Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe Paperback – 1 Sep 2013
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""Super Graphic" might be my favorite book ever. I am a complete statistics nerd. I am also a comic book/sci-fi nerd. Never before have I seen anything that combines these two separate worlds so brilliantly. I wouldn't describe the act of ingesting this book as 'reading' per se, more of an effortless flow of information into the readers mind."
-Neill Blomkamp, Oscar-nominated writer and director of " District 9" and "Elysium". --Neill Blomkamp
Tim strikes exactly the right balance between meticulous representation and witty self-awareness which makes Super Graphic my book of 2013 (so far). --It's Nice That
About the Author
Tim Leong is the Art Director of Wired Magazine with ties to the comic book industry. He contributes charts for Comics Alliance the most highly trafficked comic book site in the US. He was the editor in chief of Comic Foundry Magazine, which was nominated for an Eisner award and is very highly regarded in the industry.
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Top Customer Reviews
Bought for my comic/superhero mad son (I have a collection of superhero comics from the 70's/80's myself) Super Graphic is a brilliantly 'visual' book full of masses of off the cuff and geek worthy information about DC, Marvel and Superheroes.
This is all presented in an infographic way such as 'Information is Beautiful' if you're familiar with those books/website. Here you are provided with huge volumes of data that you can consume quickly and clearly.
It's packed to the rafters with bar charts, venn diagrams, pie charts, hierarchies, tree maps, standard maps, time series data and many other infographic styles. A very small taste of what you can find in this -
- Walking Dead kill counter (just who has topped the most zombies?)
- The four faces of The Flash
- The pizzas of The Mutant Ninja Turtles
- The politics of Good v Evil
- Superhero kill counter (Just who has killed the most baddies?)
At 196 pages the quality of this book is excellent and it looks great too!
If you have any geeks leaning towards superheroes/data/graphs in your house I can thoroughly recommend this book!
There's a good cross section of comic books and characters referenced. Would recommend.
Funniest entry, hands down: "If You Were the Punisher, What Would You Do?"
Best geography lesson: a world map showing the locations of Nanda Parbat, Neo-Tokyo, Latveria, Gorilla City, Wakanda, Themyscira, Santa Prisca, Smallville, Asgard, and Duckburg.
Bandes dessinées special: six pages of Tintin charts, including its 56-year publication history, and Herge's 32-year history of rewriting, redrawing, and re-editing his earlier, more controversial, volumes.
...And much, much more!
CAVEAT: The Kindle version may not be readable. Half a dozen reviewers on Amazon's US page have complained about fuzzy graphics and the frustration of trying to read two-page spreads that are split into two separate pages in the e-book. No such problems with the paperback version, of course.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my sons 13th birthday. He absolutely loves it. We spent hours looking at all the different charts. He educated me on some parts, I educated him on others. Fantastic buy!Published 25 days ago by Jaye M
Picture two circles. One with people who love comics and one with people who love graphic design. Where the two meet are all the people who gave this 5 stars. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shanks
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