Lives and Thoughts of History's A-List Brain Trust Told in a Hip and Humorous Fashion

Lives and Thoughts of History's A-List Brain Trust Told in a Hip and Humorous Fashion

by Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey
     
 
Action Philosophers details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in a hip and humorous fashion that proves that philosophy is not just the province of boring, tweed-enveloped professors. Action Philosophers Giant-Size Thing Volume 1 collects the first three sold-out issues of the smash-hit award -winning comic book series from writer Fred Van Lente

Overview

Action Philosophers details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in a hip and humorous fashion that proves that philosophy is not just the province of boring, tweed-enveloped professors. Action Philosophers Giant-Size Thing Volume 1 collects the first three sold-out issues of the smash-hit award -winning comic book series from writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The rise of "nerd chic" has been in the news of late, and if this lovable comic book series isn't part of the new nerd nation, nothing is. Employing a hyperbolic comedic voice and over-the-top gag-style cartooning, Van Lente and Dunlavey examine the history of philosophy one wild-and-crazy thinker at a time. Sections like "Hate the French" include chapters on Descartes, Sartre and Derrida, all cleverly explicated for the general reader. Descartes's section, of course, begins as blank panels, as the philosopher applies his rigorous doubting to the world around him. And Derrida's deconstruction results in the comic book itself breaking down. Derrida is also represented as "The Deconstructionator" complete with gun and sunglasses, while Karl Marx emerges as a grandfatherly type who takes kids on a magic carpet ride "into the wonderful splendiferous world of commodities!" None of this satire interferes with the content of the work-in fact, it's enhanced. By taking a lighthearted, often silly approach to serious work, this funny, insightful series manages to make difficult theories easily understood, and knotty thinkers like Ludwig Wittgenstein and Thomas Aquinas emerge as, if not easy reading, at least friendly thinkers. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
"Give me chastity and continence…just not NOW," prays St. Augustine as he leers at a passing Algerian hottie. Thomas Jefferson champions personal freedom but keeps slaves. Plato begins as a wrestler but switches careers and starts hanging out with Socrates. This collection about nine (in)famous idea-mongers shows that real life makes just as good comics as fiction. The best part: their theories and ideas come across unforgettably when presented in humorous visuals. Bodhidharma uses an anachronistic wrecking ball to smash traditional Buddhist teachings. Ayn Rand's putative victim of too much altruism presents his own heart to the "looters" who enforce his self-sacrifice. Freud's theory about sexual perversion is illustrated by a suddenly swatted bee transferring its attraction from a flower to a fire hydrant. Neitschze, dead and reincarnated as a superhero, screams at Hitler, "Idiot! ALL religion is fundamentally oppressive, not just Judaism!" The blocky, punkish black-and-white art is quite effective. There are occasional sexual references but little that's graphically offensive. Funny, goofy, and educational, this inexpensive Xeric Award recipient belongs in all academic libraries and in the adult collections of public libraries.
—Martha Cornog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977832903
Publisher:
Evil Twin Comics
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Action Philosophers! Series
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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