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Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend | Box Brown
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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.
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ZCP91
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Great.

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LiterRohde
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“I think of him as a master artist, and I think of him as a tragic figure who maybe didn‘t fit into this world. He had a very difficult life. But I think he and other wrestlers need to be appreciated as artists.”

#QuotsyJuly19 | 30: #Wrestle

📷: Made with Typorama

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Clwojick
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When Hank Hogan is in a Graphic Novel. ☺️☺️☺️

WarpedSweetness I think I need to read this!! 5y
TricksyTails 😂😂😂 5y
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Clwojick
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A quick graphic novel that was easy enough to get into. A definite must for anyone that's into pro wrestling and likes graphic novels 👌👏

Side note: I am not into pro wrestling. I have no idea why I picked this up, but I did enjoy it non the less. 😆

#graphicnovel

TricksyTails I used to love WWF (back when it was called that)! 🙈 5y
Clwojick And WCW 😸 STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN 👏👏👏👏 @TricksyTails 5y
WarpedSweetness I like Andre the Giant! @TricksyTails I forgot it was WWF at one point! @Clwojick Steve Austin!! I like that he had(or still has maybe) 5y
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readinginthedark Does it talk about the rest of his life outside of wrestling? I was thinking about picking this up because of some things Elwes said about him in As You Wish. 5y
TricksyTails 😂😂😂 My tribe! ♥️♥️♥️ @WarpedSweetness 5y
TricksyTails I ♥️ Andre, especially in The Princess Bride @MinDea 5y
Clwojick @readinginthedark a little bit. There was a bit about his daughter, and a lot about his alcoholism. And touched quickly on his childhood 5y
Clwojick @TricksyTails @MinDea okay, don't hate me, but I've never seen The Princess Bride. Haven't read it either😬😬😬 5y
TricksyTails @Clwojick 😳 @MinDea is doing it for her January pick for #BooktoScreen. You should join!! You'll love the movie !! 5y
MinDea What!? You should join my #BookToScreen buddy read of it in January!!! One of my favorite movies! Nwver read tge book though. So I a 5y
MinDea m super excited to read it and watch the movie @Clwojick 5y
Bookwormjillk That sounds kind of random and amazing. 5y
tournevis And my husband's birthday present is found. 5y
Clwojick @tournevis 👏👏👏👏👏 5y
Schlinkles I enjoyed it, but it made me really sad and I ended up liking him less than before I read it. 5y
WarpedSweetness @TricksyTails Yas!!! Lol I don't keep up with newer WWE stuff anymore though. @Clwojick You should totally read and watch the movie! It is really good. :-) 5y
TricksyTails @Schlinkles Really? Maybe I won't read it. I don't want his memory tarnished. 5y
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Timidmagick
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Mehso-so

I am more familiar with him from The Princess Bride movie. this shows a little more of his wrestling & personal life.

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meggofrank
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That teeeeeny tiny espresso cup!

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meggofrank
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I loved wrestling as a kid. My dad even took me to see it once. No Andre there, but I loved him so much in the Princess Bride & everything I learned about his life seemed unreal. When this came out, I was excited to learn Box Brown would be doing an event here. I ended up unable to go & sad, but my comic shop saved me a signed copy, which has of course been buried in my TBR for years. 🙄 News of Netflix renewing Glow 🎉 has inspired me. 💪📚

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Schlinkles
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Watching GLOW on Netflix made me nostalgic for the WWF of my childhood.

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RebL
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Box Brown obviously has a sympathetic POV about Andre. Still, he doesn't do too much turd polishing and trusts readers to make their own judgments about unflattering behavior. This is my second biography from First Second. I plan to look up more because they invite thought.
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And welcome to summer swim team season, when I seem to get a lot of reading in!

MCYmermaid First Second produces some amazing books! 6y
RebL You said it, @MCYmermaid! 6y
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NerdyRev
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A cute and well done biography comic of Andre the Giant. We see his early life as a giant, his wrestling career, and beyond. Brown paints him as a tragic figure who made the best out of life. Really simple, but effective drawings throughout. I loved the interpretation of the other 70s/80s wrestlers too. It is a very quick read.

TheLondonBookworm 😢 I've heard so many beautiful stories about Andre the giant he seemed such a sweet soul, would be very interesting to read this. 6y
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BekahB
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I've read for about 13 hours total so far for #24in48. I'll probably get a few more hours in before the end of the day. I finished Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, The Divine, and Complicit. I also listened to about half of The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. I started Andre the Giant last night and plan to finish it today. I might also jump into Blood and Salt. It's great to knock some books off my TBR stack!

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Eyelit
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Mehso-so

I wish there was more to the personal side of Andre's life in this biography. I don't get the appeal for wrestling but I've definitely learned a lot about 'the business' and Andre's work life. Interesting all around. #24in48

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is a shame. What there was about his life in As You Wish was very interesting, to bad he's not around to write a memoir. 6y
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Kosugi
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'Rasslin!!

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TheApesOfWrath
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Loved this graphic novel- I would recommend it to anyone from my Princess Bride-loving children's librarian to my WWE obsessed patrons. Gentle, funny, but unsentimental.

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