Learn ‘How to Take Over the World’ from Ryan North

The comic book writer announces his new book, which features tips on supervillainy using known science.

When he’s not writing comics like The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Slaughterhouse-Five, Ryan North works in the realm of non-non-fiction, putting out handy guides like How to Invent Everything, a must-have manual for time travelers, and the just-announced How to Take Over the World.

This new book introduces readers to “the science of supervillainy” and could be your ticket to a new line career path.

Here’s the description:

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 immoral plans? How do I control the weather, destroy the internet, and never, ever die?

In How to Take Over the World, bestselling author and award-winning comics writer Ryan North details a number of outlandish villainous schemes, drawing on known science and real-world technologies. Picking up where How to Invent Everything left off, his explanations are as fun and informative as they are completely absurd.

As he instructs readers on how to take over the world, North also reveals how we can save it. This sly guide to some of the greatest challenges and existential threats facing humanity accessibly explores ways to mitigate climate change, improve human life spans, prevent cyberterrorism, and finally make Jurassic Park a reality. Illustrations by Carly Monardo elevate the text throughout.

Monardo ‘s probably best known for her animation work on the Venture Bros. and Bird Girl. You can see some of her artwork, including some comics, on her website. One is a helpful guide on what to do if someone’s choking that ALSO features rock’n’roll duo Hall and Oates:

This strip may not be relevant to North’s new book, but I couldn’t not post that. But here’s a look at some of her art from the actual book (it doesn’t feature Hall and Oates, unfortunately):

You can see more samples here.

How to Take Over the World comes out next March, and you can find out more on how to pre-order it here.

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