The Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History / Edition 1

The Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History / Edition 1

by Robert C. Harvey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0878057587

ISBN-13: 9780878057580

Pub. Date: 02/08/1996

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

In this definitive study of one of popular culture's favorite genres Robert C. Harvey, a cartoonist and comics critic, traces the evolution of the comic book as a potent form of narrative art. He takes it from its beginnings in the 1930s through the most contemporary of productions in the mid-1990s.

In defining comic book aesthetics Harvey establishes both a

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In this definitive study of one of popular culture's favorite genres Robert C. Harvey, a cartoonist and comics critic, traces the evolution of the comic book as a potent form of narrative art. He takes it from its beginnings in the 1930s through the most contemporary of productions in the mid-1990s.

In defining comic book aesthetics Harvey establishes both a critical perspective and a vocabulary for evaluating the art. Because he is an able practitioner himself, his insights are especially valuable. As he demonstrates how words and pictures function together to tell stories in ways unique to the medium, he explains the processes of narrative breakdown, page layout, and panel composition, and shows how these aspects of the art form can be manipulated for dramatic effects.

Enhanced by many illustrations, this detailed examination of comic book art includes work from both the mainstream and the counterculture, both veteran and newcomer. Whether traditional or iconoclastic, their cartoon art continues to uphold the aesthetic that Harvey finds to be the basis of cartooning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878057580
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
02/08/1996
Series:
Studies in Popular Culture Series
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,132,688
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

A Word to the Fore Beats a Pair of Anything
Ch. 1Slouching toward an Aesthetic: The Beginning of a Critical Vocabulary3
Ch. 2Legions in Long Underwear: The Advent of the Comic Book and the Reign of the Superhero16
Ch. 3The Search for Art and Meaning: Westerns and the American Spirit50
Ch. 4But Is It Art?: The Spirit of Will Eisner66
Ch. 5The Heroic Avenue to Art: Experimentation and the Mark of Kane100
Ch. 6The Comic Book as Individual Expression: Harvey Kurtzman and the Revolution126
Ch. 7Style and Flash and Filigree: Manipulating Breakdowns, Composition, and Layout for Effect152
Ch. 8Only in the Comics: Why Cartooning Is Not the Same as Filmmaking173
Ch. 9The Lonely Hearts Club Band: Autobiographical Angst and Other Adventures in Topics and Treatments192
Ch. 10All Together Now263
Notes275
Index285

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