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A highly respected comics authority presents a new take on the very earliest history of comics. Smolderen looks to understand the processes that led to the twentieth-century comic strip. Close readings of the picture stories, caricatures, and humorous illustrations of William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer, Cruikshank, Palmer Cox, Gustave Doré, A.B. Frost, Thomas Rolandson, and their many contemporaries. Examples of early comics work, in full color, include Sunday pages by Opper, Outcault, Dirks, Frank King, Swinnerton, McCay and others.
Smolderen establishes how all these artists were immersed in a very old visual culture. Influential works dating back into the early 1800s were presenting graphic narratives that are both fascinating and surprising in their elegance.
Across eight chapters, he acutely points out how the effect of the printing press and the advent of reproduction technologies (photography, audio recording, and cinema) at the end of the nineteenth century led to a new twentieth-century visual culture. In tracing this evolution, Smolderen distinguishes himself from other comics historians by following a methodology that explains the present state of the form of comics on the basis of its history, rather than presenting the history of the form on the basis of its present state. Profusely illustrated, and finely reproduced, this study remaps the history of this influential art form.
Smolderen, from Angoulême, France, is a comics writer and scholar who teaches at the école européenne supérieure de l'image. Translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
Note: Bumped corners.
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Item Code ORCHR Publisher UPM Publish Date 2014 Print Status Out of Print Condition Note: Bumped corners. Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 168pg Color Text/Partial Color