Graphic Content!: The Culture of Comic Books

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Comic books have come a long way from short newspaper strips to award winning novels. Their evolution mirrors our complicated and controversial society. And it hasn't stopped—these exciting, revolutionary changes are still going on!
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Overview

Comic books have come a long way from short newspaper strips to award winning novels. Their evolution mirrors our complicated and controversial society. And it hasn't stopped—these exciting, revolutionary changes are still going on!
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy Pierce
This series on pop culture revolutions is revolutionary in its format and captures the attention of the reader. Information is compellingly presented using photographs, art work, concert posters, album covers — all with concise captions — and clearly written text. The topic covered in Graphic Content! The Culture of Comic Books especially lends itself to this format while focusing on how comics have a range of characters from kids to superheroes to mutants while the industry has dealt with censorship and changes in society. Readers might be surprised to learn that comics have been banned, burned, and the subject of a U.S. Senate investigation. Play It Loud! The Rebellious History of Music connects music with changes and rebellions in society while following the same graphically vivid format of the series. Individual chapters on movements, leaders, statements, and effects stand well on their own, but given the audience for this book, the material might be better served and more easily accessible if leaders of particular musical movements were presented together rather than in separate chapters. Certainly, one cannot expect a comprehensive examination of music and rebellion in such a short book; however, the omission of "punk" is of concern. These two small volumes deliver energy through vivid graphics and concise text that portray drama and rebellion in pop culture. What a powerful statement to young readers, that what many are drawn to in the arts plays an important role in defining and changing their world. They present what will be new material for young readers that can lead to more extensive research and interest. Reviewer: Nancy Pierce
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—These concise discussions of controversial pop-culture media will be inviting to casual readers and provide plenty of content for reports as well. Bright, bold backgrounds frame text boxes that are accompanied by large photographs. You Can't Read This! focuses on censorship and censored books, but only briefly discusses the subject of the subtitle, "Why Books Get Banned." With the plethora of censorship books piling up, this one can be skipped. Gamers, the strongest title, covers the history of video games from Pong to Nintendo Wii. It discusses the expansion of the audience for the games, which now extends from cradle to grave, and the development of the ESRB rating system. Play It Loud! follows the history of music as a form of countercultural expression against oppression and the mainstream, highlighting the rebellion of artists from J. S. Bach to Tupac Shakur and focusing on the impact freedom of expression had on music and the time period. Graphic Content, which covers the history of comics from short newspaper bits to the modern formats of graphic novels, manga, and Web comics, touches on censorship and the role of comic-book heroes like Captain America in portrayals of modern warfare.—Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756542412
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Series: Pop Culture Revolutions Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PWB Biography:
Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications. She writes about history, social studies, economics, popular culture, and science. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer. She lives and writes in Mankato, Minnesota.
CPB Biography:

Natalie M. Rosinsky is the award-winning author of more than 90 publications, including 10 books about Native American tribes. She writes about science, history, economics, social studies, and popular culture. One of her two cats usually sits near her computer as she works in Mankato, Minnesota. Natalie earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin and has been a high school teacher and college professor as well as a corporate trainer.

Marc Tyler Nobleman has written books on everything from ghosts to Groundhog Day, belly flops to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Superman to summertime activities. Besides writing books, he is also a cartoonist whose work has appeared in more than 100 magazines.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of more than 50 books for young people. He writes regularly for Nickelodeon Magazine and has written for The History Channel. He is also a cartoonist whose single panels have appeared in more than 100 international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Forbes. He lives with his wife and daughter in Connecticut.

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