Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels: A History of Graphic Narratives

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 274 pages
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Graphic narrative art is a fascinating phenomenon that emerged centuries ago with the expansion of literacy and the publication industry. The earliest example of a repeating comic character dates back to the late 1700s. By following the growth of print technology in Europe and Asia, it is possible to understand how and why artists across cultures developed different strategies for telling stories with pictures.

This book is much more than a history of graphic narrative across the globe. It examines broader conceptual developments that preceded the origins of comics and graphic novels; how those ideas have evolved over the last century and a half; how literacy, print technology, and developments in narrative art are interrelated; and the way graphic narratives communicate culturally significant stories. The work of artists such as William Hogarth, J. J. Grandville, Willhem Busch, Frans Masereel, Max Ernst, Saul Steinberg, Henry Darger, and Larry Gonick are discussed or depicted.

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Language of Graphic Narratives
1
Chapter 2 Popular Prints and Caricature
21
Chapter 3 Picture Stories
37
Chapter 4 Modern Art Graphic Narratives
55
Chapter 5 Humor Magazines
73
Chapter 6 Comics in the Era of Yellow Journalism
95
Chapter 7 Graphic Narratives in Asia
113
Chapter 8 The Superhero and the Comic Book
133
Chapter 10 PostWorld War II Manga
173
Chapter 11 PostWorld War II Art Graphic Narratives
187
Chapter 12 The Return of Graphic Narratives for Adults
205
Chapter 13 Digital Comics
227
Notes
239
Glossary
251
Index
255
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Chapter 9 Mainstream American Comics PostWorld War II
153

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