Cartoon History of the Universe by Larry Gonick
(7 Volumes)

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An entertaining and informative illustrated guide  that makes world history accessible, appealing,  and funny.
 

About Larry Gonick

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Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. He wrote his first guide, Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform, in 1977. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he is staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.
 
Published September 10, 1990 by Doubleday. 368 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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While most texts map equations onto lines or curves on a standard x-y axis, Gonick introduces parallel lines with arrows connecting an x value on one line to its f(x) value on the parallel line.

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Problems of succession lead to lots of lurid anecdotes about perverse and insatiable emperors, violent entertainments, brutal conquests--all of which Gonick records with Mad-like irreverence.

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(The Byzantines were very fond of eye-gouging, and although he depicts this off-frame, as it were, you do see the odd pair of eyeballs skittering across the picture from time to time.) There are some things that defy the flippant approach, though - the effects of plague, for instance - and Goni...

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Despite the occasional generalization (""Looks matter to everyone, but they matter more to men""), the authors do a good job of conveying lots of information within an inherently limiting format, whether they are detailing methods of contraception, discussing the effect of the media on sex crimes...

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The final installment of Gonick's deeply funny and impeccably researched series has finally arrived, and like the rest of his Cartoon History series, the book covers a wide range of key and fascinating historical events and topics that have managed to slip through the gaps of common knowledge.

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(In the chapter on the life of Muhammad, for instance, he makes a running joke of keeping the prophet permanently off-panel.) Gonick is fond of wacky little digressions, and the book includes plenty of learned slapstick (one ongoing gag concerns the "amazing amount of eye-gouging" in Byzantine hi...

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Gonick has done it again with a diffuse but deep excavation into early civilizations from ancient China to the Germanic tribes.

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Gonick's hilariously informative history of the planet is a great addition to the growing field of comics trade books.

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Gonick's hilariously informative history of the planet is a great addition to the growing field of comics trade books. Starting with the Big Bang theory and moving on to the ``evolution of everything,

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