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The Amazing Book Covers of Kavalier and Clay

It has been 20 years since Michael Chabon’s legendary novel was published on September 19th, 2000. In that short time, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay has won a Pulitzer Prize, and many many other awards.

The book follows two cousins, Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay, as they reunite when Joe comes to America to escape Nazi Europe. The pair combine their skills, Joe the artist, and Sam the writer, to navigate the newfound world of comic books. It follows their careers, and intertwined love lives: Sam struggles with his queerness in a time when it wasn’t accepted and Joe falls in love with a woman he can’t have. Chabon lets readers into a world that is torn by war and patches it with the love and creative connection that the two cousins share.

It is incredible that in only 20 years the book has become a modern American classic. But, what is more incredible is the number of book covers that it has gone through.

There is a quote in the book that reads, “Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.” Here are the TAAOKAC book covers. There are so many of them and they are all amazing. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but hopefully, after seeing these, TAAOKAC will be something you want to reserve your anxiety for and escape into.

Happy 20th.

1. The first edition published by Random House in 2000

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2. The 2001 paperback edition with Houdini on the cover

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3. the post-Pulitzer edition in august 2001

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4. The Italian Edition in 2001

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5. the Swedish edition in 2002

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6. the german edition in 2004

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7. the french edition in 2004

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8. the Chinese edition in 2012

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9. the rebranding of all Chabon books to look this way in 2012

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10. the polish edition in 2019

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11. the new paperback edition in 2012

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12. the gorgeous limited edition illustrated edition that costs $135

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Superman’s Battle With The KKK That Reflects The Times

It’s safe to say these are extraordinary times; with levels of racism and xenophobia climbing with each passing day, we’re looking for a hero to aid us. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, but this year definitely hits differently given the horrible discrimination Asian communities have been facing during this pandemic. However, perhaps the hero we’ve been looking for is Superman? In a recent adaptation of the 1946  Adventures of Superman, there’s a storyline called “Clan of the Fiery Cross” in which we see the Man of Steel facing off the KKK.

 

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Not only does the legendary hero unmask these villains as ridiculous bigots, but the comic is centered around an Asian family. Superman Smashes the Klan is an adaptation of the original story line written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by the Japanese art team Gurihiru. Yang, the author of such acclaimed graphic novels as American Born Chinese and Dragon Hoops, admits to Entertainment Weekly his fascination with a Chinese-American family being at the center in the original tale. He states,

I feel ambivalent about a Chinese-American family being the center of the original story because the circumstances around that aren’t super-awesome. But this retelling gave me a way of exploring all of that.

 

 

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The Lee family’s struggles to fit in a mostly white neighborhood is extremely relatable. Also, it’s not lost on me that Superman, an immigrant in his own right fights back against the Klan. I think the KKK has found their match; get Superman Smashes the Klan today.

Five Bookish Halloween Costumes Someone’s Gotta Try

With a week left until the big day, it’s time to iron out your costume. Here are a few based on books that break the mold a little (or a lot). But they’re mostly just straightforward to execute. Requiring things you probably have and very little explanation, try these outside the box ideas that’ll tell everyone “This is the one day a year I put down my book and leave the house.”

 

 

Queen of Hearts

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The card ruff makes this so simple. Red dress, red lipstick, and a pack of cards. All you really need that’s strange is a little crown, which you could probably fake with tin foil or something if you’re anything like me. Of course you have to own clothes that are colors, so you can’t be anything like me, but it seems like a good, easy play.

 

Edgar Allan Hoe

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Who doesn’t like wordplay? Who doesn’t like sexualizing dead authors? Plus, goth thot has a nice ring to it, and he’s so distinctive. Slap on a raven and a fake mustache and everyone will know what you’ve done. The vest with no shirt horrifies me. Not for very cold climates! Don’t freeze out there for the aesthetic, even if it would be what he’d want.

 

Clark Kent

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Is this lazy? I don’t think so. You’ve gotta find nerd glasses, and you’ve gotta wear two shirts. Really you can do this with any superhero, except maybe Deadpool. What shirt do you have? Wonder Woman? Supergirl? Spiderman?! All set! The only thing you need is normal clothes. If you wear real glasses like me, though, I have no suggestions.

 

 

Fifty(ish) Shades of Grey

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I know what you’re thinking, but you’re wrong – it’s not a pun, it’s word play. Plus, this costume has a lot of merits. Not only can you just wear your own clothes, the only element you need is the paint chips, which you can just walk in and take from anywhere that sells paint.

 

A Sexy Beetle

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If you’re thinking, “does that briefcase indicate he’s a traveling salesman?” the answer is yes. That is a sexy Gregor Samsa – post transformation. It’s great, because if you know the book you might be genuinely appalled, and if you don’t you still will be! This one looks more like a cockroach than a beetle, but the choice is yours.

 

 

 

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Thrilling Hulu & Netflix Shows Arriving This October

Along with the changing of the leaves come the dark, chilly nights of Autumn- the perfect setting for everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Face your fears with this month’s terrifying Hulu and Netflix adaptations!

We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!

 

 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

 

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From ‘the Time Traveler’s Wife’ | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Drama

 

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From ‘After’ | Image via Tenor

 

 

 

Crime

 

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From ‘Trainspotting’ | Image via Giphy 

 

  • Trainspotting (1996 Film) – based on the book by Irvine Welsh (October 1st, Netflix)
  • True Grit (1969 Film) – based on the book by Charles Portis (October 1st, Hulu)
  • Winter’s Bone (2010 Film) – based on the book by Daniel Woodrell (October 1st, Hulu)

 

 

Horror

 

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From Hellraiser | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Thriller

 

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From ‘Along Came A Spider’ | Image via Tumbral

 

 

 

Comics

 

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From Blade | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Animation

 

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From Sailor Moon | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

There are so many choices for the month of October, both for those who would rather not be spooked by their entertainment, and those seeking a thrill.

 

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Kevin Conroy Will Play Batman in CW’s Epic Crossover Event!

Kevin Conroy certainly made, if not his name, then his voice known to millions after voicing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the epic Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992 to 1995.

 

Batman: The Animated Series

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Afterwards, however, he didn’t hang up his cape and cowl, instead he went on to voice Batman in so many animated projects that he’s the voice of Batman in your head, throat cancer and menacing whispers aside.

 

Rocksteady Batman

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Now he’s about to lend not only his voice but his whole body for the most-climatic climatic episode of Arrow. Titled Crisis on Infinite Earths, the episode isn’t actually a single episode. In fact, it will be a five hour…

 

Five Hours

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…FIVE HOUR event that will span over the course of two months instead of, like previous crossovers, airing on consecutive nights. The first three episodes will air in on December 8, 9, and 10 and the other two will air back-to-back as one of Arrow’s final episodes and a special non-season-premiere of Legends.

If five hours of television wasn’t enough, well, you’re going to get more. SO MUCH MORE!

 

 

The event will encompass Arrowverse show: SupergirlThe FlashLegends Of TomorrowBatwoman, and, of course, Arrow.

 

Do you want more?

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Yes, we do, and we’re in luck. The event will deal with the multiverse. That means there will be multiple versions of the same character from different universes.

We’re going to get Tyler Hoechlin will be Supergirl’s Superman, Brandon Routh will be Superman Returns‘ Superman, Tom Wellington is in talks to play Smallville‘s Superman, but Michael Rosenbaum will be Lex Luthor.

 

Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor

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In addition we’ll not only have Kevin Conroy as Batman, Burt Ward as a Robin from a universe where his Batman is dead.

 

Burt Ward as Robin

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But, wait, that’s not all!

 

Do you want more?

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Black Lightning will be making his first appearance in the Arrowverse, crossing over from his decidedly non-Arrowverse CW show, along with some Black Lightning friends.

Can they fit all that in five hours? I don’t know, but I’m as excited as a Teletubby.

 

Excited Teletubby

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