Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Rise of the Graphic Novel

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Rise of the Graphic Novel


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Graphic novels are exploding off bookstore shelves and into movies, college courses and the New York Times Book Review, and onto the coffee tables of the cognoscenti. What's fueling this explosion? Where did all the excitement come from? Stephen Weiner, a comics historian and children's literature specialist, provides the answers in this groundbreaking book -- the first history of graphic novels. From the agonizing Holocaust vision of Art Spiegelman's Maus to the teenage angst of Dan Clowes's Ghost World, this book takes you into the heart of the graphic novel revolution. The author of 101 Best Graphic Novels now tells the whole history of this new medium -- from the first modern urban autobiographical graphic novel, Will Eisner's A Contract with God, to the hip indy comics of the Hernandez Bros.' Love and Rockets, the dark mysteries of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and the postmodern superheroics of Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight. It's all here -- the must-reads, the newest, hottest creators, and what to look for in the future of this exciting new medium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561633678
Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.27(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

1.The First Comics: Americans Embrace a New Art Form1
2.The 1950s: The Shadow of McCarthyism5
3.The 1960s: Troubled Heroes for Troubled Times9
4.The Comic Book Store: Fans Find a Home13
5.The Graphic Novel: Comics Take Themselves Seriously17
6.Trade Publishers and Comics: An Uneasy Alliance21
7.Opening the Gates: The Comics Field Grows25
8.The New Heroes: Would You Let this Man Marry Your Sister?29
9.Maus: Surviving and Thriving35
10.The Sandman: A New Mythology39
11.Bone Wars: The Paradigm Shifts into High Gear43
12.Understanding Comics: The Dream of a Common Language47
13.A Message in a Bottle: Notes from the Underground51
14.The Future: Ready, Set, It's Coming59
Further Reading63

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