Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-essays

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Brendan Burford
Villard, 2009 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 153 pages
2 Reviews
The stories in Syncopated challenge convention, provide perspective, and search out secret truths-all in the inviting, accessible form of comics.

Syncopated will give you a daringly different view of the past-from the history of vintage postcards to the glory days of old Coney Island. It will immerse you in fascinating subcultures, from the secret world of graffiti artists to the chess champs of Greenwich Village. And it will open your eyes to pieces of forgotten history-for example, the Tulsa race riots of 1921-and to new perspectives on critical current events, such as the interrogation of prisoners at Guant namo Bay. These "picto-essays" encompass memoir, history, journalism, and biography in varied visual styles-each handpicked by Brendan Burford, one of America's top editors.


How and Why to Bale Hay by Nick Bertozzi
Penny Sentiments by Rina Piccolo
Boris Rose: Prisoner of Jazz by Brendan Burford and Jim Campbell
Portfolio by Tricia Van den Bergh
Father Figures by Josh Neufeld
West Side Improvements by Alex Holden
The Evening Hatch by Richard and Brian Haimes
What We So Quietly Saw by Greg Cook
"Like Hell I Will" by Nate Powell
Welcome Home, Brave by Dave Kiersh
The Sound of Jade by Sarah Glidden
Subway Buskers by Victor Marchand Kerlow
Erik Erikson by Paul Karasik
Dvorak by Alec Longstreth
A Coney Island Rumination by Paul Hoppe
An Encounter with Richard Peterson by Brendan Burford

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User Review  - rapago - LibraryThing

The concept behind this book is very intriguing. Take a form of writing, the essay, and adapt it to a more graphic format. The quality of the essays in this book attest to the success of this venture. Read full review

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User Review  - qgil - LibraryThing

We need more of these! Real life stories become more real when you can explain them with the tools to create fiction. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Brendan Burford is the comics editor at King Features Syndicate. He has also been self-publishing the Syncopated anthology series, and the autobiographical series Brendan Comics, since 2002.

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