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Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight Book Launch and Exhibition Opening


On Saturday, October 19, 2019, author and Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago celebrates the premiere of Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond published by Insight Editions. This star-studded book launch party features a number of talented Bat-guests, including fan favorite Batman comic book writer Devin K. Grayson, DC Comics artists Brent Anderson, Al Gordon, Mick Gray, and Steve Leialoha, Sam Hamm, screenwriter of the 1989 Batman motion picture, and additional guests to be announced.

That evening, the Cartoon Art Museum will also launch The Batman Armory, a display of Batman movie costumes and props courtesy of Allan Lavigne of The Bronze Armory. Award-winning costumer and prop designer Lavigne will be on hand to discuss his career and provide guests with a behind the scenes look at the creation of Batman's most iconic costumes.

General admission for this special event is $10, and free for Cartoon Art Museum members and anyone wearing a DC Comics-themed costume. Copies of Batman: The Definitive History of The Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of event sponsor Insight Editions. The Cartoon Art Museum will be the first west coast venue to offer this historic volume for sale. Advance tickets for this event can be purchased through

The book launch party also includes a DC Comics Costume Contest. The party attendee with the best costume will receive a limited edition Arkham Asylum Batman statue courtesy of DC Comics and Sideshow Collectibles. Additional prizes will be provided by Insight Editions.

About Insight Editions

Insight Editions creates illustrated books of distinction that celebrate cultural milestones in entertainment, history, and the arts. These lavishly produced and visually stimulating volumes are dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. Elegant and informative, books from Insight Editions showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft.

About the Bronze Armory

Allan Lavigne, Studio Head of The Bronze Armory Studios. Mr. Lavigne has nearly 40 years of experience in both television and film in the design and creation of costumes and props. Over the course of his celebrated career, Mr. Lavigne has earned more than 50 awards for his work with numerous television and film studios, including World Science Fiction Celebration Awards and Hugo Awards in 1978; the Marvel Comics Workmanship Award in 2010 for his Iron Man Mark III armor; and the 2014 DC Comics Industry Award for his Arkham Asylum Batman costume. His collaborators and industry partners include NBC's Mark VII Production Project UFO, G4 Network’s popular Attack of the Show, Sony Pictures and Lucasfilm.