Action Philosophers #1 is a comic book from Evil Twin Comics. The comic is downloaded in PDF format, being just shy of nine megabytes in size. It's a grand total of thirty-six pages long, and has bookmarks to each section about a different philosopher, as well as to the recommended reading section, and the Action Philosophers website.
Action Philosophers is dedicated to covering the life and teachings of various real historical philosophers, all in comic format. To reiterate, while the depictions are quite humorous and usually exaggerated, everything that is being told is true, albeit condensed. This first issue covers Plato, Bodhidharma, and Nietzsche. The amount of pages dedicated to the philosophers are somewhat lopsided, as Plato gets thirteen pages, Bodhidharma gets eleven, while Nietzsche gets only six.
The art here is done in black and white, the cover notwithstanding. There's liberal use of grey and shading, however, so the comic still feels very vibrant. As mentioned before, the tone, both in text and drawing, is very playful. For example, in the section where they discuss Bodhidharma's most famous express, "If you see Buddha on the road, kill him," there's a drawing of Buddha crossing a modern city street, viewed through a scope with crosshairs targeting him. I'm hesitant to call the art style "cartoony," but no one's going to confuse the drawings of the characters with the sense of "realism" that comics like X-Men strive for. The characters here are exaggerated in their illustrated depiction, all the better to lend themselves to the humorous summarizing of what they taught.
Overall, Action Philosophers is one of the few things out there that really does make learning fun. The comic is amusing to read, even as it recounts the tales of these philosophical visionaries and gives us the basics of their wisdom. It's great for someone who wants a very easy-to-digest incarnation of some of history's greatest thinkers (whether for yourself, your kids, your students, etc). Let Action Philosophers #1 open your mind today!
<b>LIKED</b>: This product did a great job not only covering the philosophers it went over, but did so in a hilarious way. This is a stellar example of edutainment in action.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The teachings of Nietzsche seemed extremely short compared to the other two here, which is a shame.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>