Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Plato Smash!

I’ve been a fan of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Action Philosophers! From the moment I finally got my hands on their Giant Size Thing a few months back. Whoa, that doesn’t sound right, and hello Google searching deviants.

For those of you that don’t think comics are anything but questionable physiques, juvenile male escapism, or terribly un-funny newspaper strips then this should go a long way to dropping some education on you. This is a series that explores the life and theories of various philosophers while simultaneously exploring the medium of comics itself. In the very first issue they have Plato as a masked luchadore smashing through his Socratic dialogues while learning he actually was a wrestler and Socrates was probably semi-illiterate.

This is a bit of a late update as the comic has since come to Ottawa and sold out a little while back but I thought I’d share the link to Comic Book Resources that has a preview of "You’re a Good Man John Stuart Mill." Scroll to the bottom for the images.

The individual issues are being collected into multiple volumes for your convenience. If you’re looking for something to read that is both quick and jammed full of information and fun, then visit your local comic shop or order online. Volume one and volume two are now available.

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