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Rise of the Graphic Novel

Stephen Weiner
Introduction by Will Eisner, cover by Jeff Smith
Graphic novels have exploded off bookstore shelves and into movies, college courses and the New York Times Book Review, and onto the coffee tables of the cognoscenti. What’s fueling this explosion? Where did all the excitement come from? Stephen Weiner, a comics historian and children’s literature specialist, provides the answers in this groundbreaking book—the first history of graphic novels.
From the agonizing Holocaust vision of Art Spiegelman’s Maus to the teenage angst of Dan Clowes’s Ghost World, this book takes you into the heart of the graphic novel revolution. The author of 101 Best Graphic Novels now tells the whole history of this new medium—from the first modern urban autobiographical graphic novel, Will Eisner’s A Contract with God, to the hip indy comics of the Hernandez Bros.’ Love and Rockets, the dark mysteries of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and the postmodern superheroics of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight.
It’s all here, in this newly updated edition—the must-reads, the milestones, and what to look for in the future of this exciting new medium..
Read interview of Weiner on Graphic Novel Reporter where he discusses latest trends.
"Does capture the recognized landmarks of the modern graphic novel. Weiner provides a broader view of comics' maturation as a storytelling form." -Seattle Post Intelligencer
"This is a perfect book for anyone trying to wrap her or his head around the field of comics, a quick and smart overview of the field that spans both decades and genres. Whether you're developing a syllabus, improving your library's collection, or just trying to get a better sense of the field and the good stuff you might have missed, Rise is well worth a read, and worth keeping around afterwards for reference."
-Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
" Mr. Weiner connects all the dots in this amazing evolution of a true art form—an evolution driven as much by artists and writers as by their readers." -New York Journal of Books
6x9, 80pp., B&W hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561637027

PEYO, The Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller

PEYO, The Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller
Issued on the occasion of a recent exhaustive exhibition of original art by Peyo, father of the Smurfs, this is a hefty compendium chock-a-block with reproductions of his original pages from Johan & Peewit to Poussy the Cat and more, and of course with plenty of Smurfs art! Accompanied by text on the history of Peyo’s creations. Direct import from France.
8 ¼ x 11, 250pp. full color trade pb., $50, ISBN 9782953974300

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Mark Kneece & Bob Pendarvis

A full college class on creating comics... in a graphic novel! Learn the secrets of the trade but also... the secrets of the students who make quite a cast of characters. Can the professors keep up? Hey, life is art! By two professors of the Savannah College of Art & Design with a class of their best seniors.
"Jungle incorporates quite a bit of solid information on comics creation in the telling of its story." -Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide
"Grade: A. The book takes readers through the beginnings of a semester right up to the fledgling artists' first opportunity at landing work. Along the way, it throws in a few how-tos that are of special interest to both would-be comics creators and casual readers." -Comics Buyers Guide
"Belongs in a similar category as Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. A lighthearted complement." - School Library Journal
6x9, 144pp., B&W trade pb., $11.95, ISBN 1-56163-379-8

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