Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories

Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories

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Comic artist Ivan Brunetti, the creator of Schizo , offers a best-of anthology of contemporary art comics, along with some classic comic strips and other historical materials that have retained a "modern" sensibility. As with Chris Ware's selections for his best-selling McSweeney's anthology, Brunetti's choices make for a highly personal book ("my criteria were simple: these are comics that I savor and often revisit") that serves as a broad historical overview of the medium and a round-up of some of today's best and most interesting North American comic artists. Included here are works from such well-known artists as Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, Seth, Phoebe Gloeckner, Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Joe Sacco, and Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, as well as many other pioneers whose names may be less familiar.
Brunetti offers selections from the works of more than seventy-five avant-garde comic artists.  His selections are arranged by genre and grouped thematically. Luxuriously produced and printed in four-color throughout, the book is a must-have for collectors, aficionados, readers of comics, and those generally interested in cutting-edge art and literature.
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale Univ. Press : 2006
ISBN: 9780300111705
Branch Call Number: 741.5 An86b
Characteristics: 400p illus
Additional Contributors: Brunetti, Ivan, ed


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Dec 11, 2015

Yeah, it's OK to read comics! I mean, "graphic fiction." Yale University Press said it's OK. This diverse and enjoyable anthology is another contribution to the mainstreaming of comics and its belated recognition as a legitamate art form. Editor Brunetti pulls together an impressive array of names, from forefathers like Charles Schultz to pioneers like Robert Crumb (possibly the most important comics figures of the past 40 years) and Art Speilgman to more recent talents like Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Joe Sacco. Of course, his selection is somewhat subjective and most readers will quibble with at least some inclusions. At its worst, graphic fiction is badly drawn and seems little more than a parade of the author's neuroses and boring preoccupations. I don't know how guys like James Kochalka and Jeffry Brown got in. And where's Winsor "Little Nemo" McCay? But part of the function of such an anthology is to generate debate. A valuable, provocative collection that will no doubt find its way into emerging comics as lit classes.

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