500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide

500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide

by Gene Kannenberg
     
 

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500 Essential Graphic Novels is an all-in-one guide to this exciting form of visual literature.

Including more than 350 authors and 400 artists, this lush volume contains an essential mix of some of the finest visually-stunning stories of our time. From politically-charged non-fiction sagas to imaginative fantasy tales, this

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500 Essential Graphic Novels is an all-in-one guide to this exciting form of visual literature.

Including more than 350 authors and 400 artists, this lush volume contains an essential mix of some of the finest visually-stunning stories of our time. From politically-charged non-fiction sagas to imaginative fantasy tales, this ultimate guide has something to satisfy everyone's taste.

The first of its kind, this book focuses on each graphic novel separately, honing in on art technique, style and prose, plus an age rating system so parents will know what is suitable for their children. Chapters are divided by genre, complete with individual plot synopses and star-scaled reviews for each book, providing the reader with a concise and balanced understanding of today's best graphic novels.

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Library Journal

This lush anthology of graphic novel "bests"-as determined by Kannenberg (Erotic Comics)-is divided into ten alphabetically organized chapter themes, each defining a graphic novel genre: from adventure through fiction and humor to war. Each chapter contains a thoughtful introduction, ten essential reads, and nearly 40 other genre-defining works from 1987 onward. Each one- to two-page entry offers a plot synopsis and a qualitative review while showing the novel cover and, space permitting, a page excerpt. Recommended for collections focusing on pop culture, contemporary illustration, and even literature.


—Savannah Schroll Guz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061474514
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Gene Kannenberg, Jr. gained his PhD in comics at the University of Connecticut and has published numerous articles on comic art, including work for The Comics Journal. He has served as Chair of the International Comic Arts Festival (ICAF) and is the current Director of ComicsResearch.org

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