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"It’s a great survey of many of the talented men and women behind the characters."
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"A new book about the comics industry is nearly as epic as the field's history itself"
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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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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: 7.8 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 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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By nicole chauvet on December 7, 2014
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Just picked this up. Great photos of the artists and some interesting insights. But how in Hell do you exclude Jeff Smith creator of Bone and Craig Thompson created of Blankets I will NEVER understand?!?! Those two gentleman have done more over the last 10 years for the general public's increased interest comics than most of the regular comic guys put together. They are ambassadors. Not to mention Wendy Pini and Dave Sim! This book is short without those creators.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 22, 2013
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Received a notification from Amazon that the Kindle edition had been revised to provide an upgrade to the images. This may be true, but, in the process, the text has been seriously downgraded to be almost illegible.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dean Haspiel on May 15, 2012
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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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