Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know

Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know

by Paul Gravett
     
 

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Graphic novels, long stories told in comics format, have enjoyed the fastest-growing sales of any category of book in the U.S. over the last four years. This modern renaissance of comics has produced a library of substantial works, whose subjects are not confined to superheroes or fantasy but are as varied and sophisticated as the best films and

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Graphic novels, long stories told in comics format, have enjoyed the fastest-growing sales of any category of book in the U.S. over the last four years. This modern renaissance of comics has produced a library of substantial works, whose subjects are not confined to superheroes or fantasy but are as varied and sophisticated as the best films and literature.

Graphic Novels presents an accessible, entertaining, and highly illustrated guide to the diversity of contemporary comics in book form. Featuring striking graphics and explanatory extracts from a wide range of graphic novels, the book examines the specific language of the comics medium; the history and pioneers of the form; recent masterpieces from Art Spiegelman's Maus to Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan; the impact of Japanese manga and European albums translated into English; how artists have overcome prejudices towards the genre; and the ambitious range of themes and issues artists are addressing, including childhood, war and survival, politics, the future, sexuality, and the supernatural.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This is a wonderful primer for someone new to the genre or who is starting a graphic-novel collection. Gravett does an excellent job of acknowledging that there are things to "hate" about comics and he confronts them head on, with explanations and suggestions for future reading. Next he offers a "classics" list of 30 of his favorite titles. Most of them are well known and are considered must-haves in any collection, such as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen (DC Comics, 1995), Art Spiegelman's Maus (Knopf, 1993), and Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" series (DC Comics). The rest of the book examines those titles and others like them, showing sample pages with directions on how to read them and pointing out themes, keywords, and special features. This oversize volume has glossy, full-color pages and an easy-to-read text. Some of the sexier examples of graphic novels are included, such as Robert Crumb's My Troubles with Women (Last Gasp, 1991). A useful, informative book for anyone who wants to become better versed in the genre.-Melissa T. Jenvey, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060824259
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
789,082
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Gravett is a freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, and broadcaster who has worked in comics publishing and promotion for over twenty years. He has curated several exhibitions of comic art, from the history of British comics for France's National Comics Centre in Angoulême to the annual Comica Festival at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. He has written about comics for various periodicals, including The Guardian, The Comics Journal, Comics International and Blueprint.

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