The Comic Book Story of Beer is a full-color, lushly illustrated graphic novel that recounts the many-layered past and present of beer through dynamic pairings of pictures and meticulously researched insight into the history of the world’s favorite brew.
Starting from about 7,000 BC, The Comic Book Story of Beer traces beer’s influence through world history, encapsulating early man’s experiments with fermentation, the rise and fall of Ancient Rome, the (often beer-related) factors that led Europe out of the Dark Ages, the Age of Exploration, the spread of capitalism, the Reformation, and on up to the contemporary explosion of craft brewing. No book has ever told the story of beer in a graphic format as a liberating or emancipating force that improved the life of everyday people. Visually riffing on abstract subjects like pasteurization, “original gravity,” and “lagering,” artist Aaron McConnell has a flair for cinematic action and demonstrates versatility in depicting characters and episodes from beer’s rich history. Hand-drawn in a classic, accessible style, The Comic Book Story of Beer makes a great gift, and will appeal to the most avid comic book geek and those who live for beer.
On sale now wherever books are sold, The Comic Book Story of Beer is published by Ten Speed Press — a West Coast-based nonfiction imprint of the Crown Publishing Group.
MIKE SMITH (author) was first exposed to good beer and beer culture as a high school exchange student in northern Germany. As a young American, he was fascinated with the beer culture he found there. Upon returning home, Mike began to explore the burgeoning craft beer scene in the USA. This affinity for beer and brewing was deepened when he received a home beer-making kit from his mother as a 21st birthday present. Mike was fascinated by the seemingly endless variety of interesting beer styles and interpretations and steeped himself in the art, craft, science, history, and lore of beer and brewing. After many years of award-winning home brewing, Mike secured a position as an apprentice at Waterloo Brewing, a brewpub in Austin, Texas and found his calling. He built on this experience with positions at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, and Mayflower Brewing in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Over the last dozen years he has worked in breweries both large and small and has been involved in all aspects of the brewing industry working his way from keg filler to lead brewer. Mike brings both experience with and passion for the traditions of beer and brewing and loves sharing this enthusiasm, particularly over a frothy pint of our favorite brew! He is currently head brewer at Back East Brewing Company.
JONATHAN HENNESSEY (author) is the author of The U.S. Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), chosen among The Village Voice‘s Best Books of 2008, and The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation (William Morrow, 2013), which Library Journal hailed as a “Best Graphic Novel of 2013.” A graduate of Syracuse University, Jonathan has lectured at the National Constitution Center and the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, has appeared on panels at San Diego and New York Comic-Cons, on The Rachel Maddow Show, and his work has appeared at Slate and FoxNews.com. Hennessey also created and writes the science fiction comics series Epochalypse published by Legendary Comics. Jonathan was born on a U.S. Army base in Massachusetts, grew up in suburban Boston, and has lived in Texas and New York City. He currently resides outside Los Angeles. JonathanHennessey.com is his website and he is on Twitter at @iamaraindogtoo.
AARON MCCONNELL (artist) is an award-winning freelance illustrator and comics creator and the artist of The U.S. Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, Forward, 54th! The Story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (Scholastic) and The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation. He received an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 and is currently a member of Periscope Studio, a collective of freelance illustrators in Portland, Oregon. For more than two years he has worked in uncredited obscurity for both Marvel and DC as a background penciller and inker on such titles as Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane and Batman/Superman.