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Andre the Giant

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Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who'd been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant. Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre's life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century's most recognizable figures.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.94 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 249.47g
  • Roaring Brook Press
  • FIRST SECOND
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations throughout
  • 1596438517
  • 9781596438514
  • 85,036

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*"A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant." - "Kirkus Reviews," STARRED REVIEW "Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler's career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels . . . Fans of professional wrestling aren't the only ones who will line up to read this one." - "Booklist" "Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend." - "School Library Journal" "Its warts-and-more depiction of the French-born figure's odd life is ably illuminated by Brown in a stylized but engaging manner." --Miami Herald"A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW"Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler's career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels . . . Fans of professional wrestling aren't the only ones who will line up to read this one." --Booklist"Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend." --School Library Journal"It's clearly evident from every frame of The Princess Bride that Andre was not only one of the world's gentlest human beings, but also the kindest?a giant of a man in every way. I am thrilled to see his story finally told!" --Mandy Patinkin"This book will thrill longtime fans and introduce a new generation to the man, the myth, and the legend known as the Eighth Wonder of the World." --Mick Foley, three time WWE Champion, New York Times bestselling author"Box Brown's melancholy tale of the sad, angry life of Andre the Giant is his best work yet. A poignant portrait of a troubled, complicated legend, wonderfully paced and beautifully rendered by one of the most stylish and distinctive comix creators working today. An impressive book by a major talent." --Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer"Andre's story moves from the ring to the comic page with delightful ease... Funny, delicate, and full of life and great cartooning... Box Brown gives Andre the humanity and grace the Giant deserves." --Tom Hart, Hutch Owen"Box Brown tackles a very special man's life through the best possible lens: deeply empathetic but unsentimental, expertly paced, emotionally naked without being overwrought, illuminating flaws and subtleties as we journey into the Giant's world." --Nate Powell, March"The spare line work and elegant storytelling carry the weight of a tragic story that both transcends and elevates the world of professional wrestling while painting a complex portrait of its biggest icon." --Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT"Is wrestling real? As real as any story is, Box Brown's story proves it while showing us how the real Andre the Giant made the most of what he had, even if all he had was a 7'5" (and falling), 463 pound (and rising) body." --Jim Ottaviani, Feynman"Box Brown tells Andre's story clearly and plainly: this book lets him be the human being he was. To paint a guy larger than life is easy, but to paint a guy true to life takes something special, and that special quality runs through this book. Just fantastic." --John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats"This comic is one that breaks the kayfabe -- the wrestler's fourth wall -- not just of the performer but of the man." --National Post -Its warts-and-more depiction of the French-born figure's odd life is ably illuminated by Brown in a stylized but engaging manner.- --Miami Herald-A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant.- --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW-Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler's career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels . . . Fans of professional wrestling aren't the only ones who will line up to read this one.- --Booklist-Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend.- --School Library Journal-It's clearly evident from every frame of The Princess Bride that Andre was not only one of the world's gentlest human beings, but also the kindest?a giant of a man in every way. I am thrilled to see his story finally told!- --Mandy Patinkin-This book will thrill longtime fans and introduce a new generation to the man, the myth, and the legend known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.- --Mick Foley, three time WWE Champion, New York Times Best-Selling Author-Box Brown's melancholy tale of the sad, angry life of Andre the Giant is his best work yet. A poignant portrait of a troubled, complicated legend, wonderfully paced and beautifully rendered by one of the most stylish and distinctive comix creators working today. An impressive book by a major talent.- --Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer-Andre's story moves from the ring to the comic page with delightful ease... Funny, delicate, and full of life and great cartooning... Box Brown gives Andre the humanity and grace the Giant deserves.- --Tom Hart, Hutch Owen-Box Brown tackles a very special man's life through the best possible lens: deeply empathetic but unsentimental, expertly paced, emotionally naked without being overwrought, illuminating flaws and subtleties as we journey into the Giant's world.- --Nate Powell, March-The spare line work and elegant storytelling carry the weight of a tragic story that both transcends and elevates the world of professional wrestling while painting a complex portrait of its biggest icon.- --Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT-Is wrestling real? As real as any story is, Box Brown's story proves it while showing us how the real Andre the Giant made the most of what he had, even if all he had was a 7'5- (and falling), 463 pound (and rising) body.- --Jim Ottaviani, Feynman-Box Brown tells Andre's story clearly and plainly: this book lets him be the human being he was. To paint a guy larger than life is easy, but to paint a guy true to life takes something special, and that special quality runs through this book. Just fantastic.- --John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats *A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant. "Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW" Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler's career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels . . . Fans of professional wrestling aren't the only ones who will line up to read this one. "Booklist" Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend. "School Library Journal" It's clearly evident from every frame of The Princess Bride that Andre was not only one of the world's gentlest human beings, but also the kindest?a giant of a man in every way. I am thrilled to see his story finally told! "Mandy Patinkin" In a profession filled with larger-than-life characters none of them loomed larger than Andre the Giant. This book will thrill longtime fans and introduce a new generation to the man, the myth, and the legend known as the Eighth Wonder of the World. "Mick Foley, three time WWE Champion, NY Times Best-Selling Author" Box Brown's melancholy tale of the sad, angry life of Andre the Giant is his best work yet. A poignant portrait of a troubled, complicated legend, wonderfully paced and beautifully rendered by one of the most stylish and distinctive comix creators working today. An impressive book by a major talent. "Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer" Andre's story moves from the ring to the comic page with delightful ease... Funny, delicate, and full of life and great cartooning... Box Brown gives Andre the humanity and grace the Giant deserves. "Tom Hart, Hutch Owen" Box Brown tackles a very special man's life through the best possible lens: deeply empathetic but unsentimental, expertly paced, emotionally naked without being overwrought, illuminating flaws and subtleties as we journey into the Giant's world. "Nate Powell, March" The spare line work and elegant storytelling carry the weight of a tragic story that both transcends and elevates the world of professional wrestling while painting a complex portrait of its biggest icon. "Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT" Is wrestling real? As real as any story is, Box Brown's story proves it while showing us how the real Andre the Giant made the most of what he had, even if all he had was a 7'5" (and falling), 463 pound (and rising) body. "Jim Ottaviani, Feynman" Box Brown tells Andre's story clearly and plainly: this book lets him be the human being he was. To paint a guy larger than life is easy, but to paint a guy true to life takes something special, and that special quality runs through this book. Just fantastic. "John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats"" *"A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant." - "Kirkus Reviews," STARRED REVIEW "Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler's career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels . . . Fans of professional wrestling aren't the only ones who will line up to read this one." - "Booklist" "Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend." - "School Library Journal" "It's clearly evident from every frame of The Princess Bride that Andre was not only one of the world's gentlest human beings, but also the kindestâ a giant of a man in every way. I am thrilled to see his story finally told!"--Mandy Patinkin "In a profession filled with larger-than-life characters none of them loomed larger than Andre the Giant. This book will thrill longtime fans and introduce a new generation to the man, the myth, and the legend known as the Eighth Wonder of the World."--Mick Foley, three time WWE Champion, NY Times Best-Selling Author "Box Brown's melancholy tale of the sad, angry life of Andre the Giant is his best work yet. A poignant portrait of a troubled, complicated legend, wonderfully paced and beautifully rendered by one of the most stylish and distinctive comix creators working today. An impressive book by a major talent." --Derf Backderf, "My Friend Dahmer" Andre's story moves from the ring to the comic page with delightful ease... Funny, delicate, and full of life and great cartooning... Box Brown gives Andre the humanity and grace the Giant deserves."--Tom Hart, "Hutch Owen" "Box Brown tackles a very special man's life through the best possible lens: deeply empathetic but unsentimental, expertly paced, emotionally naked without being overwrought, illuminating flaws and subtleties as we journey into the Giant's world." --Nate Powell, "March" "The spare line work and elegant storytelling carry the weight of a tragic story that both transcends and elevates the world of professional wrestling while painting a complex portrait of its biggest icon."--Matt Kindt, "Mind MGMT" "Is wrestling real? As real as any story is, Box Brown's story proves it while showing us how the real Andre the Giant made the most of what he had, even if all he had was a 7'5" (and falling), 463 pound (and rising) body."--Jim Ottaviani, "Feynman" "Box Brown tells Andre's story clearly and plainly: this book lets him be the human being he was. To paint a guy larger than life is easy, but to paint a guy true to life takes something special, and that special quality runs through this book. Just fantastic."--John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats "Larger-than-average Andre the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler's career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels . . . Fans of professional wrestling aren't the only ones who will line up to read this one." - "Booklist" "Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend." - "School Library Journal" "It's clearly evident from every frame of The Princess Bride that Andre was not only one of the world's gentlest human beings, but also the kindestâ a giant of a man in every way. I am thrilled to see his story finally told!"--Mandy Patinkin "In a profession filled with larger-than-life characters none of them loomed larger than Andre the Giant. This book will thrill longtime fans and introduce a new generation to the man, the myth, and the legend known as the Eighth Wonder of the World."--Mick Foley, three time WWE Champion, NY Times Best-Selling Author "Box Brown's melancholy tale of the sad, angry life of Andre the Giant is his best work yet. A poignant portrait of a troubled, complicated legend, wonderfully paced and beautifully rendered by one of the most stylish and distinctive comix creators working today. An impressive book by a major talent." --Derf Backderf, "My Friend Dahmer" Andre's story moves from the ring to the comic page with delightful ease... Funny, delicate, and full of life and great cartooning... Box Brown gives Andre the humanity and grace the Giant deserves."--Tom Hart, "Hutch Owen" "Box Brown tackles a very special man's life through the best possible lens: deeply empathetic but unsentimental, expertly paced, emotionally naked without being overwrought, illuminating flaws and subtleties as we journey into the Giant's world." --Nate Powell, "March" "The spare line work and elegant storytelling carry the weight of a tragic story that both transcends a "Interesting and complex . . . fans can enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend." - "School Library Journal" "It's clearly evident from every frame of The Princess Bride that Andre was not only one of the world's gentlest human beings, but also the kindestâ a giant of a man in every way. I am thrilled to see his story finally told!"--Mandy Patinkin "In a profession filled with larger-than-life characters none of them loomed larger than Andre the Giant. This book will thrill longtime fans and introduce a new generation to the man, the myth, and the legend known as the Eighth Wonder of the World."--Mick Foley, three time WWE Champion, NY Times Best-Selling Author "Box Brown's melancholy tale of the sad, angry life of Andre the Giant is his best work yet. A poignant portrait of a troubled, complicated legend, wonderfully paced and beautifully rendered by one of the most stylish and distinctive comix creators working today. An impressive book by a major talent." --Derf Backderf, "My Friend Dahmer" Andre's story moves from the ring to the comic page with delightful ease... Funny, delicate, and full of life and great cartooning... Box Brown gives Andre the humanity and grace the Giant deserves."--Tom Hart, "Hutch Owen" "Box Brown tackles a very special man's life through the best possible lens: deeply empathetic but unsentimental, expertly paced, emotionally naked without being overwrought, illuminating flaws and subtleties as we journey into the Giant's world." --Nate Powell, "March" "The spare line work and elegant storytelling carry the weight of a tragic story that both transcends and elevates the world of professional wrestling while painting a complex portrait of its biggest icon."--Matt Kindt, "Mind MGMT" "Is wrestling real? As real as any story is, Box Brown's story proves it while showing us how the real Andre the Giant made the most of what he had, even if all he had was a 7'5" (and falling)show more

About Box Brown

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning American cartoonist best known for the comic Bellen! and the winner of a Xeric Grant for the comic Love Is a Peculiar Type of Thing. A passionate proponent of the serial comics format, Brown runs the micropress Retrofit, dedicated to supporting independent serial comics' work. His recent books include Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. He is also a life-long professional wrestling fan.show more

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Our customer reviews

I was a big wrestling fan in the early to mid eighties and just thrilled to bits when I heard this biography of Andre Roussimoff was coming out. I'm so pleased that it met up with my high expectations. Andre the Giant is pretty much of a legend in the secretive wrestling world of the '80s making it very hard to know where the truth ends and fabrication begins. Using artistic license to bring us a story in visual form Box Brown has done a fantastic job of putting all the most reasonable anecdotes together with the verifiable facts bringing us an inside look at this tortured man's life. He was an enigma who brought wrestling to the mainstream audience, a man with a death sentence of a disease and one who lived with perpetual pain. Hard-drinking, rude and racist he was also a kind, gentle giant faced with discrimination and this graphic biography is a wonderful portrait of the man from all angles. At the end of the book the author has compiled a Notes section which details where his information came from and how he interpreted it, which also made for interesting reading.show more
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