by Nate Ashley, March 12, 2010 12:27 PM
For years, Frans Masereel's work has been difficult to get a hold of. Now, obscure and out-of-print titles like The City and The Passionate Journey are finally finding their way back into circulation through affordable Dover editions. Cited as the grandfather of the graphic novel, Masereel's beautiful woodcuts reflect the underbelly, working class, and bourgeoisie in urban Europe during the 1920s. Unlike The Passionate Journey, The City has a more refined style and steers away from the narrative form, acting as a meditation on city life. Search out his other titles if you like this one — you won't be sorry.