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Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels: A History Of Comic Art

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For more than a century the comic book has been a familiar and popular artform. As vehemently criticized as it is passionately defended, it has evolved from humble beginnings into a graphically sophisticated and culturally revealing medium. Encompassing traditions from the USA, Britain, Europe and Japan, this work presents a comprehensive survey of comic art. It traces the ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 17th 1996 by Phaidon Press
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Eric Orchard
Dec 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fascinating rewriting of the history of comics placing superheroes as a footnote of adventure comics and pushing womens underground comics up with mens.

After finishing I realized he does put alot of emphasis on 80s & 90s superhero comics and the dramatic way they changed the Market and outside perceptions.

Altogether a smart,broad re-imagining of the history of comics.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting history of the growth/collapse cycles of the comic book industry in Britain and the United States, from the perspective of and written in the lingo of, a Brit. It is written very conversationally, which means lots of British slang; some of it, such as “snog”, I get from Harry Potter, but others were opaque even in context. With the Internet, of course, such cultural shibboleths are easily vanquished.

The best part of this book are the samples. It is lavishly filled with com
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Roger Sabin weaves together a tight narrative of the entire history of the comic book medium, moving from its beginnings in the Middle Ages (yes, that’s right, way back in medieval times) and how it has evolved into the art form and pop culture powerhouse we know and love today. Explore how the comic book moved from being newspaper fodder to hard-hitting social commentary and how it fell from grace before rising like a phoenix once the comic book witch hunt ended after the 1950′s. With pl ...more
The history of comics is too big to put together an exhaustive text. But this book tries, and tries hard. It's truly a fascinating overview of where comics came from and where they've been. If you want some background on the comics scene, this is your book.
Rafael Bernardo
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm only a couple chapters in, but I can tell this book is one I'm going to constantly come back to. It's highly informative (at times overwhelmingly informative tbh), insightful and the selected examples in each chapter are great as well.
PJ Ebbrell
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read on comics from a British-American perspective. Some good illustrations of some characters that I have only just read about or seen one illo.
I guess i found it a bit biased, and not including authors I like.
Joshua R Derke
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic look at the history of comics and graphic narratives. Highly recommended for those who love comics.
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