In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists

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These studio visits with some of today’s most popular and innovative comic artists present an unparalleled look at the cutting edge of the comic medium. The artists, some of whom rarely grant interviews, offer insights into the creative process, their influences and personal sources of inspiration, and the history of comics. The interviews amount to private gallery tours, with the artists commenting, now thoughtfully, now passionately, on their own work as well as the ...
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Overview


These studio visits with some of today’s most popular and innovative comic artists present an unparalleled look at the cutting edge of the comic medium. The artists, some of whom rarely grant interviews, offer insights into the creative process, their influences and personal sources of inspiration, and the history of comics. The interviews amount to private gallery tours, with the artists commenting, now thoughtfully, now passionately, on their own work as well as the works of others.

The book is generously illustrated with full-color reproductions of the artists’ works, including some that have been published and others not originally intended for publication, such as sketchbooks and personal projects. Additional illustrations show behind-the-scenes working processes of the cartoonists and particular works by others that have influenced or inspired them. Through the eyes of these artists, we see with a new clarity the achievement of contemporary cartoonists and the extraordinary possibilities of comic art.

Extensive interviews with: Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Gary Panter, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware

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Editorial Reviews

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After chatting up top cartoonists on their home turf, Comic Arteditor Hignite then edited the conversations into a series of fascinating monologues from Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Gary Painter, Seth, Art Spielgelman, and Chris Ware. The focus is on the artists' imaginations, influences, and sources of ideas. Full-color examples from their sketchbooks, finished work, and quirky choices for inspiration whet the appetite for some of the lesser-known titles in graphic storytelling. The production values are excellent (although you do need a magnifying glass for speech balloons). Also included are a general bibliography and one on each artist. Hignite's introductions veer toward the hyperacademic, but nonscholarly folk can enjoy the very readable interviews with these artists, who were chosen to represent "undeniable pinnacles of the form." With occasional sexual imagery, this anthology is recommended for academic and public library adult collections.
—Martha Cornog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300133875
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Todd Hignite is an independent scholar and curator and the founding editor of Comic Art magazine. He lives in St. Louis.
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