The Best American Comics

The Best American Comics

Hardback Best American Comics

Edited by Alison Bechdel

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Hardback | 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 229mm x 28mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0547333625
  • ISBN 13: 9780547333625
  • Edition statement: 2011 ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 211,638

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"If you have spent a long time resisting the status quo--whether it's in art, society, or the political world--what happens when that status quo at last gives way? A universe of possibility opens up." --Alison Bechdel, from the Introduction Featuring: Gabrielle Bell, Joe Sacco, Dash Shaw, Sabrina Jones, Chris Ware, Jillian Tamaki, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Kevin Huizenga, and others

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""Fun Home" creator Bechdel selects 27 pieces for this year's Best American anthology, and though a reader can trace her sensibility in some of the entries . . . it's a pleasure to see many odd, gritty selections . . . This year's Best American is a handsome anthology with more than a few welcome surprises." "--Publishers Weekly""""Another annual cornucopia of graphic narrative (and comic strips). Whether comics were ever striving for cultural legitimacy, they are now struggling with it--even resisting it--though this year's collection suggests that the range of subject, tone and technique continues to expand. Perhaps no other graphic memoirist has achieved greater acclaim than this year's guest editor Bechdel . . . While much of this work is at the cutting edge of contemporary culture, there is a historical perspective to some of the more ambitious pieces . . .The extended, wordless visual epiphany in 'Winter' is stunning . . . David Lasky shows the greatest range . . . Chris Ware'

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"If you have spent a long time resisting the status quo--whether it's in art, society, or the political world--what happens when that status quo at last gives way? A universe of possibility opens up." --Alison Bechdel, from the Introduction Featuring: Gabrielle Bell, Joe Sacco, Dash Shaw, Sabrina Jones, Chris Ware, Jillian Tamaki, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Kevin Huizenga, and others ALISON BECHDEL began drawing the comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" in 1983. She is also the author of the best-selling graphic memoir "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic," which was named a Best Book of the Year by "Time," "Entertainment Weekly," the "New York Times," "People," "USA Today," the "Los Angeles Times," the "Village Voice," and the "San Francisco Chronicle," among others. Her second graphic memoir, "Are You My Mother?," will be out next year. JESSICA ABEL is the author of the graphic novel "La Perdida" as well as two collections of stories and drawings from her series "Artbabe." MATT MADDEN is the author of "99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style." Together they are the authors of "Drawing Words & Writing Pictures."