Dedicated readers have long known that the medium of comics and graphic novels isn't all about caped super-heroes and spandex-clad bad girls. In fact, the combination of words and pictures can be the perfect vehicle for telling all kinds of stories, from poignant memoirs to lighter takes on the mundane musings of modern life. This collection of short stories illustrates, quite literally, the effectiveness of the medium for telling the most personal of stories — the autobiography — and does so by showcasing some of the first published autobiographical stories from living-legend artists, mainstream greats, and young "indie" up-and-comers.
|Publisher:||Dark Horse Comics|
|Edition description:||Not Appropriate For Children|
|Product dimensions:||5.99(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.45(d)|
About the Author
Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s, first drawing then writing Daredevil for Marvel Comics, creating what was essentially a crime comic disguised as a superhero book. It was on Daredevil that Miller gained notoriety, honed his storytelling abilities, and took his first steps toward becoming a giant in the comics medium. After Daredevil came Ronin, a science-fiction samurai drama that seamlessly melded Japanese and French comics traditions into the American mainstream; and after that, the groundbreaking and acclaimed Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, both of which not only redefined the classic character, but also revitalized the industry itself. Finally able to fulfill his dream of doing an all-out, straight-ahead crime series, Miller introduced Sin City in 1991. Readers responded enthusiastically to Miller's tough-as-leather noir drama, creating an instant sales success. His multi-award-winning 300 series from Dark Horse, a telling of history's most glorious and underreported battle, was brought to full-blooded life in 1998. In 2001, Miller returned to the superhero genre with the bestselling Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Frank Miller continues to push the medium into new territories, exploring subject matter previously untouched in comics, and his work consistently receives the highest praise from his industry peers and readers everywhere. In 2005, with the hugely successful Sin City movie release, codirected with Robert Rodriguez, Miller added a director's credit to his already impressive résumé and introduced his characters to an entirely new legion of fans worldwide.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I first heard about this one, I knew that I was going to enjoy it immensely. With Will Eisner, Paul Chadwick, Frank Miller, Sergio Aragones, Bill Morrison, Matt Wagner, and Linda Medley (amongst others) involved, there was little doubt I'd find it to be a great anthology. If you like any of those authors I named, this is definitely a must-read. If you like stories taken from real life and placed on the drawn page, this is also a must-read. If you like both things, this is going to be one of the best things you read all year.AutobioGraphix is a collection of short stories, written and illustrated by well-known comic artists in a variety of genres, from superheroes to parody, to personal work, to those that have done a little of both. But instead of being asked to write a story about someone else, they've been asked to tell us something about them.And that's exactly what they do, in ways that may surprise you. Matt Wagner, for instance, wants to school you on how to make chicken parmigiana. Frank Miller turns himself into an action hero on the Daredevil set. Sergio chats it up with Richard Nixon while we learn about Linda's childhood games, many of which I played, too. Stan Sakai travels with his wife and watches helplessly as a man dies while they eat. (If THAT doesn't catch you attention then I'm not doing a very good job of writing reviews these days!)The stories are perhaps best by the fact that no two are even close to alike. They are all personal experiences but the variety of those experiences make this so good. While Eisner might talk about breaking into the business, Paul Chadwick comments on how he (and may others) were very nearly taken out of the business all together. Another artist gets very philosophical while Bill Morrison shows a bit of Bart Simpson in his past. I don't know if the editor, Diana Schutz, requested the tales be varied or if it just happened by chance. Regardless, it works very well.My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is the ordering of the stories. There's not a very good flow between them and the book is too front-loaded (i,e. all the names people would know easily are in the first half of the book). Eisner's contribution, for instance, would have had more power at the end than its slotting towards the front. Otherwise, this is an amazing collection I urge you to read.