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

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Graphic novels have exploded off bookstore shelves into movies, college courses, and the New York Times book review, and comics historian and children's literature specialist Stephen Weiner explains the phenomenon in this groundbreaking book—the first history of graphic novels. From the agonizing Holocaust vision of Art Spiegelman's Maus to the teenage angst of Dan Clowes's Ghost World, this study enters the heart of the graphic novel revolution. The complete history of this popular format is explained, from the first modern, urban autobiographical graphic novel, Will Eisner's A Contract with God, to the dark mysteries of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, the postmodern superheroics of Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight, and breakout books such as Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis. It's all here in this newly updated edition, which contains the must-reads, the milestones, the most recent developments, and what to look for in the future of this exciting medium.

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Americans Embrace a New Art Form
The Shadow of McCarthyism
Troubled Heroes for Troubled Times
Fans Find a Home
Comics Take Themselves Seriously
An Uneasy Alliance
The Comics Field Grows
Would You Let this Man Marry Your Sister?
A New Mythology
The Paradigm Shifts into High Gear
The Dream of a Common Language
Notes from the Underground
14 A New Millennium For Comics
15Whats Next for Graphic Novels
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About the author (2012)

Stephen Weiner is the director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, Massachusetts, and a comics historian and critic who has been a pioneering advocate for graphic novels in public libraries and education and has published numerous articles and reviews about comic art. He is the author of 100 Graphic Novels for Public Libraries, The 101 Best Graphic Novels, and Bring an Author to Your Library and the coauthor of The Will Eisner Companion. He lives in Maynard, Massachusetts. Will Eisner is a legend and pioneer in comics, best known for the Spirit series, as well as numerous graphic novels--a term he coined--including A Contract with God. The Eisner Award, comics' most coveted award, is named for him.

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