Genius / Steven T. Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen, [illustrations].

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  • Author(s): Seagle, Steven T.Kristiansen, Teddy H.
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  • Publication Information:
    New York : First Second, 2013.
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  • Physical Description:
    126 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 cm.
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    Comics/graphic novels; Non-fiction
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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Facing unemployment if he cannot present new research to the scientific community, quantum physicist Ted Marx tries to coerce his father-in-law into revealing a profound and devastating secret that Einstein entrusted to him.
    • ISBN:
      9781596432635 : PAP
      1596432632 : PAP
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    • ABNT:
      SEAGLE, S. T.; KRISTIANSEN, T. H. Genius. [s.l.] : First Second, 2013. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Seagle ST, Kristiansen TH. Genius. First Second; 2013. Accessed October 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Seagle, S. T., & Kristiansen, T. H. (2013). Genius. First Second. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Seagle, Steven T., and Teddy H. Kristiansen. 2013. Genius. First Second.
    • Harvard:
      Seagle, S. T. and Kristiansen, T. H. (2013) Genius. First Second. Available at: (Accessed: 18 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Seagle, ST & Kristiansen, TH 2013, Genius, First Second, viewed 18 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Seagle, Steven T., and Teddy H. Kristiansen. Genius. First Second, 2013. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Seagle, Steven T., and Teddy H. Kristiansen. Genius. First Second, 2013.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Seagle ST, Kristiansen TH. Genius [Internet]. First Second; 2013 [cited 2019 Oct 18]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2013 March #1

*Starred Review* The shadow of Albert Einstein looms large over quantum-physicist Ted Marx. As Ted approaches middle age, his output has stalled, and younger, hungrier minds nip at his heels. The director of his think tank sends down an ultimatum to come up with something big or he'll be put out to pasture. And pasture is where he can't afford to be, with a young daughter approaching adolescence, a son already hilariously in its clutches, and a wife battling a life-threatening illness. His semi-senile father-in-law drops a bomb into all of this, however, when he lets slip that he knew "Bert" back in his army days and that Einstein told him a secret he never told anyone else. Something that would devastate everything we know about everything. To what desperate lengths will he pursue the secret? Seagle instills an intellectually minded tale with humble humanity, natural characterizations, and storytelling restraint, letting the visuals speak a good many words and letting others remain hauntingly unspoken. The rough finishes and cloudy hues of Kristiansen's art suggest a world of incomplete knowledge, where inner spaces and outer shapes relate in ways that can only be hinted at. A complex story with a lot on its mind about the potential, consequences, and priorities of the intellect, told with prismatic focus. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 July #1

When it comes time to decide what to do with his life, quantum physicist Ted Hawker finds himself unwittingly in the same shoes as his kids. His off-the-scale IQ had brought him recognition from the scholarly community and a plum job at Pasadena Technical Institute. But the Big Ideas don't grow out of his head anymore, and his boss isn't happy. Then his batty, wheelchair-bound father-in-law boasts that Einstein once told him a devastating secret. Can Ted coax it out of the old man and use it to jump-start his own faltering career? With two teenagers and a sick wife to support, Ted dearly needs his job. Yet surprisingly, Ted's own Big Idea shows him a different option. From the self-mocking physicist to his hilariously parodied slacker son, crusty father-in-law, and a wistful, imagined vision of Einstein, the engaging characters are what make this story. VERDICT Deep and gently witty, Genius asks us to consider what success means and how a "genius" might use his or her ability. Kristiansen's minimalist, cloudy art mirrors Ted's inner confusion perfectly. An entertaining read for twentysomethings up, with covert punch.—M.C.

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PW Reviews 2013 June #2

Ted Halket advanced rapidly through school as a child after he was recognized as a genius, but his understanding of human relations didn't develop as quickly as the rest of his intellect. Even when he's married with two children and holds a prestigious job at a major research institute, Ted is drowning, both personally and professionally. Then his elderly father-in-law, whose health is failing, dangles a dazzling prize: Einstein's last secret—a scientific truth so huge it will save Ted's career from encroaching failure. Frequent collaborators Seagle and Kristiansen (It's a Bird...; House of Secrets) create a sad and sweet virtuoso portrait of a besieged man lost in his own disconnection from humanity. Seagle illuminates Ted's inability to connect emotionally with his wife and explain sex to his teenage son, and a series of confrontations with his father-in-law escalate like a puzzle-box mystery. Eisner Award–winner Kristiansen's painted artwork is exquisitely detailed and colored—gorgeous muted pastels and earth tones explode in abstract, psychedelic shades, revealing Einstein's secret and Ted's epiphany. Most remarkably, Seagle and Kristiansen allow the connection of words and pictures to mirror the reader's own comprehension of Ted's journey to awareness. This touching and affecting story unlocks the secrets of the universe and of a man's heart. (July)

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