Roadstrips: A Graphic Journey Across America

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Chronicle Books, Oct 6, 2005 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 128 pages
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The explosion of comic books and graphic novels into the mainstream has demonstrated their universal storytelling power. Roadstrips is a unique comics anthology that takes a fresh look at our definitions of America in an era of upheaval and widespread soul-searching. Like a new On the Road for the 21st century, Roadstrips explores our national psyche through the work of 22 top cartoonists—among them Peter Kuper, Gilbert Hernandez, Jessica Abel, Pete Bagge, Richard Sala, Brian Biggs, and Lloyd Dangle. Exploring identity on both a micro and a macro level, they illustrate today's post-modern patchwork with bilious narratives, thoughtful tales, and hilarious memoirs. Taken together, their powerful and thoughtful stories create a composite national portrait like few others.

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

What does it mean to be American? Graphic artists from across the country grapple with that theme in this book. So many times I don't like graphic novels, but I liked this one. The theme of the book felt suited to the graphic novel format. Read full review

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Page ix - And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, 'cause there ain't no doubt I love this land. God bless the USA.

About the author (2005)

Pete Friedrich is a former comics artist and publisher, and the principal of Charette, a global identity firm. He lives in New York.

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