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Author Petersen, Robert S., 1961-

Title Comics, manga, and graphic novels : a history of graphic narratives / Robert S. Petersen
Published Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 274 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. The language of graphic narratives -- 2. Popular prints and caricature -- 3. Picture stories -- 4. Modern art graphic narratives -- 5. Humor magazines -- 6. Comics in the era of ''yellow journalism'' -- 7. Graphic narratives in Asia -- 8. The superhero and the comic book -- 9. Mainstream American comics, post-World War II -- 10. Post-World War II manga -- 11. Post-World War II art graphic narratives -- 12. The return of graphic narratives for adults -- 13. Digital comics -- Glossary
Summary Publisher's description: Graphic narrative art is a fascinating phenomenon that emerged centuries ago with the expansion of literacy and the publication industry. The earliest example of a repeating comic character dates back to the late 1700s. By following the growth of print technology in Europe and Asia, it is possible to understand how and why artists across cultures developed different strategies for telling stories with pictures. This book is much more than a history of graphic narrative across the globe. It examines broader conceptual developments that preceded the origins of comics and graphic novels; how those ideas have evolved over the last century and a half; how literacy, print technology, and developments in narrative art are interrelated; and the way graphic narratives communicate culturally significant stories. The work of artists such as William Hogarth, J.J. Grandville, Willhem Busch, Frans Masereel, Max Ernst, Saul Steinberg, Henry Darger, and Larry Gonick are discussed or depicted
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism.
Graphic novels -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0313363315 (electronic bk.)
9780313363313 (electronic bk.)