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About the Author

David Mackis the"New York Times"bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the"Star Trek Destiny"and"Cold Equations "trilogies. He co-developed the acclaimed"Star Trek Vanguard"series and its sequel, "Star Trek: Seekers".His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"), film, short fiction, magazines, comic books, computer games, and live theater.He currently resides in New York City.

Mark Buckingham has been working in comics professionally for the past twenty two years, building a reputation for design, storytelling and a chameleon like diversity of art styles. Since 2002 Mark has been the regular artist on Fables, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards.

Jock is the New York Times best-selling British artist best known for his comics work with writer Andy Diggle on DC/Vertigo's The Losers, the award-winning Batman: The Black Mirror, and Wytches with writer Scott Snyder. Jock has also produced key art, concept design, and promotional imagery for films including Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Dredd, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and the Oscar-winning Ex Machina. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he now lives and works in Devon, England.

Dame Darcy, born in Idaho in 1971, is an illustrator, painter, animator, actress, musician, and reality show star. Her comic book Meat Cake has been published by Fantagraphics Books since 1993. She also contributed to The Illustrated Jane Eyre with Penguin in 2006, Comic Book Tattoo with Image in 2008, Gasoline with Merrell Publishers in 2008, and Handbook For Hot Witches with Holt in 2012. She won a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989, where she studied animation and majored in film. She also has her own fashion label in Japan. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

David Mackis the"New York Times"bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the"Star Trek Destiny"and"Cold Equations "trilogies. He co-developed the acclaimed"Star Trek Vanguard"series and its sequel, "Star Trek: Seekers".His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"), film, short fiction, magazines, comic books, computer games, and live theater.He currently resides in New York City.

Colleen Doran has been a comic-book artist since she was fifteen years old. Her credits include Spider-Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, the Legion of Superheroes, and the Teen Titans, among others. She has worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, and film conceptual artist and has illustrated the works of Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Warren Ellis, and Anne Rice.

Mark Buckingham has been working in comics professionally for the past twenty two years, building a reputation for design, storytelling and a chameleon like diversity of art styles. Since 2002 Mark has been the regular artist on Fables, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards.

Jock is the New York Times best-selling British artist best known for his comics work with writer Andy Diggle on DC/Vertigo's The Losers, the award-winning Batman: The Black Mirror, and Wytches with writer Scott Snyder. Jock has also produced key art, concept design, and promotional imagery for films including Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Dredd, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and the Oscar-winning Ex Machina. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he now lives and works in Devon, England.

Dame Darcy, born in Idaho in 1971, is an illustrator, painter, animator, actress, musician, and reality show star. Her comic book Meat Cake has been published by Fantagraphics Books since 1993. She also contributed to The Illustrated Jane Eyre with Penguin in 2006, Comic Book Tattoo with Image in 2008, Gasoline with Merrell Publishers in 2008, and Handbook For Hot Witches with Holt in 2012. She won a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989, where she studied animation and majored in film. She also has her own fashion label in Japan. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Colleen Doran has been a comic-book artist since she was fifteen years old. Her credits include Spider-Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, the Legion of Superheroes, and the Teen Titans, among others. She has worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, and film conceptual artist and has illustrated the works of Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Warren Ellis, and Anne Rice.

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Product Details

  • 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: #2,515,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Rohman on July 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I hesitated to buy this book at first. I've sort of fallen away from my rabid Tori Amos obsession, but, I was curious about all the hype and press it's getting (in the Tori community) and found a copy on E-Bay. It's stunningly beautiful. I admit, like many of Tori's songs, the message in some of the comics is a bit cryptic. Many of them are obtuse in their words, but gorgeous in their artwork. Some of them are silly in their artwork, but amazing in their story. Any way you slice it or dice it, this is a gorgeous optical orgy. It's hard to not have the songs playing in your head while you're reading the book. I'm hoping they do another volume in the future because there are so many other songs that could be illustrated. Whether you love or hate Tori, you should pick up this book for the amazing artwork and the obvious love and attention they gave to her songs and her muse.
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So if you're a Tori-phile, I'm guessing you'll buy the book, no questions asked. You won't be disappointed. Even if you're not a Tori fan, or not even a comic fan (I'm not), I think you'll love the book. Each story is beautifully and fully rendered. It's amazing to see someone else's interpretation of a song that you thought you had figured out all the ins and outs to, and see how far their ideas can be from your own. Several of the stories gave me goosebumps, and I haven't even finished yet. I would recommend considering buying the hard cover or the LE. I got the paper back and it is lovely, but so big that it would be nice to have in hardcover. I'm so pleased to own this book: new ideas to mull over, beautiful stories to move me, and a great conversation piece for my coffee table. Neil Gaimans introduction is beautiful as well.
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This is a massive book. I originally intended on purchasing the paperback and I'm so glad that I didn't! It's the perfect "coffee table book," wonderful conversation starter, and masterfully created. I know I sound like a broken record, but this book is incredible, and well worth the extra money for the hardcover... you wont be disappointed!
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First off, this book is definitely worth your 20 dollars. I mean, considering the quality of the book (and quantity, since it's massive), 20 bucks is totally decent.

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.
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I am not even halfway through this book and I am already in love with it. It is very big and heavy, but worth the inexpensive price. The art is amazing and each story is different. It's like a woven tapestry of Tori Amos's mind and heart. Her lyrics read like poetry, and the collaboration between author/musician/artist is simply breathtaking. I'd recommend this book to Tori Amos fans everywhere and even to those who are not fans.
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I'm a pretty hard critic, but this is greatness. The art and the way they manifest it through Tori's lyrics is brilliant. The book is huge and I have to take an evening out by myself to read the whole thing. BUY IT, its the best 20 bucks you'll spend this summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This book is a wonderful endeavor. The artwork is amazing and I love the concept of comic book stories inspired by Tori Amos' songs. I've heard that Tori and the guy who oversaw the project, Rantz, pretty much allowed the artists to have free creative rein. Thus, the stories fall along a spectrum for me.

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.
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