Action Philosophers!

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Cover to Action Philosophers: Giant Size Thing 1

Action Philosophers! was a comic book series by artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, which was awarded a Xeric Grant in 2004,[1] leading to Action Philosophers! # 1's publication in April 2005.

The series focused on a concise biography of some of the most notable philosophers and their ideas. To quote the book's homepage:[2]

ACTION PHILOSOPHERS! is a comic book series detailing the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in a hip and humorous way that proves that philosophy is not just the province of boring tweed-enveloped college professors.

The series concluded with issue # 9, published in September 2007. There are several trade paperback collections available, including a series of three, each of which collects three issues of the series and a single book that collects all 9 issues along with additional material.


The series was nominated for a 2010 Ignatz Outstanding Debut Award,[3] an received a positive review from Philosophy Now.[4]

Issue summary[edit]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected ISBN
Action Philosophers! Giant-size Thing 1 Action Philosophers #1-3 ISBN 0-9778329-0-2
Action Philosophers! Giant-size Thing 2 Action Philosophers #4-6 ISBN 0-9778329-1-0
Action Philosophers! Giant-size Thing 3 Action Philosophers #7-9 ISBN 0-9778329-2-9
The More Than Complete Action Philosophers! Action Philosophers #1-9, plus new content ISBN 978-0-9778329-3-4


  1. ^ "Xeric Foundation Comic Book Self-Publishing Grants for 2004". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ the book's homepage
  3. ^ "SPX announces Ignatz Nominees". Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Action Philosophers! by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey". Philosophy Now. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 

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