Give our regards to the atomsmashers!: writers on comics

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Pantheon Books, 2004 - Art - 228 pages
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In Give Our Regards to the Atom-smashers!, some of our most intriguing and creative contemporary writers weigh in on the world of comics: the ones they love versus the ones they hate, the comics they devoured as kids and still can't live without, and the comics that have influenced them in their work and their lives.

Here is Jonathan Lethem on childhood friendships, comic books, and the genius of artist Jack Kirby . . . Brad Meltzer on spending a summer vacation with the New Teen Titans. . . Glen David Gold on the obsessive nature of collecting . . . Myla Goldberg writing about the disturbed visions of Chris Ware and Renée French . . . Steve Erickson riffing on the perverse patriotism of American Flagg. Here, too, are Luc Sante on Tintin, Aimee Bender on Yummy Fur, Greil Marcus on Uncle Sam, Lydia Millet on Little Nemo in Slumberland, and many others. Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! is a quirky, thrilling, and compulsively readable celebration of the unique alchemy of words and drawings that forms the language of comic books. It is a book that will delight the seasoned comics reader and invite everyone else into a whole new world.

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User Review  - savageknight - LibraryThing

I'm sorry to say, I'm sad to report... I really didn't enjoy this anywhere as much as I had hoped (and thought) I would. Sure, a couple of the reflections and recollections were interesting. But in the majority... no. :( Read full review


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Sean Howe, formerly an editor at The Criterion Collection, lives in New York City.

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