Reading comics : how graphic novels work and what they mean

The volume contains two sections: "Theory and History," an explanation of comics as a medium and an overview of its evolution, and "Reviews and Commentary," a diverse examination of creators and works. The second section spans Will Eisner's pioneering efforts as well as the...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Wolk, Douglas (Author)
Document Type: Book
Published: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press , 2007
Online Access:Autorenbiografie
Author Notes:Douglas Wolk
Table of Contents:
  • Pt. 1. Theory and history. What comics are, and what they aren't
  • Auteurs, the history of art comics, and how to look at ugly drawings
  • What's good about bad comics, and what's bad about good comics
  • Superheroes and superreaders
  • Pictures, words and the space between them
  • Pt. 2. Reviews and commentary. David B.: The battle against the real world
  • Chester Brown: The outsider
  • Steve Ditko: A is A
  • Will Eisner and Frank Miller: The raconteurs
  • Gilbert Hernandez: Spiraling into the system
  • Jaime Hernandez: Mad love
  • Craig Thompson and James Kochalka: Craft vs. cuteness
  • Hope Larson: The cartography of joy
  • Carla Speed McNeil: Shape-changing demons, birth-yurts and robot secretaries
  • Alan Moore: The house of the magus
  • Grant Morrison: The invisible king
  • Dave Sim: Aardvark politick
  • The dark mirrors of Jim Starlin's Warlock
  • Tomb of Dracula: the cheap, strong stuff
  • Kevin Huizenga: Visions from the enchanted gas station
  • Charles Burns and Art Spiegelman: Draw yourself raw
  • Why does Chris Ware hate fun?
  • Alison Bechdel: Reframing memory
  • Afterword: The rough wave and the smooth wave