200609201612We don’t usually carry sell-out stories here, but it’s nice to hear of micro-indie and self published success stories, especially with a book as good as ACTION PHILOSOPHERS. Plus we always like. amusing press releases:

Evil Twin Comics is pleased to announce that due to the selling out of the first printing of the first trade paperback collection of their Xeric-winning, Ignatz-nominated non-fiction comic book series Action Philosophers, AP Giant-Size Thing Vol. 1 (ISBN #0-9778329-0-2), that the publisher would immediately go to second printing on the title, which will be offered in the October 2006 Diamond PREVIEWS catalog, along with the second TPB in the series, entitled, shockingly enough, Action Philosophers Giant-Size Thing Vol. 2, both of which see a December 2006 release.

Many observers — especially those who write Evil Twin Comics’ press releases — believe that the overwhelming popularity of Action Philosophers heralds a tectonic shift in the comic book Direct Market, away from the fantastical adventures of colorfully-costumed adventurers, and toward the more rarified air of the alienation of the proletariat in capitalist society, existentialism, logical positivism, and the application of Aristotelian logic to medieval theology, all of which are covered, and mercilessly satirized with ca-ca and doo-doo jokes, in Action Philosophers Giant-Size Thing Volume 2.

As Caleb Mozzocco writes on bamkapow.com, “In the world of philosophy comics, writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey are giants, towering above all of the other creators working in the genre. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that their Action Philosophers series is the single best philosophy comic book on the shelves today.â€?

ACTION PHILOSOPHERS GIANT-SIZE THING Vol. 2 (ISBN # 0-9778329-1-0) is a 96-page squarebound trade paperback detailing the lives and thoughts of history’s A-list brain trust in a hip and humorous fashion that proves that philosophy is not just the province of boring, tweed-enveloped history professors.

Profiled in this book with Fred & Ryan’s award-winning combo of insightful graphical commentary and toilet humor are:
• Karl Marx: The People’s Hero!
• Niccolo Machiavelli: Master of, uh, Machiavellianism!
• Isaac ben-Luria: Rabbi of the Mystic Arts!
• Rene “I Think, Therefore I Amâ€? Descartes!
• The Existential Faux-Pas of Jean-Paul Sartre!
• Jacques Derrida: The Deconstructonator!
• Ludwig Wittgenstein: Bewitched by Language!
• St. Thomas Aquinas: 300 lbs. of Theological Thaumaturgy!
• Soren Kierkegaard stars in “Fear and Trembling in Copenhagenâ€?!


  1. Fred & Ryan are great talents and ACTION PHILOSOPHERS is a great book, doing for philosophy what Larry Gonnick does for history and Jim Ottivani does for science.

    Do yourself a favor and give it a read…or give a copy to someone you love.

  2. I’ve purchased each issue as they had hit the stands. I liked this series on sight! First read about it on The Pulse and never turned back. Brilliant work!

  3. Action Philosophers is great, and I love the tshirt – Plato as a masked wrestler caught in mid-air with the word balloon – “Plato smash!”