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Masters of American Comics by John Carlin
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Masters of American Comics (edition 2005)

by John Carlin (Editor), Paul Karasik (Editor), Brian Walker (Editor), Tom De Haven (Contributor), Cynthia Burlingham (Contributor)13 more, Stanley Crouch (Contributor), Jules Feiffer (Contributor), Karla Ann Marling (Contributor), Robert Storr (Contributor), Mr. Pete Hamill (Contributor), Patrick McDonnell (Contributor), Glen David Gold (Contributor), Raymond Pettibon (Contributor), Jonathan Safran Foer (Contributor), Matt Groening (Contributor), Dave Eggers (Contributor), Lorraine Wild (Designer), Robert Wedemeyer (Photographer)

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Comic strips and comic books were among the most popular and influential forms of mass media in 20thcentury America. This fascinating book focuses on fifteen pioneering cartoonists--ranging from Winsor McCay to Chris Ware--who brought this genre to the highest level of artistic expression and who had the greatest impact on the development of the form.Organized chronologically, Masters of American Comics explores the rise of newspaper comic strips and comic books and considers their artistic development throughout the century. Presenting a wide selection of original drawings as well as progressive proofs, vintage printed Sunday pages, and comic books themselves, the authors also look at how the art of comics was transformed by artistic innovation as well as by changes in popular taste, economics, and printing conventions.First appearing in newspaper Sunday supplements, the comic strip became immediately successful and created the largest audience of any medium of its time. The comic book first began as a way to print existing newspaper comics, then subsequently established the mass popularity of superheroes in the 1940s and 1950s before it matured as a vehicle for independent personal expression in the underground comic books and graphic novels of the 1960s.Included in the book are insightful and entertaining essays on individual artists written by major figures in the fields of comics, narrative illustration, literature, popular culture, and art history. Masters of American Comics convincingly positions the genre of comics into the history of art and is destined to become a classic text for years to come.… (more)
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Title:Masters of American Comics
Authors:John Carlin (Editor)
Other authors:Paul Karasik (Editor), Brian Walker (Editor), Tom De Haven (Contributor), Cynthia Burlingham (Contributor), Stanley Crouch (Contributor)12 more, Jules Feiffer (Contributor), Karla Ann Marling (Contributor), Robert Storr (Contributor), Mr. Pete Hamill (Contributor), Patrick McDonnell (Contributor), Glen David Gold (Contributor), Raymond Pettibon (Contributor), Jonathan Safran Foer (Contributor), Matt Groening (Contributor), Dave Eggers (Contributor), Lorraine Wild (Designer), Robert Wedemeyer (Photographer)
Info:Yale University Press (2005), Edition: First Edition, 328 pages
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Masters of American comics has excellent reproductions of original art by great comic artists. the essays are good and informative. Ultimately the book fails in its scope and premise by promoting a dozen or so artists into a "cannon" that really is an art of the masses. egalitarian, and without such arbitrary elite boundaries. ( )
  Umarmaya | Jul 1, 2006 |
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