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Critical Takes: Ed vs. Yummy Fur: Or, What Happens When a Serial Comic Becomes a Graphic Novel, by Brian Evenson

by Derek Royal Ed vs. Yummy Fur: Or, What Happens When a Serial Comic Becomes a Graphic Novel, by Brian Evenson (Uncivilized Books) For those familiar with the works of Chester Brown, the contorted saga of Ed the Happy Clown may be an

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Critical Takes: Studying Comics and Graphic Novels, by Karin Kukkonen

by Derek Royal Studying Comics and Graphic Novels, by Karin Kukkonen (Wiley-Blackwell) As instructors are increasingly using comics in the classroom — and especially as more college programs are devoting entire courses to comics studies — the need for a textbook introducing

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Critical Takes: American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-1969, by John Wells

by Derek Royal American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-1969, by John Wells (TwoMorrows Publishing) For a little more than a year and a half, TwoMorrows Publishing has been engaged in an ambitious effort: to produce quality, hardback volumes that provide a

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Critical Takes: Narrative Structure in Comics, by Barbara Postema

by Derek Royal Narrative Structure in Comics, by Barbara Postema (RIT Press) Over the past year there have been a number of studies focusing specifically on the formal properties of comics or the ways in which their stories are told. Texts such as

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Critical Takes: Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present, by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner

by Derek Royal Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present, by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner (Thames and Hudson) If you’re interested in reading a history of comics, there are a variety of texts to choose from. There are the

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Critical Takes: Comics Art, by Paul Gravett

by Shea Hennum Comics Art, by Paul Gravett (Yale University Press) Known as comics’ greatest historian, Paul Gravett has recently published Comics Art, a scattershot look at the world of comics, from a mostly historical perspective. With clear and concise prose, Gravett fills the

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Critical Takes: Contemporary Comics Storytelling, by Karin Kukkonen

by Derek Royal Contemporary Comics Storytelling, by Karin Kukkonen (University of Nebraska Press) Over the past year there have been a number of studies focusing specifically on the formal properties of comics or the ways in which their stories are told. Texts such

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Critical Takes: Nathaniel Hawthorne Adaptations in Comics

by Derek Royal Classic works of American literature have been adapted to comics since the medium first gained a pop cultural foothold. What is notable is that almost all of the earliest adaptations of American literature sprang not only from antebellum

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Critical Takes: Super Boys, by Brad Ricca

by Danny Anderson Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – The Creators of Superman, by Brad Ricca (St. Martin’s Press) The story of how Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster willed Superman into our world is

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Critical Takes: The Myth of the Superhero, by Marco Arnaudo

by Derek Royal The Myth of the Superhero, by Marco Arnaudo. Translated by Jamie Richards (Johns Hopkins University Press) In The Best American Comics 2013, which was just recently published, editor Jeff Smith presents a variety of intriguing expressions from the

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Critical Takes: Recent Books on Jewish Comics

by Derek Royal The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, edited by Samantha Baskind and Ranen Omer-Sherman (Rutgers University Press) Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, edited by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts) Jewish Images in the Comics: A Visual

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Critical Takes: Comics and Narration, by Thierry Groensteen

By Derek Royal Comic and Narration, by Thierry Groensteen (University Press of Mississippi) In his seminal work, The System of Comics (2007, originally published as Systéme de la bande dessinée in 1999), Thierry Groensteen laid out his foundations for a comprehensive understanding of

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