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Demanding Respect: The Evolution of the American Comic Book

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How is it that comic books-the once-reviled form of lowbrow popular culture-are now the rage for Hollywood blockbusters, the basis for bestselling video games, and the inspiration for literary graphic novels? In Demanding Respect, Paul Lopes immerses himself in the discourse and practices of this art and subculture to provide a social history of the American comic book ove ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published May 28th 2009 by Temple University Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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I wouldn't call myself a comic book fan. I've read a few here and there, but never anything seriously and I have never purchased a comic book. I happened upon this book and thought it would be interesting though. The overall book was pretty interesting, but there were times where I was a bit bored. The book covers from the beginning of comic books through to major motion pictures of today. In a nutshell, the comic book rage has been a roller coaster ride having really high times and times when i ...more
Dustin Kidd
Excellent cultural history of comic books with an eye towards sociological theory and a focus on how comics moved from marginalized sub-culture to serious art form.
Read for history of American comics. Yes I actually got to take it for credit :) this text was a bit dense--but informative nonetheless.
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