Comics, comix and graphic novels

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Phaidon, 1996 - Design - 240 pages
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Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels is the first fully documented study to explore the graphic qualities of the comic book, and the development of the genre into a sophisticated and culturally revealing popular art form. The book traces the history of the comic from early cartoon-like woodcuts through to the graphic strips of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Organized thematically, it explores the various genres of the comic book, including humour, adventure, girls' comics, underground and alternative. The careers of the creators of the best-known characters -- from Superman and Tintin to Tank Girl -- are revealed, as are the stories behind much-loved comics such as The Beano and The Incredible Hulk. The most recent artists are also illustrated and discussed, including Harvey Kurtzman (Mad), Chris Donald (Viz), Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira).

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Review: Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels: A History Of Comic Art

User Review  - Katie Elmore - Goodreads

Pretty thorough on comic book history overall, but convoluted and slightly biased at times. Read full review

Review: Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels: A History Of Comic Art

User Review  - Dixiana - Goodreads

I guess i found it a bit biased, and not including authors I like. Read full review

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Roger Sabin is a lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art, London.

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