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Book Giveaway: The Stunning “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy”

 

Confession: I meant to post this about an hour ago, but every time I flip through this gorgeous and huge (9 1/4 x 11 7/8, 300+ pages) book, I get caught up in its riches again and lose track of time. Yes, I know that just last week I was complaining of superhero fatigue, but this chance to revisit Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in ways both smart and definitive has revived my faith and enthusiasm on numerous levels. Kudos to authors Jody Duncan Jesser and Janine Pourroy for pulling off what seems like a daunting task, and doing so with style to spare.

Oh, and speaking of style, did I mention that the one-and-only Chip Kidd is the designer, and that he’s really outdone himself this time, even by his standards? So no, to put it mildly, this book doesn’t represent some opportunistic effort to cash in on Batmania. The unparalleled access to the key talent involved in the films, plus the concept art, on-set production photos, reproduced comics pages, character designs—they all attest to this, as does the foreword by Christopher Nolan and the (amusing) introduction by Michael Caine.

In short, even if you decide not to enter this giveaway, do yourself a favor and check out The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy at your library—or order it for your library. It happens to be a terrific media literacy text, not just a visual theme park for cinephiles and superhero geeks.

Okay, enough gushing. A big thank you to Abrams, which has made a copyavailable to readers. Here’s what you need to do to win it:

  1. You must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address to which the book can be shipped. You also can not have won a previous giveaway on Connect the Pop. (Let’s give some new folks a chance, shall we?)
  2. Leave a comment on any of the four previous posts that are tagged with “Batman.” Here’s a list of all such tagged posts: http://blogs.slj.com/connect-the-pop/tag/Batman/
  3. “@” me on Twitter with the hashtags #Batman and #ConnectThePop in the tweet to let me know you’ve done this, and the date of the post where you left the comment. (I’m @Peter_Gutierrez.)
  4. Everyone who does these two things between now and 12:01 am EST on August 1 will be entered into the drawing.
  5. If you don’t have a Twitter account, just have a friend or colleague tweet on your behalf, letting me know which date and comment is associated with the tweet—but of course since the book will be sent to him/her (see #6 below), you’ll have to work it out from there. (Or just start your own Twitter account in a couple of minutes, and close it when this giveaway is over.)
  6. I’ll notify you on Twitter, not here, if you’ve won a book, and if you don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll just draw another name. If you’re a winner, you’ll simply DM me your mailing address, which I will then pass along to Abrams, and we’ll be all set. Thanks!
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