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Action Philosophers! was a self-published comic book series by artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, which was awarded a Xeric Grant in 2004, leading to Action Philosophers! # 1's publication in April 2005.
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. The series was also collected into various self-published paperback collections. Dark Horse Comics published a deluxe hardcover collection of the series with new material in October, 2014.
- # 1: - Nietzsche, Bodhidharma, & Plato: "Wrestling Superstar of Ancient Greece!", featuring one of the series' most famous lines, "PLATO SMASH!"
- # 2: - The "All Sex Special", featuring Ayn Rand, Thomas Jefferson, & Saint Augustine.
- # 3: - "Self Help for Stupid Ugly Losers" featuring Freud, Carl Jung, & Joseph Campbell.
- # 4: - "World Domination Handbook" featuring Karl Marx, Machiavelli, & The Kabbalah.
- # 5: - "Hate the French" featuring Descartes, Sartre, & Jaques Derrida.
- # 6: - "The People's Choice" featuring Kierkegaard, St. Thomas Aquinas, & Ludwig Wittgenstein.
- # 7: - "It's all Greek to you" featuring The Pre-Socratics, Aristotle, & Epictetus.
- # 8: - "Senseless Violence Special" featuring Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, & John Stuart Mill.
- # 9: - "The Lightning Round", the final issue featuring Diogenes the Cynic, Lao Tzu, Michel Foucault, David Hume, Confucius, George Berkeley, Francis Bacon, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes, Mary Wollstonecraft, Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz.
|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|
|Action Philosophers!||Published by Dark Horse Comics, reprints "More Than Complete…", with a new story and historical material, hardcover format||ISBN 978-1-61655-539-9|
- "Xeric Foundation Comic Book Self-Publishing Grants for 2004". Xericfoundation.org. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
- the book's homepage
- "Action Philosophers! HC". darkhorse.com. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
- "SPX announces Ignatz Nominees". Newsarama.com. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
- "Action Philosophers! by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey". Philosophy Now. Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
- Official series website, featuring free issue previews
- Interview with Fred and Ryan at comiXology on Action Philosophers and Comic Book Comics
- BamKaPow.com's interview, also examining the creative team's post-AP! projects
- Official Action Philosophers! message board
- Philosophy Now's review
- Interview with Indie Comics News
- HollywoodJesus.com Review