Synopses & Reviews
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.and#160;
For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box she offers fans a chance to share her ringside seat. Chuteand#8217;s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most prominent and accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests and approaches while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chuteand#8217;s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel, Charles Burns, and more. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.
Beautifully illustrated in full-color, and featuring three never-before-published interviewsand#151;including the first published conversation between Art Spiegelman and Chris Wareand#151;Outside the Box will be a landmark volume, a close-up account of the rise of graphic storytelling and a testament to its vibrant creativity.
"If you've ever felt bad about wasting your life reading comics, then check out Scott McCloud's classic book immediately. You might still feel you've wasted your life, but you'll know why, and you'll be proud."
Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons
"In one lucid, well-designed chapter after another, [McCloud] guides us through the elements of comics style, and...how words combine with pictures to work their singular magic. When the 215-page journey is finally over, most readers will find it difficult to look at comics in quite the same way ever again."Garry Trudeau, New York Times Review of Books
"BRAVO!! Your Understanding Comics is a landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium. Its employment of comic art as its vehicle is brilliant. Everyone...anyone interested in this literary form must read it. Every school teacher should have one." Will Eisner
"With Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics the dialogue on and about what comics are and, more importantly, what comics can be has begun. If you read, write, teach or draw comics; if you want to; or if you simply want to watch a master explainer at work, you must read this book." Neil Gaiman
"Cleverly disguised as an easy-to-read comic book, Scott McClou's simple looking tome deconstructs the secret language of comics while casually revealing secrets of Time, Space, Art and the Cosmos! The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time. Bravo." Art Spiegelman
"Understanding Comics is quite simply the best analysis of the medium that I have ever encountered. With this book Scott McCloud has taken breathtaking leaps towards establishing a critical language that the comic art form can work with and build upon in the future. Lucid and accessible, it is an astonishing feat of perception. Highly recommended." Alan Moore
"[A] rare and exciting work that ingeniously uses comics to examine the medium itself." Publisher's Weekly
"[A] brilliant comic book discussion of what makes comics work." L. A. Times
"[Understanding Comics] might well turn out to be the rosetta stone, the secret decoder ring, the lyrics sheet, for pete's sake, to all that has gone on in comics art. [This] 216-page book is one of a kind, a combination of everything funny and profound, cool and quirky." Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a book of great interviews with great cartoonists. The interviews are great because Hillary Chute is great. She knows how cartooning works and she intimately knows the work of the artists sheand#8217;s interviewing.and#160;The interviews are smart, insightful, and very readable. This isn't dry stuff nor is it fluffy.and#160;It's the real stuff. Anyone interested in the minds of today's cartooning masters will want to read it."
and#8220;Chute wisely lets each artist take the lead. . . . Itand#8217;s a fascinating glimpse into a medium swiftly gaining recognition."
"A handy guide to the creators behind the graphic novel revolution."
"How refreshing it is to listen to these cartoonists talk about a branch of the culture here in America that isn't plagued by feelings of decay, repetition, malaise, or despair. . . . These interviews are as good a reminder as any that, at least for the world of alternative comics, the blood is flowing and the people believe."
and#8220;It is a valuable record of some of the industryand#8217;s greatest talents contemplating their work, their influences, and comics culture at large. . . . No one is better poised for such a project than Chute.and#8221;
"This collection of interviews is remarkable, not least of all because so many of the contributors have been interviewed extensively. Yet, all of these are fresh and insightful examinations of some of the most diverse creators in comics."
"Full of fascinating, weighty insights into the artistic and working concerns of some excellent cartoonists."
andldquo;Drawing is Magic is like a workbook created by Willy Wonka . . . Hendrix is so entertaining and encouraging in his instructions that budding artists of any age will want to take the book to a nearby corner, pull out a favorite pen and start sketching.andrdquo;
This detail-packed book includes a history of comics that reaches back to pre-Columbian picture manuscripts and Egyptian monuments and a running analysis of comics as art, literature, and communication.
Traces the 3,000 year history of storytelling through pictures, discussing the language and images used.
Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, this innovative comic book provides a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.
Hillary Chute has become recognized not only as the most incisive scholar of contemporary comics, but also as the most canny interlocutor with the star practitioners of this booming genre. There is a sense of community among these artists, and they have together taken the field of graphic narrative forward in terms of force, sophistication, and craft.and#160; But their styles and sensibilities diverge, and their work represents a range of goals and desires, which Chute deftly elicits in conversation. Several commonalities emerge from the interviews. For example, art school was not, for any of these cartoonists, a necessary step for a career in comics. Another theme running across the interviews is the enduring importance of print and the varieties of its circulation. For example, Lynda Barryand#8217;s first book, collecting her series Two Sisters was entirely reproduced through Xeroxes: and#147;Copy shops had just come out,and#8221; she tells Chute. and#147;I just copied the whole collection. I put it in a manila envelope and I hand-decorated the top, and I sold them for ten dollars.and#8221; These mechanisms of reproduction, Chute notes, were key for the expansion of creative comics culture.and#160;
A sketchbook is an essential tool for the growth of any aspiring artist, but its blank pages can be daunting to even the most motivated. Obsessed with perfection, many wind up treating their sketchbooks more like portfolios than playgrounds. In Drawing Is Magic, author John Hendrix teaches aspiring and advanced artists to find their unique visual voices and become creative daredevils. Through his freeing, offbeat exercises, drawers learn a sophisticated philosophy of creative thinkingandmdash;in a way that is totally accessible and fun.
Cartoonist Edward Ross uses comics to illuminate the ideas behind our favorite movies. In Filmish, Rossandrsquo;s cartoon alter ego guides readers through the annals of cinematic history, introducing some of the strange and fascinating concepts at work in the movies. Each chapter focuses on a particular themeandmdash;the body, architecture, languageandmdash;and explores an eclectic mix of cinematic triumphs, from A Tripto the Moon to Top Gun. Like other bestselling nonfiction graphic novels such as Scott McCloudandrsquo;s Understanding Comics, Filmish tackles serious issuesandmdash;sexuality, race, censorship, propagandaandmdash;with authority and wit, throwing new light on some of the greatest films ever made.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ).
About the Author
John Hendrix is an associate professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis. His illustrations have appeared in many publications, including Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times. He is the author of Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek and John Brown. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Twenty-First-Century Comics
1.and#160;Scott McCloud (2007)
2.and#160;Charles Burns (2008)
3.and#160;Lynda Barry (2008)
4.and#160;Aline Kominsky-Crumb (2009)
5.and#160;Daniel Clowes (2010)
6.and#160;Phoebe Gloeckner (2010)
7.and#160;Joe Sacco (2011)
8.and#160;Alison Bechdel (2006 and 2012)
9.and#160;Franand#231;oise Mouly (2008 and 2010)
10.and#160;Adrian Tomine (2012)
11.and#160;Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware (2008)