Why comics? : from underground to everywhere

by Chute, Hillary L.,

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2018

"...a tour de force of the world of comics, from high-minded graphic novels to Superman..." New York Times

The massive impact that comics have had on our culture becomes more and more clear every day, from the critically acclaimed musical Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel's groundbreaking comic, to the dozens of superhero films hitting cinemas every year. What is it that makes comics so special? What can this unique art form do that others can't?

In Why Comics?, comics scholar Hillary Chute reveals the history of comics, underground comics (or comix), and graphic novels, through deep thematic analysis, and fascinating portraits of the fearless men and women behind them. As Scott McCloud revealed the methods behind comics and the way they worked in his classic Understanding Comics, Chute will reveal the themes that Comics handle best, and how the form is uniquely equipped to explore them.

The topics Why Comics? include:

* Why Disaster: with such major works focusing on disasters, from Art Spiegelman's work, which covers the Holocaust and 9/11 to Keiji Nakazawa's work covering Heroshima, comics find themselves uniquely suited to convey the scale and disorientation of disaster.

* Why Suburbs: through the work of Chris Ware and Charles Burns, Chute reveals the fascinating ways that Comics illustrate the quiet joys and struggles of suburban existence.

* Why Punk: With an emphasis on DIY aesthetics and rebelling against what came before, the Punk movement would prove to be a fertile ground for some of the most significant modern cartoonists, creating a truly democratic art form.

Chute has created an indispensable guide to comics for those new to the genre, or those who want to understand more about what lies behind their favorite works.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Chute (Disaster Drawn) serves up an accessible introduction to the major themes and literary achievements of comics. Arranged topically-disaster, sex, queerness, etc.-the survey offers in-depth analysis of famous works including Fun Home, Jimmy Corrigan, Maus, and Persepolis, and also some lesser-known but key works such as Lynda Barry's One! Hundred! Demons! Chute's enthusiastic account is accompanied by analysis of the storytelling language of comics (aided by full-color reproduction of the pages in question) and a smattering of biographical analysis. Troubled relations with fathers is a recurring theme, found in the lives of Jerry Siegel, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, among others. Literary comics capture the lion's share of attention, while superheroes get almost no play-Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns are dispensed with briefly and never returned to, an approach readers will view as either negligent or refreshing. Chute also propagates the narrative of the graphic novel tradition as largely based on white male neuroses, with R. Crumb at the epicenter. Anyone seeking a persuasive and perceptive entryway to the world of comics need look no further. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Influence on mass media.
Graphic novels -- History and criticism.
Superheroes in literature.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 449 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-435) and index.
ISBN 9780062476807
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