1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga

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Paul Gravett
Universe Publishing, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 960 pages

Visually amazing, this critical history of comic books, manga, and graphic novels is a must-have for any comic buff or collector. Over the centuries, comic books and their offshoots, such as graphic novels, manga, and bandes dessinées, have evolved into a phenomenally popular, influential, and unique art form through which we can express our opinions, our fantasies, our nightmares, and our dreams. In short: comics are emphatically no longer just for kids. This volume is the perfect introduction to a dynamic and globally popular medium, embracing every graphic genre worldwide to assess the very best works of sequential art, graphic literature, comics, and comic strips, past and present. Packed with fantastic reproductions of classic front covers and groundbreaking panels, this book is visually stunning as well as a trove of information— perfect for the passionate collector and casual fan alike.

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Very interesting book that shows the significant contributions to the world of comics starting in the late 1880s. The book has full color illustrations and is almost 1000 pages in length. A very ... Read full review

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

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Universe's "1001" series sets the bar extremely high for anyone taking its titles seriously, but this volume may be the biggest challenge of all. Here, Gravett (Graphic Novels: All You Need To Know ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Paul Gravett was hailed by The Times of London as "the greatest historian of the comics and graphic novel form." Gravett co-edited the important British magazine Escape (1983-89), and was an independent exhibition curator, journalist, lecturer, and broadcaster. He is the author of Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics (2004), Graphic Novels (2005), Great British Comics (2006), Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008), and Incredibly Strange Comics (2008).

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