Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean

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Da Capo Press, Jul 1, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 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. InReading 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 Comicsis 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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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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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

Contents

1 What Comics Are and What They Arent
3
2 Auteurs the History ofArt Comics and How to Look at Ugly Drawings
29
3 Whats Good About Bad Comics and Whats Bad About Good Comics
60
4 Superheroes and Superreaders
89
5 Pictures Words and the Space Between Them
118
PART TWO REVIEWS AND COMMENTARY
135
A Small Disclaimer
137
The Battle Against the Real World
139
ShapeChanging Demons BirthYurts and Robot Secretaries
220
The House of the Magus
228
The Invisible King
258
Aardvark Politick
289
18 The Dark Mirrors ofJim Starlins Warlock
304
The Cheap Strong Stuff
317
Visions from the Enchanted Gas Station
329
Draw Yourself Raw
336

The Outsider
147
A Is A
156
The Raconteurs
166
Spiraling into the System
181
Mad Love
193
Craft Versus Cuteness
203
The Cartography ofJoy
214
22 Why Does Chris Ware Hate Fun?
347
Reframing Memory
359
The Rough Wave and the Smooth Wave
365
Notes
373
Index
391
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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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