The Addams Family: An Evilution
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The Addams Family: An Evilution

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The Addams Family: An Evilution is the first book to trace The Addams Family history, presenting more than 200 cartoons created by Charles Addams (American, 1912-1988) throughout his prolific career; many have never been published before. Text by H. Kevin Miserocchi, director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, offers a revealing chronology of each character's evolut...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Pomegranate Communications (first published 2010)
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Rui
So, ever since I first discovered the Addams clan, at the age of 13, I’ve been oddly fascinated by these characters. I’ve never been particularly fond of the cartoon adaptations of the 90’s, but for some reason the film versions took hold of my imagination and never let go. In many ways I think I’ve always felt exactly as it is said in the introductory text of this book: “They might be scary, weird, creepy, and macabre, but The Addams Family is our secret envy. If only our family dinners could b...more
Willow
I adore the art of Chas Addams with his elongated trees, creepy houses and macabre humor. And this book has got to be the best I’ve read on his work. It’s filled with interesting tidbits, special unfinished sketches that I’d never seen, and is organized around each character. There are also special quotes from Addams and his opinions about each character. I learned from this book that Morticia was Chas’ dream girl. LOL

This is not the book to read if you are looking for everything Addams though....more
Charles
Although bylined as "by Kevin Miserocchi", this book is actually by Charles Addams. It includes every cartoon he ever created featuring any or all members of the Addams Family, plus some prototype versions of the characters. Many of the cartoons are previously unpublished, rough versions of ideas Addams never carried to fully drafted, watercolored fruition, but they are wonderful to see and give the thrill of actual undiscovered Addams decades after their creator's death. In addition to the cart...more
Rui Alex
Oct 20, 2013 Rui Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rui by: Rui Leite
Shelves: 2013, cartoon
Só conhecia a Família Addams pelos seus filmes, desconhecia que eram adaptações de cartoons e desconhecia o seu criador, pelo que este livro foi perfeito para mim.
Com muitas notas informativas, algumas escritas pelo próprio cartoonista, e agrupadas por cada uma das personagens, foi muito agradável conhecer as estranhas mas sobretudo ternas personagens. Muitos cartoons fizeram-me sorrir e aos poucos maravilhava-me com a natureza peculiar da família, mas alguns deles não entendi, talvez só os fãs...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
As always, Addams's art is stellar. The plethora of unpublished works makes this a must own, in particular the piece with Uncle Fester delivering a car load of kitties to a bird sanctuary! The text though, ugh. Badly written and badly structured. This should have been done chronologically, instead of character based. It's an intrusion. Let the work speak for itself, but if you must have words, let Addams speak for himself, don't try to force your interpretations on the work or us. Also I totally...more
Jean
Apr 17, 2014 Jean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
It was a fun book to go through. It makes me want to watch the 60s show
louisa
Mar 14, 2011 louisa added it
Shelves: art
The copy is a little fawning, but the primary documents to live for. Includes the character descriptions Addams wrote for the television series as well as fifty years of printed cartoons and sketches. Organized by character (Fester! Wednesday! Morticia! and in a surprise contender for best character, Gomez). This review reprints a few of my favorites: http://gothicteasociety.blogspot.com/.... Scroll down for "The little dears! They still believe in Santa Claus." and "Just the kind of day that ma...more
Brandy Shark
The Addams Family that I am most familiar with is the family from the early 1990s film series, and the cartoon based on the TV show.

I had seen a few of the comics floating around the internet, and of course I knew that the TV show and following films and franchise were based on the comics. So, I was happy to come along this book that includes many, if not all, of the Addams family comics collected in print. The characters are slightly different from those of the TV show and movies, but still ex...more
Craig
I'm not going to be objective about this: I have loved these comics since I was a kid, and revisiting them has been a real treat. Addams clearly loved them, and, as outsiders looking in, their macabre view of the mundane / mundane view of the macabre is a nice reminder of perception as a construct of experience and/ or lack thereof.
Lucy
I've loved Chas Adams for years. And here's a book to tell me how the characters came to be and how they eventually became a family. Reprinted are many of my favorites plus some I'd never seen before as well as some never published before and some preliminary sketches.
Yosef Shapiro
This book provides you with some insight into the characters created by Chas Adams. A short introduction is included to explain the motivations of each character. However, it is far from a comprehensive collection.
Catherine
A completist's book for the Addams fan. There are a number of previously unpublished drawings plus Addams thoughts on where the characters came from.
Rob
Cute answer to the family circus sweetness that finds a way to point to the darker elements of the love bonds between family.
Jason Miller
Read Twice - love the dark humor and this is a history of how the characters evolved before the TV show
Cindy
Fun look at the old New Yorkers cartoons and the inspirations for the 60's show.
Tommy
really good, really funny, really interesting.
Diana
Great Cartoons.
Will
Neat! Petite.
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Chas Addams was a cartoonist best known for creating "The Addams Family" comic characters which have been adapted for a variety of media. His signature style was single panels of macabre humor.
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