FUN Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords
FUN
Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords
  • Imprint: SelfMadeHero
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2017
  • Price: $24.95
  • Trim Size: 7 12 x 10
  • ISBN: 1-910593-25-7
  • EAN: 9781910593257
  • Page Count: 296
  • Illustrations: 2-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: North America

In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, “Fun.” A century later, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract (and infuriate) millions of devotees every day. But the world’s most popular—and seemingly mundane—pastime has a surprising history, filled with intrigue and adventure.

Paolo Bacilieri’s FUN transports us from turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Milan, taking in stories of ingenious puzzle makers, ardent solvers, and intellectual luminaries. Part detective story, part docudrama, and interlaced with a fiction of Bacilieri’s own imagining, FUN questions the crossword’s “harmless” status. Sure, it’s fun—but could it also be a form of resistance, of cryptic communication, of espionage?

About the author

Born in Verona in 1965, Paolo Bacilieri graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. His comic book series include Napoleone and Jan Dix. He lives in Milan.