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Leaping Tall Buildings [Kindle Edition]

I Christopher , Seth Kushner
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Some are mild mannered geeks, others mad geniuses or street-smart city dwellers driven to action. These are the men and women behind the masks and tights of America’s most beloved superheroes. But these aren’t the stories of the heroes’ hidden alter egos or secret identities…these are the stories of their creators! Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics gives you the truth about the history of the American comic book—straight from the revolutionary artists and writers behind them.From the founders of the popular comics website Graphic NYC—writer Christopher Irving and photographer Seth Kushner—comes the firsthand accounts of the comic book’s story, from its birth in the late 1930s to its current renaissance on movie screens and digital readers everywhere. Kushner’s evocative photography captures the subjects that Irving profiles in a hard-hitting narrative style derived from personal interviews with the legends of the art, all of which is accompanied by examples of their work in the form of original art, sketches, and final panels and covers. The creators profiled include Captain America creator Joe Simon, Marvel guru Stan Lee, Mad magazine’s fold-out artist Al Jaffee, visionary illustrator Neal Adams (Batman), underground paragon Art Spiegelman (Maus), X-Men writer Chris Claremont, artist/writer/director Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), comic analyst Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), American Splendor’s Harvey Pekar, painter Alex Ross (Kingdom Come), multitalented artist and designer Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library), artist Jill Thompson (Sandman), and more.Leaping Tall Buildings, like comics themselves, uses both words and images to tell the true story of the comic’s birth and evolution in America. It is a comprehensive look at the medium unlike any other ever compiled covering high and low art, mass market work and niche innovations. It is the story of an art form and an insider’s look at the creative process of the artists who bring our heroes to life.

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Editorial Reviews


"It’s a great survey of many of the talented men and women behind the characters."
New York Times

"A new book about the comics industry is nearly as epic as the field's history itself"
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Christopher Irving is a pop culture journalist who has written four prior books on the history of comics, as well as dozens of articles. Irving also served as Associate Editor on the multiple-Eisner-Award- winning Comic Book Artist magazine. Irving’s work on Graphic NYC with Seth Kushner has been featured in multiple mainstream media outlets, including Italy’s La Repubblica. Irving currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Seth Kushner is an environmental portrait photographer fascinated by all types of people. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Businessweek, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, and others. Kushner was chosen by Photo District News magazine as one of their “30 Under 30″ several years ago and is twice-winner of heir Photo Annual Competition. The New York Times declared Kushner’s first book,The Brooklynites (powerHouse Books, 2007), a “terrific coffee table book.” Currently, Seth is working on his web series CulturePOP Photocomix, mixing his photgraphy with a comic book-typw format on Seth resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York with his wife, son, and way too many cameras and comics.

Product Details

  • File Size: 50327 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N2X8L0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. June 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
All of my comic book heroes are between these covers. Beautiful photography and insightful interviews. I just got mine delivered and going to order a few more as gifts to my comic book loving friends. Simple a beautiful job.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Impossible to cover it all in a mere 240pp, Chris Irving and Seth Kushner manage to profoundly curate and populate LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS with passionate essays and photographs that speak to the origins of American comic books; from print to digital, mainstream to independent, and beyond. This is their love letter to a form that has built heroes, broken hearts, and tells the truth of what happens when you combine words with pictures.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaping Tall Buildings elevates the medium May 15, 2012
If you're a new comics fan who has had that niggling curiosity about the pens and brushes behind what you're reading, or even the influences that created the comics you're holding, this is the book for you. If you're a diehard comics fan, then you probably already know what a gift this book is to the field. It gathers in one place an insightful survey of comics legends and more than that- gives us excellent modern portraiture to suit the stature of these giants of the industry.
There have been too few books that helps us walk into the world of comics creators. Plenty of people have labored alone to do homage and draw attention to the greats of comics, but with Leaping Tall Buildings, things have really hit the fever pitch which the medium deserves, especially in this era of the best-selling graphic novel and increasing respect for comics as a form of visual literacy. We love our comics auteurs, but we also love the art that brings our favorite heroes to life and stays with us years after perusing it. Leaping Tall Buildings does justice to that. It's a book you can dip into, return time after time to learn something new, or read straight through, grateful to finally have such a beautiful volume celebrating a great American tradition. And by the way, it's not just about superhero comic creators, but all the real-life characters who have made their impression on the medium through dint of personality and purpose. Enjoy!
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