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About Ryan North
Ryan North is the (New York Times bestselling, Eisner-award winning) creator of Dinosaur Comics, the co-editor of the Machine of Death series, and the author of both "To Be or Not To Be" and "Romeo and/or Juliet": the choose-your-own-path versions of Shakespeare's plays. He also wrote "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" for Marvel Comics, who you might know from their movies about an iron man. His non-fiction work includes "How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller" and the upcoming "How to Take Over the World".
He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Jenn and his dog Noam Chompsky.
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A book this informative should be a crime!
Taking over the world is a lot of work. Any supervillain is bound to have questions: What’s the perfect location for a floating secret base? What zany heist will fund my wildly ambitious plans? How do I control the weather, destroy the internet, and never, ever die?
Bestselling author and award-winning comics writer Ryan North has the answers. In this introduction to the science of comic-book supervillainy, he details a number of outlandish villainous schemes that harness the potential of today’s most advanced technologies. Picking up where How to Invent Everything left off, his explanations are as fun and elucidating as they are completely absurd.
You don’t have to be a criminal mastermind to share a supervillain’s interest in cutting-edge science and technology. This book doesn’t just reveal how to take over the world—it also shows how you could save it. This sly guide to some of the greatest threats facing humanity accessibly explores emerging techniques to extend human life spans, combat cyberterrorism, communicate across millennia, and finally make Jurassic Park a reality.
"How to Invent Everything is such a cool book. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an industrial civilization quickly." --Randall Munroe, xkcd creator and New York Times-bestselling author of What If?
The only book you need if you're going back in time
What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat?
With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Deeply researched, irreverent, and significantly more fun than being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history. . . better.
Squirrel Girl goes savage! Savage Land, that is! Will Squirrel Girl fight a dinosaur? Probably! Plus, jokes and a super villain causing major problems - it's the complete package! Then, go from jungle to outer space as Squirrel Girl and co. journey to the Forbidden Pla-nut! When Nancy and Tippy-Toe are transported to an alien world where all is not as it seems, Squirrel Girl must find a way to get to the other side of the universe to save them. This sounds like a job for the Sorcerer Supreme! No, not Doctor Strange - right now it's...Loki?! Drax the Destroyer and the Silver Surfer come along for the ride as Doreen Green goes cosmic! Plus: Tippy-Toe meets Rocket Raccoon
When Squirrel Girl takes Nancy to visit her parents in Canada, what could possibly go wrong? If you guessed "nothing," guess again! Things get real crazy real quick, resulting in the team-up you've been waiting for: Squirrel Girl and Ant-Man! Back at Empire State University, life returns to its regular routine - until a fistfight breaks out! A big one! And Doreen scores a new Flying Squirrel suit that would render her even more unbeatable, if such a thing were scientifically possible! But will it only make her more desirable to a new villain who wants to mold her into the perfect minion? Plus: As Squirrel Girl heads to the Negative Zone, Koi Boi, Chipmunk Hunk and Brain Drain must keep the city safe! What could go wrong?
Wolverine. Deadpool. Doctor Doom. Thanos. There's one hero who's beaten them all, and now she's got her own book! And to celebrate, she's set her sights even higher - much higher. We're talking Galactus! But first Doreen Green, a.k.a. Squirrel Girl, is starting college, making new friends, eating nuts and kicking butts - not necessarily in that order! Together with her best (human) pal Nancy and her best (squirrel) pal Tippy-Toe, and armed only with a tail and some fact-filled super-villain trading cards, she'll take on the likes of Kraven the Hunter, Whiplash and, oh, yeah, the Devourer of Worlds! Plus: Classic Squirrel Girl tales including her dazzling Ditko-drawn debut!
With her unique combination of wit, empathy and squirrel powers, computer-science student Doreen Green is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction. Well, Doreen plus her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human). So mainly Squirrel Girl. Then what hope does Earth have if she gets hurled back in time and erased from history? Some hope, hopefully, as Howard the Duck is waiting impatiently for a crossover! If that animal encounter isn't enough, prepare for Swarm, a buzzkill made of bees, and Mole Man, the subterranean super villain looking for love! But you're not here for flowers and kissing, you're all about computer science and super heroics. Get both - and more - in a showdown with Count Nefaria! You go, Squirrel Girl!
With tales of witch and pillager rivals finding common ground, a heartless griefer who bit off more than they could chew, and valiant heroes new (or not!) to the Overworld, this anthology tells tales that span the world of Minecraft. Featuring stories from star writers Hope Larson (Batgirl), Kevin Panetta (Zodiac Starforce, Bloom), Rafer Roberts (Modern Fantasy, Grumble), and Ian Flynn (Sonic, Mega Man) and exciting artists Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) and more, this collection brings together stories from all realms, leaving no block unturned!
Squirrel Girl takes on none other than…Kang the Conqueror! It’s a battle for the ages across space and time as Kang attacks Doreen Green in three distinct eras! And if that isn’t cosmic enough for you, what would you say to Squirrel Girl jumping headfirst into the War of the Realms?! When Doreen’s good pal Loki recruits her as part of a secret mission, you might wonder whether he’s up to something. And he probably is — he’s the God of Lies, after all. But this isn’t Doreen’s first Asgardian rodeo! And whose side is her old nemesis, the Asgardian chaos squirrel god, Ratatoskr, on in this insane conflict? Get ready to experience Squirrel Girl’s first big event crossover — and don’t miss the shocking reveal that’s been in the works for literal years! Collecting UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL (2015B) #42-46.
The breakout character of 2015 continues her one-woman crusade against injustice, criminals and jerks! Squirrel Girl meets potential new allies including Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boi and...Girl Squirrel?! Yes! But the two rodent-themed heroines don't quite see eye to beady eye — and Squirrel Girl's dislike might be justified! Now, as the world goes mad and the Avengers attack, Squirrel Girl must face Ratatoskr, the Norse God of Squirrels! There's a theme in this book, I don't know if you can tell. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, though, we promise. Featuring fights! Feelings! Sass! Punches! Friendship! A character named Hippo who is literally a hippo! And several tails (tales) of Squirrel Girl from all kinds of perspectives!
Journey to the Forbidden Pla-nut! When Nancy and Tippy are transported to an alien world where all is not what it seems, Squirrel Girl must find a way to get to the other side of the universe to save them. And fast! Intergalactic transport through the cosmic realm? This sounds like a job for the Sorcerer Supreme! Doctor Strange will be only too happy to…wait, what's that? Doctor Strange is gone, and now Loki is Earth's Sorcerer Supreme? Oh. Well, I'm sure he'll do his best. After all, what could possibly go wrong? Drax the Destroyer and the Silver Surfer come along for the ride as Doreen Green goes cosmic! Plus: New super-powers and the kind of Squirrel Girl tale you'd never get from Brand Echh!
New series, New Avenger! With her unique combination of wit, empathy and squirrel powers, computer-science student Doreen Green — a.k.a. the unbeatable Squirrel Girl — is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction. Well, Doreen plus her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human with no powers). So mainly Squirrel Girl. And what hope does the Earth have if she gets hurled back in time to the 1960s and erased from history? At least Nancy will never forget her friend, but what invincible armored Avenger can she call on to help, through the magic of social media? Decades apart, can they avert doom, or will everything go wrong forever? Howard the Duck hopes not — he has an appointment for a crossover!
Doctor Doom, Deadpool, even Thanos: There’s one hero who’s beaten them all — and now she’s starring in her own series! That’s right, it’s SQUIRREL GIRL! The nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world is starting college! And as if meeting her new roommate and getting to class on time isn’t hard enough, now she has to deal with Kraven the Hunter, too? At least her squirrel friend Tippy-Toe is on hand to help out. But what can one girl, and one squirrel, do when a hungry Galactus heads toward Earth? You’d be surprised! With time running out and Iron Man lending a helping hand (sort of), who will win in the battle between the Power Cosmic and the Power Chestnut? Plus: Squirrel Girl’s classic debut!