Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

Super Graphic. A Visual Guide to the Comic Universe
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Aside from a few instances of casual sexism, it was a good read. Flipped through it in a few hours and found the detail and originality to be interesting. You can tell he put a lot of time into this and it really was enjoyable cause you never know what kind of graph or chart you're going to get next. Pleasantly surprised that he had one about Persepolis in here.

I'd recommend it if you're into infographics. View 1 comment. Dec 28, Christa rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics-graphic-novel , own. You don't read this book as much as look at it. Turn it open to any page and you may find a graph of how tall each superhero is, or a Venn diagram of who wears a cape vs tights vs mask. Even my dad, who doesn't know much about comics, was intrigued at the way this book was set up.

Jan 28, Andy rated it really liked it Shelves: comics , illustrated. Geek heaven - a melding of comic books and statistics. Fun, colourful and completely useless in the best way, Tim Leong has masterfully created a varied selection of comic book facts, stats and arcana in a visually inventive succession of graphs, bar charts and diagrams. There's lots to enjoy from the duration of death of major characters, the length of Wonder Woman's hem line, Charlie Brown's love life and which Flash is the most useless.

I was particularly taken aback by the Punisher's kill coun Geek heaven - a melding of comic books and statistics.

I was particularly taken aback by the Punisher's kill count really that high? There is more a weighting towards D.

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C more of a personal quibble from this Marvel fan , though he admirably covers a fair amount of the independents too. Dec 29, Doug rated it really liked it. I don't think every graphic succeeds -- although maybe the impenetrability of the mapping of Marvel superheroes to Marvel superhero teams is deliberate.

But I learned quite a few things mostly about the evolution of the business, there are great charts about acquisition chains and price-point changes. I and laughed a lot. And I literally didn't put the book down until I'd plowed through the whole thing.

Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

If there's a sequel, or maybe even just a second edition, it needs a chart about XTC songs and comic book character references. Maybe Sgt.

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The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying, and filled with heroes, villains, and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of Wired magazine's. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Tim Leong's mixture of deep nerd data and gorgeous information design are the perfect chocolate-and-peanut butter combo you.

Rock can help. Aug 06, Rob Usdin rated it it was amazing. Loved this book. Electronic versions of this book are exceptionally low quality. The publisher is aware, the author is aware, supposedly a higher quality version is in the works but nothing yet.

Had to get that out there. The book is itself both a humorous look at and analysis of tropes and other data in the comics world. It is laugh out loud funny and filled with tons of awesome comics trivia.

In print it is beautifully done. Sep 11, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: iowa-city-library , comics. Apr 23, Shannon Appelcline rated it it was ok Shelves: comics , non-fiction. An interesting book of impressive infographics. However, it generally feels more focused on showing how clever the graphic artist is then revealing any real information about comics. So, I was fascinating going from page to page, but saw very little where the graphic presentation actually provided new and interesting details for the information.

Jan 04, Lucy rated it liked it Shelves: other-comics , own-the-book. Bar charts! Trivia that I will remember instead of coordinate geometry! This book was certainly fun to read. It's full of not only comic-book trivia and facts, but also blends with movie adaptations and has a few pages on cosplays and conventions. It's also funny, with a double-page spread on The Punisher in which the author talks to himself quite a bit.

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This book splits almost down the middle with Marvel and DC as you would expect , along with a few pages dedicated to other publishers. But it wasn't all lost. I might not have been able to enjoy all the pages with in-jokes and explanations of history, but it aimed to keep things inclusive, often pitting publishers against one another in spreads. So, it's a fun little book, which can't be taken too seriously as there is a lot left to opinion. To enjoy it fully, you need to have a reasonable amount of knowledge about comics, even if it's just comic book movies.

Jan 03, Scott Foley rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-that-break-the-mold. When I learned of this book, I knew I had to have it. Each graph is typically quite clever in depicting an image along with information. Another includes the affiliations of over fifty Marvel characters such as Wolverine, Captain Amer When I learned of this book, I knew I had to have it. Yet another breaks down the pizzas that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have enjoyed since their inception. By and large, the graphs are incredibly complex and fascinating to study.

I cannot imagine the time, effort, and sheer amount of research required by Tim Leong to produce it. However, this book absolutely does not take itself too seriously. Some of the charts mean to make you laugh, and some are downright ludicrous. As a comic book lover, I can pick this book up anytime and find something new to appreciate. However, I think anyone interested in infographics or art will adore it as well. Furthermore, I value books that push traditional publishing standards, and this one does just that. Nov 29, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: graphic-novel , nonfiction.

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Bar charts! This book by one of Wired magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots and more. Another includes the affiliations of over fifty Marvel characters such as Wolverine, Captain Amer When I learned of this book, I knew I had to have it. Bar charts! This book is a wealth of information - its just a shame I am not entirely sure when I would get to use it.

I put this on my Graphic Novel and Non-fiction shelves Tim Leong has- brilliantly, I might add- graphically presented data from the world of comics. Some of these are funny and comical, but most are clearly the product of hours of research, assembly and presentation. A must-have for the comic book fan on your list. An amazing work. Jun 02, Marjolein rated it really liked it Shelves: design. It had humor, design and superheroes! All the things I like!

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Some charts were a bit confusing and not very clear. Loving the flash statistics and most of the graphics! Apr 06, Carey rated it really liked it.

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Good, smart, comic info-graphic fun. My favorite was a flow chart of what the Punisher would do that always ends with "kill him. Oct 04, Naima rated it really liked it Shelves: comics. I like the statistics, but to be honest it probably would've been better without comparing Power Girl's breast size to the average woman, which was a little gross.

Jun 13, Danielle rated it it was ok. Dec 11, Alastair Hudson rated it really liked it Shelves: graphics , non-fiction. You would have read a lot of Marvel and DC to appreciate all the graphic diagrams here. But there's plenty to entertain anyone with some basic knowledge and it would give them a good insight into the deeper world of Super Heroes.

The graphics are appealing, have a consistent style and provide constant delight as you turn the pages. There's plenty of humour and it's certainly not just for the die hard comic geeks. I can't think of many aspects of the world of comics that isn't touched on; Story Li You would have read a lot of Marvel and DC to appreciate all the graphic diagrams here. I can't think of many aspects of the world of comics that isn't touched on; Story Lines, Characters, Publishing History, Company finance and strategy, Writers, Work Schedules and more. There's nothing at all on Chinese, Russian, or African comics but researching that for a sequel would be a daunting task However, that's easily forgiven as America is the home of Super Heroes as the title "Super Graphics" implies.

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So it's great for comic geeks. Beyond that, this is also an excellent book for graphic designers, statisticians and good game for anyone that's read Edward Tufte. Lots of the graphics are purely that; a nice visual that provides no information beyond the graphic image itself. The Cardinal rule of including graphic elements that have no bearing on the information is regularly broken. Lines linking text to image are usually awkwardly routed making many diagrams difficult to follow Alphabetical lists are regularly used rather than a more meaningful order like time or size.

Some diagrams just state the obvious and others make no attempt to give any insight into the graphic chaos covering two pages. But this is all about entertainment Jul 11, Blue Book rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. At first, this book appeared to me as a funny and light summery read. Still, I went ahead with my analytic process with one question in mind: what is the purpose of this work?

Quite a hard question to answer when it comes to non-classified books because they don't fit in a specific genre. A couple of minutes later, looking at the beautiful graphs included in this book, it dawned on me: that author wants to incorporate very odd and non-classified pieces of information in a book that will appeal t At first, this book appeared to me as a funny and light summery read. A couple of minutes later, looking at the beautiful graphs included in this book, it dawned on me: that author wants to incorporate very odd and non-classified pieces of information in a book that will appeal to a large audience.

That finding in mind, I would define that work as a small collection of facts. Whether they are expressed by a coloured graph or by a cartoony statistic model, you will learn a lot of things you never thought existed such as how many superheroes wear a certain colour. This is the part I liked the most about this book because it is a very accurate tool for someone who wants to evaluate or study marginal aspects of comics and cartoons world, but, at the same time, it could be used by a novice reader who wants to know the basics component of this universe.

Plus, as suggested in the title, the author focused on the visual aspect of his work. Consequently, visual learners and readers will be very satisfied, whereas other types of readers might find it limited. Overall, this book is an interesting piece of visual art and it contains accurate and useful marginal pieces if information about comics and superheroes. I would recommend it to those who already love comic books and the world of this genre and also to those who want to study that type of literature for the first time.

I wouldn't recommend it to readers who love deep and complex thoughts and who want to learn more than the basics of that world.