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The Best American Comics (Best American Comics)by Scott Mccloud
Synopses & Reviews
andldquo;As I know well from my own field, trueand#160;vitalityand#160;consists of stuff thatandrsquo;s further off the radar of general acclaim. The influx of raw arrivals. The deep cuts.andrdquo; andmdash;Jonathan Lethem, from the Introduction
Featuringand#160;Gabrielle Bell, Mat Brinkman, Roz Chast, Anya Davidson, Eleanor Davis, Jules Feiffer, Blaise Larmee, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Piskor, Joe Sacco, Esther Pearl Watson, and others.
JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of nine novels, includingand#160;Motherless Brooklyn,and#160;The Fortress of Solitude,and#160;Gun, with Occasional Music,and#160;and most recentlyand#160;Dissident Gardens.
BILL KARTALOPOULOSand#160;is a Brooklyn-based comics critic, educator, curator, and editor. He teaches comics history at the School of Visual Arts. More information may be found at on-panel.com.
"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.
Jonathan Lethem brings both literary and comics credibility to his picks for the best graphic pieces of the year.
A collection of the best graphic pieces published in 2012, compiled by art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly.
Bestselling author and rockstar of the comic world Neil Gaiman delivers a remarkable collection of the year's best graphic stories and comics.
“If you have spent a long time resisting the status quo—whether its in art, society, or the political world—what happens when that status quo at last gives way?Featuring: Gabrielle Bell, Joe Sacco, Dash Shaw, Sabrina Jones, Chris Ware, Jillian Tamaki, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Kevin Huizenga, and others
A universe of possibility opens up.”
—Alison Bechdel, from the Introduction
The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Neil Gaiman—one of the top writers in modern comics and the award-winning author of novels and childrens books—has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Internet to create this cutting-edge collection. With entries from luminaries such as Tim Hensley, Michael Kupperman, and Dash Shaw, “its hard to flip through this book without finding a lot worth reading (and rereading)” (The Onion, A.V. Club).
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!
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