- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: First Second (May 6 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596438517
- ISBN-13: 978-1596438514
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.9 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 354 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Paperback – May 6 2014
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"Its warts-and-more depiction of the French-born figure’s odd life is ably illuminated by Brown in a stylized but engaging manner." ―Miami Herald
“A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler's career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels . . . Fans of professional wrestling aren't the only ones who will line up to read this one.” ―Booklist
“Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend.” ―School Library Journal
“It's clearly evident from every frame of The Princess Bride that Andre was not only one of the world's gentlest human beings, but also the kindest?a giant of a man in every way. I am thrilled to see his story finally told!” ―Mandy Patinkin
"This book will thrill longtime fans and introduce a new generation to the man, the myth, and the legend known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.” ―Mick Foley, three time WWE Champion, New York Times bestselling author
“Box Brown's melancholy tale of the sad, angry life of Andre the Giant is his best work yet. A poignant portrait of a troubled, complicated legend, wonderfully paced and beautifully rendered by one of the most stylish and distinctive comix creators working today. An impressive book by a major talent.” ―Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer
“Andre's story moves from the ring to the comic page with delightful ease... Funny, delicate, and full of life and great cartooning... Box Brown gives Andre the humanity and grace the Giant deserves.” ―Tom Hart, Hutch Owen
“Box Brown tackles a very special man's life through the best possible lens: deeply empathetic but unsentimental, expertly paced, emotionally naked without being overwrought, illuminating flaws and subtleties as we journey into the Giant's world.” ―Nate Powell, March
“The spare line work and elegant storytelling carry the weight of a tragic story that both transcends and elevates the world of professional wrestling while painting a complex portrait of its biggest icon.” ―Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT
“Is wrestling real? As real as any story is, Box Brown's story proves it while showing us how the real Andre the Giant made the most of what he had, even if all he had was a 7'5" (and falling), 463 pound (and rising) body.” ―Jim Ottaviani, Feynman
“Box Brown tells Andre's story clearly and plainly: this book lets him be the human being he was. To paint a guy larger than life is easy, but to paint a guy true to life takes something special, and that special quality runs through this book. Just fantastic.” ―John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats
"This comic is one that breaks the kayfabe ― the wrestler’s fourth wall ― not just of the performer but of the man." ―National Post
About the Author
Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning American cartoonist best known for the comic Bellen! and the winner of a Xeric Grant for the comic Love Is a Peculiar Type of Thing. A passionate proponent of the serial comics format, Brown runs the micropress Retrofit, dedicated to supporting independent serial comics' work. His recent books include Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. He is also a life-long professional wrestling fan.
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Great stories about Andre the Giant's life inside and outside the ring. Well-written, beautifully illustrated and, all-in-all, a very pleasant read.
Reading this book brought back so many memories of what made Andre such a larger than life character and a favorite with fans all over the world.
None of that is important to this book, however it is important to know that this man had a lasting effect for better or worse on everyone he encountered whether it was on TV, in the stadiums, or in real life. Box Brown certainly does a great job illustrating that point.
Many people may dismiss this book as for "wrestling fans" only but really this is a book for everyone. It carries a great message, and many of us can learn a little something of ourselves once we compare our life, and harships to that of a Giant. There's good times, bad times, but at the end of the day Andre was a man just trying to be himself in a world where everyone wanted him to be something more.
I would never have picked up a prose novel of the life and times on Andre so I think this graphic version is smart way to go. Hopefuly we will see more of these in the years to come. Athletes, Actors, Bands could all use this treatment.