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Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics Hardcover – May 8, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; First Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576875911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875919
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 ACT-I-VATE.com. Seth resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York with his wife, son, and way too many cameras and comics.

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Beautiful photography and insightful interviews.
Jimmy Palmiotti
If you're a diehard comics fan, then you probably already know what a gift this book is to the field.
Hannah Menzies
This is the kind of book that you can read all the way through or drop into from time to time.
Simon Fraser

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Palmiotti VINE VOICE on June 11, 2012
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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 8 people found the following review helpful By Dean Haspiel on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon Fraser on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is beautiful book, it's beautifully designed, it's beautifully photographed and it has a beautifully human take on that most American of mediums, the comic book.
It's difficult to come up with a sweeping summary of a book that covers so much ground, covers so many eras. We're lucky that so many of the pioneers of the medium have lived so long so that Kushner & Irving to talk to them. There's a real sense of context, of continuity and expansive diversity to the story of the comic book artform here that I don't think I've ever seen in any other work on the subject. One artist leads on to another, each telling their own tale in their own voice, but at the same time each one is contributing to the same story irrespective of style or genre. I think what struck me most profoundly about this book, and how it reflects the medium of comics, was the joy and passion that all these people seemed to express in their work.
This is the kind of book that you can read all the way through or drop into from time to time. It's one that I can see myself returning to again and again. Highly recommended.

Full disclosure - I was interviewed for this book, but my opinions are my own
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