McD Workshop’s Chris McDonnell art directed and designed the Wonder Woman: Amazon. Hero. Icon. art book which was published in 2010 by Universe and written by Bob Greenberger with Matthew K. Manning writing the first chapter. Working with editors Jessica Fuller at Rizzoli International Publications and Chris Cerasi at DC Comics, Bob covered Wonder Woman by organizing chapters around different aspects of her story as opposed to writing a linear history. The book’s editorial direction was focused solely on the comic book incarnations of Wonder Woman throughout her history. Chris read through thousands of pages of artwork in the DC archives and in the stacks of comics several feet high in the studio that were gathered as source material. Chris’s object was to find work that represented a wide breadth of artists that worked on the character over the years per editorial direction, all while referencing Bob’s text and choosing moments and panels with great graphic impact, artistry and/or significance. Chris naturally also made many selections based on the work’s fascinating weirdness. Bob suggested art additions and subtractions along the production and led a final search through the DC Archives to locate missing pieces that could only be found there, which rounded out the art selections.
Above: Some earlier cover design directions from the jacket design process.