Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present
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Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present

Comics, manga, bandes dessinees, fumetti, tebeo, historietas... no matter the name, they have been a powerful medium across four continents for decades. This is the history of comics around the world from the late 1960s to the dawn of the 21st century. Comics is a richly illustrated narrative of extraordinary scope. Examples from all over the world include everything from Crumb and Kirby to RAW; from Metal Hurlant to Marjane Satrapi to nouvelle manga; from both the American mainstream and underground to the evolving and influential British scene. The images here are bright and colorful, dark and brooding, arresting and pleasant, all at the same time. An unprecedented collection includes around 260 expertly chosen illustrations, many reproduced in full-page format for more sophisticated analysis.The authors, two uniquely positioned and knowledgeable authorities, are the first to write a broadly comprehensive history of this most accessible, democratic, and occasionally subversive modern popular art form, displaying an intimate familiarity with schools and styles, writers, artists, and companies across countries and generations. In showing us both post-apocalyptic dreamscapes and portraits of the everyday, Comics looks at this thirty-plus year period through a very unique lens.

Title:Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

    Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present Reviews

  • Kevinjwoods
    Aug 28, 2014

    This is one of those history of comics that completely misses the idea of what a history should be in favour of what can only be described as what the author feels should be studied. The chapters on A...

  • Eric Mesa
    Jun 27, 2014

    Disclosure: I received this book as part of the First Reads program in which the winner recieves a copy of the book in exchange for a review. (It’s slightly more complicated than that,...

  • Tim Pendry
    Sep 29, 2014

    A solid account of a minor art form but a great contributor to the popular imagination even if the book does sometimes come to sound like a catalogue. It is very well illustrated and clearly written.I...

  • Derek Parker
    Jun 28, 2014

    Dan Nazur and Alexander Danner have created a wonderful history of comics since 1968. One of the challenges of any historical overview is knowing how to balance detailed accounts with broad categorizi...

  • Rachel
    Oct 10, 2014

    An extensive overview of the artistic history of graphica with a focus on the roots, underground, and alternative titles, rather than the commercial, from across the world. Particular attention is giv...

  • Barbara
    Nov 05, 2014

    I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Read. This book is a bit too haughty for my liking. There are a lot of gaps & "breezing overs" in this book--which is perhaps why it has taken me so ...

  • Des
    Dec 19, 2014

    It's a pretty comprehensive history. It was obviously an ambitious project (cataloguing any form of art over a span of several decades surely isn't easy) but I wish there had been the addition of hist...

  • Sarah
    Mar 04, 2015

    More academic than expected, Mazur's history of comics spans from the San Francisco and New York to Japan, Belgium, Germany and Argentina and all points between. While some of the writing is a bit den...

  • Joey
    Aug 06, 2016

    The best history of the medium I've ever read. The attention paid to international comics is particularly valuable (and frustrating as it has shown me how many great works have never been translates)....

  • Jazzy
    Apr 29, 2015

    interesting thurough look at contemporary history of comics.very in depth. including many female artists and creators not other wise featured....