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Like Comics? Like Graphic Design? Check This Out!

If you drew a Venn diagram with one circle representing comic book fans, and the other showing infographic lovers, a fair proportion of readers would probably find themselves in the overlap. And for those of you who do find themselves in the middle, here’s a real treat – an infographic guide to comic books, written by Wired digital design director Tim Leong.

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The book uses a series of infographic tropes to explore and explain the world of comic book superheroes.

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So there’s a political compass showing the ideological positions of comic book characters (the Joker is Liberal Libertarian while Batman is a Conservative Authoritarian), a Walking Dead kill counter and an exploration of Manga murder.

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And Leong deals with a broad church of comic books, so beyond the DC/Marvel axis there’s a Scrooge McDuck family tree and (a personal favourite) the Chris Ware sadness chart.

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As the book blurb notes, ‘It’s part beautiful, part fascinating, occasionally challenging and sometimes completely useless. In other words, a work of art.’

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Super Graphic: a Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, by Tim Leong, is published by Abrams and Chronicle priced at £11.99.

Richie Janukowicz
Richie Janukowicz
Richie Janukowicz has been a cameraman, knight, web developer, farmer, graphic designer, telesales agent, carpenter, gardener and chef, though not necessarily in that order. He has been forced by Officers of Her Majesty to sign the Official Secrets Act. Twice. He possesses a deep and unwavering love for playing acoustic guitar, dissecting movies, reading fantasy and science fiction, superheroes (both real and imagined), martial arts and bacon. Right now he's trying to juggle a blossoming writing career with being a full time dad. He enjoys the challenge, but would like some more sleep.

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