Reading Comics How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean

ISBN-10: 0306816164

ISBN-13: 9780306816161

Edition: 2007

Authors: Douglas Wolk

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Suddenly, comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form, filling bookshelves with brilliant, innovative work and shaping the ideas and images of the rest of contemporary culture. In Reading Comics, critic Douglas Wolk shows us why and how. Wolk illuminates the most dazzling creators of modern comics-from Alan Moore to Alison Bechdel to Chris Ware-and explains their roots, influences, and where they fit into the pantheon of art. As accessible to the hardcore fan as to the curious newcomer, Reading Comics is the first book for people who want to know not just which comics are worth reading, but ways to think and talk and argue about them.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Theory and History
What Comics Are and What They Aren't
Auteurs, the History of Art Comics, and How to Look at Ugly Drawings
What's Good About Bad Comics and What's Bad About Good Comics
Superheroes and Superreaders
Pictures, Words, and the Space Between Them
Reviews and Commentary
A Small Disclaimer
David B.: The Battle Against the Real World
Chester Brown: The Outsider
Steve Ditko: A Is A
Will Eisner and Frank Miller: The Raconteurs
Gilbert Hernandez: Spiraling into the System
Jaime Hernandez: Mad Love
Craig Thompson and James Kochalka: Craft Versus Cuteness
Hope Larson: The Cartography of Joy
Carla Speed McNeil: Shape-Changing Demons, Birth-Yurts, and Robot Secretaries
Alan Moore: The House of the Magus
Grant Morrison: The Invisible King
Dave Sim: Aardvark Politick
The Dark Mirrors of Jim Starlin's Warlock
Tomb of Dracula: The Cheap, Strong Stuff
Kevin Huizenga: Visions from the Enchanted Gas Station
Charles Burns and Art Spiegelman: Draw Yourself Raw
Why Does Chris Ware Hate Fun?
Alison Bechdel: Reframing Memory
Afterword: The Rough Wave and the Smooth Wave
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