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Kovalic started Dork Tower, a hilarious, cartoony, black-and-white comic book series about a group of role-playing gamers, in 1998. This volume collects issues 13-17 of the comic (the first two volumes contained the first 12), along with bonus material. Each of the five issues includes a main serial and shorter features. In the main story, loudmouthed Igor, laid-back Ken, dungeon master Matt, and Carson the Muskrat are joined in the game by Matt's off- and (against his better judgment) on-again girlfriend, Kayleigh, who looks down on Matt's nerdish activities. Further confusing the matter is Gilly, the Perky Goth, whom Matt likes a lot. In addition to the role-playing game jokes, the book spoofs Renaissance fairs, Macintosh computer lovers, the cable TV hit Iron Chef, comic-book crossovers, Star Wars fans, and the other best-known humor comic about gamers, Knights of the Dinner Table (Kenzer & Company). Fanboys and fangirls of any age will laugh out loud at Kovalic's comical yet sympathetic take on the gaming life. Recommended for all collections, especially where interest in role-playing games is high.
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Product Details

  • Series: Collected Dork Tower
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dork Storm Press (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930964439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930964433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on May 13, 2003
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John Kovalic�s �Dork Tower� series, since I discovered it a few years ago, has been one of the best treats I�ve enjoyed as a comic book reader. It�s the story of Matt, Igor, Ken and Carson -- four average gaming geeks (average except that Carson happens to be a muskrat) who walk a balance between existing in the real world and escaping to a game world.
This volume, third in the series, offers some of the best plot advancement yet. For some time now Kovalic has danced around the fact that Matt and Gilly the Perky Goth would be kindred spirits if they ever actually met. In this book, he finally gives us that meeting -- with a monkeywrench thrown in. Matt meets Gilly, all right... right after he gets back together with his game-hating, geek-intolerant ex-girlfriend.
�Dork Tower� is one of the few series that really makes you feel for the characters without ever resorting to sappy moments or losing the fact that it�s a comedy first. We want Matt and Gilly to get together, but the obstacles in their way are so funny we don�t want them to stop. Every page of this book is packed with laughs. I can�t imagine anyone not loving this book. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- if Charles Schulz had played "Dungeons and Dragons," the result would have been "Dork Tower."
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John Kovalic, Heart of Dorkness (Dork Storm Press, 2002)

I've heard a lot of great things about Dork Tower over the years, but as my Dragon subscription expired many, many years ago, I'd never gotten a chance to see it. My library did have one copy (across the whole system!) of one book, so once I knew that, I grabbed it. It's quite funny stuff, as long as Kovalic sticks to skewering, parodying, and otherwise mangling modern geek culture, and the overall storyline is a good bit of fun, but when the book gets serious, it bogs way, way down. Thankfully, that only happens a bit, and hopefully it's absent from the other volumes, which I must now hunt down via Interlibrary Loan (for the higher-ups at my library have no grasp of the term "continuity"). ****
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on April 28, 2003
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The third collection of the Dork Tower comic books.
Once again, our characters live their lives and poke fun at just about everything in life.
The main plot line concerns Ken, who against all the advice of his friends, is getting back with his old girlfriend (the Ex from Hades). But no sooner does he meet with his ex than he finally meets the cute and perky Gilly (the one we have wanted him to hook up with since the start). Triangle city. Poor Ken is stuck in the middle of gaming, relationships, gaming, humor, gaming, life and did I mention gaming.
A very fun series for anyone who has ever know a compulsive personality (gamer, beanie baby collector, etc.).
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