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Do Anything Volume 1 [Paperback]

Warren Ellis

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Book Description

May 4 2010 Do Anything
The robot head of Jack Kirby lives on Warren Ellis' desk! It knows everything and is connected to everything. You must obey the robot head of Jack Kirby. There are many ways to look at comics. In this book, we see the medium through the hazy android eyes of Jack Kirby (actually the stolen and repurposed head of the missing Philip K. Dick robot, which Mr. Ellis confesses to swiping off the back of a plane), taking a rattling ghost-train ride through the history of comics. David Bowie, the CIA, mad architects, Will Eisner, Frank Zappa, Tintin, the designer of Skylab, a train station in Paris, Arthur C. Clarke, the circus, the Black Panther Party, and William S. Burroughs: all of these things are connected by Jack Kirby, all part of the secret history of comics, and all illustrating the special nature of the medium as the place where you can do anything.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592911056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592911059
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 17.1 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Warren Ellis is the award-winning British author of comic books, novels, and television, most often recognized for his sociocultural commentary and ground-breaking work in the genre of science fiction. His most recognizable works include Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority. He maintains a consistent online presence which includes the weekly delivery of the FREAKANGELS web comic to millions of fans. Ellis has published over 25 different creator-owned projects through Avatar Press (including BLACK SUMMER, IGNITION CITY, and GRAVEL, the last of which is in development as a film through Legendary Pictures), with many more planned.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Romp Through Comics History and Society June 4 2010
By AJ Mars - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I feel smarter for having read this. Mostly a little smarter about the murky world of comic book industry and publishing subculture, but also just smarter in general. Through looking very closely at Jack Kirby, famed illustrator, the wider wold of comics, art, expression and meaning comes into focus. While the content is primarily relevant to those interested in comics, this book being almost a biography of Jack Kirby, there is quite a bit of social commentary, exploration of artistic process and fun don't-you-just-hate-bureaucracy moments to keep things interesting for those that are not completely vested in the world of comic books.

But if you have NO interest in comic books, I wouldn't recommend it. If you have an interest but lack of knowledge, get a pen out and start taking notes.

I give this five stars because the writing is superb and it is a fresh treatment of the arts, but along with the above caveat that you probably won't dig this if you don't dig comic books, I would like to add that it may be a little hard for younger readers to grasp some of the social references from the 60s and 70s, though I don't think too much in the book hinges on those references.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading categorising Jan. 10 2011
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
So that no-one makes the mistake I did when buying this book, I should make it clear that this is not a "graphic novel" as stated in the product description but is a collection of online articles Warren Ellis wrote for BleedingCool.com in 2009 and they are reprinted here. It's not a comic. No illustrations are here except for the one on the cover, but the book is printed in the comic book paperback format. The articles are still available online as well so if you wanted to just read them you could do so for free. As for the content? Interesting musings on comics as a medium and the history of comics through the conceit of a robotic head Warren has on his desk. Mostly though it's a bit rambling and I wanted to read a comic book instead of this. So just be warned, no comic here, just Ellis' thoughts on the comics medium.
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like intelligent books about comics, this is a can't miss Aug. 8 2014
By H. Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very smart look at the comic book world from the perspective of a haunted Ellis. The chains of his spirits are both his wits and his profound knowledge and understanding of the journey comic book culture has been on since its birth. Who better to act as a totemic methaphoric shaman than the robot head of Jack Kirby himself? This is the best 5 bucks ever spent.

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