The Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga

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Byron Preiss, Howard Zimmerman
Macmillan, Dec 13, 2005 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 272 pages
Perhaps you used to love superhero comics but now think they're too juvenile to read. Or maybe you hate superheroes and love comics, but can't find alternative titles that grab your fancy. Maybe you've heard about manga but have not had the time to see what all the buzz is about.If you have an interest in any area of graphic illustration and want to see what is current and good, this volume is for you. Here you will discover a broad variety of graphic stories and modern methods of telling them. In these pages you will explore the work of new and wonderful artists and creators, as well as new stories from seasoned professionals and award-winning illustrators and writers.Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga draws from the areas of monthly comics and collections, graphic novels, manga, self-published work, and small and independent presses. You will find old favorites and make new friends. Much of the work is in full color, but excellent black-and-white stories are also included. The first of its kind, Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga will not disappoint either the fanatic comics fan or the casual reader. This volume is loaded with nuggets of gold and rare gems that await readers' discovery.

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I like that the major entries have portions of the original comics, but I wish that there was a brief synopsis or blurb about the plot as well. Read full review


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This grab-bag, scattershot selection might appeal to fans of contemporary comics but won't win converts or satisfy the curious.With all the attention graphic narratives have generated, an annual "best ... Read full review

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The late Byron Preiss was a pioneer in experimenting with new comics formats, and produced some of the first graphic novels in the 1970s, such as Fiction Illustrated: Chandler by Jim Steranko, The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester, illustrated by Howard Chaykin, The Illustrated Harlan Ellison and The Authorized Illustrated Book of Roger Zelanzny. More recently, he published the Eisner-nominated Ray Bradbury Chronicles and Yossel by Joe Kubert, and a series of critically acclaimed licensed adaptations of science fiction and fantasy classics. His last project, completed shortly before his death, was a new graphic novel updating Magnus, Robot Fighter. In 1980 Howard Zimmerman helped create and edited Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed full-color magazine about comics and the comic book industry. Through his association with Byron Preiss, he has edited a series of licensed graphic projects, including the three volumes of the Ray Bradbury Chronicles, the nine-volume series adapting The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the six-volume series adapting Roger Zelazny's Amber. Maureen McTigue has worked in and around comics for over a decade. For DC Comics and then Harris Comics, she has edited such frontline superhero characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Vampirella. She was also an editor for the nationally distributed periodical Comics Scene and for, and contributes to various genre Web sites.

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