Geeks & Greeks

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6.63 X 10.25 X 0.5 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author
Steve Altes is the author of the comedic graphic novel Geeks & Greeks, set at MIT and inspired by MIT's culture of hacking and Steve's own experiences with hazing. Known for his humorous essays, Steve's specialty is getting hired into unusual occupations and writing funny accounts of his misadventures. Some escapades he has written about include working as a hand model, a stand-in for Brad Pitt, a stunt man on Die Hard With A Vengeance, a bank robber at the FBI Academy, an aide to President-elect Bill Clinton, and applying to the CIA. His humor essays have been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix, Capital Style, Funny Times, the Los Angeles Times, Penthouse, P.O.V., Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and The Writer. He is the author of two humor books, The Little Book of Bad Business Advice (St. Martin's, 1997) and If You Jam the Copier, Bolt (Andrews McMeel, 2001). His work also appears in the humor anthologies, May Contain Nuts: A Very Loose Canon of American Humor (HarperCollins, 2004) and Joke Express: Instant Delivery of 1,424 Funny Bits from the Best Comedians, (Andrews McMeel, 2006). He has been a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and a member of Us Weekly magazine's Fashion Police (ironic if you knew how he dressed). Steve's career as a humorist actually began in college when he began selling absurd letters to the editor to National Lampoon. Steve holds three degrees from MIT: a bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering, a master's in Aerospace Engineering, and a master's in Technology and Policy. Steve's thesis on the U.S. space program was the only college thesis in history ever reviewed by The New York Review of Books. He was a co-recipient of the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest award for technological achievement, for his work on the Pegasus air-launched space booster.
Legendary artist Andy Fish illustratated Geeks & Greeks. You could say that Andy wrote the book on graphic novels... because he has. Andy is the author and artist of five how to illustration books, including the classic text How To Draw Graphic Novel Style. Andy studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Andy trained under such legendary comic creators as Jack Kirby and Will Eisner. His current client list reads like a who's who of top businesses, as well as work for celebrities like Stan Lee and Adam West. He is the author and artist of seven graphic novels, including Dracula's Army: The Dead Travel Fast and Werewolves of Wisconsin. His paintings, which mix his love of all things pop culture have been displayed in art galleries in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Worcester and London. He even has a painting in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, DC. In addition, Andy is an adjunct professor of art instruction at the Massachusetts College of Art and at the lead faculty member for the graphic novel illustration program at Emerson College in Boston. Andy's vibrant, kinetic style is informed by a strong pop sensibility and artfully employs the use of super-saturated colors to make panels vividly come to life.
"A gonzo-brilliant visual feast that reads like a blizzard of engrossing frenetic activity, offering an ethnographic deep-dive into MIT hacking and hazing subcultures. Geeks & Greeks combines the high-brow intelligence of Good Will Hunting with the rowdy frat antics of Animal House and the heart of Dead Poets Society. There is barely a moment to breathe as this roller coaster careens through the worlds of high-tech hazing, devilishly original pranks, and swaggering intellectual one-upmanship. Fish's masterful illustrations leap off the page with their inspired perspectives and vibrant colors." -Jon B. Cooke editor, "Comic Book Artist" magazine "As someone who's been walking MIT's hallways for the past 20 years, I can attest that Steve Altes has tuned into the Institute's quirky frequency, the raucous and rigorous spirit of the place. Altes speaks geek so fluently you'd mistake him for a jaded postdoc. Read Geeks & Greeks for its hot fusion of wit, narrative, and imagery. Awesomeness to the nth degree." -Karl Iagnemma MIT research scientist and author of "On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction" "Geeks & Greeks is a crackling insider look into the world of MIT fraternities. If you've ever wanted to peek behind the doors where young geniuses hack and haze, let whip-smart Steve Altes be your guide." -Dottie Zicklin MIT alum and co-creator of "Dharma & Greg" and "Caroline in the City" "A graphic novel replete with action sequences might seem an odd medium for a tale about one of the brainiest places on Earth, but after a few pages I was hooked. With Geeks & Greeks Altes and Fish have achieved something remarkable - they have captured the energy and quirkiness that are the hallmarks of MIT. Unless you're performing pediatric neurosurgery, stop whatever you're doing and read this book." -Louis Alexander Director of Alumni Education, MIT (retired) "Andy Fish's meticulously faithful illustrations and Steve Altes's disarming humor bring to life a more-fact-than-fiction adventure." -Lewis Pinault MIT alum and author of "Consulting Demons: Inside the Unscrupulous World of Global Corporate Consulting" "All the geekworthy one-liners, Easter eggs, and knowledge bombs you'd expect, plus tons of humor, a bit of romance, plenty of heart, and dazzling illustrations." -Melwheezy host, Geekly Podcast "Mind-scorchingly mirthful! Who knew that the diabolically creative pranksters of MIT, those gestating geniuses of physics and engineering, could make the earth shake - with fear, laughter, and lust - when they put their 'big fat throbbing brains' to it? At last, the raw, kinky, wig-walloping wonder of these iconic hacks is revealed in a graphic novel so amped, so combustive, it'll fry your cranial circuits like a solar storm." -Arthur Plotnik author of "The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts Into Words" "At its heart Geeks & Greeks is a love story, between Jim and Natalie sure, but also between Jim and his fellow students with MIT. How we loved to hate MIT, how terrifying some classes were, how much a real family our living group became. Geeks & Greeks brings it all back!" -Oliver Smoot MIT alum and unit of measurement namesake "In his ample and interesting notes to Geeks & Greeks Steve Altes lists four rules of hacking: (1) be witty and finesseful, (2) make it hard to bring off, (3) hurt neither people nor property, (4) don't get caught. The first three are a perfect description of the work itself. Everything from the story line to the artwork to the coloration reflects the heartbeat of MIT: excellence. Just as everything in Geeks reflects the great affection its makers have for that astonishing institution. In short the Geeks team has accomplished something that is, indeed, witty, and hard to bring off. They have hacked the hack." -Samuel Jay Keyser MIT professor emeritus and author of "Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows"