500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061474514
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,000,484
  • 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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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    A highly recommended introduction

    Gene Kannenberg Jr's work is a wonderful introduction to the world of the graphic novel. <BR/><BR/>There are several other introductions to graphic novels out there, so how do you know which one is best suited to you? (I can't say which one is actually "the best", for I haven't read any of the others yet, which may be an indication in it's own right ^^).<BR/>Here's a list of things I liked about this book:<BR/>1) The structure: This book is a huge collection of reviews subdivided in chapters according to genre, such as adventure, non-fiction, superheroes, war or humor to name a few. I don't think it's meant to be read in one go. I just open the book, read a few pages, and then have enough pointers to race to my local library or comic book store to find some of the titles mentioned in this book. After almost a month I'm yet to be disappointed. <BR/><BR/>2) I liked the honest tone of the introduction, which (contrary to the cover sporting "the ultimate guide") made no claims whatsoever as to being a definite guide. It gave just enough history and background information for the reader to better understand the bulk of the book.<BR/><BR/>3) I liked the quality of the paper and the vibrant colours, which are really important for a book which you pick and leaf through again and again and again. Also the choice of the covers and pages of graphic novels represented is very good. The whole book is an eye-pleasing experience, as it should be.<BR/><BR/>4) This is somewhat trivial, but it really helped that I was already a huge fan of two of the three albums on the back-cover: "Thorgal - Child of the Stars" and "Blake and Mortimer - The Yellow M"<BR/><BR/>Be warned though, after buying this book, many, many more purchases will follow.<BR/><BR/>I absolutely recommend this one - 5 stars.

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