Unflattening Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings


  • Author : Nick Sousanis
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-03-30
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674425644

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The primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked in meaning-making? In this experiment in visual thinking, drawn in comics, Nick Sousanis defies conventional discourse to offer readers a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge.

Unflattening Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings


  • Author : Nick Sousanis
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-04-20
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674744431

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Unflattening is an experiment in visual thinking. Nick Sousanis defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge.

Teaching Artfully Book

Teaching Artfully

  • Author : Meghan Parker
  • Publisher : Clover Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 1951038207

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"I can't imagine a better catalyst for creativity! Iwould recommend this to anyone!" - Emil Ferris, Author of My Favorite Thingis Monsters, multiple Eisner AwardWinner "A bursting pinata of worthy questionsand colorful inventions; a gift to the creative and a delight to read!" - ScottMcCloud, author of UnderstandingComics "Parker brilliantly uses comics asthe medium for this self-reflexive examination of how art works and why arteducation matters!" - Prof. Carol Tilley, Ph.D. Comic historian, libraryeducator, former high school teacher, and past president of the Comics StudiesSociety "An incredibly refreshing look at aschool subject we need now more than ever!" - Chris Mostyn, High school artteacher, winner of the "Excellence in PK-12 Art Educational Award by the UnitedStates Society for Education Through Art A groundbreakingsensation: a Master's thesis done in comics form! Now Teaching Artfully, is acompelling graphic novel! If you loved Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud orUnflattening by Nick Sousanis you will fall in love with this revolutionary anddelightful book. In fact Sousanis provides a fascinating introduction! Teaching Artfully draws the reader in as it presents the growth andexplorations of an early-career art teacher, the author Meghan Parker. Parkercomes to understand both her teaching and art-making practices through makinginsightful comics. The reader, too will find themselves illuminated and inspiredand entertained! Teaching Artfully looks at daily teaching practices, visualliteracy, the teacher's experience, relationships, and engagement with lifeinside and outside of schools. It uses a unique visual form to emphasize theimportance of learning to understand and communicate using images. Firstcreated as a Masters thesis in the Faculty of Education at Simon FraserUniversity, Teaching Artfully playfully and earnestly encourages us to see thearts as a way to connect with one another and find our common humanity. Creative people, educators and the g

Paying the Land Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Paying the Land

  • Author : Joe Sacco
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250790415

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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, POP MATTERS, COMICS BEAT, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY From the “heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist), a masterful work of comics journalism about indigenous North America, resource extraction, and our debt to the natural world The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the land owns them, not the other way around, and it is central to their livelihood and very way of being. But the subarctic Canadian Northwest Territories are home to valuable resources, including oil, gas, and diamonds. With mining came jobs and investment, but also road-building, pipelines, and toxic waste, which scarred the landscape, and alcohol, drugs, and debt, which deformed a way of life. In Paying the Land, Joe Sacco travels the frozen North to reveal a people in conflict over the costs and benefits of development. The mining boom is only the latest assault on indigenous culture: Sacco recounts the shattering impact of a residential school system that aimed to “remove the Indian from the child”; the destructive process that drove the Dene from the bush into settlements and turned them into wage laborers; the government land claims stacked against the Dene Nation; and their uphill efforts to revive a wounded culture. Against a vast and gorgeous landscape that dwarfs all human scale, Paying the Land lends an ear to trappers and chiefs, activists and priests, to tell a sweeping story about money, dependency, loss, and culture—recounted in stunning visual detail by one of the greatest cartoonists alive.

Neurocomic Book
Score: 3
From 4 Ratings


  • Author : Hana Ros
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2022-09-20
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913123086

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Do you know what your brain is made of? How does memory function? What is a neuron and how does it work? For that matter what's a comic? And in the words of Lewis Carroll's famous caterpillar: "Who are you?" Neurocomic is a journey through the human brain: a place of neuron forests, memory caves, and castles of deception. Along the way, you'll encounter Boschean beasts, giant squid, guitar-playing sea slugs, and the great pioneers of neuroscience. Hana Roš and Matteo Farinella provide an insight into the most complex thing in the universe.

The Instinct for Cooperation Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Instinct for Cooperation

  • Author : Jeffrey Wilson
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Release Date : 2018-07-10
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609808174

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In the tradition of Joe Sacco's graphic journalism comes the first interview-based graphic novel treatment of Noam Chomsky's political ideas and activism. An astonishing graphic novel that brings Chomsky's political analysis to bear on real people's stories on the frontlines of America's struggle for economic justice and human dignity. The Instinct for Cooperation innovatively balances those real-life stories of struggle with conversations the author has had with Chomsky on how best to understand them. Although the themes are wide-ranging, this book is ultimately about the importance and need for spaces of resistance in countering state and other institutional forms of violence. For example, when discussing the removal of books by police and sanitation workers from Zuccotti Park in November of 2011, Chomsky paused to say "Arizona knows all about that," referring to the 2010 ban of Mexican American Studies in Tucson schools under Arizona House Bill 2281, which deemed classes that taught "ethnic solidarity" to be illegal. Rather than footnote the reference, Wilson tells that story. Like Joe Sacco's animated political journalism, this book offers a unique perspective on current issues, while providing a major contribution to the understanding of Chomsky's political theories.

Uncle Petros and Goldbach s Conjecture Book
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings

Uncle Petros and Goldbach s Conjecture

  • Author : Apostolos Doxiadis
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2012-11-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571295692

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Uncle Petros is a family joke. An ageing recluse, he lives alone in a suburb of Athens, playing chess and tending to his garden. If you didn't know better, you'd surely think he was one of life's failures. But his young nephew suspects otherwise. For Uncle Petros, he discovers, was once a celebrated mathematician, brilliant and foolhardy enough to stake everything on solving a problem that had defied all attempts at proof for nearly three centuries - Goldbach's Conjecture.His quest brings him into contact with some of the century's greatest mathematicians, including the Indian prodigy Ramanujan and the young Alan Turing. But his struggle is lonely and single-minded, and by the end it has apparently destroyed his life. Until that is a final encounter with his nephew opens up to Petros, once more, the deep mysterious beauty of mathematics. Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture is an inspiring novel of intellectual adventure, proud genius, the exhilaration of pure mathematics - and the rivalry and antagonism which torment those who pursue impossible goals.

Things That Art Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Things That Art

  • Author : Lochlann Jain
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 121
  • ISBN 10 : 9781487570552

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A show-and-tell book that questions the role that categories play in the way we think, hope, and create order in our minds and the world around us.

The Comic Book Story of Video Games Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Comic Book Story of Video Games

  • Author : Jonathan Hennessey
  • Publisher : Ten Speed Press
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399578915

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A complete, illustrated history of video games--highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion-dollar industry/artform--told in a graphic novel format. Author Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Jack McGowan present the first full-color, chronological origin story for this hugely successful, omnipresent artform and business. Hennessey provides readers with everything they need to know about video games--from their early beginnings during World War II to the emergence of arcade games in the 1970s to the rise of Nintendo to today's app-based games like Angry Birds and Pokemon Go. Hennessey and McGowan also analyze the evolution of gaming as an artform and its impact on society. Each chapter features spotlights on major players in the development of games and gaming that contains everything that gamers and non-gamers alike need to understand and appreciate this incredible phenomenon.

Qualitative Studies of Silence Book

Qualitative Studies of Silence

  • Author : Amy Jo Murray
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-07-18
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 313
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108421379

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A qualitative analysis of societal silences, demonstrating how the unsaid directs social action and shapes individual and collective lives.

Footnotes in Gaza Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Footnotes in Gaza

  • Author : JOE. SACCO
  • Publisher : Jonathan Cape
  • Release Date : 2019-08
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 1787332012

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Rafah, a town at the southernmost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place. Raw concrete buildings front rubbish-strewn alleys. The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. Situated on the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been reduced to rubble. Rafah is today and has always been a notorious flashpoint in this most bitter of conflicts. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinian refugees dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah - coldblooded massacre or dreadful mistake - reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco arrives in Gaza and, immersing himself in daily life, uncovers Rafah, past and present. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, alive with the voices of fugitives and schoolchildren, widows and sheikhs, Footnotes in Gaza captures the essence of a tragedy. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goražde, Joe Sacco's unique visual journalism has rendered a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Footnotes in Gaza, his most ambitious work to date, transforms a critical conflict of our age into intimate and immediate experience.

Light in Dark Times Book

Light in Dark Times

  • Author : Alisse Waterston
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2020-10-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781487539139

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What will become of us in these trying times? How will we pass the time that we have on earth? In gorgeously rendered graphic form, Light in Dark Times invites readers to consider these questions by exploring the political catastrophes and moral disasters of the past and present, revealing issues that beg to be studied, understood, confronted, and resisted. A profound work of anthropology and art, this book is for anyone yearning to understand the darkness and hoping to hold onto the light. It is a powerful story of encounters with writers, philosophers, activists, and anthropologists whose words are as meaningful today as they were during the times in which they were written. This book is at once a lament over the darkness of our times, an affirmation of the value of knowledge and introspection, and a consideration of truth, lies, and the dangers of the trivial. In a time when many of us struggle with the feeling that we cannot do enough to change the course of the future, this book is a call to action, asking us to envision and create an alternative world from the one in which we now live. Light in Dark Times is beautiful to look at and to hold – an exquisite work of art that is lively, informative, enlightening, deeply moving, and inspiring.

One Dimensional Man Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

One Dimensional Man

  • Author : Herbert Marcuse
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-11
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134438808

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One of the most important texts of modern times, Herbert Marcuse's analysis and image of a one-dimensional man in a one-dimensional society has shaped many young radicals' way of seeing and experiencing life. Published in 1964, it fast became an ideological bible for the emergent New Left. As Douglas Kellner notes in his introduction, Marcuse's greatest work was a 'damning indictment of contemporary Western societies, capitalist and communist.' Yet it also expressed the hopes of a radical philosopher that human freedom and happiness could be greatly expanded beyond the regimented thought and behaviour prevalent in established society. For those who held the reigns of power Marcuse's call to arms threatened civilization to its very core. For many others however, it represented a freedom hitherto unimaginable.

Drawing Thought Book

Drawing Thought

  • Author : Andrea Kantrowitz
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2022-10-11
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262544320

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Drawing as a tool of thought: an investigation of drawing, cognition, and creativity that integrates text and hand-drawn images. Drawing is a way of constructing ideas and observations as much as it is a means of expressing them. When we are not ready or able to put our thoughts into words, we can sometimes put them down in arrangements of lines and marks. Artists, designers, architects, and others draw to generate, explore, and test perceptions and mental models. In Drawing Thought, artist-educator Andrea Kantrowitz invites readers to use drawing to extend and reflect on their own thought processes. She interweaves illuminating hand-drawn images with text, integrating recent findings in cognitive psychology and neuroscience with accounts of her own artistic and teaching practices. The practice of drawing seems to be found across almost all known human cultures, with its past stretching back into the caves of prehistory. It takes advantage of the ways in which human cognition is embodied and situated in relationship to the environments in which we find ourselves. We become more aware of the interplay between our external surroundings and the inner workings of our minds as we draw. We can trace moments of perception and understanding in a sketchbook that might otherwise be lost, and go back to reexamine and revise those traces later. Kantrowitz encourages readers to draw out their own ideas and observations through a series of guided exercises and experiments, with her lively drawings and engaging text pointing the way. Drawing is a tool for thought in anyone’s hands; it is creativity in action.

Relish Book
Score: 4
From 49 Ratings


  • Author : Lucy Knisley
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9781596436237

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A graphically illustrated, recipe-complemented memoir by the indie cartoonist author of French Milk describes her food-enriched youth as the daughter of a chef and a gourmet, key memories that were marked by special meals and the ways in which cooking has imparted valuable life lessons. Original.