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Geeks & Greeks is Good Will Hunting meets Animal House in graphic novel format. In this high-tech battle royale two of MIT's smartest students square off in an escalating war of pranks and egos. Jim Walden is an underachieving freshman with a knack for mischief and a secret that could end his career before it begins. Luke Bardolf is a gruff alpha-nerd senior on a mission to pull the ultimate prank and maintain dominance over his fraternity. When their rivalry comes to a head, it will take all of Jim's creativity and resourcefulness to save his scholarship, his friendships, his girlfriend, and his dream of becoming an astronaut. Geeks & Greeks was written by humorist Steve Altes and is based on MIT's world-famous hacking culture and real-life hazing incidents Altes witnessed as an MIT student. At MIT a hack is a clever, humorous, technically sophisticated prank, such as building a life-size campus police car replica atop the Institute's 150-foot-high "Great Dome" under the cover of night. This extensively researched 184-page coming-of-age story includes over 100 endnotes providing colorful background details on true aspects of the story as well as revealing numerous Easter eggs which will delight readers of all stripes. These endnotes divulge the many scientific, literary, and pop cultural allusions the creators have embedded in the graphic novel.
Bringing a whole new perspective to the world’s foremost private research university Geeks and Greeks is the hilarious new graphic novel from Steve Altes & Andy Fish and it really does break the proverbial mould! We have certainly come to expect more from our heroes and the time has now arrived to welcome the geek to leading roles with Altes and Fish doing it with the kind of unabashed flair that makes for a refreshingly original read. Maybe there’s a little bit of geek in all of us and it’s this that Altes and Fish so cleverly tap into. With an eclectic cast of wonderfully imagined characters and a lively plot, they spin a superb yarn that will have readers rapidly turning their pages. Delightfully glib at times, the inside workings of MIT might be an enigma to the majority of us but through the erudite dialogue of Altes and the superb illustrations of Fish, along with their distinctive sense of humour, we are not only treated to an exceptional read but left in no doubt as to the esteem in which MIT is held.
A wholly original graphic novel from the very talented Altes and Fish, Geeks & Greeks is a graphic novel with broad appeal and a must read for those who enjoy coming of age themed stories. It is recommended without reservation.
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