Carl A. Posey is an award-winning science journalist and the author of several novels including Red Man’s Will (2003) and Bushmaster Fall (1992). He has served as an editor a Time-Life Books.
The Big Book of Weirdosby Carl Posey, Gahan Wilson (Introduction)
The Big Book of Weirdos is an anthology of sixty-seven case studies of peculiar people whose quirks and queer behavior have reserved them personal pedestals in the sanctum of the strange. Lavishly illustrated by some of today’s top comic and graphic novel artists, this compendium of crackpot conduct brings all the tics and twitches of celebrity weirdness vividly to life.
Spanning more than 2,000 years and several continents, the outlandish lives chronicled in this volume comprise an alternate history of the world in which the irrational makes sense, the outré seems everyday, and the outrageous is par for the course. Curious characters from all walks of life and all social strata are represented in dynamically drawn scenarios that capture the essence of their eccentricity. Among the subjects: Caligula, Ivan the Terrible, Idi Amin, Rasputin, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, William S. Burroughs, Howard Hughes, Ed Wood, Jr., Salvador Dali, and J. Edgar Hoover.
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Some of the subjects of this book are ones we already knew were weird... far out... over the top. Others are ones we suspected. Others are ones we weren't all that aware of as being weird (Edison, e.g.), and some we've never heard of (Mad Jack Mytton??). In any case, the stories are interesting, intriguing, sometimes touching, and probably true -- i.e. there aren't too many that have the "urban myth" aura about them, and most can be confirmed through independent sources. Of course, in most cases we'd like to learn more... but when you have a 223-page book populated with 5 dozen-odd weirdos, there's only so much space for detail. So the stories have a lot of gaps. But to compensate for that, each one is illustrated with first-class art work by the top "toon" minds around. And most of them manage to set a very atmospheric scene for the thumbnail biographies they are illustrating, turning up the "weird" dial as far as needed to convince us that the stories are for real, and then some. So as a field guide to mad geniuses, the book is good; as a work of B&W graphic art it's excellent. And if it sends you to the library to "learn more" about some of these characters, that's good too.
I loved the big book of weirdos. I collect the whole entire line of big books. There are the Big Book of Urban Legends, The Big Book of Hoaxes and my favirote The Big Book of Conspiricies. It is an interesting format to bring the unusual and different to peoples attention.