Leon Beyond is the know-it-all, relentless-fact-baking brain child of cartoonists Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch. Part John Hodgman, part garage sale Popular Mechanics, Leon Beyond drops knowledge every week in the comics section of the St. Louis Riverfront Times. Amazing Facts & Beyond collects the comic-strip’s best and most mental adventures. Discover the world of Memory Palaces, Volcano Graffiti, Baseball Slang, Novelty Rap Commercials, and Knee Hole Skirts. Learn new words and concepts: winkaton, piehabitant, optogenerian. Mark your avante garde cat calendar as you travel to the Pancake and Eggs Nebula. Meticulously un-researched and full of dubious knowledge, Amazing Facts & Beyond is the postmodern successor to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Featuring special guest contributors, a comprehensive Beyondex, and behind- the-scenes special sections.
“Zettwoch and Huizenga’s flagrant disregard for the truth makes each strip a fresh exercise in trying to decipher what is real and what is not. Topics are numerous and delightful, including spotlights on the Museum of Leftover Masterpieces, the Secret History of Dogs as Weapons, and an account of a Jesuit missionary in China who fused the art of kung fu and the Bible into a single gospel. […] this is a book to be savored […]” —Publishers Weekly
“I feel like a pretty well-informed guy, but the great Leon Beyond taught me something new on virtually every page of this beautiful collection. Indispensable!” — Ken Jennings, all-time Jeopardy! champion and author of Brainiac and Because I Said So.
“I met Leon Beyond at a party once. In the span of eleven minutes he taught me: the sordid history of pet portraits, how to cook an egg on your own body, and which trees look the most like ex-presidents. I haven’t been able to forget these facts, no matter how hard I’ve tried!” — Lisa Hanawalt, My Dirty Dumb Eyes
Dan Zettwoch (Zetwock) is a cartoonist, illustrator and designer. Dan’s work has been published in countless anthologies. His acclaimed first book Birdseye Bristoe was published last year by Drawn and Quarterly.
Kevin Huizenga (hi-ZING-guh) is cartoonist whose work has been published by Drawn & Quarterly, Marvel, Fantagraphics, TIME, Slate.com and many others. His latest book Gloriana was published last year by Drawn & Quarterly.
8.5 x 9 inches, 240 pages, b&w some color, hardcover
Uncivilized Books, 2013