Fallen Superheroes

Overview


Using superheroes as the allegory, this colorful photo narrative explores the not-so-glamorous and sometimes dark realities of those who strive to live their dreams against all odds. The creators of Mime Very Own Book have reunited to pair trademark imagery with witty snippets to create a hilarious visual smorgasbord of real people and their quest to see themselves as more than they really are. From fast food to the simple pleasures of gardening, this lighthearted spoof reveals...
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Overview


Using superheroes as the allegory, this colorful photo narrative explores the not-so-glamorous and sometimes dark realities of those who strive to live their dreams against all odds. The creators of Mime Very Own Book have reunited to pair trademark imagery with witty snippets to create a hilarious visual smorgasbord of real people and their quest to see themselves as more than they really are. From fast food to the simple pleasures of gardening, this lighthearted spoof reveals the superhero in all.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Sometimes, those with the most extraordinary abilities are the most ordinary people," co-author Mock writes in the forward to this collection of candid shots of everyday superheroes. Instead of Batman, Superman and the Hulk, Mock and company focus on a curious mix of oddball also-rans: Infinity Girl is a young woman whose ability "to make things happen over and over" has relegated her to spending eternity in a dead-end job at a bar; Fast Food is an overweight, uninspired lay-about with a multi-holster belt of sodas; and Vane is a smug, self-satisfied pretty boy with mirrors on his gloves and boots, enabling him to admire himself from all angles. Operating from an unoriginal premise, the execution is hit and miss. Photographer Curtis's shots are crisp, well-lit, and unique, highlighting the figure in question and creating a unique sense of melancholy that carries through the book. But conceptually, the trio has a long way to go—captions often rely on fading internet memes and clichés. Ostensibly meant to show "the vulnerability of life, our embarrassing failures, and those colorful people who dare to dream light-years beyond themselves," Curtis, Perry, and Mock's collection of washed-up superheroes falls short of its mark. Photos. (June)
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"Together with writers Scott Allen Perry and Adam Mock, Eric Curtis created Fallen Superheroes to catch the attention of superhero lovers who are open to some belly-jiggling laughs."  —www.forevergeek.com

"Fallen Superheroes imagines the daily lives of second-rate superheroes who may have put on a few pounds here and there. Disheveled, worn out, or simply mildly deranged, Curtis's superheroes indulge in life's simple pleasures." —www.flavorwire.com

"We get a strong sense of this world, where some incredibly powerful beings do battle in mundane housing developments, while others cultivate eccentric hobbies; some don't bother to take off the suit before doing their chores, while others enjoy the finer things in life." —io9.com

"Shot in various real-life locations, featuring some very interesting Lycra-clad creativity, adorned with random and witty—sometimes randomly witty—captioning, Fallen Superheroes probably can't compete with that copy of Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life collection sitting on your coffee table, but it will probably make you smile more." —BookFetish

"It's funny, sad, beautiful, ugly and entirely worth reading." —Photographers Forum Magazine

"This is the type of coffee table book that will catch your friends' eyes and cause conversation to spiral off into spontaneity. But aside from showing off to pals, I found it fascinating to revisit how this project was created (in the introduction) after going through the entire series." —www.HollywoodMatinee.com

"As I read through this mishmash of B-grade heroes and mutants, I am reminded of one thing: how much fun it is to be a comic nerd. . . . A perfect Christmas gift for your comic-loving friends." —www.GeeksOfDoom.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605422701
  • Publisher: Medallion Media Group
  • Publication date: 5/2/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 838,636
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author


Eric Curtis is a professional photographer. Scott Allen Perryis an actor, an independent filmmaker, and a writer. He is the writer and director of "Bobbi's Bedroom," "MC Outdoorz," and the documentary "The Outdoorsmen"." "They both live in Los Angeles. Adam Mock is the president and creative director of Medallion Media Group. He lives in Montgomery, Illinois. They are the photographer and authors of "Mime Very Own Book."
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