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Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe Paperback – July 16, 2013
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"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."
One of the "Great Illustrated Books of 2013"
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."
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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."
About the Author
Tim Leong is an award-winning art director and designer. He's currently the Design Director at Entertainment Weekly magazine, and was previously Design Director at Fortune magazine, Director of Digital Design at WIRED magazine, and 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 is published by Chronicle Books. He also writes his author bios in third person.
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Tim Leong is a very good designer, a very good number cruncher, and he really likes comic books. And so we get “Super Graphic,” a book full of infographics about comic books. It’s an incredibly clever book, beautifully designed, and grand fun to read.
Among the other infographics in the book are graphs analyzing common superhero tropes, manga, the heights and weights of various superheroes, the histories (and mergings) of many comic book publishers, the ingredients of pizzas preferred by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a comparison of superhero-themed roller coasters, the political leanings of comic book characters, the stats on Charlie Brown’s baseball team, the influence of comic books on hip hop, a flow chart on how the Punisher determines who he kills, and much, much, much more.
My primary quibble with this book is that I kinda wanted all of the graphics to include useful data, and some of them are just there for the sake of silliness or showing off Leong’s design chops. For example, “A Personal History of Saying ‘Good Grief’ ” is just a black zigzag on a yellow background — in other words, the pattern on Charlie Brown’s shirt. It’s cute, but that’s about all it is.
But again, that’s a quibble. I had a blast reading the book, pored over all the stats, gloried in the graphic design, and found plenty of things to laugh about and learn from. If you love comics — not just superheroes, but all kinds of comics — and you love the statistics and data and minutiae of hardcore comics continuity study, you should pick this up.
I'd also highly recommend picking up any backissues of his magazine Comic Foundry if you can find them. It might be a little dated but it's passion and heart are timeless.
A fun and educational collection of visuals with strong re-read value, "Super Graphic" would give even the most fervent and dedicated comics fan some fresh eyes onto the world they thought they knew so well.