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A Comics Studies Reader offers the best of the new comics scholarship in nearly thirty essays on a wide variety of such comics forms as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, manga, and graphic novels. The anthology covers the pioneering work of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and A Comics Studies Reader offers the best of the new comics scholarship in nearly thirty essays on a wide variety of such comics forms as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, manga, and graphic novels. The anthology covers the pioneering work of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware, as well as Peanuts, romance comics, and superheroes. It explores the stylistic achievements of manga, the international anti-comics campaign, and power and class in Mexican comic books and English illustrated stories. A Comics Studies Reader introduces readers to the major debates and points of reference that continue to shape the field. It will interest anyone who wants to delve deeper into the world of comics and is ideal for classroom use.


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A Comics Studies Reader offers the best of the new comics scholarship in nearly thirty essays on a wide variety of such comics forms as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, manga, and graphic novels. The anthology covers the pioneering work of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and A Comics Studies Reader offers the best of the new comics scholarship in nearly thirty essays on a wide variety of such comics forms as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, manga, and graphic novels. The anthology covers the pioneering work of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware, as well as Peanuts, romance comics, and superheroes. It explores the stylistic achievements of manga, the international anti-comics campaign, and power and class in Mexican comic books and English illustrated stories. A Comics Studies Reader introduces readers to the major debates and points of reference that continue to shape the field. It will interest anyone who wants to delve deeper into the world of comics and is ideal for classroom use.

30 review for A Comics Studies Reader

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I was very excited about this book when I first heard about it, and now that I've read it, I don't know.... I understand that these are probably decisions related to production, and maybe this is the point of the volume, but the decision to have this be all reprints, including reprints of some very old work seems sort of odd to me. It felt, too, like there was a lot of material here that was more along the lines of the dvd extras level, and that it took the place of more solid, foundational kind I was very excited about this book when I first heard about it, and now that I've read it, I don't know.... I understand that these are probably decisions related to production, and maybe this is the point of the volume, but the decision to have this be all reprints, including reprints of some very old work seems sort of odd to me. It felt, too, like there was a lot of material here that was more along the lines of the dvd extras level, and that it took the place of more solid, foundational kind of work. In other words, the choices of some of the selections seemed random, in the sense that to me at least they didn't get at the heart of where comics studies is, or where it might be. I think, for example, that a section on craft-formal concerns doesn't need two essays on Manga and one of the Barks' Duck stories. I mean, there's a place for those, but to me, both are, in their way, outside of the mainstream of the discipline. Maybe I'm wrong, but throughout the book I had the sense that I wasn't reading the essays I thought a book like this would contain. And that's not really a slight to the essays this does have, just the way they are placed here at the emerging center of the field.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Boring academic sandpaper. If you're really, truly into comics, this will probably interest you as it's a book filled with academic essays on the subject. I wish I had been able to avoid purchasing it for school. If you want to buy it - I'll sell it to you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather Clitheroe

    Excellent collection of essays on comics studies and critical theory.

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    Aarnoud Rommens

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    Becca Hillburn

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    Dave

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    white_lives

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    Carla Molinari

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    Jorge

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    Uri Baruchin

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    Katie

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    Derek Royal

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    Racheal Miller

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