BuzzFeed published a list last week to illustrate that physical is still beautiful. In the bookish world. "19 Awesomely Designed Books From 2013 That Prove Print Isn't Dead." The post makes the point that I return to again and again. Books feel good, smell good and can offer us things that no e-book ever will. E-reading has actually driven publishers "to give readers a reason to buy print over digital. More and more publishers are doing beautiful and innovative things with design, layout, illustration, and cover art."
The list features some things I already own (the Penguin Drop Caps, Map of Days), one item that Santa brought by (S.), and then another that I could not resist in the bookstore today (Super Graphic). Comic books were an important part of my reading life as a child so no offense to recent converts to the Marvel Universe via the movies, but this book contains a depth of information about supers that is both fun and unrivaled and could only be derived from deep readings of the source comics that generated all that recent big screen profit. And Leong presents all this info as data in charts and Venn diagrams and timelines and charts and in lots of other graphic design loving ways. If you don't care what Batman and Magneto have in common... (click to view larger images)
... or how comics influenced rap music...
... or a comparison of the jet transportation of the Avengers and the X-Men, this might not be the book for you. But if you appreciate inspired design and exhaustive detail when it comes to your love of supers, this infographic guide to the comic book universe is unparalleled. You will geek out blissfully for hours. And laugh quite a bit too. "No way!" might also escape your lips. Feel free to be ten again for a while.