'Behind The Mask of Spider-Man: The Secrets of the Movie' signing in San Francisco

Official Press Release

Book-signing with Mark Cotta Vaz

Saturday, June 1, 2002, 1-3pm

Join the Cartoon Art Museum as it celebrates the exhibit Web-slinging and Wall-crawling: The Art of Spider-Man with a book signing of the behind the scenes look at the making of Spider-Man, the movie. The book, Behind the Mask of Spider-Man includes: hundreds of never-before-seen photos, costume sketches, storyboards and set design illustrations; interviews with major cast members including Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe and Kirsten Dunst; fascinating revelations from director Sam Raimi on capturing the essence of Spider-Man on film; exclusive excerpts from David Koepp's screenplay, revealing scenes cut from the final film; and the secrets behind the film's dazzling visual effects and digital wizardry.

Under license from Spider-Man Merchandising, L.P., and written by veteran pop-culture journalist Mark Cotta Vaz, Behind the Mask of Spider-Man is an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the planning and production of Sam Raimi's amazing and widely anticipated film. Revealed here for the first time are all the most intricate details of Spider-Man's long-awaited journey to the silver screen. From script to soundstage, from costumes to visual effects, the book captures the creative energies of all those responsible for this supreme act of illusion.

In addition to this book, Mark Cotta Vaz, has recently published The Art Of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, an eagerly anticpated book to accompany the upcoming movie release. This book will also be available for signing. This lavish volume is filled with breathtaking, never-before-seen movie artwork including character sketches, costume and set designs, models, digital images, paintings, and animatic storyboards. It is also the only place fans will find the complete shooting script, presented in its entirety.

Behind The Mask of Spider-Man: The Secrets of the Movie is published by Del Rey Books (Trade Paperback; $20.00)

The Art of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones published by Del Rey Books (Hardcover, $35.00)

About the Author

Mark Cotta Vaz has authored thirteen books, beginning in 1988 with Spirit in the Land, an investigation into America's traditional and New Age spiritual practices. He has specialized in works documenting popular culture, including Tales of the Dark Knight, the authorized fiftieth-anniversary history of Batman, and Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm, a chronicle of the second decade of George Lucas' effects company. Vaz is a longtime contributor to Cinefex magazine and a past board member of the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco. He's currently finishing a first novel and is working on a history of two of the most distinguished of the segregated units of World War II.

Cartoon Art Museum

655 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105


Hours: Tues. – Sun. 11:00 - 5:00, Closed Monday

General Admission:$5.00


Children 6-12:$2.00

Members & Children under 6: Free

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