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Product details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452113882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452113883
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.6 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Kev Mooney #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 13 April 2014
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They certainly do in this book.

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!
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Bought as a present for a nephew who LOVES it and couldn't put it down. Great for all ages and holds a wealth of information. Illustrations/graphics are well done and not overwhelming. Will be buying again for other relatives!
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This book is the best. Some really good, obscure random stats. Every single one presented in a quirky, relevant, funny way. Great gift as well - I bought this and then bought 3 more to give away for Christmas and birthdays. The Punisher flowchart is my absolute favourite.
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My partner loved 'Information is Beautiful' book and here is the same style of infographics for comic books.
There's a good cross section of comic books and characters referenced. Would recommend.
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"Geek porn" sums it up neatly. Not every chart, diagram, and line graph in this book is equally interesting -- how could they be? -- but there's something in here to amuse and/or inform every comics geek, regardless of age or gender.

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.
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Ordered this for my husband for Christmas. He enjoys graphic novels/ comic book heroes etc. He was really pleased with the book and has been reading it a lot! It even encouraged him to revisit some of his old books.
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I find it hard to choose a gift for comic lovers sometimes because you never know what they have already without asking outright, I bought this as a fun present, but it's high quality print, great presentation and packed with useless but fun information - this really is an unusual, top-notch gift.
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Bought this for my partner as a gift and he loves it, I highly recommend this book for comic book lovers but also for designers interested in alternative infographics. Really beautifully put together and a really nice read.
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