The unwritten. 1, Tommy Taylor and the bogus identity

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Graphic Novels GRAPHIC NOVEL Unwritten
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Moon Township Public Library Fiction GRAPHIC NOVEL F CAREY Mike
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Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.

When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map -- one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tom Taylor makes a respectable celebrity living as the presumed former model for the boy hero of his father Wilson's 13 fantasy novels, which enjoy a Harry Potterish fandom. He'd as soon not be so identified with the character, though, especially when fans insist he must still possess his fictional doppelgänger's magic. When it's announced that he isn't Wilson Taylor's biological child, after all, any relief he might get is complicated by having to dodge lynch mobs of former worshipers. Then, when he survives, unscathed, a would-be murder-by-bomb, the tables of his public identity resume their original setting. So he absconds to the Villa Diodati in Switzerland, where Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein and he lived until his father's disappearance when Tom was 12. Thereafter, things get very interesting, indeed. Appending an explanatory flashback featuring Rudyard Kipling, scripter Carey and artist Gross confidently launch The Unwritten with a first arc that boasts the most breathtaking gut-punch ending since that of The Fugue (2008), the dumbfounding first arc of Michael Alan Nelson's unpredictable Fall of Cthulhu.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A taut thriller that slyly plays off the real-world mania for imaginary ones like that of Harry Potter, Carey's new series undercuts the mythology of such all-pervasive media-hyped creations while at the same time hinting at a brilliantly imagined one of its own. Tom Taylor is the son of Wilson Taylor and the unwilling namesake of the protagonist in his dad's wildly popular 13-book fantasy series. The Tommy Taylor cottage industry of movies, video games, and geek-ridden conventions is given an extra dash of drama by Wilson's having mysteriously disappeared years before, leaving a cynical Tom (who inherited none of his millions) to eke out a grubby living at paid appearances. Carey's story (solidly illustrated by Gross) picks up speed fast when Tom realizes some elements of Wilson's stories might not be made up. By the time the first story is done, Carey has not only created a brisk and addictive story, sketched with crafty allusions to classic literature, but also neatly subverted the celebrity-worship manias of fantasy fandom and questioned the very nature of storytelling itself. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Characters and characteristics in literature -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Magicians -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Fantasy comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :Vertigo,2010
Other Titles Tommy Taylor and the bogus identity
Contributors Carey, Mike, 1959- author, artist.
Gross, Peter, 1958- author, artist.
Chuckry, Chris, illustrator.
McGee, Jeanne, illustrator.
Klein, Todd, illustrator.
Audience Suggested for mature readers.
Language English
Notes "The unwritten created by Gross and Carey."
"Originally published in single magazine form as The unwritten 1-5"--T.p. verso.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781401225650
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