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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452113882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452113883
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a wonderful book, both clever and informative while also being a joy to look at. Highly recommended...!"
- Paul Pope, Eisner-award winning writer and illustrator of Heavy Liquid, 100%, and Batman: Year 100.

One of the "Great Illustrated Books of 2013"
-Chicago Tribune

Holiday Gift Guide Pick. "Whether he's a Superman or Batman fan, he's sure to get lost in this comprehensive collection of comic book info. This book has every factoid he could ever want."
-Glamour

Holiday Gift Guide Pick - Paste Magazine

Best Books of 2013 selection
-Mother Jones

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"strikes exactly the right balance between meticulous representation and witty self-awareness which makes Super Graphic my book of 2013 (so far)."
-It's Nice That

"Using real research into all aspects of comics and the behavior of their fans, designer Tim Leong's Super Graphic serves up a series of delightfully clever infographics about the comic book universe."
- Publisher's Weekly

"Tim Leong's smart and charming new book offers a 'visual guide to the comic book universe' through clever charts and graphs."
- Pop Candy, USA Today

"Tim Leong's self-described 'love letter to the medium,' an absorbing, wonderfully unnecessary pairing of inventive, beautiful designs with nerd-friendly comic-book statistics and insights...Leong is honoring the single-minded genius of generations of cartoonists with single-minded genius. In a perfect world, his book would quantify the amount of time that you spend with it, but no one would want to see that number."
-Chicago Tribune

"Tim Leong's mixture of deep nerd data and gorgeous information design are the perfect chocolate-and-peanut butter combo you didn't know your eyes needed. It's part beautiful, part fascinating, occasionally challenging and sometimes completely useless--in other words, a work of art."
-Matt Fraction, award-winning writer of The Invincible Iron Man, Fantastic Four, and Casanova.

"... takes the cape-wearing obsession of millions and makes it handsome like never before."
-Kotaku

"The book combines data from all comic books into one neat little compilation of pie charts, bar charts and other infographic forms. This may seem strange, but it really is a breakthrough for all comics and graphic novels, as the data for this medium is so huge; [author Tim] Leong is really doing inspirational work by making it more academic. Leong points out how intricate comic storylines can be (and somewhat contradictory), shares advice on some of the longest running, best loved comics, and gives a brilliant breakdown of DC Comics demographic."
- Starburst Magazine

"The best book of comic book related graphs that you can possibly buy."
-Comics Alliance

"Many comics aren't worth reading. Many infographics don't say anything at all. But when one of the keenest visual minds targets one of the most expansive visual mediums, wonderful things happen. Tim Leong's Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe is the perfect collision. And I want it."
-Gizmodo

"It's a very heart-felt love letter to comic books, the imaginary people that inhabit them and the actual people that imagine the imaginary people."
- The Awl

"Ingenious graphic breakdowns that explore every corner of the superhero universe."
- Geek Magazine

"In the taxonomy of nerdhood, comic geeks and math dorks are not mutually exclusive. To wit: The new, deftly illustrated Super Graphic will leave nerds of every stripe satisfied."
-Hemispheres Magazine

"In his new book, Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, the award-winning art director and designer, who founded and edited the Eisner Award-nominated magazine Comic Foundry...took his lifelong love of comic books and his passion for design and mashed them up into a series of eye-pleasing infographics that make sense of the medium's poorly catalogued history... the book demands that every self-respecting comic book head get their hands on a copy."
-Complex

"I could leaf through this book for hours. It's fun, it's smart, it's informative, and I'm saying that as a student of comic art, not as a fan geek. (Even though the author is horribly, tragically, staggeringly wrong in his analysis of which Flash is the best.)"
-Mark Waid, writer of The Flash,Kingdom Come,and former editor-in-chief of BOOM! Studios.

"Super Graphicis an absolute joy and a feast for the eyes. It's stuffed with enough information to keep you occupied for hours and fun enough to want to revisit again and again. If you're a comics fan or simply love data visualizations, you definitely need to check it out."
-GeekDad

"Super Graphic might be my favorite book ever. I am a complete statistics nerd. I am also a comic book/sci-fi nerd. Never before have I seen anything that combines these two separate worlds so brilliantly. I wouldn't describe the act of ingesting this book as 'reading' per se, more of an effortless flow of information into the readers mind."
-Neill Blomkamp, Oscar-nominated writer and director of District 9 and Elysium.

"...wonderful! If you even have a passing interest in the super hero world, but specifically if you have an interest in excellent, witty, incredibly attractive infographics- in data being conveyed in a really engaging, really striking way this is such a smart book, such a fun book...Get this book because turning the pages, and seeing something new and an incredibly different take on this approach.every single page is just an un-alloyed delight. It is great! I can't recommend it highly enough. This book made me very, very happy."
-Glen Weldon, NPR

"This book is a delight--and you don't have to be a comic fanatic to get something out of it...Super Graphic is simply perfect for that cofee table--right next to your comic books, of course."
-SFX magazine

"This gorgeous compendium illustrating comic-book-world factoids will give info-graphic obsessives much to pore over. You haven't fully studied comics until you've seen the Venn diagram of superhero tropes with a ring for 'Underware on the outside'."
-Entertainment Weekly, MUST LIST pick

About the Author

Tim Leong founded and edited the Eisner Award–nominated magazine, Comic Foundry and has served as the Design Director at Complex Magazine and Director of Digital Design at WIRED Magazine. He organizes his graphic novels by color and lives in San Francisco, California.

More About the Author

Tim Leong is an award-winning art director and designer. He's currently the Design Director at Fortune Magazine and was previously the Director of Digital Design at WIRED Magazine and the Design Director at Complex Magazine. During Tim's run at Complex, Kanye West said: "I really think Complex is taking the cover game to another level; these are all history in the making" -- And that has to count for something, right? He's also the founder of the Eisner-award losing Comic Foundry Magazine. His first book, Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe debuted this summer from Chronicle Books. He also writes his author bios in third person.

Customer Reviews

I'm very excited to read Tim Leong's book, Super Graphic.
Sherri Bretz
I look forward to seeing what he comes up with in his next book!!
brap!
If you love Comics and graphics this is the perfect book for you.
Christine Su

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Leslie E Bonser Jr on August 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This looks like a really cool book. And I'm sure it is. But I opted for the Kindle version, and it doesn't support any sort of zoom function. So you look at pretty pages, but can't read any of the text.

I'd suggest if you're interested in buying this book, buy the old-fashioned paper copy.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Usdin on August 6, 2013
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Updated review - since my original review the ebook version of this has been updated. Here are my comments in the form of an email to Tim Leong, the author on the update:

OK - so the update is in. It comes in at about 60 MB. I've come to realize that you probably have little to no control over this, you're probably not seeing the ebook before it goes live, so this really isn't your fault. I don't want to sound like a whiner, sour grapes, all that. But I have to be honest with you about this: it is somewhat better - but will still disappoint. The images are now clear enough to read all the text when zooming in. They're still not beautiful by any means like the book, but they are at least functional now.

One thing that is now wrong with it is that all the two page spreads are split into TWO PAGES. So you can zoom in - but if you want to say follow a timeline view over two pages - you have to zoom out - then zoom in on the next page - and then hopefully find your place and pick it up.

So listen - the book is functional. But when I look at magazines that I get on the iPad - even they are far better than this. Entertainment weekly - with less pages - is 100+ megs per issue. Wired is 300 meg an issue. Comics I buy on Comixology can be anywhere from 25-100 meg an issue. So - they've increased the file size to make the images in the book just functionally readable, and that's it. Maybe I just expected too much from this ebook.

Here's where I approach this from: who is the target audience? It's mostly comic book fans, and maybe a few graphic designers and infographics folks. When they get this book - if they get the electronic version - they EXPECT a large file - and heck - they'd probably rather take the large file for the quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Abrams on October 26, 2013
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If you like flow charts, bar graphs and Venn Diagrams, and recursive charts of charts, and comics and satires of comics, and publishing information about comics, this book is for you! Or if you just plain old like superheroes and books, this book is for you. It was for us!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Kittrell on September 18, 2013
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Great fun for both comic fans and graphic artists. Some charts are a bit esoteric (to be expected given the subject matter). The thematic color choices on many diagrams are what I find most interesting (sometimes more so than the information content). The connection between color and good/bad/neutral allegiance in comics has been explored before but seldom in so many ways and with such interesting styles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katiedtx on July 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Honestly, I'm not a comic book aficionado. I like the movies, but never read the comic books themselves. Even so, Super Graphic is a really entertaining look at the wide world of comics. The variety of angles and lenses with which Tim Leong has chosen to view comics is astounding - from the different pizza combinations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to the travels of Tin Tin, to Stan Lee's favorite nicknames. He takes infographics to another level, as 196 pages is going to have plenty more to please the eye than your usual bar graph and flow chart. This is big data visualized in a fun and informative way. Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Ahn on July 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
What an amazing, innovative and unique way of using infographics to tell stories about your favorite comics. Not only a joy to just page through, but also a totally rewarding experience digging deeper into the stories being told. Comic fans, design fans, and just fans of cool books should pick it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Bruce on September 12, 2013
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Gave it to a friend as a gift and he loved it. Very detailed, high quality pages. Very satisfied. !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thiago Schiavetti Jardim on September 9, 2013
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If youlike minimal graphic design and infographics, u must buy this book. Just amazing book, right to the point and well printed!!!
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