Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven

Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven

Brandon Easton Denis Medri / Jul 19, 2019

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: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 The Official Licensing Website of Andre 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. Andr the Giant Andr Ren Roussimoff May , January , , best known as Andr the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. He famously feuded with Hulk Hogan, culminating at WrestleMania III in His best remembered film role was that of Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride His size was a result of gigantism caused by excess growth hormone, which later resulted in The Greatest Drunk on Earth Andre the Giant Modern Do you have a favorite drunkard Some amazing man or woman, past or present, who stands colossus like atop the Big Keg, the ground below littered with crushed Andre the Giant Has a Posse Andre the Giant Has a Posse is a street art campaign based on a design by Shepard Fairey created in in Providence, Rhode Island.Distributed by the skater community, the stickers featuring an image of Andr the Giant began showing up in many cities across the United States citation needed At the time, Fairey declared the campaign to be an experiment in phenomenology. Andre The Giant Facts You ll Hardly Believe Are True These Andre the Giant facts whether he was picking up cars or drinking beers in one sitting prove that he was larger than life in every imaginable way. Biography The Official Licensing Website of Andre 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. Incredible Stories That Prove Andre The Giant Was Incredible Stories That Prove Andre The Giant Was Larger Than Life He s kind of a big deal. Larger Than Life Facts About Andr the Giant Mental Floss When Andre turned , he left home to seek employment and opportunities outside the boundaries of his rural farm community in France At , he visited his parents for the first time, having The Giant The Definitive Obey Giant Site Print Database A database of every known Obey Giant poster print Each entry has information on the piece including a picture, year created, size of print run, type of print etc. How Much Beer Could Andre the Giant Drink Thrillist The giant In his prime, Andre clocked in at a stone cold foot inches taller than noted basketball man, Shaq and pounds By the time he was years old, he was already foot and

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        Brandon Easton is a writer for the new Warner Bros Animation series THUNDERCATS and a writer for the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS for The Hub Network In January 2012, Brandon s first graphic novel SHADOWLAW was released to a nationwide sell out and widespread acclaim with positive reviews from USA Today, Forbes, Wired, Ain t It Cool News and other major publications Brandon continues to produce his Writing for Rookies advice podcast for aspiring comic book and sci fi writers Brandon recently signed a 6 book deal with LION FORGE ENTERTAINMENT, a new transmedia company based out of St Louis, MO He splits his time between Los Angeles, New York City and Balti, Md.


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    1. 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 gl [...]


    2. 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 [...]


    3. 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. ~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 [...]


    5. 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 mor [...]


    6. 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 e [...]


    7. 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. 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 h [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. 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 more 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 more [...]


    11. 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 An [...]


    12. 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 [...]


    13. 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. 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. "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 An [...]


    16. 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 mome [...]


    17. 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.


    18. 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!


    19. 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."


    20. 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 [...]


    21. ' 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 more.The writing is simple, the cartoonish art communicates great feeling & emotion. If curious, worth a read.


    22. If memoirs are the new fairy tales, André 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 André 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 André as a major part of her life.During most of her childhood, Roussimoff saw her father infrequently, connecting with him prim [...]


    23. 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 more [...]


    24. 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 t [...]


    25. 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 more interested in quiet moments. Andre felt apart from the rest o [...]


    26. 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 depictio [...]


    27. 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, a [...]


    28. This graphic novel is an incredible and touching portrayal of André Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant. The book focuses largely on André'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 André'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, [...]


    29. 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 bega [...]


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