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Comic Book Tattoo

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  944 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Over 80 of the best creators from every style and genre have contributed over 50 stories to this anthology featuring tales inspired by the songs of multi-platinum recording artist, Tori Amos!
Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, with stories by creators such as Carla Speed McNeil, Mark Buckingham, C.B. Cebulski, Nikki Cook, Hope Larson, John Ney Reiber, Ryan Kelly, and
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Image Comics (first published July 23rd 2008)
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Mar 27, 2011 Jace rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Tori Amos fans with low expectations
Shelves: comics
Tori Amos and comic books are my two main obsessions, so this purchase was a no-brainer. How could the convergence of two of my favorite things be anything less than amazing, right? Wrong. In fact, I'm not exactly sure who this book is meant to appeal to.

Tori fans will be disappointed because many of the stories have nothing to do with her music. The stories are purportedly "inspired" by a specific Tori song, but a lot of them are generic and lack any appreciable connection to her lyrics. Far t
Dec 04, 2012 Parka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

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I've put off the purchase of Comic Book Tattoo for a long time thinking it was a book on tattoo art. It didn't help that it was in shrink wrap at a local bookshop (which I hate and love) and I couldn't peek inside.

This is a very huge and heavy book. I bought it from Amazon and they included an additional surcharge for the bulk, which I didn't notice, making it more expensive if I were to buy it locally -- ouch!

There are both paperback and hardcover edition. Mine
Dec 25, 2008 Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, it is a really BIG book. Ok? BIG! Like a mammoth big. If you have weak wrists, hire someone to hold it while you read! Trust me.

So now about the content of the book...

Tori Amos -- you either love her or hate her. If you hate her, why are you reading this?? If you love her, as I do, you found this a fascinating insight into what others think of her lyrical mysteries. Were you the only one that likened the Cornflake Grrl as a strict adherence to a black & white belief in the goodness of pe
Janne Varvára
Mar 23, 2010 Janne Varvára rated it it was amazing
I said I didn't like comics. I take it back!
Ever since Tori Amos was revealed to me at age 17, I've been her faithful fan, she's definitely the musician that's made most of an impact on me. What attracted me to her music, aside from the rockin' piano, was her lyrics, the like of which I've never seen before (or ever since for that matter). Sometimes quirky and obscure, sometimes rudely (and crudely) straightforward, a very strange, refreshing mix. With Tori I think, either you get it, or you don
First, I am a Tori Amos fan. I grew up listening to her and she's always been one of my favorite artists. As someone who's also a Sandman nut and enjoyed Tori's appearances in those stories, I had some high expectations for this collection. And I did not like this book.

This felt too scattered. I don't think many of the stories were well-told... I would've rather that a few songs had been cherry-picked for this book, and then given more depth. It's all very pretty to look at, for the most part, a
Jesibot Robotics
Sep 09, 2008 Jesibot Robotics rated it it was amazing
Not strictly for Tori Amos fans this is a fantastic collection of "comics" inspired by the songs of Tori's incredible career. Each comic has lyrics printed right before it which makes the songs more accessible even if you have never heard her beautiful and ethereal sounds. The artwork is breathtaking and done by some of today's Hottest comic book artists. Stand outs include Flying Dutchmen (which is the namesake of this book), Honey, Take to the Sky, Glory of the 80's and the very anime-esque ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Greg rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tori Amos fans, fans of graphic novels
This anthology is made up of more than 80 artists' interpretations of 51 of Amos' songs from each of her albums (barring Strange Little Girls). Rather than be literal interpretations of the lyrics, many of the stories here are at the very least simply inspired by. While some have seemingly no connection to the source, there are plenty here that will rekindle interest in some songs and even let you see some of the songs in a different light.

What's more is that these stories stand alone so that yo
Aug 18, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing
This book was much larger physically than I was expecting. It isn't going to sit nicely on the graphic novel shelf. That said, I am glad it was so massive. The art work is incredible and varied, it is nice to see it in larger and glossy format. I found it interesting that my favorite songs seemed to be my least favorite comics. I think it may be that I already had stories in my head about what they meant. Some of my favorites were: Take to the Sky, Mr. Zebra, Sugar, The Waitress, Beekeeper, ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Luxvivens rated it it was amazing
It took me forever to finish this book. I kept revisiting the songs and then I would get distracted with the remainder of the album and at some point it got to be too much of a hurdle to pick up this book as I knew it would keep me busy for hours. Great work of art, wish there was an equivalent of Comic Book Tattoo for my other favorite artists (e.g. Radiohead), just beautiful!
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Another freebie from the spectacular GRAPHIC NOVEL SALE that I found. Some of the artwork in this is absolutely gorgeous. Plus I adore Tori Amos. Can't wait to dig my teeth in!
Nov 11, 2009 Jillian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amy Dashiell and Reba Hernandez
Shelves: art
This was super cool. My favorite illustrators were Laurenn McCubbin and Star St. Germain
Aug 08, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Toriphiles, comic book fans
Shelves: tori
Favorites were Mr. Zebra, Teenage Hustling, Mariannne, Siren, Little Earthquakes, Past the Mission

Least favorites were Crazy, God, Pretty Good Year
Carrie Shaurette
Many of the comics here are very loose interpretations of Tori Amos songs and they vary in quality. I did appreciate the vast range of voices and artistic styles. Overall, I enjoyed the collection--any superfan of Tori will have a hard time passing this up.
Feb 15, 2009 Swankivy rated it really liked it
This is a multi-authored work featuring the comic stylings of various artists . . . and though the stories are unrelated in style and content, the one common thread is that they are all based, if loosely, on Tori Amos songs. I received this as a gift from my friend Mike because I am a Tori fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. What I liked best is that the comics inside were not just retellings of whatever the actual Tori song was about (though in some cases it seemed like they were ...more
Krystl Louwagie
Feb 01, 2011 Krystl Louwagie rated it really liked it
I bought this years ago-well, when it was new but never got around to reading it because it was so freakin' bulky. I finally dropped it on the passenger side of my bed and made it my "read before bed" book. I finished it many days ago, but didn't mark it as that 'cause I had to read all the artist/writers/colorists etc. bio's. Which ultimately just made me feel like a worthless idiot for not doing more to advance my dreams of becoming a comic book artist. Moving on...

This was a wonderful little
Aug 16, 2009 Bridgett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Sep 07, 2008 Nathan rated it liked it
I am not a big graphic novel reader. About the closest I ever came to reading comics as a kid was religiously watching X-Men and Spiderman and Friends on Saturday morning television. I briefly embraced the X-Men comic book at prodding from my friend Bart and his brother, but there were just too many stories. Too much history. Too many collectors editions and cards, and it was all just too much commitment for me at that young, fresh age. As an adult I have read exactly one graphic novel, one of ...more
May 20, 2009 Tara rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book will give you wikket bad paper-cuts, if you aren't careful! It's all glossy, dense, beautiful, wonderful pages of graphic shorts based on the lyrics of Tori Amos, whose prolific catalogue and quirky personality lend well to this project. Many of her songs don't have one specific topic or interpretation, and make a good departure point for storytellers to bring us tales of drama or whimsy or lush, under-your-skin fantasy. Some of the stories are a bit more 'straightforward', they make ...more
Dec 02, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
I admit I like Tori Amos. I've seen her in concert and own many CDs but I'm not a huge fan. I like her. What I am is someone who has a life long love of comics. Ranging from the underground comix to mainstream and graphic novel formats. This book is a beauty whether you care about how artists interpret her lyrics or not. It's thick and oversized (11 3/4 x 11 3/4) and heavy. Some of the short comics inside follow the lyrics, others not so much. All of them are creative and it showcases different ...more
Keith Irwin
Usually I start my reviews with a one or two sentence summary. This one the title is pretty much sufficient. It's a lot of little short comic book stories inspired by Tori Amos songs. Each story is prefaced by the title and lyrics of the song which inspired it. I didn't just sit down and read the book. Instead, I used the magic of YouTube to cue up each song and listen to it while I read the story. This, I recommend. As a book of stories by itself, I'm not sure I would have liked it, but as a ...more
Oct 31, 2015 Cale rated it it was ok
I'm a relatively well-read fan of comics, and a moderate fan of Tori Amos, so I would think I would be the target audience for this book. But it just didn't really connect for me overall. 50+ short comics by different artists, all VERY loosely related to Tori Amos songs (literally, her rule was that the comics shouldn't be retellings of the song). What that means is that the comics have to stand on their own, and they offer little insight into the songs themselves. So you're left with lots of ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Maia
Okay, brace yourselves, I'm going to say something blasphemous. I don't quite "get" Tori Amos. What I've heard of her music, I've liked, but rarely understood the lyrics. I kind of like that; tidbits here and there let me piece together my own story. I've also never enjoyed seeing song lyrics in print; for the most part, I find that a song's poetry dies when the music is removed. Both of these could be reasons why this book -- narrative art inspired by the music and lyrics of Tori Amos -- didn't ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Stuart rated it it was ok
I won't give this book one star because a lot of the art really is lovely and Tori Amos's lyrics are always interesting and thought provoking to read, but man oh man... virtually none of the stories in this book are memorable or good and a good chunk of them barely make sense or can really even be called stories. The majority are more or less readable but kind of banal and, as expected, there is definitely a very precious element, a sort of butterflies/mermaids/earth goddess/fairy/grrrrrl power ...more
Christopher Dodd
Jan 23, 2009 Christopher Dodd rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I am not a fan of Tori. I have nothing against her or her music, I've just never been a fan. That made this book a bit of a chore to read.
But out of some weird spite I made myself read it cover to cover.

Each story is prefaced with the lyrics for the song that the story is based on. Each story is by a different author/artist. This makes for some very uneven reading. One story will be ok or tolerable and then the next 4 will suck.

My fried JTC wrote one of the stories in this collection (which is f
Jan 29, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
Heavens. The limited edition version was a surprise gift from a friend. I had resigned myself to not owning a copy as I am grievously lacking funds (in fact, even considering selling some of my more rare Tori cds -- email me if there's something you're looking for), so this box that arrived on my doorstep yesterday was an utterly delightful and wonderfully ecstatic bit of joy that dropped into my lap.

This limited edition version is exquisite. A hefty black & gold hardcover binding with gold-
Emilia P
Oct 01, 2010 Emilia P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
A questionnaire:

Did I spend all day reading this? YES.
Do I regret it? NO.
Was it very good? Nope!
Was I familiar with a Nope!
Were there enough Boys For Pele songs? No WAY.
Were there alot of the cheesy geeky I don't really get these songs, because I am such a geek, but I am also a huge Tori Amos fan sort of stuff, types of comics? YES SIR.
Was there a lot of made-up new myth stuff? SURE. I hate that stuff.
Was there some stuff that got the tension between reality and
Jan 08, 2009 Jillian rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, LOVED this book. It completely lived up to my expectations, and I hope, pray, wish that they will put out another volume. I live in hope as it DOES say "Volume 1" at the back. It was so interesting to see others' takes on songs that I love and know on such a personal level. Some of the comics seemed spot on with my interpretations of the songs, and I am very tempted to now go check out other stuff that those artists have done. Some of the comics were waaaaay off from my ...more
Aug 14, 2008 Marian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: tori fans
Shelves: readit, 2008
I don't imagine anyone will have to sell this too hard to any Tori fans. Thing is, the sheer size of it might scare off your random types. Their loss.

I seriously doubt that given the sheer number of stories/songs presented, you'd be unable to find at least one you absolutely, completely, totally loved. Some seem to have painfully little to do with their song, and some are clearly influenced.

Personally, I wasn't always thrilled when lyrics would be used as actual dialog, but I will admit that so
Nov 15, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tori fans
I case you don't already know, I am a complete Toriphile. So, I was VERY happy to hear that she'd be releasing a comic book. I hope that it got more people into the sequential art medium who might not have gotten into it before.

Some of the stories were great, some not so much. The ones that disappointed me were the ones that just seemed to throw some lyric in, but didn't offer any sort of interesting interpretation.

My favorite was "Here. In My Head." The artist did a fantastic job of taking the
May 01, 2010 Melinda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tori Amos fans and comic book lovers
I was able to get one of the limited edition copies, signed by The Goddess herself. I think there is some audience for the book if one is not strictly a Tori fan. When the story more closely matched what I felt the song was about, then I loved it (like Merman or Girl) but when they were too experimental or only riffed on one line of the song I didn't like them so much. I think if you are a true comic book fan or a EWF (and if you are one, you know what that means) then, by all means, buy it. I ...more
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