1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga by Paul Gravett, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga

by Paul Gravett
     
 

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Visually amazing, this critical history of comic books, manga, and graphic novels is a must-have for any comic buff or collector.  Over the centuries, comic books and their offshoots, such as graphic novels, manga, and bandes dessinées, have evolved into a phenomenally popular, influential, and unique art form with which we can express our opinions, our

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Visually amazing, this critical history of comic books, manga, and graphic novels is a must-have for any comic buff or collector.  Over the centuries, comic books and their offshoots, such as graphic novels, manga, and bandes dessinées, have evolved into a phenomenally popular, influential, and unique art form with which we can express our opinions, our fantasies, our nightmares, and our dreams. In short: comics are emphatically no longer just for kids. This diverse, constantly evolving medium is truly coming into its own in the 21st century, from Hollywood's blockbuster adaptations of super-powered caped crusaders to the global spread of Japan's manga and its spinoffs, and from award-winning graphic novels such as Maus and Persepolis to new forms such as online webcomix. This volume is the perfect introduction to a dynamic and globally popular medium, embracing every graphic genre worldwide to assess the very best works of sequential art, graphic literature, comics, and comic strips, past and present.
An international survey, this engaging volume is organized according to the year of first publication in the country of origin. An opening section acknowledges pioneering pre-1900 masterpieces, followed by sections divided by decade, creating a fascinating year-by-year chronicle of the graphic medium worldwide. The material includes the very earliest one-off albums to the latest in online comics and features some series and characters that have run for decades.
Packed with fantastic reproductions of classic front covers and groundbreaking panels, this book is visually stunning as well as a trove of information—perfect for the passionate collector and casual fan alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die emphasizes comic books, graphic novels, and manga from recent decades though the earliest entry dates to 1867. Comics historian Paul Gravett, the book’s general editor, consulted specialists in 27 countries." ~Boston Globe

"There have been other guides to comics and comics characters, but this book is the only one that is global in breadth, considerate of every genre, fully illustrated, and offers a critical assessments to winnow out only the very best works. This colorful and authoritative review includes every important artist in comic books, manga and graphic novels. Visually amazing, this critical history of the graphic narrative form - including comic books, manga and graphic novels - is a must have for any comic buff or collector." ~Legacycomics.com

"Recommended for those with a curiosity about the medium and highly recommended for fans who might need to expand their horizons." ~Forcesofgeek.com

Library Journal
Universe's "1001" series sets the bar extremely high for anyone taking its titles seriously, but this volume may be the biggest challenge of all. Here, Gravett (Graphic Novels: All You Need To Know) employs an international team of 66 comics commentators to compile a chronologically arranged "world canon" covering newspaper strips, comic books, and graphic novels from 1837 to 2011. Naturally, many established favorites and classics (Maus; Sandman) are represented, with about a third of the half-page write-ups illustrated. Erotica is included. The book's biggest problem is one of scale; some entries cover a single short story ("Master Race"), some a single book (Habibi), but others encompass decades-long runs (Peanuts). Some series receive a single overarching entry in which it's not always clear how much of the run is being recommended (Avengers); others receive multiple entries for specific volumes (Tintin); Batman receives both. Availability of the material discussed is often unclear; most entries do not list reprint sources, and most entries for non-English comics do not note whether translations are available (in many cases, they are not). VERDICT Longtime fans could argue with some inclusions (why Bat-Manga and Chobits but not Weird Fantasy, Walt Simonson's Thor, or Mom's Cancer?), yet they will also surely make many intriguing new discoveries.—S.R.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789327314
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Pages:
960
Sales rank:
344,372
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.40(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gravett was hailed by The Times of London as "the greatest historian of the comics and graphic novel form." Gravett co-edited the important British magazine Escape (1983-89), which championed a wider appreciation of comics from Europe and beyond. In 1990, he curated "God Save The Comics!", a major installation on British comics, which was opened by the French cultural minister Jack Lang for the launch of France's National Comics and Image Centre in Angoulême. After nine years directing a project by the Cartoon Art Trust to establish a National Cartoon Museum in London, in 2001 he became an independent exhibition curator, journalist, lecturer, and broadcaster. He is the author of Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics (2004), Graphic Novels (2005), Great British Comics (2006), Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008), and Incredibly Strange Comics (2008). He directs the Comic festival at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. In 2008, he curated the western world's first exhibition of contemporary Chinese comics in London, and in 2009 he organized "In Search of the Atom Style" at the Atomium in Brussels. He is currently preparing exhibitions about Korean manhwa, Finnish artist Tove Jansson and her Moomin characters, and American comic book genius Jack Kirby.

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