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The Best American Comics 2009by Charles Burns
Synopses & Reviews
Now in its fourth year, Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributers. Editor Charles Burns — cartoonist, illustrator, and official cover artist of the Believer — has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the web to create this cutting-edge collection. Featuring the work of such luminaries as Chris Ware, KAZ, and Robert Crumb, this volume is "a genuine salute to comics" (Houston Chronicle).
"In his introduction, guest editor Burns admits that most of the artists therein 'were already well known to me... if you're a reasonably talented cartoonist, it's hard to stay under the radar for long.' So many of the usual suspects are in this volume. There's Adrian Tomine, with a particularly funny excerpt from his charged epic of postmillennial self-hatred, Shortcomings. Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb deliver one of their droll, kvetchy riffs on anachronisms, from the New Yorker. Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Peter Bagge, Tony Millionaire and Gilbert Hernandez are all present. Whereas this recitation of familiar names would in most other circumstances prove to be a minus, here it seems simply a recognition that the comics world may just be small enough that the core of truly excellent artists can (unlike print fiction) still be counted in the dozens, not the hundreds. Still, Burns and Co. have also dug up less expected pieces, including a number of Tim Hensley's wildly subversive Archie-esque deconstructions from Mome and Kevin Huizenga's surprisingly heartfelt take on the dot-com bust, 'Glenn Ganges in Pulverize.' A collection of the mostly expected, maybe, but never less than satisfying." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"One of the more recent additions to the Best American Series has established itself as one of the most valuable." Kirkus Reviews
"An invaluable overview of today's left-of-the-dial comics." Booklist
As the popularity and prominence of the graphic genre continues to rage, THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS series, now in its fourth year, has become a wonderful medium for enthusiasts to discover new talent.
The Best American Comicsshowcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Alison Bechdel creater of the cult comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" and author ofFun Home has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamplet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics and webcomics to create this cutting-edge collection. With entries from Joe Sacco, Jeff Smith, and Dash Shaw, this edtion delivers "a thrilling and varied journey from start to finish" (Publishers Weekly).
About the Author
Charles Burns grew up in Seattle in the 1970s. His work rose to prominence in Art Spiegelman's Raw magazine in the mid-1980s and took off from there, for an extraordinary range of comics and projects, from Iggy Pop album covers to ads for Altoids. He's illustrated covers for Time, the New Yorker, and the New York Times magazine. He was also tapped as the official cover artist for The Believer magazine at its inception in 2003. His eagerly awaited graphic novel Black Hole, published in 2005, received over a dozen Harvey Awards. Burns, along with several other prominent graphic artists, collaborated on Fear(s) of the Dark, an animated French horror film now touring the U.S. Burns lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.
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 a cartoonist and the author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style.
Together, they are the authors of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures.
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