Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels

Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels : A History of Comic Art

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Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels is the first ever fully documented study to explore the graphic qualities of the comic book, and the development of the genre into a sophisticated and culturally revealing popular art form.

This book traces the history of the comic from early cartoon-like woodcuts through to the graphic strips of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Organized thematically it explores the various genres of the comic book - including humour, adventure, girls' comics, underground and alternative.

The fascinating careers of the creators of the best-known characters - from Superman and Tintin to Tank Girl - are revealed in depth, as are the stories behind the much-loved comics such as Beano and The Incredible Hulk. The most recent artists are also illustrated and discussed, including Harvey Kurtzman (Mad), Chris Donald (Viz), Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 250 x 290 x 25mm | 1,478.71g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0714839930
  • 9780714839936
  • 356,894

Table of contents

Introduction - not quite art; pioneers; comical comics; action and adventure; something for the girls; going underground; picking up the pieces; a new mainstream; alternative visions; international influences.
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Review Text

"Here at last is an authoritative and beautifully produced history of this vigorous and versatile art form, which covers as much of the whole field as a single book could."—Guardian



"It isn't the only such book you'll find out there - just the best... Production values? A-plus."—Newsweek



"A handsome book with informative text."—Daily Telegraph



"Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels is as energetic as a jolt of double espresso - and as simultaneously appealing to both sophisticated and street sensibilities... Under Sabin's fluid hand, images and text come together like an expert cartoonist's frame-by-frame assemblage of drawings and dialogue balloons."—Wired
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Review quote

"Here at last is an authoritative and beautifully produced history of this vigorous and versatile art form, which covers as much of the whole field as a single book could."-Guardian

"It isn't the only such book you'll find out there - just the best... Production values? A-plus."-Newsweek

"A handsome book with informative text."-Daily Telegraph

"Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels is as energetic as a jolt of double espresso - and as simultaneously appealing to both sophisticated and street sensibilities... Under Sabin's fluid hand, images and text come together like an expert cartoonist's frame-by-frame assemblage of drawings and dialogue balloons."-Wired
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About Roger Sabin

Roger Sabin is an arts journalist and lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art, London. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Adult Comics: An Introduction.
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