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A Global History, 1968 to the Present

Dan Mazur, Alexander Danner


The first chronological global history of comics, from 1968 through to the present day

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The story begins in 1968, a key year in comics’ shift from being driven by commercial potential into a means of self-expression respected not just as entertainment but also as art. The book traces comics’ evolution up to the emergence of today's global, digital scene and the medium’s likely future.

Robert Crumb and Gabrielle Bell, Jack Kirby and Alan Moore, Moebius, Yumiko Oshima and Osamu Tezuka are just a few of the hundreds of artists and writers included – making it unprecedented in its global reach.

The broad reach of Comics extends to artists, styles and movements, spanning Marvel and DC superheroes; the Underground movement and manga powerhouse Osamu Tezuka; politically charged Italian fumetti and sexually charged ladies’ manga; the Francophone technique of ligne claire; sci-fi; Métal Hurlant; the pioneering Japanese alternative journal Garo; the graphic memoir and the graphic novel; and, finally, the moment comics made the jump from page to web page.

Featuring the best-known artists and writers – from Jack Kirby, Hergé and Moebius to Katsuhiro Otomo, Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore – Comics also introduces readers to some creators they may not yet have encountered, such as Andrea Pazienza, the Fort Thunder collective and Fabrice Neaud.

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'Smart and interesting, and might make you laugh, too'

'Ambitious … worth reading for the wealth of graphic novels it draws attention to'
Sunday Herald

'Comprehensive, in-depth … an impressive reference book that is a must in every comics library'
Publishers Weekly

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 25.5 x 18.3 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 5 May 2014

ISBN: 9780500290965

Contents List

Preface; Introduction; Part One: 1968–78 • Part Two: 1978–90 • Part Three: 1990–present • Comics in the 21st Century: An International Art Form; New Forms, New Technologies, New Audiences

About the Author

Dan Mazur is the co-founder of The Boston Comics Roundtable, and co-director of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo.

Alexander Danner is a part-time instructor at Emerson College in Boston, where he teaches Writing the Graphic Novel and other courses.

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