In 1976, a group of young men and
women coalesced around a fledgling magazine and the idea that comics could be
art. In 2016, comics intended for an adult readership are reviewed favorably in
the New York Times, enjoy panels devoted to them at Book Expo America, and sell
in bookstores comparable to prose efforts of similar weight and intent.
Comics As Art: We Told You So tells
of Fantagraphics Books' key role in helping build and shape an art movement
around a discredited, ignored and fading expression of Americana the way
insiders share the saga with one another other: in anecdotal form, in the words
of the people who lived it and saw it happen. Comics historian and critic Tom
Spurgeon and longtime Comics Journal editor Michael Dean assemble an all-star
cast of industry figures, critics, cartoonists, art objects, curios, and
groundbreaking publications to bring you a detailed account of Fantagraphics'
first 40 years.
Comics as Art is a detailed catalog
of the look of a cultural awakening. It's a story that includes appearances by
Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Harlan Ellison, Jim Shooter, Stan Lee, Dan Clowes,
Frank Miller, Peter Bagge, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dave Sim, Steve
Geppi, Todd McFarlane and every other major figure in the arts or business end
of modern comics. More than a corporate history or a fond look back, Comics As
Art: We Told You So makes the warts-and-all case for Fantagraphics Books' position
near the heart of the modern reclamation of the comics art form.
Prose with photos and illustrations
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition
(December 14, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.9 x 10.4
Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tom Spurgeon is the co-creator of the
award-winning The Comics Reporter, which publishes journalism, criticism, and
history, and the co-writer of a Stan Lee biography. He edited The Comics
Journal for five years. He currently lives in Ohio, where he is organizing the
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus convention.
Michael Dean lives in Seattle, WA. He
has been an editor at The Comics Journal since 1999.
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