Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel

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NBM, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 64 pages
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Introduction by Will Eisner, edited by Chris Couch. It took a few years of false starts, but now it's official: the graphic novel form is the fastest growing new area in publishing. Stephen Weiner (author of The 101 Best Graphic Novels), grabs hold of this rising meteor to offer his readers a historical tour of this format with a bit of background on comics as a whole.
 

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I bought this book so I could conduct basic research on graphic novels. Weiner provides a detaield and engaging history of graphic novels. As you probably guessed, the visuals are very pleasing int ... Read full review

Faster than a speeding bullet: the rise of the graphic novel

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In this useful short history, Weiner (The 101 Best Graphic Novels) discusses the history of comic strips and books in the United States, citing some highlights of various periods before launching ... Read full review

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Contents

The First Comics Americans Embrace a New Art Form
1
The 1950s The Shadow of McCarthyism
5
The 1960s Troubled Heroes for Troubled Times
9
The Comic Book Store Fans Find a Home
13
The Graphic Novel Comics Take Themselves Seriously
17
Trade Publishers and Comics An Uneasy Alliance
21
Opening the Gates The Comics Field Grows
25
The New Heroes Would You Let This Man Marry Your Sister?
29
Maus Surviving and Thriving
35
A New Mythology The Sandman
39
Bone Wars The Paradigm Shifts Into High Gear
43
Understanding Comics The Dream of a Common Language
47
A Message in a Bottle Notes From the Underground
51
The Future Ready Set Its Coming
59
Further Reading
63
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Stephen Weiner is the director of a library in Massachusetts and renowned pioneering expert in the field of graphic novels for two decades, as well as the author of 101 Best Graphic Novels.

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