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Comic Book Tattoo Tales Inspired by Tori Amos Paperback – August 5, 2008
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About the Author
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 3 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 13 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 24 months ago 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