A Comics Studies Reader by Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester

By Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester

A Comics reports Reader bargains the simplest of the hot comics scholarship in approximately thirty essays on a wide selection of such comics varieties as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comedian strips, comedian books, manga, and photograph novels.

The anthology covers the pioneering paintings of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the photograph novels of paintings Spiegelman and Chris Ware, in addition to Peanuts, romance comics, and superheroes. It explores the stylistic achievements of manga, the foreign anti-comics crusade, and gear and sophistication in Mexican comedian books and English illustrated stories.

A Comics reports Reader introduces readers to the key debates and issues of reference that proceed to form the sphere. it is going to curiosity an individual who desires to delve deeper into the realm of comics and is perfect for school room use.

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It’s a weird thing. It’s as if we were living in a fictional reality, and now the cold, hard, real reality has arrived. In ten years I may have to reinvent myself in some way, because comics are sort of disappearing. To continue to do them as they are now—a low-priced little pamphlet—is going to become increasingly untenable for retailers. We’re reaching a point where the only thing you 56 can do is make an expensive comic book, and that seems like an affectation. It just doesn’t feel right. For a long time I was really into the comics thing, but that was in a period when comics had a lot of energy behind them as an art form.

Many of your comics, the early ones in particular, are In a certain context, yes, I do think that’s true. You don’t want to look too closely. I’m surprised to hear you say that because many of your strips—“Like a Weed, Joe” for instance—have a tremendous amount of empathy. Your depictions of elderly people are also very tender. Really? They may be beautiful from a conceptual point of view, but you wouldn’t want to lick the faces of those characters. I’m trying to be a more forgiving person, and some days are better than others.

She has also authored two volumes of collected interviews, and co-wrote and produced the documentary film The Cool School. indd 58 11/11/2011 11:51 WHO’S AFRAID EIGHTBALL OF DANIEL CLOWES? 1989–2004 I n 1989, Daniel Clowes released his comic-book series Eightball to an unsuspecting public. ” And he did. Eightball was a MAD magazine–esque freewheeling comic-book anthology. During its first decade, a typical issue included five to seven short stories/strips. Clowes moved effortlessly among genres such as autobiography, gag cartoon, and fairy tale as well as literary fiction and cultural satire.

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