We are in Paul Gravett's 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die! Check out this great website that accompanies the book--then go read some comics!
Interesting article and nice for us to be mentioned alongside so many greats!
The Graphic Novel Renaissance in Newsweek (Jan. 2, 2012)
Winners will be announced on Saturday Oct. 9, at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Here's a little bit more about the award.
From Blackwell's website:
Sunday 6th March, 6pm - 7.30pm
Blackwell Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford
We are thrilled to announce an event with Apostolos Doxiadis taking place on Sunday 6th March from 6pm to 7.30pm. In his talk entitled "Modern Quest Myths: From Numbers to Stories", Apostolos Doxiadis will speak about his books Uncle Petros and Golbach's Conjecture and Logicomix, as an introduction to a discussion about their theme and forms. Given the concurrent thematic concerns of Doxiadis' books and his personal ventures into the relationship of mathematics to narrative and the topic of narrative intelligence, it seems fitting that his talk will engage with how the modern quest is mythologised in both mathematics and literature, showing they are connected and mutually dependant.
In both books Doxiadis uses the compelling narratives of two men's lives, tracing their heroic successes and human frailties, in order to introduce and explore some of the biggest ideas of mathematics and modern philosophy
Tickets cost £2 and can be obtained by telephoning or visiting the Customer Service Department, Second Floor, Blackwell Bookshop, Oxford. Tel: 01865 333623.
From the Royal Holloway website:
Dabis Lecture, 3 March 2011: Apostolos Doxiadis 'From Mimesis to Aristotle for Screenwriters- and back'
Apostolos Doxiadis: 'From Mimesis to Aristotle for Screenwriters-and back: What can a Modern Writer Learn from the Ancient Greeks about Writing?'
Modern writers see in Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides masters of narrative structure, while Hollywood screenwriting manuals pay tribute to Aristotle's Poetics. Yet, this is chiefl y because we read the Greeks in ways which are biased by our own storytelling habits. By attempting to understand Greek literature in its original context, a writer can become much more aware of its differences from modern works – and learn much more from it.
Venue: Windsor Building Auditorium
Time: 6:15 pm
"What Logicomix does that few works in any medium do is make intellectual passion palpable."
Read the full review here.
LOGICOMIX made boingboing.com's list, along with a few other gadgets, books, and appliances.
See the full list here.
Read this interesting essay on LOGICOMIX from readinggroupguides.com to see what topics have come up in other groups' discussions of the book.
LOGICOMIX is short-listed for the Palmares, the Grand Prix of the Angouleme Festival 2011!
Click here to read.
They describe LOGICOMIX as follows:
"This brilliantly illustrated tale of reason, insanity, love and truth recounts the story of Bertrand Russell's life. Raised by his paternal grandparents, young Russell was never told the whereabouts of his parents. Driven by a desire for knowledge of his own history, he attempted to force the world to yield to his yearnings: for truth, clarity and resolve. An insightful and complexly layered narrative, Logicomix reveals both Russell’s inner struggle and the quest for the foundations of logic. Narration by an older, wiser Russell, as well as asides from the author himself, make sense of the story’s heady and powerful ideas. At its heart, Logicomix is a story about the conflict between pure reason and the persistent flaws of reality, a narrative populated by great and august thinkers, young lovers, ghosts and insanity."
More info here.
Apostolos and Alecos will be honored guests at the 6th Komikazen International reality comic festival, which runs from the 8th to the 10th of October in Ravenna, Italy.
Alecos's original artwork from Logicomix--from thumbnails to the final penciling--will be on display at the festival.
For full schedule and info on venues, visit the festival website.
MIGLIOR FUMETTO STRANIERO
“Logicomics” di Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou e Annie di Donna (Guanda)
Visit the festival's site here.
Visit the French LOGICOMIX site here: www.logicomix.com/fr
Voilà du jamais-vu. Avec un choix graphique tout opposé, David Vandermeulen nous avait donné une biographie de savant, doublée d'un superbe exercice graphique dans Fritz Haber. Ici, il faut, avouons-le, passer par-dessus un dessin un tantinet vieillot pour entrer dans le projet, à vrai dire complètement fou, des deux scénaristes : transformer en roman graphique le destin de Bertrand Russell, ce logicien et mathématicien anglais aussi connu pour ses prises de position politiques - progressistes, pacifistes et, pour commencer, non conformistes - que pour sa contribution au débat entre logiciens autour de la théorie des ensembles (le "paradoxe de Russell", entre autres).
On voit l'ampleur de la gageure : rendre compte en fiction et, qui plus est, en fiction dessinée, de l'"aventure des idées". Les auteurs aggravent leur cas en entrecroisant au moins trois temps : celui d'une conférence donnée par Russell en 1939, un vaste retour en arrière sur l'ensemble de sa vie, le tout truffé de percées en avant sur les auteurs du roman, confrontés sans cesse à des problèmes de lisibilité et - c'est bien le moins - de logique... Bref, une histoire à suspense dont les héros s'appellent Cantor, Gödel ou Wittgenstein, et qu'on suit, en effet, avec passion. Une oeuvre grecque - cette dimension est importante, et soulignée -, c'est-à-dire universelle.
All comic books are about a hero’s journey. Each hero must travel the path destined for him, be it Superman, Batman, Maus or as is the case with Logicomix, Bertrand Russell. Sure, Russell was a mathematician, logician, philosopher, pacifist and historian whose theories are considered prescient, but to many other left-hemisphere intellectuals Russell was very simple, a hero with a quest to save the world from ‘the devils…contradiction and paradox’.
From Avain Publishing.
Attend LOGICOMIX-related events at the Helsinki Comics Festival 10-12 Sept.
HamburgSaturday Sept. 11, 7 pm
Harbour Front Festival
Reading at the IBA Dock (English/German)
Host: Prof. Dr. Albrecht Beutelspacher
KasselSunday Sept. 12, 6 pm
Reading at the planetarium (English/German)
Host: Bjoern Schirmeier
Monday Sept. 13, 5:15 pm
Reading at Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Informatik (English)
Host: Prof. Dr. Helmut Alt
Wednesday Sept. 15, 7:30 pm
Reading at the Mathematikum (Liebigstraße 8)
Host: Prof. Dr. Martin Buhmann
The German LOGICOMIX has hit the shelves!
Apostolos spoke about LOGICOMIX to students and professors at the University of Cambridge in November 2009. After his talk he was joined by Alecos Papadatos in answering the audience's questions. The event was hosted by the Hellenic Society at Cambridge, and Apostolos was introduced by mathematician Tim Gowers.
Apostolos and Alecos were invited to speak about LOGICOMIX by the Post-Graduate Maths Society of the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham.
At their November 11th lecture, Apostolos spoke about his relationship with math, comics, and writing, and Alecos talked about the creative process in comics, and even gave the audience a demonstration of how he draws Bertrand Russell.
"If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend last year’s surprise best-seller LOGICOMIX, a brilliantly creative graphic novel about set theory, logic, infinity, madness and the quest for mathematical truth."
Steven Strogatz, on his New York Times blog, The Opinionator
LOGICOMIX won the 2010 Bertrand Russell Society Book Award!
2010 is a particularly special year for Russell fans, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Principia Mathematica.
Authors@Google presents: Christos Papadimitriou!
Apostolos, Alecos, and Annie appear in comic form in the pages of the arts magazine of the Financial Times, discussing Claude Levi-Strauss, structuralism, and the house of Atreus.
LOGICOMIX is awarded the Dutch Bookseller's Medal!
From the press release: On World Book Day 2010 ten non-fiction books will be awarded the Dutch Bookseller’s Medal (Lintje van de Boekverkoper). The winners of these yearly awards for quality non-fiction are chosen by a jury of booksellers. Most striking this year is the choice of a ‘graphic novel’, a form that is rapidly gaining popularity. The Royal Dutch Booksellers Federation will officially hand out the medals in a ceremony on Friday April 23rd.
Check out Alecos's brand new website, www.alecos.eu!
It is a fantastic site with lots of samples of Alecos's animation, cartoons that appeared in newspapers, and hundreds of his drawings, from rough sketches and thumbnails to the final product.
A section on Alecos's next graphic novel project is coming soon.
"[Logicomix] is brilliant and I'm not sure how I missed it," Haddon notes on his blog.
Mark Haddon is the author of the best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.
Click here to read the full blog entry on Logicomix.
LOGICOMIX was selected, along with 15 other books, to compete in the 2010 Tournament of Books, the winner of which will be awarded the Rooster Award, presented by Field Notes.
A description of the competition from the website: "Each spring we take 16 celebrated novels from the previous year and seed them into a competitive bracket like the kind used in the N.C.A.A. basketball championship. A group of judges is enlisted, and the tournament plays out over the course of five rounds of matches in March. Each match sees two books battling head-to-head in brutal combat, with a judge explaining how he or she has chosen to move one of them to the next round."
"Apostolos Doxiadis' charming dialogue and Alecos Papadatos' simple, affecting drawings give the story an immediacy and approachability that nothing else could."
"The book is a triumph"
"Both informative and engrossing"
"Logicomix ends up working out a wonderful synthesis between logic and passion, what’s provable and what lies outside meaning."
"Rich, colourful and surprising"
"To compare it to a classic Archie and Veronica-style comic would be as unfair as comparing a Rembrandt to a child's refrigerator drawing (unless of course it's your child)."
"This remarkable book centers on Bertrand Russell's life and philosophy - but is anything but stuffy."
"Proves a surprisingly lively tale"
"Logicomix is easily the top graphic novel of the year, and...probably one of the best of the decade."
(NO UPCOMING EVENTS ARE CURRENTLY SCHEDULED.)
LOS ANGELES - Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 pm
Los Angeles Public Library - Christos in conversation with Zlatan Damnjanovic
SEATTLE - Friday, October 9, 7:30 pm
Town Hall Seattle - Christos (with Apostolos via Skype from Athens)
BERKELEY - Monday, October 19, 5:15 pm
Mathematical Science Research Institute - Christos in conversation with Paolo Mancosu, with Robert Bryant moderating
NEW YORK CITY - Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Idlewild Books - Christos
BOSTON - Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 pm
Northeastern University Library - Christos
CAMBRIDGE - Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 pm
Harvard Book Store - Christos
BALTIMORE - Friday, October 30, 7:00 pm
Johns Hopkins Bookstore (Barnes and Noble) - Christos
LOS ANGELES - Friday, November 6, 7:00 pm
Vroman’s - Christos
BERKELEY - Wednesday, November 18, time TBA
Dark Carnival Comics - Christos
PALO ALTO - Thursday, November 19, 4:15 pm
Stanford Symbolic Systems Program Monthly Forum (open to the public) - Christos
MENLO PARK, CA - Monday, November 30, 7:30 pm
Kepler's Books - Christos
(NO UPCOMING EVENTS ARE CURRENTLY SCHEDULED.)
CAMBRIDGE - Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 pm
Cambridge University: St. Johns College, Fisher bldg., Dirac rm. - Apostolos and Alecos
BIRMINGHAM - Wednesday, November 11, 2:00 pm
University of Birmingham - Apostolos and Alecos
LONDON - Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm
Comica Festival @ the ICA, London - Apostolos speaks with Marcus du Sautoy; Apostolos and Alecos to sign copies
As editor Rosie Blau notes, "The choice of what to read is rich, varied and confusing, but the FT’s critics will help you decide."
LOGICOMIX: "The graphic novel has surely come of age when it is the chosen medium for a story about the philosophy of mathematics. Bertrand Russell is the star in this rich, colourful and surprising tale."
See the full list here.
"Both informative and engrossing, this full-color comics-bio tells the story of mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell's messy personal life while documenting his maniacal pursuit of the philosophical foundations of modern mathematics."
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
See the full list here.
"On Thursday November 12th, Greek novelist Apostolos Doxiadis, famed for his best-selling maths-inspired novel Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture, will explain the secrets behind Logicomix: An Epic Search For Truth. This innovative graphic novel, published in the UK and US by Bloomsbury, uncovers the mind-expanding intrigues behind foundational mathematics through the characters of Bertrand Russell and his peers. Doxiadis will be in conversation with Marcus du Sautoy, Professor Mathematics at Oxford University, columnist in The Independent and presenter of The Story of Maths on BBC4."
From the comments section on New York Times Arts Beat Blog post about LOGICOMIX:
Graphic books have not been my thing,
The format won’t make my bells ring,
Logicomix was tempting,
I found it preempting
When I took it under my wing.
The text is engagingly tart,
Ensnaring the brain and the heart,
The drawings & color?
Sprightly without dolor,
Logicomix is a book apart!
TIME Magazine listed LOGICOMIX on their "Short List of Things to Do," noting,
"The English philosopher Bertrand Russell was so dogged in his pursuit of mathematical logic, he co-wrote a book that took 362 pages to prove 1 + 1= 2. But this improbably entertaining graphic novel argues that his work had its roots in logic's dark inverse: madness."
LOGICOMIX debuted at #14 on the IndieBound Bestseller List (determined weekly by sales figures at independent booksellers across America).
See the full list here.
LOGICOMIX is on IndieBound's Next List, the monthly list of "inspired recommendations from indie booksellers."
“Logicomix presents the complex life of legendary philosopher Bertrand Russell as an easy-to-understand graphic novel rich with details and ideas. This compelling book is both a fantastic historical take on the foundation of modern logic and a penetrating look into one of the 20th century's brightest minds.”
-- Jerry Fieldsted, bookseller at Windows on the World-Books & Art in Mariposa, CA,
Read it here.
Apostolos will be a guest on the BBC's world arts program, The Strand. Listen live tonight (Sept. 2) at 22:32 GMT, or on satellite radio at 20:32 EST. The program will be rebroadcasted throughout the next week. Check the website for listings of the rebroadcastings and for the BBC schedule on your local station.
The Strand website can be found here
Respencted online reviewer and blog The Second Pass put LOGICOMIX on its list of must-read titles for September.
Take a look at the full list on their site here.
Just a week after its release in Holland, Logicomix established itself on the Volkskrant best-seller list.
For information on purchasing the Dutch edition of Logicomix, click here.
"This brilliant graphic novel wraps academia’s big ideas of Truth and Meaning into a story about the thinkers and their passions, by turns fascinating and charming, with deft color art."
Read the starred review on the Library Journal website here.
U.K.: Bloomsbury Publishing, pub. date: Sept. 7, '09
U.S.: Bloomsbury U.S.A., pub. date: Sept. 29, '09
Brazil: WMF Martins Fontes
Taiwan: InStars Multimedia Corporation
Turkey: Albatros Kitap
Israel: Books in the Attic
Holland: Flying Dutchman, pub. date: Aug. 15, '09
Greece: Ikaros Publishing Co., pub. date: Oct. 20, '08
Logicomix is one of the most talked-about books being featured at this year's Book Expo America, running May 28-31 in NYC.
Check out the press coverage of Logicomix at the BEA:
Posy Simmonds, author and artist of the best-selling graphic novels Gemma Bovary and Tamara Drewe, on LOGICOMIX:
“Logicomix is highly original, a rich and enthralling encounter with myth, maths, theater and the giants of 20th century philosophy.”
LOGICOMIX is a big hit at the London Book Fair! To read some of the coverage from the Fair, click here.
Benedicte Page of the British publication The Bookseller recently met up with Apostolos at the London Book Fair. Her article which describes Apostolos, the inspiration for Logicomix and a bit about the book itself is titled Graphic Look at the Life of Bertrand Russell and it ran in The Bookseller on 21 April. You can read it at our website by clicking here, or at The Bookseller website by clicking here.
LOGICOMIX will be published in Turkey by Albatros Kitap. For more information on the publishers, you can find their site here (in Turkish).
LOGICOMIX will be published in France by Vuibert. For more information on Vuibert Publishing, click here.
“The lives of ideas (and those who think them) can be as dramatic and unpredictable as any superhero fantasy. What could be more natural than a graphic novel to show how intellectual adventure plays out in the world of experience, with all its contradictions? Logicomix is witty, engaging, stylish, visually stunning, and full of surprising sound effects, a masterpiece in a genre for which there is as yet no name.”
--Michael Harris, Professor of Mathematics at Université Paris 7 and member of the Institut Universitaire de France
Check out the 21-minute documentary on the making of LOGICOMIX, Logicomix: One Page at a Time, on youtube! [Video is broken into three parts, Logicomix Part 1, Logicomix Part 2, and Logicomix Part 3.] Logicomix: One Page at a Time was written and produced by Apostolos Doxiadis, in collaboration with Pan Entertainment. You can also find the video on this website, by clicking here.
"This magnificent book is about ideas, passions, madness, and the fierce struggle between well-defined principle and the larger good. It follows the great mathematicians--Russell, Whitehead, Frege, Cantor, Hilbert--as they agonized to make the foundations of mathematics exact, consistent, and complete. We see how Gödel illuminates their project. We see the Erinyes of Aeschylus's Oresteia giving up their principle of merciless revenge in favor of considered justice. And we see the band of artists and researchers--and the all-seeking dog Manga--creating, and participating in, this glorious narrative.". . . . . . . . . .--Barry Mazur, Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University and author of Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen)
A few lucky Angouleme festival-goers may get a sneak-peek at Logicomix! Logicomix's artist, Alecos Papadatos, is currently at the 36th annual International Comics Festival in Angouleme, France.
Check out the official site!
Logicomix will be published in Holland by Flying Dutchman. Publication date: August 15, 2009.
Logicomix will be published in Israel by Books in the Attic.
Logicomix will be published in Italy by Guanda.
Find like-minded Logicomix fans, discuss comics, mathematics and logic, and keep up-to-date with the buzz about the book by joining the official Logicomix group on Facebook!
Logicomix is a BEST-SELLER in Greece!
Logicomix is published in Greece by Ikaros.
More information on Ikaros Publishing Company can be found at their official website.