Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean

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Da Capo Press, Jul 31, 2008 - Social Science - 416 pages
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Suddenly, comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form, filling bookshelves with brilliant, innovative work and shaping the ideas and images of the rest of contemporary culture. In Reading Comics, critic Douglas Wolk shows us why and how. Wolk illuminates the most dazzling creators of modern comics-from Alan Moore to Alison Bechdel to Chris Ware-and explains their roots, influences, and where they fit into the pantheon of art. As accessible to the hardcore fan as to the curious newcomer, Reading Comics is the first book for people who want to know not just which comics are worth reading, but ways to think and talk and argue about them.

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User Review  - kristenn - LibraryThing

This works really well as Comics Crit 101, which is what I was looking for. Many people who already read a lot about comics were underwhelmed by this book, but I needed a starting point and this was ... Read full review

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User Review  - edella - LibraryThing

amazon PD: This is the first serious, readable, provocative, canon-smashing book of comic criticism by the leading critic in the field.Suddenly, comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Douglas Wolk writes about comics and music for publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, Salon, and The Believer. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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