Typex's Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol is a tour de force of comics biography. It's 562 (silver-edged!) pages delve deeply into the life and times of its subject. The work's central organizing principle is that each of its 10 chapters is conceived and designed as an individual issue of a comic book series, titled Andy®, complete with it's own front and back covers (and, as an added bonus, each also comes with its own uncut sheet of collector trading cards!). The chapters are chronologically arranged, with each tackling a particular arc of Warhol’s life and work. Each of the “issues" in this series has been conceived and executed by Typex as a self-contained whole, intended to read one at a time. Striving to provide readers with an immersive experience, each issue is drawn in a style and designed in a manner that work together to capture the feel of the period it covers, as well as the mindset of Warhol's artistic mode during that time. Quite a trick! Beginning with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow: 1932-1946" (set right here in Pittsburgh) and ending with "New York, New York: 1987", Andy (which has the sub-subtitle, "A Factual Fairytale") is a heavily researched work that provides plenty of historical detail and psychological insight at the same time that it makes for a highly engaging read.
The primary focus of Andy is on Warhol as a social animal. The book’s thesis – if there is one – is that it was the people he surrounded himself with that largely determined the nature of the work he produced, and that his particular genius was in forging an artistic process that focused on his social-scene-building abilities in a way that incorporated and formalized the channelling of the energies generated by these “scenes" into significant, lasting and, crucially, marketable works of art.
The publisher has provided an all-too-brief preview HERE that will at least provide some idea of what's in store, but just barely.