- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics; Special ed edition (December 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607060310
- ISBN-13: 978-1607060314
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.7 x 12.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,591,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comic Book Tattoo Special Edition Hardcover – December 9, 2008
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The artwork here is stunning. It's hard to not be amazed with the quality of the comics - even if you aren't a comics fan, like me.
One thing you should probably know about this book is that Tori never intended for the stories here to be visual cover versions of her songs. She let the artists and writers play. Tori uses a phrase, "mental mischief," which really explains the license the creators of this book's stories had. This is evident in stories like "Bouncing Off Clouds," which really has nothing to do with love in a relationship, the original context Clyde sings the song in. Instead it portrays a scene in a company called Cloud Bouncers Delivery Service, or something of that sort.
Some stories will be rather cryptic, as mentioned before by other reviewers. One example is "Marianne," which has no text at all, just pictures of a bee juxtaposed with a carnival ride. "Father Lucifer," "Honey" and "Toast" were hard to follow for me.
Oh, and there is a Y Kant Tori Read song here too. "Pirates" was another song I didn't quite get.
My favorite story has to be "Here. In My Head," followed by "Waitress." Whoever did these stories should be given a medal. "Here. In My Head" is charming and compelling; it's about a girl who can morph into a raven but needs to figure out what she really wants. "Waitress" gets kudos because it comes close to being a cover version of the song. It makes you REALLY hate the waitress (yes there is a waitress!) in the story. What's cool is that you see flashbacks of the past slowly unfolding as the scene at the present slowly scrutinizes its settings.Read more ›
First of all you cannot help but have a standard for stories based on your fave songs. One in particular disappointed me so much that I regretted buying the book for a moment. It was certainly a mixed bag. Some reactions: Too short; simply incomprehensible; *chuckle*; wonderful storytelling; too shallow; disgusting; trite; mind blowingly amazing; freaky etc. The most wonderful moments were when a story would show me something new in the music. Winter and Snow Cherries are a couple that I really enjoyed.
If there were an option to buy these stories separately I might recommend that. However, like some of Tori's music it may be that I have to live with these stories for a while to appreciate some of them. Another perk is that there have been rumors that Tori is writing songs based on these stories, that are nothing like the original songs the stories were based on. So it'll be fun to have the book for that reason. I recommend it. But prepare for a mixed bag.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for a friend who is a fan of Tori Amos, and she absolutely loved it.Published 5 months ago by Beth
I love this book, the art,the stories and how its based on tori amo's music,And the comics are phenomenal!! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joanna g
This is a multi-authored work featuring the comic stylings of various artists . . . and though the stories are unrelated in style and content, the one common thread is that they... Read morePublished on September 1, 2014 by Swank Ivy
Whole book out of binding, description stated very good used condition. I can't fix that, not a book anymore. Spine not bent, book just fell apart.Published on June 3, 2014 by erica smith
I bought this book a year after it came out, hoping to see my favorite songs lovingly portrayed in graphic novel style. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Phoenix
Every Tori fan NEEDS this book! It's a HUGE coffee table book and so awesome!!! Highly recommend for the Tori lover in your life!Published on February 4, 2014 by UniversalHeather
My boyfriend wanted this for a coffee table book and Ifind myself browsing through it all the time. Excellent purchase!Published on January 4, 2014 by Amazon Customer