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This tour-de-force graphic biography explores basketball superstar Michael Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page. At the age of 19, Jordan scored the winning jump shot in the final seconds of the 1982 NCAA Championship, earning him the moniker Air. He was drafted by the Chicago BullThis tour-de-force graphic biography explores basketball superstar Michael Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page. At the age of 19, Jordan scored 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 of failure. By 1991, Jordan led the Bulls to their first NBA championship, besting 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. However, his life is not without controversies or calamities, and no amount of success or money can 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....

Title : Michael Jordan: Bull On Parade
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ISBN : 9781606997116
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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Michael Jordan: Bull On Parade Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-08-07 15:56

    Thus is probably better than the 3 stars I gave it, just as Santiago's book about Clemente is better than the three stars I gave it. I am just not as much a fan of sports biographies as I was in elementary school. And this I list as YA because i think any adolescent baller or fan would get into it, but it isn't a real introduction to Jordan, and it can be hard to follow, isn't that clear in terms of timelines, and is probably better suited to an adult Jordan/basketball audience, an insider like Chicagoan Santiago who already knows the story. If you wanted one for kids to introduce them to the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time, well there are maybe 400 of them out there, no joke. Every year thousands of book report get written about Jordan from these kid bios deifying him.This one is expressionistic, splashy, episodic and gives just snippets of information about key events in his life that I as a sports fan happen to know about. I read the sports pages as a good American Male, yup, even though I am less into sports than I was some years ago. Definitely not an NBA fan, though I did go to see The Bad Boys (Pistons, for those of you who are no sports fans who are still reading!) in the playoffs a few times in the late eighties when they were great. I was never a fan of the Bulls, though I have lived here in Chicago for fifteen years now. Music is one of the central screens through which we see Jordan. You may be old enough to remember that goofy bubblegum pop song, "I want to be like Mike"? This and other songs form the backdrop for Santiago's story of Jordan, who he does finally revere, though he does at least mention some of the potential flaws. It's almost as if Santiago wants to make his story musical, less straightforward, more poetic, more pastiche.Jordan was the greatest, a freak of nature who overcame getting cut from his high school team to achieve fame, but he is also a jerk, a media creation, as most sports "heroes" truly seem to be. But this is a good one for Jordan fans, not those new to him. It's well done and doesn't look like it is for kids. It aspires to art, though it's not the kind of art I love.

  • Patrice Sartor
    2018-08-10 17:10

    Growing up in Raleigh, NC, I became a fan of college basketball towards the end of my elementary school career. My team of choice was the UNC Tarheels, and I adored Michael Jordan. He kept me glued to my tiny televison, cheering on my favorite team. Bull on Parade barely touches on Jordan's college career, but that's not why I didn't particularly care for this title. The author jumps around in his telling of Jordan's life to the point of confusion. I had difficulty following what was happening and what Santiago was trying to express. I feel the book generally lacks cohesion and a connected flow.Where it does shine is in the game depictions. Many moments from some important NBA matches were illustrated, and Santiago nailed the feel of attending a high profile, exciting pro basketball match-up.

  • Eric Berniker
    2018-08-14 15:54

    I enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it in one day. I loved the funny cartoonish pictures and dim colors. I also really enjoyed the story told in this graphic novel. Most of the time Michael Jordan is described as the greatest and that is all there is to him. This book does a great job of showing all the off the court issues that Michael had to face from the media and fans.

  • Anne
    2018-08-14 13:56

    Die-hard fans of Michael Jordan may be the only ones to enjoy this graphic novel. Reading it requires a great deal of background knowledge about Jordan. In addition, the illustrations are such that it is almost impossible to differentiate between the various people being portrayed. The story line also jumps around in time, making it difficult to follow. Illustrations are fairly dark in both actual color and in the tone that is portrayed by the drawings themselves.

  • Robert
    2018-07-28 15:51

    Explore's Michael Jordan as a person, a player, and a pop-culture phenomenon. Unfortunately, it gives no attention to his film career. Santiago uses collage like style to fit Jordan's life, career, and cultural impact into one short graphic novel. I was disappointed there was nothing about Space Jam, but all in all I liked it.

  • Brett
    2018-08-13 19:58

    http://graphicpolicy.com/2015/01/18/r...Everyone knows the legend of Michael Jordan: The Chicago Bulls, Nike shoes, minor league baseball. In Bull on Parade, Wilfred Santiago digs in a bit and lifts the veil of the man behind the legend. The graphic novel, published by Fantagraphics, is Santiago’s follow up to 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.15 seasons. 1,072 games. 41,011 minutes of basketball. That alone could fill up volumes of exciting graphic novels, as Jordan rose from team reject to basketball god. Santiago has a lot to work with, and takes the man’s legendary life and condenses it into a one big theme, how Jordan went from basketball player to as much of a product as the items he later was paid to endorse.Santiago also has no problem showing that it’s not all shine, and touches upon the more controversial aspects of Jordan’s life including his infidelity and gambling habits, things that are often overlooked at when discussing his rise. There’s also the failure of his baseball career, and retirement and return to basketball. None of it is very deep, instead touching upon key aspects of his career and life. From his sometimes scandalous and tragic private life to Jordan’s intense battles with the “bad boy” Pistons, Clyde Drexler’s Trailblazers, and the unrelenting Utah Jazz of the late ’90s, Santiago is able to induce a sense of dynamism and awe as he takes on Jordan’s life on and off the court.The excitement that was Jordan and his Chicago Bulls is brought to life with Santiago’s style that’s beautiful to look at. It’s a kinetic style for a kinetic personality, and the graphic novel is as entertaining to read as it is to look at.For all those who have strapped on a pair of Air Jordans, donned the number 23, or wished they could be “like Mike,” the graphic novel is a must read. So just sit back, let your tongue hang out, and marvel at Wilfred Santiago’s mastery of the life and times of Michael Jordan in Bull on Parade.

  • Matthew Brady
    2018-08-19 20:50

    An interesting comics biography of Jordan that forms kind of an impressionistic picture of the man, jumping around in his life, only glancingly covering his pre-NBA days (a few scenes from childhood, including not making his high school basketball team, but nothing about his college years) and mostly sticking to scenes from famous games played, championships won, and some of the other stuff that happened around him, like his resistance to commenting about the Rodney King riots, his reported gambling debts, and his father's murder. If you're looking for a bunch of information about Jordan's life, this isn't the place to find it, but for a dynamic presentation of what it was like to follow his career, there's nothing like it. Wilfred Santiago's art is all sorts of stylized, exaggerated and full of movement and action, and often using innovative techniques to convey overwhelming circumstances. It's pretty great to look at, and you do get an interesting look at Jordan's life, so it's worth checking out, even if, like me, you're really not much of a fan.

  • Evan Taylor
    2018-08-12 17:51

    This is a great graphic novel that gives insight into the life of Michael Jordan while he was in the NBA. The author does a great job intertwining historical events that were occurring during Michael Jordan's NBA career as well as many of the inner struggles that he had dealing with being both Black and celebrity. The illustrations and commentary are excellent and Santiago does a great job of illustrating and orchestrating words so that you feel as though you are watching the game again. It makes me flash back to when I was younger and how we would drop everything just to hear the Bulls introduction of Michael Jordan. Great novels for teens and will definitely offer a chance for them to look at and discuss other issues in the U.S. such as the Rodney King case and what is the role of the Black athlete when it comes to activism.

  • Jamie
    2018-08-19 19:58

    I really wanted to like this graphic biography, and I did. But parts of it left me confused--awkward panel transitions, big leaps in time, historical references that don't get fleshed out enough. It's another way in, though, for readers who care about basketball and Jordan. There is swearing throughout but it is not gratuitous; it shows Dennis Rodman's wild man tendencies, Jordan's struggle to be a public black man but not a civil rights advocate and his feelings of being overwhelmed by the media pressures put upon him. I liked that this biography doesn't exalt Jordan blindly; his faults are a strong thread, and despite confusing scenes, the impressionistic art leaves us with a feeling for this complicated, fascinating man.

  • NBHS Library
    2018-08-19 19:44

    I wanted to love this book because Michael Jordan. However, I think if you didn't know anything about him you would find this very hard to follow. It jumps all over the place time wise, and the panels don't always track in the same way that can lead to confusion. There is also the conversation between the feet that occurs periodically which I didn't really get the point of (go to college and don't follow your dreams??). The artwork is amazing though.

  • Steph
    2018-07-27 17:00

    I wanted to love this book because Michael Jordan. However, I think if you didn't know anything about him you would find this very hard to follow. It jumps all over the place time wise, and the panels don't always track in the same way that can lead to confusion. There is also the conversation between the feet that occurs periodically which I didn't really get the point of (go to college and don't follow your dreams??). The artwork is amazing though and saved this from being two stars.

  • Simon Sweetman
    2018-08-03 21:01

    Loved this, puts you there on the court - amazing illustrative work, particularly - and into the private life and some of the scandals attached to Jordan's incredible run w/ the Chicago Bulls. I loved that era, right up to the 92 Dream Team so this brought back memories of watching basketball as closely as I ever have. A thoughtful book that mixes fan-passion with a biographer's ear and eye.

  • Mark Ballinger
    2018-08-13 16:47

    Wildly uneven. The art is terrific in places and muddled in other. The story doesn't seem to have a point, touching on Jordan's biography, some notable events that happened during his career, and a bit of his family. But it all leaps around with no organizing principle. Oddly unsatisfying.

  • wildct2003
    2018-08-01 13:11

    Slice of life episodes in graphic novel form. Some segments I could appreciate but did not know what they referred to or what was going on. Connects on an emotional level; hard to read as a narrative.

  • Brian
    2018-08-12 19:48

    Very interesting with great artwork, but a bit frenetic and difficult to follow at times. There are pacing and pov issues that took me out of it a bit.

  • Zach
    2018-08-08 17:47

    Quick read, but a bizarre history of MJ. Scattered and fractured and misses some of the most important stuff...

  • Greg
    2018-07-25 13:57

    The art is cool, but the story is a little disjointed. If I didn't grow up following Jordan and the Bulls, I think I would have had a difficult time following the plot.