Funny Papers: Behind the Scenes of the Comics

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This very readable and lively look at the world of comics will be a welcome and popular addition to library collections. From the appearance of the first cartoon in 1895 in the Sunday edition of New York World to the present, Scott traces the history of cartoons, comic strips, and comic books. She effectively explains the role of the editorial cartoon and the evolution of characters such as Blondie as a reflection of societal changes. Brief personal insights about and by well-known cartoonists, such as Hank Ketcham, the creator of Dennis the Menace, and Charles Schulz, are woven throughout the text. Details that will intrigue young readers include the fact that Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, began his career as a teenager. Clear, informative explanations about syndication and the technical processes involved in printing and publishing the funny papers further enhance this photo essay. The black-and-white photos and samples of various comics reinforce the commentary. An entertaining and well-organized introduction to this unique print and art form.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Kay Weisman
Collaborating once again with photographer Miller (see "Look Alive: Behind the Scenes of an Animated Film" ), Scott explores the world of the comics, both as art form and as cultural icon. Following a discussion of the genre's history, she explains gag strips, story strips, and editorial cartooning. She also describes how cartoons are created, sold, printed, and distributed. Personal comments from several cartoonists offer insight into their work and the characters they have created. For example, Mike Peters, the creator of "Mother Goose and Grimm," recounts his early struggles in school and explains how these experiences provided him with ideas for his strip. Reproductions of many comics appear throughout. There are also clear black-and-white photos detailing the publication process as well as candid shots of several cartoonists. A fascinating introduction to a little-known profession, this will be popular with browsers and would-be cartoonists alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688115760
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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