possible. He does what he does with an incredibly practiced eye – one that’s finally tuned for the nuances of a particular character’s look, dress, or mannerisms – and what he produced is indeed as much as flight of fancy as is the project that inspired him.

If you’re unfamiliar with his work, then you don’t know what you’re missing … but, rest assured: it’s never too late for you to board the Scott C. Train To Zanytown at the LooneyVille Station.

GREAT SHOWDOWNS – like the first volume – is the perfect little coffee table book. It’s the kind of entertainment that’s quick and (somewhat) easy that your friends will love perhaps as much as you do. Or, if you’re a corporate trainer or someone who sponsors corporate-style meetings, it’s a great book to have on hand for folks to thumb through while they’re waiting for you to begin. Its simple representations are a delight on the eyes; it’s all assembled with an almost wacky if not uncanny eye for small details; and it produces a warm fuzzy chuckle probably when needed most. Don’t pass up this chance to see pop culture at its finest.

I’ll close with one observation I made regarding the first volume because I think it’s equally relevant: I’d love for these books to be issued with a key or some listing (in the back) as to what movie or show each painting relates to. It isn’t a fault of the artist that I don’t ‘get’ or ‘know’ the flick; it’s just that I’d like to know without having to go to all the work to figure it out because, then, I’d possibly go and watch the DVD. Like I said before, it’s a minor kerfuffle, but a kerfuffle nonetheless. Yeah, it might ruin some of the fun … still, it might enhance it!

GREAT SHOWDOWNS: THE RETURN is written by Scott C. and published by Titan Books. It includes a forward by filmmaker Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, etc.) as well as an introduction by Scott C., himself. It comes with a cover price of $14.95 (U.S.), a bit steep but definitely worth it if you can make that work in your budget.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. As a reviewer, I’ve found it’s always best to be honest with those who follow my humble works, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that I didn’t enjoy GREAT SHOWDOWNS as much as I did the first one; but that’s only because there are many obvious film, TV, and pop culture references in the sequel that I, frankly, just didn’t know. That isn’t a fault of the author; it’s just that he’s far more ‘experienced’ in those areas than I. I still appreciated his art – his fine depiction of the small details that make you realize, “Oh, yeah, NOW I know what this is” – and I don’t believe I’ve been that excited about basic watercolors in all my life. Scott C. is a genius, indeed.

In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Titan Books provided me with a copy of GREAT SHOWDOWNS: THE RETURN by Scott C. by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
Drawing Smiley Faces on Terrifying Things To Make Them Happy 24 février 2014
Par S. Wildman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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.
One of the most spectacular slices of movie-based pop-culture you're ever likely to find... 18 novembre 2013
Par Danny Ratcliff - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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.
Great artist! 17 juin 2014
Par Rafael Bandeira - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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.
Scott C. made another great book 12 décembre 2013
Par TheOriginalDrewski - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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