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Action Philosophers! #02: The Lives and Thoughts of History's A-List Brain Trustby Fred Van Lente
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KARL MARX: The People'ss Hero! JACQUES DERRIDA: The Deconstructonator! ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Three Hundred Pounds of Theological Thaumaturgy! They'sre not just great thinkers... They also make great comics! ACTION PHILOSOPHERS details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust, told in a hip and humorous comic book fashion. Volume Two reprints issues #4-6 of the award-winning, critically-praised series.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Action Philosophers details the lives and thought of history's A-list brain trust, told in hip and humorous comic book fashion. Volume Two reprints issues #4-5 of the award-winning, critically-praised series, featuring Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Derrida, Rene Descartes, Soren Kierkegaard, the Kabbalah's Rabbi Isaac ben-Luria, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
About the Author
Fred Van Lente dropped out to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh so he could move to Brooklyn and write comic books. Fred's graphic novels include Scorpion: Poison Tomorrow, The Silencers and Tranquility. Ryan Dunlavey got a C+ in Philosophy 101 at Syracuse University. He is a freelance illustrator based in New York City. Ryan's other comics include Tommy Atomic and comic strips for Wizard, Disney Adventures and Royal Flush.
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