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Comic Books 101: The History, Methods and Madness

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  65 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
For a hobby with 60+ years of history, deciding where to begin reading comics can be daunting for folks new to it. This simple, accessible primer on everything related to comics gives you an easy-to-follow resource whether you want to enjoy the myriad of comics available today or rediscover the comics you grew up reading. Packed with fun cartoons and images, informative si ...more
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published (first published June 1st 2009)
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Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS
If you are late to discovering the awesomeness of (mostly) superhero comic books and want to embrace your inner-nerd, then Comic Books 101 is a must have. Comics Books 101 is not comprehensive but it covers the history of major comic book companies; noteworthy editors, creators, artists, and writers; key superheros and their arch enemies; and more. Even before you finish the book, you’ll have a greater understanding of the medium and be able to speak with confidence.

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Kee Saitama
Feb 09, 2014 Kee Saitama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of the smartest purchase I made last year!

I've only started reading comic books since 2009 (mostly DC, Dark Horse and Vertigo titles) but I know that there are tons of great works out there I have yet to have an access to so this was a great companion book which I treated like my own personal librarian. It provided me all the histories, important landmark works and other fun facts that I needed to pursue comic books with more vigor and understanding about its production, conte
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J.
Jun 21, 2009 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book literally is what the title suggests (which, believe it or not, is kinda rare for this kind of thing). Whereas McCloud's books are intended for those beginning the study of comics from the point of view of a critic or creator, this book is for the person who has literally never walked into a comic book shop before. And it is fantastic at doing exactly that--getting you up to speed on the absolute basics of reading comics (with an eye toward the superhero genre). Highly recommended if y ...more
Jim Tincher
Good potential, great passion - middling execution.

I sometimes read Scott Tipton's Comics 101, and it's an excellent blog. But this book really isn't targeted well. Is it for comics fans? Then why does it include such basic info? Is it for newcomers? Then why do they have sections where they ask people "what's your favorite series of comics," and then, when the person gives 5 issues and says "I love how superhero x goes through hell then back again," why don't they explain what happened for thos
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Brent
Jan 04, 2012 Brent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great survey of comics and the comic industry. This book strikes a good balance between providing interesting background material without getting bogged down in minutia. Provides information on the history of the industry, the origin and evolution of the major characters and super hero teams, the various roles required to create a comic, and the history of TV and movie adaptions. A fun read!
Christopher
Great book on the history and main forces behind comics. It give a nice short history of the publication of comics, an overview of the main characters from DC and Marvel, a look at some of the big companies out there, and a wonderful look at some of the adaptations of comic book properties in other media. Highly recommended from this reader (an not because he knows one of the authors).
Dolores
Almost done with this one and it was nice. There were some great stories about the origins of comics and the people who made them. But, it was scattered, sort of like reading a book of lists.
Brian Callahan
Mar 27, 2010 Brian Callahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a good general overview of comics and some important people associated with them using a fan boy perspective.
Mark Hiser
A little bit of everything you want to know about DC, Marvel and other comic books.
Jim
Aug 27, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, comics
perfect book to intro comics, their production, stars, movies, publishers etc.
Brent
Aug 08, 2012 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Great little beginners guide to comics
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