Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

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Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Format:  Paperback,

253 pages

Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi

Publish Date: Nov 2010

ISBN-13: 9781604737929

ISBN-10: 1604737921

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Starting in the mid-1980s, a talented set of comics artists changed the American comic-book industry forever by introducing adult sensibilities and aesthetic considerations into popular genres such as superhero comics and the newspaper strip. Frank Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" (1986) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's "Watchmen" (1987) revolutionized the former genre in particular. During this same period, underground and alternative genres began to garner critical acclaim and media attention beyond comics-specific outlets, as best represented by Art Spiegelman's "Maus." Publishers began to collect, bind, and market comics as "graphic novels," and these appeared in mainstream bookstores and in magazine reviews.

"The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts" brings together new scholarship surveying the production, distribution and reception of American comics from this pivotal decade to the present. The collection specifically explores the figure of the comics creator--either as writer, as artist, or as writer and artist--in contemporary U.S. comics, using creators as focal points to evaluate changes to the industry, its aesthetics, and its critical reception. The book also includes essays on landmark creators such as Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, as well as insightful interviews with Jeff Smith ("Bone"), Jim Woodring ("Frank") and Scott McCloud ("Understanding Comics"). As comics have reached new audiences, through different material and electronic forms, the public's broad perception of what comics are has changed. "The Rise of the American Comics Artist" surveys the ways in which the figure of the creator has been at the heart of these evolutions.

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Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
Publish Date: Nov 2010
ISBN-13: 9781604737929
ISBN-10: 1604737921
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 253
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.98
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 9.25 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9781604737929

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments
Introduction: In the Year 3794
Marketing Creators
How the Graphic Novel Changed American Comics
Is this a book? DC Vertigo and the Redefinition of Comics in the 1990s
Signals from Airstrip One: The British Invasion of Mainstream American Comics
Interview
Demo-Graphics: Comics and Politics
State of the Nation and the Freedom Fighters Arc
Critique, Caricature, and Compulsion in Joe Sacco's Comics Journalism
Artists or Employees?
Too Much Commerce Man? Shannon Wheeler and the Ironies of the Rebel Cell
Comics Against Themselves: Chris Ware's Graphic Narratives as Literature
Interview
Creative Difference: Comics Creators and Identity Politics
Questions of Contemporary Women's Comics
Theorizing Sexuality in Comics
Feminine Latin/o American Identities on the American Alternative Landscape: From the Women of Love and Rockets to La Perdida
Authorizing Comics: How Creators Frame the Reception of Comic Texts
Making Comics Respectable: How Maws Helped Redefine a Medium
A Purely American Tale: The Tragedy of Racism and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth as Great American Novel
That Mouse's Shadow: The Canonization of Spiegelman's Maus
Interview
Contributors
Index

Book description

Starting in the mid-1980s, a talented set of comics artists changed the American comic-book industry forever by introducing adult sensibilities and aesthetic considerations into popular genres such as superhero comics and the newspaper strip. Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen (1987) revolutionized the former genre in particular. During this same period, underground and alternative genres began to garner critical acclaim and media attention beyond comics-specific outlets, as best represented by Art Spiegelman's Maus. Publishers began to collect, bind, and market comics as "graphic novels", and these appeared in mainstream bookstores and in magazine reviews.

The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts brings together new scholarship surveying the production, distribution and reception of American comics from this pivotal decade to the present. The collection specifically explores the figure of the comics creator--either as writer, as artist, or as writer and artist--in contemporary U.S. comics, using creators as focal points to evaluate changes to the industry, its aesthetics, and its critical reception.

The book also includes essays on landmark creators such as Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, as well as insightful interviews with Jeff Smith ( Bone), Jim Woodring ( Frank) and Scott McCloud ( Understanding Comics). As comics have reached new audiences, through different material and electronic forms, the public's broad perception of what comics are has changed. The Rise of the American Comics Artist surveys the ways in which the figure of the creator has been at the heart of these evolutions.

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