09 February 2017

Review: Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, Annie Di Donna, et al.

Comic trade paperback, 347 pages
Published 2009 (originally 2008)

Borrowed from a friend
Read February 2015

Concept & Story: Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos H. Papadimitriou
Script: Apostolos Doxiadis
Character Design & Drawings: Alecos Papadatos
Color: Annie Di Donna
Inking: Dimitris Karatzaferis & Thodoris Paraskevas
Visual Research & Lettering: Anne Bardy

This book was okay. It's a comic that straddles historical fiction and biography, providing the life story of Bertrand Russell as well as some background in developments of logic in the early twentieth century. It's occasionally interrupted by pages where the creators of the comic discuss creating the comic. These moments I found twee and not very insightful. The main story is fine, though not very deep, and I was irritated at the number of things the creators outright made up yet still ascribe character significance to-- the whole book is driven by a dichotomy between madness and logic in Russell's life that has no basis in reality.

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