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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dozens of Attractive Apocalypses

Posted by on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Richard Horne's A Is for Armageddon is a gorgeously designed catalog of potential ends of the world. At the front of the book, the disasters are arranged into categories (supernatural, technological, natural, universal), forming a periodic table of doom. The rest of the book is a series of two-page spreads illustrating each of those apocalypses.

Horne is a graphic designer, and he makes each end-of-the-world visually appealing in its own way. (This blog post has tons of photos of the interiors, if you're curious.) Each threat comes with a grading system of when you should start to panic (Later, Too Late, Soon, or Now), a brief description of the peril, and bits of related information. This isn't an in-depth encyclopedia or anything; it's a book to be flipped through, a mix of an art book, a humor book, and a collection of trivia.

Some commenters have argued that I'm too hard on humor books, that I'm grading frivolity on the same scale as "real" literature. This book is a perfect example of how you can do a humorous book in an interesting, worthy way. Horne clearly put the time into making A Is for Armageddon a real visual pleasure; it's not just a rehash of a blog churned into book form. It's an attractive object that entertains.


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Fistique 1
At least bad " 'real' literature" can be funny. Not so, the bad joke.
Posted by Fistique on January 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Knat 2
Looks like a more respectable version of Apocalypse How, which is a fun little coffee table book.
Posted by Knat on January 31, 2011 at 1:17 AM · Report this

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