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Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade
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This tour-de-force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page. Jordan became a national celebrity at the age of 19, scoring the winning jump shot in the final seconds of the 1982 NCAA Championship, earning him the moniker "Air." He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, a team with a decade-long history of dreadful performances. By 1991, Jordan disproved doubters when he finally led the Bulls to their first NBA championship over Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers. In 1992, Michael Jordan joined the Dream Team, an assembly of 12 legendary NBA players who steamrolled everyone at the Barcelona Olympics and brought the gold back home. Despite taking a season off to try his hand at professional baseball, Jordan still led the Bulls to three consecutive NBA Championships twice. Despite his success, his life in the limelight and his private life were not without controversies or calamities, and no amount of success or money could shield him from it. But everyone wanted to be like Mike, and Santiago comes closer than anyone to putting you on the parquet floor of the Chicago's United Center in your very own pair of Air Jordans.
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In Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade, author-illustrator Wilfred Santiago crafts an expressionistic portrait of Jordan that is, in its comic-book treatment, as penetrating as any biography. It turns out that a graphic approach is a particularly effective way to convey the unique epic-ness of No. 23. [T]he artwork pulsates with an effervescent, visceral jolt. --David Davis" Where the artist s baseball biography [21] had all the crisp lines and clear action of a well-played nine innings, his chronicle of Michael Jordan s glory years is flashier, sweatier and altogether more energetic. ...[T]he rhythms and gestures of basketball inform every page. --Sean Rogers" What s brilliant about Wilfred Santiago s Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade is how it works to reconcile the two sides of the person the public believed he was and the person he might actually be. It s an empathetic and exciting whirlwind of a story that spans across decades of tragedy and triumph to come out the other side with a portrait that could only end with a certain level of complex ambiguity. --Patrick Hess" This unique glance into Michael Jordan s life explores some of the darker corners of his closet. Wilfred Santiago (writer and artist) tells this story in smaller chunks of Jordan s life throughout five major sections of the book, each including brief interludes. The nonlinear structure of the story helps maintain a smooth pace and is artistically diverse in execution.--Michael Bettendorf" With a strong, tightly-written narrative that often deftly illustrates social issues of the time, the book seeks to show the private life and motivation behind Jordan's basketball career--it's more a behind-the-scenes biography than an action-adventure sports drama. ... In all, this is a sympathetic portrayal of Jordan for those who like to look deeper into their sports stars. This unique glance into Michael Jordan's life explores some of the darker corners of his closet. Wilfred Santiago (writer and artist) tells this story in smaller chunks of Jordan's life throughout five major sections of the book, each including brief interludes. The nonlinear structure of the story helps maintain a smooth pace and is artistically diverse in execution.--Michael Bettendorf

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