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Terms and Conditions Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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"The juxtaposition is hilarious, and we see a Steve Jobs-like character as a stand-in for the heroes of each original work, with the scenes peppered with Apple devices and references alike."―Macworld
"Adapting the legalese of the iTunes Terms and Conditions into another medium seems like an unfathomable undertaking, yet Sikoryak creates a surprisingly readable document, far different from its original, purely textual incarnation and thus proving the accessibility and flexibility of comics."―Adweek
"It’s a prodigious feat of pastiche that gives rise to multiple interpretations... Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) is an undeniably talented artist with a keen ability to capture different styles, as well as a sly conceptual satirist and prankster. Few will ever actually read these terms and conditions, but that’s basically the point."―Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"An interesting experiment... An example of how to use art to change how readers approach narrative content."―Library Journal
"Terms and Conditions serves as both a digestible guide to the doc and a visual history of comics."―Vice: The Creators Project
"Terms and Conditions serves as a surreal record of our modern digital age in which the rules for our tools have become Bible-length, and just as sacred."―Print Magazine
“Each page is a loving tribute to a comic book that Sikoryak loves or respects… Sikoryak hasn’t just thrown the text at random pictures; he appears to have actually read this thing through and selected from the vast historic tapestry of comic book imagery a highly appropriate sequence that seems to suit the relevant quoted words perfectly.”―The Independent
“Cartoonist R. Sikoryak is trying to inject some fun into the process of reading through thousands of words of mouseprint to find out whether or not you’re signing away your first born to Apple.”―Consumerist
"... a graphic adaptation of something a lot of people have seen, but almost no one has actually read."―Comics Alliance
"... a remarkable experiment in how we read comics and what we get from them."―The Creative Review
"Robert Sikoryak is a virtuoso cartoonist who draws so well he can not only draw whatever he wants, he can draw it to look like any other cartoonist he wants to pay tribute to, as well."–The Observer
"With [Terms and Conditions] artist R. Sikoryak aims to achieve the impossible: to make us read a document that virtually all of us have willfully ignored."–Slate
About the Author
R. Sikoryak is an animator, illustrator, and cartoonist living in New York with his wife. He is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly), and his comics and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities and teaches in the illustration department at Parsons School of Design.
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For a comics fan R. Sikoryak's dizzyingly deep dive into the depths of comic book, comic strip and cartoon styles is an encyclopedia of 'spot the reference.' His ability to capture the distinctive styles of over 100 different artists reminds me of the talents of MAD artist Will Elder, whose parodies also expertly mimed the style of the creators he was referencing.
For those less-versed in comic art history there's an index which lists all the original artists referenced, down to the specific issues and panels in many cases.
2017 is turning out to be a banner year so far for graphic novels. Though it's hard to imagine that anything to come will be as great and revelatory as R. Sikoryak's "Terms and Conditions" and Emil Ferris' "My Favorite Thing Is Monsters." These are instant classics that I believe will stand the test of time.
Even if you're not a comics nerd the mere fact that millions of us have – without a second thought – clicked through on Apple's End User Licensing Agreement should make you want to read this.
This graphic novel is essential for fans of comic art, for those who appreciate wickedly clever humor, for anyone who listens to contemporary music, for Apple cultists, and for anyone who has ever accepted software licensing in any form. If you're not included in that list, I don't want to know you.
I also have new insight in how one-sided the iTumes TAC 'agreement' is!