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Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven

Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven By Brandon Easton Denis Medri Andre the Giant Closer to Heaven A surprisingly touching narrative that reveals a new side to Andre The Giant Roussimoff With a voice and tone perfectly matched to Andre s demeanor Easton s writing brings Andre back to life Brutal G

  • Title: Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven
  • Author: Brandon Easton Denis Medri
  • ISBN: 9781631404009
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven By Brandon Easton Denis Medri A surprisingly touching narrative that reveals a new side to Andre The Giant Roussimoff With a voice and tone perfectly matched to Andre s demeanor, Easton s writing brings Andre back to life Brutal Gamer Lion Forge Comics is proud to present this amazing story of a man who turned a curse into a blessing Written by 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon M Easton A surprisingly touching narrative that reveals a new side to Andre The Giant Roussimoff With a voice and tone perfectly matched to Andre s demeanor, Easton s writing brings Andre back to life Brutal Gamer Lion Forge Comics is proud to present this amazing story of a man who turned a curse into a blessing Written by 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon M Easton with gorgeous artwork by Denis Medri, this unprecedented biography of Andre the Giant charts his earliest days on his family s farm, to his enormously successful runs in Japan, to his heated feuds with the biggest wrestling stars of all time, to his memorable turns in Hollywood TV and cinema and to his darkest moments caused by excessive substance abuse Based on testimony from Andre s friends and colleagues including his daughter Robin this is the story you ve never been told about Andre the Giant Roussimoff.
    Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven By Brandon Easton Denis Medri

    Andr the Giant Andre The Giant The Official Licensing Website of Andre About the Giant At and pounds, Andre the Giant could have been famous for his size alone His drive, talent and ambition, however, proved to be as big as Andre himself, and the wrestler became legendary for his achievements in and out of the ring Andre was born Andre Rene Roussimoff in Grenoble, France on May , . Andr the Giant Andr Ren Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but Andr suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. Andre The Giant Height, Death The Princess Bride Andre the Giant was born as Andr Ren Roussimoff on May , , in Coulommiers, France He reportedly weighed pounds at birth Though billed in wrestling as hailing from Grenoble in the Andr the Giant Biography When Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF World s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship of The World at WrestleMania III in , he hadn t lost a single s match since His , plus winning streak was ended when Hogan picked up the foot tall and pound Giant and body slammed him for the pin. The tragic life and death of Andre the Giant Jun , Andr became most known for his role as the gentle and friendly Fezzik the Giant in The Princess Bride in , a role that gave his amiable personality an opportunity to shine alongside his Larger Than Life Facts About Andr the Giant Mental Floss Cause of Andre the Giant Death Revealed First to Know Jul , Andre the Giant Andre Rene Roussimoff was born in the countryside of Grenoble, France to parents of average size It was quickly discovered that Andre most closely shared the genetics of his Bulgarian grandfather who stood over feet tall When Andre was , he towered over his peers at and weighed lbs. Andre the Giant Death Wrestler Deaths Jan , Andre Rene Roussinoff, better known by his ring name of Andre the Giant, was born in Grenoble France on May , Andre quickly rose in the wrestling ranks to become a household name around the globe, as well as an actor In wrestling he was often called The th Wonder of the World. Andre the Giant vs King Kong Bundy YouTube Mar , The Colossal Jostle featuring The th Wonder of the World Andre the Giant battling the behemoth King Kong Bundy from MSG GET YOUR st MONTH of

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    1. David Schaafsma on said:

      Easton s and Denis Medri s version of Andre was released in November 2o15 Box Brown s version Andre the Giant Life and Legend was released in May 2104 Do we need two comics biographies of a pro wrestler Especially given there are already a dozen other biographies of him out there Oh, why not Brown did the story and the illustration in his bio, and in this one Easton tells the story and Medri does the artwork, in somewhat similar style I do not have Brown s version in front of me, but glancing at [...]

    2. Erma Talamante on said:

      Review written But I have to say right here, right now, that this moved me Andre the Giant was one of my childhood heroes Hells, I named my puppy for him That may not mean much to some people, but my Andre is a service dog to me, and as important as any of my kids Andre the Giant was a giant of a man, and one that lived really lived After reading this, I can confidently say my childhood hero is still one of my biggest heroes, and a enduring symbol I can t help but hope that he knew how much he m [...]

    3. Allie on said:

      A surprisingly good read My older brothers watched wrestling when I was young, so I was aware of Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and, of course, Andre the Giant I love graphic novels, I love memoirs, I love Fezzik, and even though I don t love wrestling I borrowed this hoping to be entertained I was and then some Heart warming I d definitely recommend it.

    4. Anne on said:

      Netgalley Synopsis because it s better than the one He was one of the greatest performers in sports entertainment history, but his legions of fans around the globe barely know the man behind the legend of Andre the Giant until now Jean Ferre Monster Eiffel Tower Fezzik These were alter egos for the internationally acclaimed pro wrestling superstar known as Andre the Giant, who thrilled audiences worldwide with his unmatched charisma and remarkable athleticism Despite his astonishing popularity, [...]

    5. Morgan on said:

      I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I remember Andre the Giant from cartoons and Princess Bride, and after reading As You Wish Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride which I loved I had to request this from Netgalley when I saw it The book about the making of Princess Bride had so many stories and memories from his cast members about him that I was curious to learn about h [...]

    6. Carla Johnson-Hicks on said:

      I have been a wrestling fan for a long time and remember the feud between Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan I also know how much respect many of the wrestlers have for Andre the Giant This graphic novel was relatively short but with a lot of information I did not really know the story of Andre and was actually a little teary during a couple of sections in this story Andre Roussimoff made the best of a bad situation He was a huge boy and man who tried to make a living the best way he could I enjoyed [...]

    7. Martha Grover on said:

      Great artwork and an interesting story However, it was too much life to cram into too short of a book Plus, I was disappointed that they focused so much on Andre s drinking when I have heard that he refused surgery for his acromegaly and that was a huge factor in his decline in health.

    8. Daniel A. on said:

      First off, full disclosure Writer Brandon Easton is a longtime friend of mine I remember when I first met him fifteen years ago in graduate school, and he was just an aspiring creative type Well, now Mr Easton has written a truly fantastic work of biography, and he should be extremely proud of himself.Andre the Giant Closer to Heaven, as the title makes clear, is a graphic novel biography of wrestler, actor, and entertainer Andre the Giant Roussimoff, from his youth in rural France to his untime [...]

    9. Kimber on said:

      This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.I received a copy of this book from Lion Forge Comics on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Another graphic novel biography of Andre the Giant Last year I reviewed Box Brown s Andre the Giant biography so it s kind of cool to get to read another biography of the man and to see where they sort of differ I have to say they re definitely both worth reading and I enjoyed them both Easton and Medri s bi [...]

    10. Killian on said:

      My only real experience with Andre the Giant is from The Princess Bride where he played the giant Fezzik This was and remains one of my favorite movies so there is a special place in my heart for him But it wasn t until very recently I m talking the last year or so that I found out he was way famous for being a Pro Wrestler than the lovable giant I was used to.I have some mixed feelings about this graphic novel On one hand, this is a person I am interested in and enjoyed learning about On the [...]

    11. Zippergirl on said:

      Andre the Giant As far back as I can remember there s been the legend of Andre the Giant It took a brilliant movie though to make me fall in love with this gentle giant The Princess Bride brought him fame outside the wrestling world when he played the sportsmanlike Fezzik.Miracle Max Go away or I ll call the Brute Squad Fezzik I m on the Brute Squad Miracle Max sees Fezzik You are the Brute Squad Gigantism was both a blessing and a curse, it brought world wide fame and fortune to Andre, but in t [...]

    12. Nicola Mansfield on said:

      What a wonderful book I ve read another recent graphic novel on Andre, but this one is even better The art is absolutely fantastic The book tells the story of Andre s life from childhood to death from his own point of view It was great to see the first three Wrestlemania s covered as these were my hey days when I was a wrestling fan back in the 80s I pretty much already knew the story of Andre s life but this is a book that embraces him and tells his own bittersweet story The Foreword is written [...]

    13. Josh Skinner on said:

      This is a great graphic biography of mythic, larger than life character It is funny, sad, encouraging is a fun read Some of the drawings would be worth having as prints to frame and display Inoki and Ali, on the set of The Princess Bride, Andre and Henan riding out at WM3, and others Well worth grabbing a copy I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

    14. Patrick on said:

      This was really good A well written narrative of Andre The Giant s life Very informative and interesting If You don t know much about Andre, or if you do, this is a great read If You re a wrestling Fan, Definitely read this.Artwork was well done.I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley and the publisher.

    15. Susan on said:

      absolutely touching look into the extraordinary life of a French farm boy turned legend.

    16. Ethan Minsker on said:

      A touching side to Andre The Giant Roussimoff This biography of Andre the Giant charts his earliest days on his family s farm, to his enormously successful runs in Japan, to his heated feuds with the biggest wrestling stars of all time, to his memorable turns in Hollywood TV and cinema, and to his darkest moments caused by excessive substance abuse Based on testimony from Andre s friends and colleagues including his daughter Robin this is the story you ve never been told about Andre the Giant Ro [...]

    17. Andrew Kline on said:

      Being a graphic novel only 100 pages long, it glances over pretty much every aspect of his life his childhood, performing, circuit wrestling, WWF, movie and TV appearances, alcohol, daughter, etc without giving too much depth of any one thing It probably spends the most time on his evolution as a wrestler, in the ring and backstage with his relationship with his managers and his role during the formation of the WWF Even with the quick pace of the story, there are still several touching moments a [...]

    18. Amanda on said:

      Andre the Giant is a pop culture icon, and someone adored by millions I know him, of course, from The Princess Bride but his wrestling history is impressive I didn t know much about his wrestling adventures, or his personal life before reading this I thought it was wonderfully well done The illustrations were gorgeous, and the story nicely told I m also a great fan of the choice to tell it in the style of a graphic novel It adds another layer to an already great story.

    19. Vish on said:

      I ve known about Andre the Giant from watching WWE shows on TV, where superstars reference his legend status in their dialogues Apart from them, I ve not taken an interest in knowing this larger than life human being.This biographical graphic novel showed me the human side to him I liked the soft earthy tones in the artwork and the narration It felt like he was alive and talking to me about his life I loved it This has become my favorite

    20. Kevin Summers on said:

      Sample quote Most people don t get the chance to live one Andre the Giant year I lived through forty six of them My life wasn t so bad after all.

    21. Allen Adams on said:

      themaineedge buzz a giThere are few pop culture figures as consistently larger than life as professional wrestlers These men and women are asked to play unbelievable characters and perform impossible physical feats dressed brightly and tightly, they must create a compelling narrative largely through physicality.Perhaps the most fascinating figure in the history of pro wrestling is Andre the Giant Over the course of decades, he worked rings all over the globe As wrestling expanded beyond its regi [...]

    22. James on said:

      Closer To Heaven is an interesting, at times poignant biography of Andre The Giant, and a eulogy for a period of professional wrestling While certainly worth a read by non wrestling fans, it will reward fans far .The writing is simple, the cartoonish art communicates great feeling emotion If curious, worth a read.

    23. Vital Social Issues and Stuff on said:

      If memoirs are the new fairy tales, Andr the Giant Closer to Heaven IDW Publishing, 2015 is our generation s version of The Princess Bride.The story begins quietly with a thoughtful foreward from Andr the Giant s daughter Robin Christensen Roussimoff With this start, the biography already begins with a twist because Roussimoff reveals that she grew up without Andr as a major part of her life.During most of her childhood, Roussimoff saw her father infrequently, connecting with him primarily in th [...]

    24. Jezire C Akin on said:

      readjezireread 20 I ve heard that a pessimist believes that memories are only regrets organized in chronological ordere optimist says that you should be lucky to live long enough to have regrets Neither is correct We live on the border between optimism and pessimism The darkness and the light I began to wonder if I was going to outgrow the world itself I want to mention that this is only my second encounter with the graphic memoir and I really think I need to explore this medium in depth becaus [...]

    25. Bruce Gargoyle on said:

      I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis From his childhood on the family farm to hitting the big time in the wrestling world, this book charts the life story of Andre Roussimoff Focusing mostly on his time as a famous wrestler, the book gives an insight into the man behind the legend.It s like the author saw The Simpson s joke about Troy McClure s appearance in the celebrity funeral Andre the Giant, We Hardly Knew Ye and decided to right that [...]

    26. Alan Kingsley on said:

      A well written, surprisingly sweet comic biography of Andre the Giant, the Eighth Wonder of the World The temptation with a larger than life figure like Andre is to lionize him or use a book like this as a vehicle to re tell famous stories Instead, I was pleasantly surprised at the depth to which writer Brandon Easton is able to humanize him Andre was a celebrity and a pop culture icon, but Eastman presents a narrative that is interested in quiet moments Andre felt apart from the rest of the wo [...]

    27. Edwin Howard on said:

      ANDRE THE GIANT CLOSER TO HEAVEN by Brandon Easton Denis Medri is a graphic novel depicting the life of Andre the Giant The novel touches on his youth and pivotal points in his life, some less commonly known Growing up watching Andre the Giant thrive in the wrestling world, I was excited to get a chance to read this novel and I wasn t disappointed at all The way that each part of his life was touched on really left the reader feeling like they knew Andre the Giant The graphic depictions were gre [...]

    28. Solitairerose on said:

      Andre the Giant looms large in the world of Professional Wrestling, and was one of the biggest stars in the business A graphic novel about his life almost seems like a given, with his larger than life persona and the super hero nature of the business Andre the Giant, Closer to Heaven succeeds by showing the business side, the human side and bringing us into his life through excellent scripting and unconventional art that helps draw the reader in The story is told from Andre s perspective, and gi [...]

    29. Chasia Lloyd on said:

      This graphic novel is an incredible and touching portrayal of Andr Roussimoff, better known as Andr the Giant The book focuses largely on Andr s wrestling career from start to finish and covers several aspects of pro wrestling history in general.The author and illustrator work together to pull the reader into Andr s mind with the use of earthy, muted tones and bold, simple monologue The end result is a gorgeous piece of work which paints the legend in a humanizing light His mistakes, fears, and [...]

    30. Brandon on said:

      Andre the Giant Closer to Heaven, made me feel like I was living through Andre s life The graphic novel takes us through the entire life of Andre the Giant, including both his personal and professional life The heartfelt opening letter from his daughter helped set the tone beautifully for what I was about to read.The artwork, the story, and the pace helped carry me through the life of Andre As a professional wrestling fan since the early 90 s Andre had closed his career before my fandom began I [...]

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