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Prominent scholar Thierry Groensteen offers a distinct perspective on important evolutions in comics since the 1960s, through close readings of ten seminal works. He covers over half a century of comics production, sampling a single work from the sixties (Ballad of the Salt Sea by Hugo Pratt), seventies (The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius by Moebius), eighties (Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons), nineties (Epileptic by David B), and finally important recent work, such as Building Stories by Chris Ware. Moderately illustrated in b&w.
Each of these books created an opening, achieved a breakthrough, offered a new narrative model, or took up an emerging tendency and perfected it. Groensteen recaptures the impact with which these works, each in its own way, broke with what had gone before. He regards comics as an expanding art, not only because ground-breaking works such as these are increasing in number, but also because it is an art that has only gradually become aware of its considerable potential and is unceasingly opening up new expressive terrain.
Thierry Groensteen, Brussels, Belgium, is a prominent comics scholar and author of numerous books including The System of Comics and Comics and Narration, both published by University Press of Mississippi. He has held a number of prestigious positions over the years: editor of Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée; director of the comics museum housed in the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image in Angoulême, where he is now a project director and curator.
He is editor in chief of 9ème Art; founder and editor of a comics collection for Actes Sud and lecturer on the comics masters course at the École européenne supérieure de l'image in Angoulême.
Translater Ann Miller, Oxford, United Kingdom, is University Fellow in French at the University of Leicester. Miller is joint editor of European Comic Art. She is author of Reading Bande Dessinée: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip and co-editor of Textual Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography and The French Comics Theory Reader.
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Item Code EXPAR Publisher University of Mississippi Press Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781496820129 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 240pg Color Text/b&w