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A Review of Tori Amos’ “Comic Book Tattoo”

Chasing Tornados
Design
9.4
Red Haired Fairies
10
Content
9.9
Typography
10
Art
9.2
Layout
8.5
Reader Rating2 Votes
9.7
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9.5
Just Waiting Calmly

Revisit a collection of comic book tales inspired by the songs of Tori Amos. In this book the ever-growing relationship between comics and music reached new heights as Tori Amos and Image Comics released this graphic novel in 2008. Comic Book Tattoo is a a 480-page Harvey Award & Eisner Award winning full color anthology graphic novel made up of fifty-one stories, each adapting the themes and ideas behind her songs by by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos into a lush volume of sequential art.

“I have been surprised, excited and pleasantly shocked by these comics that are extensions of the songs that I have loved and therefore welcome these amazing stories of pictures and words because they are uncompromisingly inspiring,” says Tori. “It shows you thought is a powerful formidable essence and can have a breathtaking domino effect.”

To assemble Comic Book Tattoo‘s diverse roster of talent, Tori worked alongside editor Rantz Hoseley, co-creator behind Displaced Persons. Together they formed a line up featuring Pia Guerra, Leah Moore, John Reppion David Mack, Hope Larson, Ryan Kelly, Jonathan Hickman, Colleen Doran, Eric Canete, Ted McKeever, Jock, Anthony Johnston, Dame Darcy, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Mark Buckingham, Ivan Brandon, C. B. Cebulski and many more, including an introduction by Sandman creator Neil Gaiman.

There are 3 versions of Comic Book Tattoo: paperback version, hardback version or (if you’re lucky enough to run across one) the Limited Edition version. Each version is 480 pages, 12″ x 12″ and contains 50 song/stories by over 80 creators. The Limited Edition is a hardback version of the book slid inside a leather slip case. This version is limited to 1000 copies in print but each has been hand signed and numbered by Tori.

The list of songs represented in this book and their corresponding album is listed below. For a comprehensive collection of Tori Amos’ music check out A Piano, and for a more general overview there is Tales of a Librarian.

Tori recently released her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. She recently collaborated with The Bullits on the song ‘Wait Until Tomorrow.’ Additionally, she developed her first stage play, The Light Princess.

 

Don’t miss our look back at the career of Tori Amos.

 

Song Album/Era

Flying Dutchman

Little Earthquakes

Bouncing off Clouds

American Doll Posse

Girl

Little Earthquakes

Merman

From the Choirgirl Hotel

Take To The Sky

Little Earthquakes

Mr. Zebra

Boys for Pele

Little Earthquakes

Little Earthquakes

Marianne

Boys for Pele

Crazy

Scarlet’s Walk

Programmable Soda

American Doll Posse

Toast

The Beekeeper

Jackie’s Strength

From the Choirgirl Hotel

Little Amsterdam

Boys for Pele

Here. In My Head

Little Earthquakes

Suede

To Venus and Back

Sugar

Little Earthquakes

Teenage Hustling

American Doll Posse

Father Lucifer

Boys for Pele

Snow Cherries From France

Tales of a Librarian

The Waitress

Under the Pink

Caught a Lite Sneeze

Boys for Pele

Winter

Little Earthquakes

Baker Baker

Under the Pink

1000 Oceans

To Venus and Back

Space Dog

Under the Pink

The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper

Siren

Great Expectations Soundtrack

Iieee

From the Choirgirl Hotel

Silent All These Years

Little Earthquakes

Leather

Little Earthquakes

Gold Dust

Scarlet’s Walk

Precious Things

Little Earthquakes

Glory Of The ’80s

To Venus and Back

Honey

Under the Pink

Crucify

Little Earthquakes

God

Under the Pink

Pandora’s Aquarium

From the Choirgirl Hotel

Scarlet’s Walk

Scarlet’s Walk

Beauty Of Speed

American Doll Posse

I Can’t See New York

Scarlet’s Walk

Upside Down

Little Earthquakes

Northern Lad

From the Choirgirl Hotel

Roosterspur Bridge

American Doll Posse

Cornflake Girl

Under the Pink

Pirates

Y Kant Tori Read

Hey Jupiter

Boys for Pele

Devils And Gods

American Doll Posse

Past The Mission

Under the Pink

Sweet the Sting

The Beekeeper

Ribbons Undone

The Beekeeper

Pretty Good Year

Under The Pink

This article originally appeared on DifferentReasons.com.
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