Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

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At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment,Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture.

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels focuses on English-language comics—plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in English—with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir100 Bullets, the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man, the revisionist superhero drama,Identity Crisis, and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.


The most comprehensive reference ever compiled about the rich and enduring genre of comic books and graphic novels, from their emergence in the 1930s to their late-century breakout into the mainstream.


The most comprehensive reference ever compiled about the rich and enduring genre of comic books and graphic novels, from their emergence in the 1930s to their late-century breakout into the mainstream.


• Includes over 330 entries on comic books and their creators

• Presents the work of 80 contributors—accomplished academics and librarians who are also fans of comic books and graphic novels

• Offers selected bibliographic listings with the entries

• Provides a comprehensive index of artists, writers, works, characters, genres, and themes



Book News
To keep the scope manageable, editor Booker (English, comparative literature, cultural studies, U. of Arkansas) and his team decided to emphasize Anglophone works, especially those first published in the US, and American writers and artists; so there's a realm of comic traditions of Europe and Asia not included in this two-volume reference, waiting for another publication. Arranged alphabetically, 340 signed entries were contributed by 78 scholars whose fields include political science, computer science, cultural anthropology, English, comparative literature, and library science, among other disciplines--a broad range reflecting the broad range of potential readers. The entries offer thorough information on individual comic book and graphic novel titles and characters, individual writers and artists, publishers, themes and genres (such as the Cold War, crime, fantasy, education, folklore, history, horror, mutants, Nazis, romance, satire, science fiction, westerns, youth culture, among others), and miscellaneous topics such as the comics code, comics scholarship, awards, and merchandising. Most entries include a bibliography, and a general resources bibliography is also included. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
Comic books have captivated readers since the Famous Funnies of the 1930s, and have remained popular ever since, even through the censorious 1950s, when they were considered to be, corrupting the nation's youth. But with the advent of the graphic novel in the late 1970s---such as Will Eisner's early classic, A Contract with God---this form of reading entertainment truly came of age as a revealing literature of our culture. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture.

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels focuses on English-language comics---plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in English---with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison; major genres and themes; and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 Bullets, the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man, the revisionist superhero drama identity crisis, and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.

Baker
& Taylor

Arranged alphabetically, offers 340 signed entries focusing on English-language comics with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.
Focuses on English-language comics with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.

Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, 2010-
ISBN: 9780313357510
031335751X
9780313357503
0313357501
9780313357497
0313357498
9780313357480
031335748X
9780313357473
0313357471
9780313357466
0313357463
Branch Call Number: 741.503 En19
Characteristics: 375 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Booker, M. Keith

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