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

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Phaidon Press, Oct 17, 1996 - Design - 240 pages
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Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels is the first ever 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.

This 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 fascinating careers of the creators of the best-known characters - from Superman and Tintin to Tank Girl - are revealed in depth, as are the stories behind the much-loved comics such as 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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Comics, comix (adult-oriented comics focused on psychosocial or political issues), and graphic novels, hitherto discarded into the subcanonical gutter of "mere entertainment," have recently begun to ... Read full review

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Back in the nineties when I was in my graphic design major I used this book for reference many times, but more than once I found myself drifting along pages instead of investigating, this book was an eye opener on the wide culture behind the Comics, you can find every strata of our society reflected in pages, and this book takes you to see what's been the evolution process of the naive and human depicting yellow boy to our modern era of comics.
Always a great read.


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Roger Sabin is an arts journalist and lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art in London. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Adult Comics: An Introduction.

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