Thursday, April 05, 2007

a Big Book education

Starting around 1994 or so DC published a series of maybe a dozen and half "Big Books" under the Paradox Press imprint. These books really are big. They measure around 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches with a 200+ pagecount. Every volum I've seen is sharp black and white on good quality paper, with excellent art and great writing. Basically, these books are non-fiction anthology titles covering a variety of weird or underground topics. The four pictured above sit on a bookshelf in my gameroom. I count them among Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe as some of the most fun and informative books I've ever read.

I really can't speak for the other titles in the line, such as The Big Book of the Weird West or The Big Book of Losers. Except to say that I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to pick them up cheap. I think DC stopped publishing this line around 2000 or so. As far as I can tell the last Big Book to be released was The Big Book of the '70s.