A Pre-review of ‘Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics’

I admit: I regularly google the title of my book to see where it pops up on the web – a few weeks back, I stumbled across this on the blog Comics and… Other Imaginary Tales:

I had never heard of Action Philosophers and was intrigued, so I ordered it. It arrived a few days ago and I have not read all of it yet, but I love it already. It is funny and quite thorough.

 

Action Philosophers, by Fred van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey

 

So the big question is: if you enjoyed Action Philosophers, should you still buy my book?

My answer is of course: Yes!

Both books cover some of the same ground, but they do so in different ways. Action Philosophers is very much an “american” comic in that it plays off of the old superhero-genre. As the title suggests, it has a lot of action in it, lots of POWs and SMASHes. Which is wonderful, because it immediately smashes the idea that philosophy is stuffy, dull and slow.

Plato in 'Action Philosophers'

 

Plato in 'Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics'

 

My book has a different approach – it has less philosophers (11 in mine against 46 in AP!) but more general philosophy that tries to involve the reader personally, with questions like: What Is Reality? What Choices Make You Who You Are? What Does Your Own Free Will Look Like? My aim throughout was to show that philosophy is something personal, something that starts with knowing who YOU are. In that sense, my book takes a more educational approach. Plus, it’s all in color!

So my advice is: if you read and liked Action Philosophers, get my book to complement it. And if you haven’t read Action Philosophers yet, buy both books! Hours and hours of philosophical fun and insights guaranteed!

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About the Author

Margreet de Heer
Margreet de Heer
Margreet de Heer lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with her husband Yiri T. Kohl and two cats. A long time ago, she studied Theology at the University of Amsterdam, but through divine intervention she ended up as a comic artist. She worked at the famous comic store Lambiek from 2000 until 2005, and wrote a book about Dutch comics together with Kees Kousemaker. Since 2005 she is a full-time comic artist producing a wide range of work, from children's comics in magazines to cartoons at business conferences. In 2007 she started making philosophical comic "reports" for newspaper Trouw. This resulted in a book edition in 2010, soon followed by graphic novels about religion and science. 'Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics' and 'Science: a Discovery in Comics' are published at NBM.

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