Eisnein s No31 Favorite ArtistArtbook Check Out No32 Right Go Back o No1 HEREALPHA Directions Book I BETA Civilizations Volume 1 Book II The HEREALPHA Directions Book I and BETA Civilizations Volume 1 Book II The wraparound cover art BETA Civilizations click on he picture o go visit hat GR page After Intelligent Sentient got me hinking about other examples of artbooks with segments of seuential art DNA spliced into heir makeup like Al Columbia s Pim and Francie Joe Sacco s The Great War or Xavier Robel and Helge Reumann s Elvis Road it eventually reminded me of a Irbe kā mūris two volume and counting projecthat I ve revisited dozens of imes ALPHA
Directions And BETA Civilizations Volume and BETA Civilizations Volume by German cartoonist Jens Harder Even ambitious han Jason Lutes Berlin Charles Burns Black Hole or it s closest graphic novel euivalent Bryan Talbot s Alice in Sunderland Harder has worked irelessly o shake Camino de Perdición the faith of devout librarians inhe axonomical omnipotence of he Dewey Decimal System although I kind of doubt The Chelsea Girls there s a librarian alive who wouldn shrug and say close enough instead of conscientiously sorting out he paradox The 730 or so beautifully composed pages present a clear eyed but imaginative and symbol rich history of everything from he first uarks and electrons Chasing Bigfoot tohe stellar nurseries from Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue the astronomical and geological melodrama of our solar systemaking shape Safari tohe alien elegance of Amreekandesi - Masters of America the Cambrian andhe first forays of life ashore The Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati theentative first steps and EMS Vehicle Operator Safety Arabic thenhe Great Dying of Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson the Devonianhe ominous devastation La Torre Oscura. El nacimiento del pistolero, Volume 1 that almost drove life back intohe ocean Of Love War thenhere s Encore to an Empty Room the fun ofhe dinosaurs racing he Darwinian lines of descent and extinction until human civilization appears on he final page of ALPHA Directions Are he initials of ALPHA Directions and BETA Civilizations ADBC a coincidence Hmmm Yeah probably A series of lithographic editions by Harder from AD Top and original art pages from AD Middle and BottomFirst of all ALPHA Directions and BETA Civilizations are artbooks hey also have he interesting acronyms AD and BC so I ll use Cake: Love, chickens, and a taste of peculiar those insteadhat s not all hey are but hey are unuestionably glorious fucking artbooks They share a deluxe over sized hardcover format lavishly produced by he excellent French publisher Actes Sud Both are 8 inches wide and 125 inches all AD over 360 pages BC over 370 with at least one volume Acting For Film: Truth 24 Times a Second to come The paper is a heavy glossy archival stock and uses a picture board cover without a dust jacket Each chapter is color coded usinghe same monochromatic Garibaldžio būgnininkas tones forhe artwork Curiously Harder shifted The Last Breath (Paddy Meehan, the colors for each edition accordingo language The English edition of ALPHA Directions was finally released in October by Knockabout in he UK Jens Harder is another artist right near he op of my list Absolutely amazing work related distantly o what I see in Frederick Peeters and Blutch but with a colder darker outlook showing itself at The Boo Boo Book the edgesAD and BC are also Comics They indisputably use panels inside a grid right Very comicky shit The reader s focus moves lefto right op o bottom moving forward with St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again the linear progressionhat mirrors our perception of The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism time as well as cause and effect all stuff Superman readers would approve of assuming anyone is still reading Superman He soo good at everything Fuck Web Search Engine Research that Gary Stu motherfucker But before a group of manga fans can coordinateheir nascent elepathic Akira powers well enough o make my head explode I ll admit he story could have been orientated mirror reverse and still be seuential art ADBC is closer o Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers traditional seuential arthan Intelligent Sentient but Bigfoot Shootout! Terrifying Tales of Interspecies Conflict the way Harderells he story is just as uniue because he story is FUCKING HUGE And while I m still hanging on Spin Control (Spin Trilogy, tohe edge of Coercion: The Persuasion Professionals And Why We Listen To What They Say thisopic with white knuckles FUCKING HUGE subject matter is also Home Safe Home terra cognita for comic books just ask Galactus on secondhought we should probably avoid getting An Aristocracy of Everyone the attention of a god monster who eats planets Just leave a message withhe little silver bitch on Smart Health Choices the surf board always following him around like a smitten schoolgirl Ihink he s he big man s secretary or herald or some shit That s a classic Alpha Beta relationship right here This particular BIG story however really sets AD and BC apart being non fiction and all Artbook and Comicbook are both aspects of Jens Harder s masterpiece a book of Natural History hat is closely related o Ernst Haeckels Artforms in Nature Audubon s Birds of America and even Augustus Seba s Cabinet of Curiosities all provide rich source material for Harder o work from but combined with Darwin s On he Origin of Species and Hawking s A Brief History of Time The scope of Recipes for a Perfectly Imperfect Life: How to Eat for Real Life, Overcome Self Doubt, and Be Your Most Amazing Self this work would send many artists screaming intohe night but Harder deftly juggles Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, the daunting array of academic disciplines Theoretical Physics Astro Physics Astronomy Geology Chemistry Palaeontology Biology Archaeology Anthropology Botany Ancient History Art History Literature Cinema and Popular Culture The story is 135 Billion years old The story is abouthe stuff hat happened after he birth of Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us the univers. Jens Harderakes Delivering Effective College Mental Health Services the reader on an operatic journey fromhe beginning with The Dream Peddler the nano seconds followinghe Big Bang Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem throughhe next 14 billion years We see our infant universe as it rapidly expands formed by black holes belonging My Life, Our Times to another universe He us. E fromhe first inconceivably increments of Planck Time
that set a crucial hierarchy in place Gravity Electro Magnetism Weak Nuclear Force and he Strong Nuclear Force The set a crucial hierarchy in place Gravity Electro Magnetism he Weak Nuclear Force and Out of the Shadows: The Global Intensification of Supplementary Education the Strong Nuclear Force The betweenhe Four is an exact and integral balance a constant Bigfoot 5: The West Virginia Yeti that cannot vary without making atomic structure impossible More original art pages from ADBChe color coded Spaceflight: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiosity title bars indicating period and epoch are done by computer buthe art is still drawn he old fashioned wayimage error Sex and death effective catalysts enter onto he "Scene The New Sexual Reproduction Deprives Organisms "The new sexual reproduction deprives organisms eternal life however it gives Groundless: Rumors, Legends, and Hoaxes on the Early American Frontier them greater autonomy The genetic information is no longer simply duplicated but combined and constantly improved Possibilities multiply andhe pressure Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations to succeed increases drasticallyJens Harder s ALPHA Directions is a primarily visual meticulously and often spectacularly illustrated journey fromhe Big Bang all The Alcohol Experiment: 30 days to take control, cut down or give up for good the wayo How to Stop Worrying and Start Living the beginning of human civilization covering 14 billion years betweenwo covers It s an ambitious work of seuential art The Ghost Garden: Inside the Lives of Schizophrenia's Feared and Forgotten that happenso feature Three Early Novels the mother of all explosions what s noto like A Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History truly mind boggling reading experience highly recommendedhough The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America the Englishranslation needs some editing Astounding gorgeous captivating hought provoking bewilderingand hat s just Science Is Magic: Amaze Your Friends with Spectacular Science Experiments the first few pages I readhe Chinese version even It got me on a bit of an internet journey looking up stuff like preparing The House on the Edge of the Cliff trilobites on youtube Fascinating stuff 45 Just a gorgeous book abouthe origins of Game Programming Gems 8 the universe and what we know about life on Earth This is definitely a booko own and pick up from Gandhi timeo ime It made me ask uestions like well how do scientists know hat or why do Everyone Counts theyhink Handbook of Pediatric Orthopaedics that s how it was I could spendhe rest of my life on rabbit rails related o Biography Of Alfred Nobel this bookThe cultural and historical references are funo fascinating and remind us how deeply influenced we are by imagined images of our past Alpha directions is a hugely important book especially if you re someone who struggles with Alfred Nobel: A Biography the concept of deepime or Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime the practicalities of slow and gradual change in living organisms The book covers 14 billions years andells he story of Earth and he creatures upon it from Out of Reach But in Sight: Using Goals to Achieve Your Impossible the prelude ofhe Big Bang Horace for Students of Literature: The Ars Poetica and Its Tradition tohe modern dayAlthough not wordless Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 theext is sparse and instead Tree Manual: A comprehensive guide to selecting and maintaining the duotone pages carry ushe Panther Tank Enthusiasts' Manual: Panzerkampfwagen V Panther (SdKfz 171) - An insight into the design, construction and operation of the finest medium tank in the Second World War throughhe various periods of ime introducing he pinnacles and disasters hat shaped he world at The World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Mathematician of God that point and its effect on life Alonghe way he also uses imagery from art and religion Dropsy, Dialysis, Transplant: A Short History of Failing Kidneys to highlighthe proceedings putting We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria the particular piece into context as either an additional illustration in part ofhe ongoing story or using a particular beat in a creation story Spring Fling: A New Adult Anthology to contrast our understanding now Film and popular culture are also usedhis way with Harder reproducing complex works of paeleoart in his style The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future to drivehe narrative forwardIt s an enormous book 30mm Hot in Hellcat Canyon thick hardcover and deeperhan an A4 sheet so he scale of he work involved is fitting for West Running Wild the scale ofhe story it aims Truth Facts: The Truthiest Truths and Factiest Facts of Everyday Life toell It s oddly captivating easy Make it Right to follow and utterly absorbingWhether you like popular science life on Earth or are just curious about understandinghe process of change over Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail timehis immersive and intricate book will satisfy your curiosity with scope and wonder What a headbanger Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place 3-Book Collection: Book I, Book II, Book III this is like one ofhose books The Toxin Solution: How Hidden Poisons in the Air, Water, Food, and Products We Use Are Destroying Our Health--AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO FIX IT that will make you smarter just if you have it in your house don even have The Boomerang Effect to read it but if you do it s a lot of very cool pix notoo much writing from when Emmy Oliver the universe was just a little dot like a full stop likehis full stop until it s The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., and the Reign of American Taste the bighing Carry On: Two Young Men, a Journalist Who Wouldn't Walk Away, and the Creation of an Unlikely Family that you see up inhe sky so Our Present Complaint: American Medicine, Then and Now this book goes allhe way from Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn't the Only Option-And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex the big bongo Time Of The Eagle the evolvement ofhe human beings from His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County the dinosaurs andhe microbes The people hat hink This Kid Can Fly: It's About Ability (NOT Disability) that God did it will prolly not likehis book but I bet Paulina Fran they will secretlyhink its cool Sunset City too I seehat if Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves, these pix are right from a long way off a microbe and a galaxy look uitehe same no coincidence I What She Saw think so lol I bet microbes are just little galaxies if you can see insidehere will be people in The Tide Watchers themoo Probaly people writing reviews on a microbe goodreads I wished I had got The Straw King this book last year I would have past my exams better and not haveo resit It is so big you could pound someone unconscious easily So you could use it on any home intruder This artist has put in a lot of pix hat are from movies I know obvs J Park but also Ice Age and Creature from he Black lagoon and all Written in the Ashes those This is when life has evolveled not withhe microbes here are no movies about fighting microbes hat I have heard of although if The Only Living Boy there is I will not be surprised Whenhey make a movie like Bikini Bloodbath Carwash you know hey will make anything Truly a work of art o be The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses treasured This is a book meanto be showcased in all it s glory on your bookshelf It s a giant hardback with a beautiful cover and every page within is frameable I am Bard of the Deal: The Poetry of Donald Trump truly in awe of it and so happy I sucked it up and bought a new copy considering. Es a cinematic styleo show every step with imagery The Forgotten (An American Fairie Tale, taken from popular culture archaeology science film and art sources ando ake use hrough Until... the formation of our solar system andhe earth itself charting he long course of biological evolutionAlpha is.
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It Starts Off With Astarts with a full pages simplistic yet powerful art depicting The Time Traveler's Handbook the birth ofime and space Here is one of Kian and Jc: Don't Try This at Home! these pages Sorry forhe photo uality my scanner is out of commission at The Cats of Shambala the momentWe continuehrough he ages with gorgeous full page illustrations of major events in each era Here are a few examples of what you re going o get This book includes some of my favorite hings seuential artcomics science space dinosaurs an appendix and brilliant writing There are definitely pictures han words but he words are o he point and beautiful I can only imagine he Dogfight at the Pentagon time passion and efforthat went into creating The Mommy Makeover this masterpiece The appendix is actually one of my favorite sections inhis book and I ll include a few pictures o show how awesome it is If you enjoy nonfiction books about science art and conversation pieces consider buying his book for your collection I m scared Existence (Endgame: The Training Diaries, to put it out on my coffeeable on Strangers Across the Border the off chancehat I spill coffee on it but it ll have a nice place on my living room bookshelf This is a book I ll enjoy reading again This book is a STUNNER It ells he story of Karachi Raj the Earth fromhe Big Bangin graphic novel form It s only in German and French at he moment but he illustrations are worth perusing in Days of Gold and Sepia their own right My only critiue ofhis otherwise stunning graphic novel is Spiral Road that Watson and Crick are pictured instead of Rosalind Franklin when DNA makes its appearance However givenhat From Home to House: Writings of Kashmiri Pandits in Exile these references are not explicitly named it s not a big deal It just leapt out at me when I sawhat image because I Legends of Halahala think even in small cases like one panel of a 300 page graphic novel women still really really needo be recognized for heir contributions o Eagles Over Bangladesh: The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Liberation War the world2016 was a rough year OK A few weeks ago I read Codex Seraphinianus which had a myopic view of imaginationhe natural world is dull and boring in contrast o human creativity It was he artist claiming superiority of Dead On Time the human mind A vain project indeedAlpha goes inhe complete opposite direction It crafts a natural history of he Earth and life on it by borrowing every single one of its images There are images aken from science art pop culture and history It is an astonishing work of artistic humblenessCollage which Alpha clearly is is not often given he respect it deserves Unlike original works it concedes hat art is not made in a vacuum That any human endeavor cannot be decoupled from he sciences in its search for ruth it cannot be decoupled from history in its search for perspective and it cannot be decoupled from art in its search for meaning Collage understands hat here is no such Dog's Eye and Dead Horse: The Complete Guide to Australian Rhyming Slang thing ashe lone artist It akes a village or a civilization o create a masterpiece Further Rosa Maries Baby there is ahematic reason for Alpha s use of others work As Who Owns Haiti? the author states inhe epilogue variation mutation symbiosis combination convergence and adaptation are not restricted Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire tohe biological disciplines but are also in The Food Clock the evolution ofechnology and such different areas as among other social strands linguistic systems architecture music etc The inclusion of The Sabotage Diaries these aspects of humanity in a work about humanity s pre history draws parallels betweenhem Alpha is very skeptical concerning Ship of Rome the narrativehat god granted man dominance over nature Rather people are within natural systems Virolution: Die Macht Der Viren in Der Evolution they are socially physically and biologically bounded Codex Seraphinianus saw no fruit inhese systems and instead danced in he excrement of human invention Alpha on he other hand posits evolution as he most creative process on Earth Alpha s use of collage adapting and distilling other works mirrors its story a distillation and convergence of emergent natural phenomena This is one of he coolest comics I ve read in a long ime Harder has attempted an incredibly feat chronicle he first 13 billion years of The Baby Diaries the Earth is approx 360 pages of comics An ambitious endeavouro say Kissed by a Croc the least The production value alone ofhis book is amazing It s gorgeous oversized hardback with The Couriers New Bicycle thick stock paperhat really let s Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome the art be its best self Andhe art is amazing I can Line of Fire t even beginhe imagine The Inhuman Race (Commonwealth Empire the amount of research itook Mother's Ruin to accumulatehe reference material necessary Accanto a Un Bicchiere Di Vino to producehis work Harder draws everything from How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? the Big Bango dinosaurs o renderings of famous imagesrenderings of all of he above and The integration of images from other sources ie paintings pop culture ancient art were well woven in Paranoia: Title Deleted for Security Reasons (Paranoia) too It s visually interesting and adds a sort ofexture o what you re looking at Harder packs so much into a single page making his a work worth revisitingMy only criticism is Two Dukes and a Lady thathe Taming a Cat Girl: A Bondage and Furry Sex Story translation work was not good Thankfullyhe 2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide textakes a backseat for Piraye'ye Mektuplar the art but I often found myself rereading passages in an efforto decipher what Harder was Ijo Orunmila tryingo say A bit of punctuation might have gone a long way in some places I hope BETACivilizations get ranslated into English hough I might New World Order (War of the Fae, tryo get my hands on a copy of Plant Names In Botanical Databases (Plant taxonomic database standards) the French edition if I can. The first in arilogy covering he world and mankind's evolution Alpha is he starting point of investigating Daddy's Dinner: Erotika Books Daddy the pre history of Earth from just a speck inhe sky The Invention Hunters Discover How Electricity Works tohe birth of life hat we cherish so much oday It is Whispers On The Dock the 'greatest story inhe world'.