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The Best American Comics (Best American Comics)by Scott Mccloud
Synopses & Reviews
and#8220;Itand#8217;s the perfect book to pick up to restore your faith in comics or help show infinite diversity in infinite combinations on display on paper using the worldand#8217;s greatest artform.and#8221; and#8212; Comics Bulletin
The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction and#8212; from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web and#8212; to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud and#8220;just about the smartest guy in comics.and#8221;
"Editor McCloud (Understanding Comics) highlights the diverse number and styles of comics in this occasionally frustrating but ever-essential annual. The 'big names' — Los Bros. Hernandez, Charles Burns, R. and Aline Crumb — are well represented in a section dubbed, tongue-in-cheek, as 'The Usual Suspects,' but a myriad of alt-comics, minicomics, and webcomics continue to make this series the widest-ranging comics collection of its kind. Transitions from one piece to the next continue to be occasionally jarring: unlike a prose anthology, there's no visual indication that one excerpt ending until the page is turned. But the selected pieces are varied and absolutely vital: charming teen angst (Raina Telgemeier's Drama), trippy beat-box history (Hip-Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor), romantic SF fantasy (Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga) and autobiography via funny animals (Sam Sharpe's 'Mom'). McCloud's entertaining and conversational introductions to each section educate and enlighten. As this series approaches its 10th anniversary in 2016, a single book can no longer fully capture the explosive growth, range, and variety of comics today, but this volume's smorgasbord nevertheless offers readers the opportunity to discover new styles and a sense of the range of genres in the graphic novel world." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Scott McCloud, "just about the smartest guy in comics" (Frank Miller), picks the best graphic pieces of the year.
About the Author
Scott McCloud has been writing, drawing, and examining comics since 1984. His works have won the Eisner and Harvey awards, and have been translated into more than sixteen languages. He is well known for his non-fiction books about comics, Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics and for creating the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot!