An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories

An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories

Volume Two

Book - 2008
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Comic art is a vital, highly personal art form in which change--rapid and unpredictable--is the norm. In this exciting new anthology, comic artist Ivan Brunetti focuses on very recent works by contemporary artists engaged in this world of change. These outstanding cartoonists, selected by Brunetti for their graphic sophistication and literary style, are both expanding and transforming the vocabulary of their genre.

 

The book presents contemporary art comics produced by 75 artists, along with some classic comic strips and other related fine art and historical materials. Brunetti arranges the book to reflect the creative process itself, connecting stories and art to each other in surprising ways: nonlinear, elliptical, sometimes whimsical, even poetic. He emphasizes continuity from piece to piece, weaving themes and motifs throughout the volume.

 

As gorgeously produced as Brunetti's previous anthology of graphic fiction, this book does full justice to the creative work of Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, and the other prominent or emerging comic artists who are currently at work at the cutting edge of their medium.

Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780300126716
0300126719
Branch Call Number: 741.569 ANTHOLO
Characteristics: 400 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brunetti, Ivan

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lukasevansherman
Dec 11, 2015

Yeah, it's OK to read comics! I mean, "graphic fiction." Yale University Press said it's OK. This diverse and enjoyable anthology is another contribution to the mainstreaming of comics and its belated recognition as a legitamate art form. Editor Brunetti pulls together an impressive array of names, from forefathers like Charles Schultz to pioneers like Robert Crumb (possibly the most important comics figures of the past 40 years) and Art Speilgman to more recent talents like Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Joe Sacco. Of course, his selection is somewhat subjective and most readers will quibble with at least some inclusions. At its worst, graphic fiction is badly drawn and seems little more than a parade of the author's neuroses and boring preoccupations. I don't know how guys like James Kochalka and Jeffry Brown got in. And where's Winsor "Little Nemo" McCay? But part of the function of such an anthology is to generate debate. A valuable, provocative collection that will no doubt find its way into emerging comics as lit classes.

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