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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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Antarctic Press continues its series of How To Draw Manga guidebooks! Ben Dunn, Fred Perry, and Joe Wight continue to present a comprehensive guide in mastering the manga style and will emphasize layout in this issue. Each featured artist will have his own exclusive special comments. Some topics we will cover in the series are advanced figure study, costumes, mecha, comic storytelling, and composition. If you don't get it... you'll regret it!
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