“Feynman doesn't have a movie out for August, but this month brings the debut of the graphic novel Feynman by writer Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Leland Myrick. In classic comic book form, they chronicle the mind-blowing adventures of the Nobel-Prize winning physicist, adventurer and scientific icon . . . In the pantheon of famous physicists, Feynman (1918-88) reigns as the trickster god, perhaps as well known for being a bongo-playing, strip-bar habitué, as for his blue-ribbon denunciation of NASA in the space shuttle Challenger tragedy. He worked on the Manhattan Project, attracting suspicions by cracking safes in security-conscious Los Alamos offices, and shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1965 for his work on quantum electrodynamics, the theory explaining electromagnetic force that Feynman famously called, ‘the jewel of physics.’ Feynman, the graphic novel, goes through all of this but captures the jazzy flow of Feynman's life in its spare lines.”—Dan Vergano, USA Today
“Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick’s Feynman is an affectionate and inspiring comic biography of the legendary iconoclastic physicist Richard Feynman . . . I expected great things from Feynman. I wasn't disappointed . . . I’ll be shoving Feynman at everyone I can get to read it.”—Boing Boing
"Jumping from the Manhattan Project laboratories of Los Alamos, New Mexico, to the beaches of Rio, Ottaviani and Myrick's portrait of the Nobel Prize winning physicist and general polymath Richard Feynman eschews chronology in favor of rhythm, and it's an approach that suits their subject perfectly. While Feynman's role in the creation of the atomic bomb and his contributions to 20th-century quantum electrodynamics are fascinating topics, they share equal time with his vaguely libertine (for a physicist, anyway) approach to romance and his tireless—and uneven—attempts to understand such nonscientific pursuits as art, language, safecracking, samba music, and cooking. Though he was indisputably one of the leading figures in the post-Einstein scientific landscape, Feynman's most enduring pursuit was making physics accessible to the layman, and several sections of the book illustrate how this impulse went beyond mere populism and came to dominate his scientific life. When he wasn't relaxing on the beach, he frequently chose teaching freshmen or lecturing to the general public over pure research. Myrick's light, sketchy inks keep the proceedings from bogging down, even in the lecture hall, and an extensive bibliography and sketchbook prove that the most dogged intellectual pursuit can still be a good time."—Publishers Weekly
Richard Feynman: Nobel Winner; Best-Selling Author; Quantum Physicist; Safe-cracker.