The best American comics criticism / edited by Ben Schwartz

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Subjects: Comic books, strips, etc.--United States--History and criticism
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, c2010
LC Classification: P, PN
Table of Contents: APPRAISALS
The Walk Through the Rain: Will Eisner and Frank Miller in conversation (excerpt from Eisner/Miller) 86
Will Eisner and Frank Miller: The Raconteurs (excerpt from Reading Comics) / Douglas Wolk 93
"A Great Bamboozler": Howard Chaykin on Will Eisner / Bob Andelman 104
"There Is White and There Is Black and There Is Nothing in Between" (excerpt from In Search of Steve Ditko) / Alan Moore 114
Spider-Man Sucks / Peter Bagge 117
Letter of the Law: Ditko's Mr. A Period / Donald Phelps 122
Like a Prairie Fire, Even Hotter: Harold Gray, Politics, and the Not-So-Funny Funnies / Ben Schwartz 129
Drawn from Life / Jeet Heer 133
George Herriman: The Cat in the Hat / Sarah Boxer 144
Thurber's Art (excerpt from Introduction to Is Sex Necessary?) / John Updike 154
John Stanley's Teen Trilogy 157
Schulz's Gifts / Jonathan Franzen 176
"A Mozart of Zaniness" / Daniel Clowes 179
"What's This One About?" A Re-Reader's Guide to David Boring / Ken Parille 182
A Child's Garden of Detritus: The Cartoon Chronicles of Lynda Barry / Donald Phelps 207
Diary of a Teenage Rake: An Appreciation of Phoebe Gloeckner's Masterpiece / Donald Phelps 208
What Went Wrong with the Masters Show / Dan Nadel 214
REVIEWS
Topffer in English / Chris Ware 222
Epileptic: Disorder in the House / Rick Moody 228
Fun Home: Literary Cartooning in a Graphic Novel / Robert C. Harvey 232
Epics (Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus; Kirby: King of Comics; Age of Bronze; Y: The Last Man on Earth) / John Hodgman 240
Was This Review Helpful To You?: Joe Matt's Spent 248
C. Spinoza's Pacho Clokey / Nate Gruenwald 254
INTERVIEWS
Persian Miniatures: Marjane Satrapi / David Hajdu 274
"It Keeps Ending Up Looking Like It Was Drawn By Me" An Interview With Chester Brown / Darrell Epp 283
"I Feel My Zaniness Is Based on Truth" An Interview With Will Elder / Gary Groth 295
"My Strategy Was To Create The Opposite" An Interview With Yoshihiro Tatsumi / Gary Groth 310
"It's Gotta Be Real To Me, Somehow" An Interview With Kim Deitch / Gary Groth 320
"I Could Relate Very Closely To Your Alienation" A Conversation Between Daniel Clowes and Jonathan Lethem 331
New Art Comics Panel / Dan Nadel 343
Acknowledgments 349
Art Credits 351
Index 354
Alternate Titles: Portion of title: American comics criticism
Portion of title: Comics criticism
Additional Authors: Schwartz, Ben, comedy writer
Notes: ISBN: 9781606991480 (pbk.)
ISBN: 1606991485 (pbk.)
Includes index
Contents: Introduction / Ben Schwartz -- Comics tragedy : is the superhero invulnerable? / Brian Doherty -- Graphic novels : can you hear the trucks? / Paul Gravett -- 9/11 comics / R. Fiore -- American boys (excerpt from Men of tomorrow) / Gerard Jones -- Excerpt from the Decision of U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson in Case No. CV-04-8400-SGL -- "Then let us commit them" (excerpt from The ten-cent plague) / David Hajdu -- High standards (excerpt from Wimbledon Green) / Seth -- The walk through the rain : Will Eisner and Frank Miller in conversation (excerpt from Eisner/Miller) -- Will Eisner and Frank Miller : the raconteurs (excerpt from Reading comics) / Douglas Wolk -- "A great bamboozler" : Howard Chaykin on Will Eisner / Bob Andelman -- "There is white and there is black and there is nothing in between" (excerpt from In search of Steve Ditko) / Alan Moore -- Spider-man sucks / Peter Bagge -- Letter of the law : Ditko's Mr. A period / Donald Phelps -- Like a prairie fire, even hotter : Harold Gray, politics, and the not-so-funny funnies / Ben Schwartz -- Drawn from life / Jeet Heer -- George Herriman : the cat in the hat / Sarah Boxer -- Thurber's art (excerpt from Introduction to Is sex necessary?) / John Updike -- John Stanley's teen trilogy / Seth -- Schulz's gifts / Jonathan Franzen -- "A Mozart of zaniness" / Daniel Clowes -- "What's this one about?" : a re-reader's guide to David Boring / Ken Parille -- A child's garden of detritus : the cartoon chronicles of Lynda Barry / Donald Phelps -- Diary of a teenage rake : an appreciation of Phoebe Gloeckner's masterpiece / Donald Phelps -- What went wrong with the Masters show / Dan Nadel -- Töpffer in English / Chris Ware -- Epileptic : disorder in the house / Rick Moody -- Fun home : literary cartooning in a graphic novel / Robert C. Harvey -- Epics (Kirby's fourth world omnibus; Kirby : king of comics; Age of bronze; Y : the last man on Earth) / John Hodgman -- Was this review helpful to you? : Joe Matt's Spent / Amazon.com readers -- C. Spinoza's Pacho Clokey / Nate Gruenwald -- Persian miniatures : Marjane Satrapi / David Hajdu -- "It keeps ending up looking like it was drawn by me" : an interview with Chester Brown / Darrell Epp -- "I feel my zaniness is based on truth" : an interview with Will Elder / Gary Groth -- "My strategy was to create the opposite" : an interview with Yoshihiro Tatsumi / Gary Groth -- "It's gotta be real to me, somehow" : an interview with Kim Deitch / gary Groth -- "I could related very closely to you alienation" : a conversation between Daniel Clowes and Jonathan Lethem -- New art comics panel : Sammy Harkham and Dan Nadel
Physical Description: 360 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
OCLC Number: 427613097
ISBN/ISSN: 9781606991480
1606991485

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