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Over 80 of the best creators from every style and genre have contributed over 50 stories to this anthology featuring tales inspired by the songs of multi-platinum recording artist, Tori Amos! Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, with stories by creators such as Carla Speed McNeil, Mark Buckingham, C.B. Cebulski, Nikki Cook, Hope Larson, John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, and Over 80 of the best creators from every style and genre have contributed over 50 stories to this anthology featuring tales inspired by the songs of multi-platinum recording artist, Tori Amos! Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, with stories by creators such as Carla Speed McNeil, Mark Buckingham, C.B. Cebulski, Nikki Cook, Hope Larson, John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, and many, many others, Comic Book Tattoo encapsulates the breadth, depth, and beauty of modern comics in this coffee table format book.


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Over 80 of the best creators from every style and genre have contributed over 50 stories to this anthology featuring tales inspired by the songs of multi-platinum recording artist, Tori Amos! Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, with stories by creators such as Carla Speed McNeil, Mark Buckingham, C.B. Cebulski, Nikki Cook, Hope Larson, John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, and Over 80 of the best creators from every style and genre have contributed over 50 stories to this anthology featuring tales inspired by the songs of multi-platinum recording artist, Tori Amos! Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, with stories by creators such as Carla Speed McNeil, Mark Buckingham, C.B. Cebulski, Nikki Cook, Hope Larson, John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, and many, many others, Comic Book Tattoo encapsulates the breadth, depth, and beauty of modern comics in this coffee table format book.

30 review for Comic Book Tattoo

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    A must read for every EWF with a goodreads account. If you don't know what an EWF is, I'm less certain you'll like it. Tori Amos is by far my favorite musician, so this collection is right up my alley. I love the different ways her lyrics and music are translated into art and stories. The whole thing is an impressive nexus of creativity. I'd paged through this tome when it first came out, but never really studied it until now, probably because it is extremely awkward in size and very heavy. The w A must read for every EWF with a goodreads account. If you don't know what an EWF is, I'm less certain you'll like it. Tori Amos is by far my favorite musician, so this collection is right up my alley. I love the different ways her lyrics and music are translated into art and stories. The whole thing is an impressive nexus of creativity. I'd paged through this tome when it first came out, but never really studied it until now, probably because it is extremely awkward in size and very heavy. The way I chose to experience this was to listen to the song while I read along with the lyrics, then I read the story. It made sense to me to do it that way and I'm really glad I did. What a great experience!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jace

    Tori Amos and comic books are my two main obsessions, so this purchase was a no-brainer. How could the convergence of two of my favorite things be anything less than amazing, right? Wrong. In fact, I'm not exactly sure who this book is meant to appeal to. Tori fans will be disappointed because many of the stories have nothing to do with her music. The stories are purportedly "inspired" by a specific Tori song, but a lot of them are generic and lack any appreciable connection to her lyrics. Far t Tori Amos and comic books are my two main obsessions, so this purchase was a no-brainer. How could the convergence of two of my favorite things be anything less than amazing, right? Wrong. In fact, I'm not exactly sure who this book is meant to appeal to. Tori fans will be disappointed because many of the stories have nothing to do with her music. The stories are purportedly "inspired" by a specific Tori song, but a lot of them are generic and lack any appreciable connection to her lyrics. Far too many of the stories left me wondering if the writer actually knew the Tori song his comic was "influenced" by or if he was just trying to pass off some old story he had lying around the studio. I'm aware that this collection was not advertised as "The Illustrated Tori Amos" but in my opinion, the most successful songs were the ones that used Tori's lyrics/story as a foundation, expounded upon them, and fleshed them out. In this respect, some of the most impressive were Little Amsterdam, Pretty Good Year, Space Dog, the Waitress, the Beekeeper, and Winter. Some people may not have liked the more "literal" songs, but I found them to be exactly what I was hoping for in a Tori Amos collection. Some of my favorite songs (Marianne, Honey, Father Lucifer) were just ugly collages that didn't even portray a story, much less a story that was true to the original lyrics. Comic fans will be disappointed because, quite often, the stories and/or the art are just not very good. Way too many are cheesy boy-meets-girl tales (or more often, girl-meets-girl stories. I'm not sure why so many people think that Tori Amos fans are all punky/fairy/riot grrl lesbians, but this characterization got old very quickly.) I was also disappointed to see that so much of the art was either anime style characters (Precious Things, Siren) or very basic computer-generated panels. Don't get me wrong, there were some beautiful, luscious hand drawn/painted illustrations, but so those are often overshadowed by cringe-inducing amateur work. I was curious why I had never heard of most of the contributors to this volume, but now I know--most of them are not very good. Overall, I was not impressed with this collection. Although there are a handful of amazing stories, most of them generated little more than "meh" from me before I turned the page. The worst part wasn't that the stories and art were so lackluster, it's that the writers and artists couldn't do Tori Amos's amazing source material justice.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) I've put off the purchase of Comic Book Tattoo for a long time thinking it was a book on tattoo art. It didn't help that it was in shrink wrap at a local bookshop (which I hate and love) and I couldn't peek inside. This is a very huge and heavy book. I bought it from Amazon and they included an additional surcharge for the bulk, which I didn't notice, making it more expensive if I were to buy it locally -- ouch! There are both paperback and hardcover edition. M (More pictures at parkablogs.com) I've put off the purchase of Comic Book Tattoo for a long time thinking it was a book on tattoo art. It didn't help that it was in shrink wrap at a local bookshop (which I hate and love) and I couldn't peek inside. This is a very huge and heavy book. I bought it from Amazon and they included an additional surcharge for the bulk, which I didn't notice, making it more expensive if I were to buy it locally -- ouch! There are both paperback and hardcover edition. Mine's the paperback edition and the binding's not bad for a book this size but spine wrinkles are expected if you open the book wide. This book needs to be opened wide. I should have bought the hardcover but it's really pricey. Comic Book Tattoo is not a book on tattoo art. It's a comic anthology created by over 80 artists featuring stories inspired by songs of Tori Amos. I can't say I familiar with any of the artists' work but the quality of work in this book is really high, plus the variety of style is incredible. There are plenty of other artistic gems in this volume. My favourite piece is the silent comic from Kako. The perspective is from a bee flying through a playground, with a silhouetted swinging carousel against the sunset. Everyone is suspended in the air including the bee. The line art and inking is brilliant, even though I can't see how it's related to the song Marianne it's supposed to be inspired from. I'm not sure what fans of Tori Amos might make of this book. After all, this is a comic book. Compared to the music, it's totally different sense and sensibility. Because of that, I'll recommend it more towards comic lovers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    An interesting sampler, but not really to my taste -- most of the stories were so brief as to be more snippets or moments than actual tales. I was surprised at how few of the contributors were familiar to me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    First, I am a Tori Amos fan. I grew up listening to her and she's always been one of my favorite artists. As someone who's also a Sandman nut and enjoyed Tori's appearances in those stories, I had some high expectations for this collection. And I did not like this book. This felt too scattered. I don't think many of the stories were well-told... I would've rather that a few songs had been cherry-picked for this book, and then given more depth. It's all very pretty to look at, for the most part, a First, I am a Tori Amos fan. I grew up listening to her and she's always been one of my favorite artists. As someone who's also a Sandman nut and enjoyed Tori's appearances in those stories, I had some high expectations for this collection. And I did not like this book. This felt too scattered. I don't think many of the stories were well-told... I would've rather that a few songs had been cherry-picked for this book, and then given more depth. It's all very pretty to look at, for the most part, and there are some good stories mixed in there. But they really begin to blur, even when I tried to space out reading the book. I didn't care about the majority of the stories, and several felt very conventional and basic (Precious Things, Beauty of Speed, or Siren for example). Some explore the stories within the songs, and others just go for surface meaning (Boo to Bouncing Off Clouds!). And others are just plain confusing (Toast, Sugar, Leather, Ribbons Undone). Stories I liked were Take To The Sky, Little Amsterdam, The Waitress (this is a great example of a story that actually took some time to be told and it worked out for the better), Winter, Baker Baker, I Can't See New York, and Cornflake Cirl. Pandora's Aquarium was one of the funnier, more literal translations of a song and its goofiness worked. And cheers for Paul Maybury's story for Crucify. A personal story with the song as background really worked... at least to me!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fox

    So, it is a really BIG book. Ok? BIG! Like a mammoth big. If you have weak wrists, hire someone to hold it while you read! Trust me. So now about the content of the book... Tori Amos -- you either love her or hate her. If you hate her, why are you reading this?? If you love her, as I do, you found this a fascinating insight into what others think of her lyrical mysteries. Were you the only one that likened the Cornflake Grrl as a strict adherence to a black & white belief in the goodness of people So, it is a really BIG book. Ok? BIG! Like a mammoth big. If you have weak wrists, hire someone to hold it while you read! Trust me. So now about the content of the book... Tori Amos -- you either love her or hate her. If you hate her, why are you reading this?? If you love her, as I do, you found this a fascinating insight into what others think of her lyrical mysteries. Were you the only one that likened the Cornflake Grrl as a strict adherence to a black & white belief in the goodness of people? What about Mermen... what the hell was that anyway?? Okay, this won't really solve those questions. I admit that it's vague at best sometimes. Sometimes I think I understood Tori's metaphors better than the designer in the book. That's why this got a 4 instead of a 5. But, let's face it, Ears With Feet (if you don't know what that is, I ask again -- why are you reading this???), you don't want this book because the metaphors confuse you or because you seek to commune with fellow Toriphiles. You want it because it's about Tori. Well, stop wasting time reading this and go get it! Geez, ya'll Toriphiles gotta do everything the hard way don't you?!?!

  7. 4 out of 5

    J.V. Seem

    I said I didn't like comics. I take it back! Ever since Tori Amos was revealed to me at age 17, I've been her faithful fan, she's definitely the musician that's made most of an impact on me. What attracted me to her music, aside from the rockin' piano, was her lyrics, the like of which I've never seen before (or ever since for that matter). Sometimes quirky and obscure, sometimes rudely (and crudely) straightforward, a very strange, refreshing mix. With Tori I think, either you get it, or you don I said I didn't like comics. I take it back! Ever since Tori Amos was revealed to me at age 17, I've been her faithful fan, she's definitely the musician that's made most of an impact on me. What attracted me to her music, aside from the rockin' piano, was her lyrics, the like of which I've never seen before (or ever since for that matter). Sometimes quirky and obscure, sometimes rudely (and crudely) straightforward, a very strange, refreshing mix. With Tori I think, either you get it, or you don't (no inbetweens), and her lyrics are open for interpretation. In Comic Book Tattoo, several comic artists have been given free reins to interpret Tori Amos' songs, how they've seen it fit. This is a collection of many different art styles, and many little masterpieces. It only adds to the music, I think. Absolutely wonderful. I love comics now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

    Another freebie from the spectacular GRAPHIC NOVEL SALE that I found. Some of the artwork in this is absolutely gorgeous. Plus I adore Tori Amos. Can't wait to dig my teeth in! Another freebie from the spectacular GRAPHIC NOVEL SALE that I found. Some of the artwork in this is absolutely gorgeous. Plus I adore Tori Amos. Can't wait to dig my teeth in!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jesibot Robotics

    Not strictly for Tori Amos fans this is a fantastic collection of "comics" inspired by the songs of Tori's incredible career. Each comic has lyrics printed right before it which makes the songs more accessible even if you have never heard her beautiful and ethereal sounds. The artwork is breathtaking and done by some of today's Hottest comic book artists. Stand outs include Flying Dutchmen (which is the namesake of this book), Honey, Take to the Sky, Glory of the 80's and the very anime-esque Bo Not strictly for Tori Amos fans this is a fantastic collection of "comics" inspired by the songs of Tori's incredible career. Each comic has lyrics printed right before it which makes the songs more accessible even if you have never heard her beautiful and ethereal sounds. The artwork is breathtaking and done by some of today's Hottest comic book artists. Stand outs include Flying Dutchmen (which is the namesake of this book), Honey, Take to the Sky, Glory of the 80's and the very anime-esque Bouncing off clouds. Just one glimpse of the eye candy contained inside should be enough for anyone who is unsure about reading Comic Book Tattoo. Some of the stories are basic and just direct visualizations of the "song stories" that Tori has sung over the years. Snow cherries from France is a good example of this. Others, like Baker Baker, Programed Soda and of course Take to the sky give exciting and new twists and artistic liberty to the contributing illustrators. If you are a fanatic, like me, then this certainly is a must for your collection. I had so much fun seeing their takes on songs I have had swirling inside my head since the first listen. At 25 dollars retail, This truely is a steal. My only gripe is my favorite song, Liquid Diamonds was omitted. But regardless, It's A must! Bonus- Neil Gaiman does the sentimental intro and sheds new light on his decade long friendship with Miss Amos.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    This anthology is made up of more than 80 artists' interpretations of 51 of Amos' songs from each of her albums (barring Strange Little Girls). Rather than be literal interpretations of the lyrics, many of the stories here are at the very least simply inspired by. While some have seemingly no connection to the source, there are plenty here that will rekindle interest in some songs and even let you see some of the songs in a different light. What's more is that these stories stand alone so that yo This anthology is made up of more than 80 artists' interpretations of 51 of Amos' songs from each of her albums (barring Strange Little Girls). Rather than be literal interpretations of the lyrics, many of the stories here are at the very least simply inspired by. While some have seemingly no connection to the source, there are plenty here that will rekindle interest in some songs and even let you see some of the songs in a different light. What's more is that these stories stand alone so that you don't have to be familiar with the original song to enjoy them. The styles vary drastically from story to story, ranging from what seems to be crayon drawings (Pandora's Aquarium) to manga/anime (Siren) to lush, organic watercolor or oils (Toast, Honey). Amos has said she let the artists have free reign over their songs and styles, and it really shows as you make through the collection. The talent here is incredible. Fans of Tori Amos will undoubtedly find some of their favorite songs here, and enough songs are left out to make you wonder if there will be another volume in the future. Personal picks: Siren, Here. In My Head, Little Amsterdam, The Beekeeper, Scarlet's Walk I'm not usually a big comic/graphic novel fan, but I might check out more from a few of these artists.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    I'm a relatively well-read fan of comics, and a moderate fan of Tori Amos, so I would think I would be the target audience for this book. But it just didn't really connect for me overall. 50+ short comics by different artists, all VERY loosely related to Tori Amos songs (literally, her rule was that the comics shouldn't be retellings of the song). What that means is that the comics have to stand on their own, and they offer little insight into the songs themselves. So you're left with lots of ra I'm a relatively well-read fan of comics, and a moderate fan of Tori Amos, so I would think I would be the target audience for this book. But it just didn't really connect for me overall. 50+ short comics by different artists, all VERY loosely related to Tori Amos songs (literally, her rule was that the comics shouldn't be retellings of the song). What that means is that the comics have to stand on their own, and they offer little insight into the songs themselves. So you're left with lots of random stories interspersed with song lyrics. And of the comics themselves, there are a lot more misses than hits for me. The stories in general didn't resonate. The artwork is all over the place too, but generally ranging on the good to great end of the scale. And a couple of the stories are very poignant. But for every one of those is two or three that just don't work for me. So maybe you need more than a passing familiarity with Tori's work, or a much deeper appreciation for comics than I have. Or you just need to be less picky. Whatever it is, I can't recommend this book; for me it wasn't worth the time I put into it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I am not a fan of Tori. I have nothing against her or her music, I've just never been a fan. That made this book a bit of a chore to read. But out of some weird spite I made myself read it cover to cover. Each story is prefaced with the lyrics for the song that the story is based on. Each story is by a different author/artist. This makes for some very uneven reading. One story will be ok or tolerable and then the next 4 will suck. My fried JTC wrote one of the stories in this collection (which is f I am not a fan of Tori. I have nothing against her or her music, I've just never been a fan. That made this book a bit of a chore to read. But out of some weird spite I made myself read it cover to cover. Each story is prefaced with the lyrics for the song that the story is based on. Each story is by a different author/artist. This makes for some very uneven reading. One story will be ok or tolerable and then the next 4 will suck. My fried JTC wrote one of the stories in this collection (which is frankly the only reason I read it). His was one of the better stories with beautiful, if murky, art. This collection seems too huge. The book is large and unwieldy, and the sheer number of stories is daunting. It is titled as Volume 1, but are there enough Tori songs left to fill future volumes? Perhaps better editing was needed? A good half of the worst stories could be cut to leave a slimmer, higher quality book. Its also damn huge which is nice for the artwork.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This book was much larger physically than I was expecting. It isn't going to sit nicely on the graphic novel shelf. That said, I am glad it was so massive. The art work is incredible and varied, it is nice to see it in larger and glossy format. I found it interesting that my favorite songs seemed to be my least favorite comics. I think it may be that I already had stories in my head about what they meant. Some of my favorites were: Take to the Sky, Mr. Zebra, Sugar, The Waitress, Beekeeper, Sire This book was much larger physically than I was expecting. It isn't going to sit nicely on the graphic novel shelf. That said, I am glad it was so massive. The art work is incredible and varied, it is nice to see it in larger and glossy format. I found it interesting that my favorite songs seemed to be my least favorite comics. I think it may be that I already had stories in my head about what they meant. Some of my favorites were: Take to the Sky, Mr. Zebra, Sugar, The Waitress, Beekeeper, Siren, Glory of the 80's, God, Devils and Gods, and the finale of Pretty Good Year. There was some pretty "eh" story lines and then there were some that really blew me away. My favorite line in the whole thing is, "We congratulate it on a good job. Good Dish, yes you are. And then we taste, yes?" I plan to say it to all my food creations before serving.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Luxvivens

    It took me forever to finish this book. I kept revisiting the songs and then I would get distracted with the remainder of the album and at some point it got to be too much of a hurdle to pick up this book as I knew it would keep me busy for hours. Great work of art, wish there was an equivalent of Comic Book Tattoo for my other favorite artists (e.g. Radiohead), just beautiful!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Favorites were Mr. Zebra, Teenage Hustling, Mariannne, Siren, Little Earthquakes, Past the Mission Least favorites were Crazy, God, Pretty Good Year

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    This was super cool. My favorite illustrators were Laurenn McCubbin www.laurenmccubbin.com and Star St. Germain www.thisisstar.com. This was super cool. My favorite illustrators were Laurenn McCubbin www.laurenmccubbin.com and Star St. Germain www.thisisstar.com.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thabs

    You've got to appreciate the immense amount of creativity that went into this comic book art collection. It is a rather massive book and I received my copy from my gang of lesbian homegirls in Munich for my B-Day in 2017. The book is so heavy that they brought it to me in an Edeka bag - not being able to find a suitably durable gift wrap for this monstrosity of print. Good times! While I noticed some complaints from reviewers about the comics not being about Tori Amos. I refer you to Tori Amos' A You've got to appreciate the immense amount of creativity that went into this comic book art collection. It is a rather massive book and I received my copy from my gang of lesbian homegirls in Munich for my B-Day in 2017. The book is so heavy that they brought it to me in an Edeka bag - not being able to find a suitably durable gift wrap for this monstrosity of print. Good times! While I noticed some complaints from reviewers about the comics not being about Tori Amos. I refer you to Tori Amos' Afterword where she made sure the book's editor, Rantz A. Hoseley, knew not to request 'comic book covers' of her songs. I must admit that some of the drawings left much to be desired but a few stood out for me - 'Siren', 'Pretty Good Year', 'Space Dog', 'Cornflake Girl', 'Winter', 'Here. In My Head' and 'Glory of the 80s'. All the comics are individual interpretations of her gorgeous discography and I live for it, as a lover of Tori Amos and comic books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kest Schwartzman

    If someone had picked the best ten of these, they mighta had a five star collection. If someone had picked the best twenty, they STILL coulda had a four star collection. If someone had had the nerve to just drop the truly unpublishable crap, they coulda still had a huge book which could well have claimed three stars. but no. The choice was made to, as far as I can tell, include literally anything that was sent in during the time limit. And so, we have not only a 1 star book, but a book which is If someone had picked the best ten of these, they mighta had a five star collection. If someone had picked the best twenty, they STILL coulda had a four star collection. If someone had had the nerve to just drop the truly unpublishable crap, they coulda still had a huge book which could well have claimed three stars. but no. The choice was made to, as far as I can tell, include literally anything that was sent in during the time limit. And so, we have not only a 1 star book, but a book which is disappointing even amoungst one star books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Harmon

    Excellent work. Beautiful pictures and stories. Some were confusing but great nonetheless. I particularly loved the Mr. Zebra bit. It's a gigantic book so it hurt my back a bit to hold it up as I have a bad back but I finished it anyway and it was worth it. Excellent work. Beautiful pictures and stories. Some were confusing but great nonetheless. I particularly loved the Mr. Zebra bit. It's a gigantic book so it hurt my back a bit to hold it up as I have a bad back but I finished it anyway and it was worth it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shiela

    My Favorites - Girl Programmable Soda Little Amsterdam Caught a Lite Sneeze Winter Baker Baker 1000 Oceans Spacedog The Beekeeper Siren God I can't see New York Devils and Gods Sweet the Sting My Favorites - Girl Programmable Soda Little Amsterdam Caught a Lite Sneeze Winter Baker Baker 1000 Oceans Spacedog The Beekeeper Siren God I can't see New York Devils and Gods Sweet the Sting

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dani Scott

    Crazy cool illustrations! If you love Tori Amos (or even if you don't really know her music), this book was a fun sampling of so many different illustration styles and writing. Great collection. Crazy cool illustrations! If you love Tori Amos (or even if you don't really know her music), this book was a fun sampling of so many different illustration styles and writing. Great collection.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Lindsay

    If you enjoy comics and Tori Amos you will love this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Irkalla Ethrinkah

    The book is what it says it is. The stories range from disturbing all the way to cute, just like Tori's songs. The book is what it says it is. The stories range from disturbing all the way to cute, just like Tori's songs.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael Earp

    An incredible mix of comics that were sparked by Tori Amos songs. This book is great for anyone who likes Tori, likes comics, or plain likes good story and art rolled into one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tara Sullivan

    Forgot I owned this book-- found it while sorting through a box I'd packed away. It was... pretty good. I found myself skimming some of the comics, but completely blown away by others. Forgot I owned this book-- found it while sorting through a box I'd packed away. It was... pretty good. I found myself skimming some of the comics, but completely blown away by others.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Really a mixed bag. Some of the stories are beautiful and well-weaved. Others are disjointed and uninspired. Worth a look in that this book's uniqueness stems from its premise of offering short stories inspired by several iconic songs by Tori Amos. Really a mixed bag. Some of the stories are beautiful and well-weaved. Others are disjointed and uninspired. Worth a look in that this book's uniqueness stems from its premise of offering short stories inspired by several iconic songs by Tori Amos.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tegan

    I first bought this book (measuring approx 35cm x 35cm) back in 2008 when it was first released and just never got around to reading it. I'm participating in a challenge with my friends to read 41 books this year and so have used the challenge as the kick in the butt that I need to finally follow through on my intentions from 7yrs ago; to read this book! Before starting this book I thought maybe I'd make it out the other side with an idea or some inspiration for a new tattoo??? Well I have to say I first bought this book (measuring approx 35cm x 35cm) back in 2008 when it was first released and just never got around to reading it. I'm participating in a challenge with my friends to read 41 books this year and so have used the challenge as the kick in the butt that I need to finally follow through on my intentions from 7yrs ago; to read this book! Before starting this book I thought maybe I'd make it out the other side with an idea or some inspiration for a new tattoo??? Well I have to say that I didn't enjoy it all that much. I LOVE Tori Amos and enjoy Comics so thought this would be right up my alley; an artistic way of challenging ones own familiarity of already known mediums of art into a chaotic swirling, a veritable gumbo of new ideas and possibilities. I thought, and was hoping with all my heart, that I would get lost in a world of wonder and experience some sort of awakening. That I would be filled with a desire or a longing, and somehow stumble across inspiration which would magically awaken my own inner artist from its decade long slumber, and help me find my muse which had been lost or misplaced long ago. Instead I found art of which I was not fond of, nor expressive stories which I could relate to and which were failing to make all that much sense. Each story was prefaced by the song lyrics it was pertaining to, which only left me more confused as Tori Amos lyrics alone are confusing enough. It made me dread the 'Book of Poems' category still to come in the 41 book reading challenge I am partaking in at the request of my friends. I think had I been younger, less jaded & cynical, and more like my 16yr old self, or at least high on drugs, then I would have been able to find magic and an open mindedness needed to relate to something within its pages on some level, alas I was not high or experiencing an altered state of reality so I just could not wait for it to come to an end. A thought occurred to me, although too late in my endeavor to try it; that I may have been able to take something away from each story had I had time to listen to the song it related to whilst looking at the pages and soaking up the story. Perhaps that is a project for another time, perhaps not. The book did make me crave listening to 'Glory of the 80's' and 'Tear in your Hand' though, so I listened to both on repeat whilst at work today, and the joy that comes from Tori's music is worth any boredom and moments of pain experienced when trying to read this book. Also, I should mention that it was so heavy and cumbersome a book that every time I sat down to read it I hurt my back and got pins and needles. And the book cover separated from the body, and the spine cracked throughout. And I never did find my next tattoo...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Swankivy

    This is a multi-authored work featuring the comic stylings of various artists . . . and though the stories are unrelated in style and content, the one common thread is that they are all based, if loosely, on Tori Amos songs. I received this as a gift from my friend Mike because I am a Tori fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. What I liked best is that the comics inside were not just retellings of whatever the actual Tori song was about (though in some cases it seemed like they were similar) This is a multi-authored work featuring the comic stylings of various artists . . . and though the stories are unrelated in style and content, the one common thread is that they are all based, if loosely, on Tori Amos songs. I received this as a gift from my friend Mike because I am a Tori fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. What I liked best is that the comics inside were not just retellings of whatever the actual Tori song was about (though in some cases it seemed like they were similar); occasionally her lyrics would be quoted or maybe just one line would be the inspiration, but overall it just seemed like most of the contributors used one of her songs as a jump-off point and the rest might as well have been coincidence. I also love to "draw" music (and have done so), and I run a webcomic, so I kinda wish I could contribute to the next volume. My favorites in the book were the following: "Bouncing off Clouds" by Josh Hechinger/Matthew Humphreys; "Girl" by Jonathan Tsuei/Eric Canete/Saskia Gutekunst/Geoff Ong; "Take To The Sky" by Sara Ryan/Jonathan Case; "Little Earthquakes" by Tristan Crane/Atticus Wolrab; "Little Amsterdam" by Leif Jones; "Here. In my head" by Elizabeth Genco/Carla Speed McNeil/Mark Sweeney; "Suede" by Kelly Sue DeConnick/Andy MacDonald/Nick Filardi/Kristyn Ferretti; "Teenage Hustling" by C.B Cebulski/Ethan Young/Joey Weltjens/Lee Duhig; "The Waitress" by Rantz A. Hoseley/Ming Doyle/Mark Sweeney/Kristyn Ferretti; "Caught a Lite Sneeze" by Mike Maihack; "Winter" by John Ney Rieber/Ryan Kelly/Kristyn Ferretti; "The Beekeeper" by Neil Kleid/Christopher Mitten/Kristyn Ferretti; "Iieee" by Peov; "Leather" by John Bivens; "Scarlet's Walk" by G. Willow Wilson/Steve Sampson; "I can't see New York" by Adisakdi Tantimedh/Ken Meyer Jr.; "Cornflake Girl" by Seth Peck/Daniel Heard; "Hey Jupiter" by Leah Moore/John Reppion/Pia Guerra/Mark Sweeney/Kristyn Ferretti; "Sweet the Sting" by Jimmie Robinson; "Ribbons Undone" by Lea Hernandez; and "Pretty Good Year" by Derek McCulloch/Colleen Doran/Jason Hanley. There were a couple I actually disliked but I won't name names; mainly I just don't like it that they let stuff get into the book when there were misspelled words and stuff, or stuff that was weird just to be weird (or seemed so).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    I bought this years ago-well, when it was new but never got around to reading it because it was so freakin' bulky. I finally dropped it on the passenger side of my bed and made it my "read before bed" book. I finished it many days ago, but didn't mark it as that 'cause I had to read all the artist/writers/colorists etc. bio's. Which ultimately just made me feel like a worthless idiot for not doing more to advance my dreams of becoming a comic book artist. Moving on... This was a wonderful little I bought this years ago-well, when it was new but never got around to reading it because it was so freakin' bulky. I finally dropped it on the passenger side of my bed and made it my "read before bed" book. I finished it many days ago, but didn't mark it as that 'cause I had to read all the artist/writers/colorists etc. bio's. Which ultimately just made me feel like a worthless idiot for not doing more to advance my dreams of becoming a comic book artist. Moving on... This was a wonderful little collection of different art and story telling modes. While I wouldn't complain about any of the actual art, I would complain about some stories. I hated the literal dipictions of Tori's Songs (Bouncing off Clouds being the worst since I adore the song and see a lot of potential for good, deep storytelling within it-and what's it about? A mail delivery girl who bounces on freakin' clouds). Some were a little too hard to follow for me, but that doesn't quite mean they weren't interesting or that someone out there didn't relate to them perfectly, so they can hold some merit. My least favorite was Honey-it was hard to understand in all facets-the text was a hard font to read and there wasn't enough interest in the words written for me to wrestle though it-I didn't even read the whole thing, just skimmed it. So, my least favorites in general were the ones that were too vague and the ones that were too literal. If I could follow the story decently, I usually enjoyed them overall. Also, it seemed to me some of the people didn't properly understand the comic book form and I didn't like that-cause I love the traditional comic form-some of them were just picture books-and I realize that comics are just a form of pictures being needed/adding significantly to the story, but...there is a difference between comics and picture books, isn't there? I suppose some would say I'm being too close minded about it, which isn't very much like me. I guess people get more close minded the closer it infringes on their own personal passions. OK, again, moving on... My favorites (*=top faves): *Girl, Toast, Little Amsterdam, Here. In my head, Suede, Baker Baker, The Beekeeper, Iieee, Leather was interesting, so was Precious Things, *God, Scarlet's Walk, *Cornflake Girl, and *Devils and Gods. But... My most ultimate favorite: Siren! ...And I think that ends my review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely loved most of the stories in this book. There is such a variety. Favorites Girl - I could relate to the protagonist with my own family situation, and I really like angels Merman - Liked the unique religious connotations with the priest, and the loving of a statue reminded me of a Greek myth Toast - Liked the illustrations and fantasy feel Here. In My Head - I liked the romance of the story, and the wings (I love wings) Little Amsterdam - I found the story unique, with the strange creature T Absolutely loved most of the stories in this book. There is such a variety. Favorites Girl - I could relate to the protagonist with my own family situation, and I really like angels Merman - Liked the unique religious connotations with the priest, and the loving of a statue reminded me of a Greek myth Toast - Liked the illustrations and fantasy feel Here. In My Head - I liked the romance of the story, and the wings (I love wings) Little Amsterdam - I found the story unique, with the strange creature Teenage Hustling - I found this story funny and "cute" (if you don't mind the usage). It made me feel better about sex 1000 Oceans - Adored the illustrations and mythology Honey - I found the text beautiful Caught a Lite Sneeze - Again, I liked the fantasy and humorous elements Cornflake Girl - Unexpected fun fantasy/horror story! Least Favorites Mr. Zebra - Way creepy, gaudy and nothing like what I "feel" in the song Iieee - I liked some elements about it (the love and the wondering of God) rereading, but dislike the illustrations Silent All These Years - Like you, I understood this story too well, and the words slurred all over. Even though I have a tame sexual history, I've been called a whore and been suspected of being a slut since I was 3 years old. Pandora's Aquarium - Hated the illustrations; too much chaos Scarlet's Walk - Liked it more upon second reading. The illustrations aren't my favorite, and it's a bit violent/depressing for me (though I often like tragedy). I related to the two protagonists close and dedicated relationship, though. That was sweet. I agree that Precious Things has really nice illustrations. I can understand why you'd dislike "Take to the Sky." I disagree with the Iraq War, too, but I guess I found the overall story interesting enough. Devils and Gods was creepy to me, though not a bad story. I really did like most of the stories... Marianne I didn't understand at all. Programmable Soda was also cute. The Beekeeper was sad, but touching. I think I'd also get really involved with a job like that. Overall, the collection is great and I highly recommend it to any Tori Amos or comic fan.

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