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The best American comics 2014, edited and introduced by Scott McCloud ; Bill Kartalopoulos, series editor

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The best American comics 2014
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The best American comics 2014
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edited and introduced by Scott McCloud ; Bill Kartalopoulos, series editor
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eng
Summary
"The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction--from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web--to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud 'just about the smartest guy in comics'"--Publisher information
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  • /* Starred Review */ As evidenced by his seminal Understanding Comics (1993), McCloud could be the medium’s foremost deep thinker, making him an overdue choice for editor of this standout series. Indeed, there is much to be gained from his comprehensive embrace of the form and his nuanced, knowledgeable, and friendly essays preceding each of the themed sections that he and new series editor Kartalopoulos have admirably broken the book into. McCloud wisely notes that serving the terms comics and American, to say nothing of best, is a damagingly subjective goal, and this volume is in fact intended as a “fleeting, accidental portrait of comics today.” But what a portrait it is: a master class in how to find the universally accessible in the intimately personal and transform images into emotions. From mainstream (an excerpt of Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga) to avant-garde (work by Michael DeForge); from perennial greats (Chris Ware, R. Crumb) to newly minted superstars (Raina Telgemeier) to lesser-known but startling talents (Nina Bunjevac’s August 1977 and Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault’s Jane, the Fox and Me, 2013) every page drives home the point that, if you can add only one book to your adult graphic-novel collection this year, this has got to be it. -- Karp, Jesse (Reviewed 10-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 4, p35)
  • Editor McCloud (Understanding Comics ) highlights the diverse number and styles of comics in this occasionally frustrating but ever-essential annual. The “big names”—Los Bros. Hernandez, Charles Burns, R. and Aline Crumb—are well represented in a section dubbed, tongue-in-cheek, as “The Usual Suspects,” but a myriad of alt-comics, minicomics, and webcomics continue to make this series the widest-ranging comics collection of its kind. Transitions from one piece to the next continue to be occasionally jarring: unlike a prose anthology, there’s no visual indication that one excerpt ending until the page is turned. But the selected pieces are varied and absolutely vital: charming teen angst (Raina Telgemeier’s Drama ), trippy beat-box history (Hip-Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor), romantic SF fantasy (Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga ) and autobiography via funny animals (Sam Sharpe’s “Mom”). McCloud’s entertaining and conversational introductions to each section educate and enlighten. As this series approaches its 10th anniversary in 2016, a single book can no longer fully capture the explosive growth, range, and variety of comics today, but this volume’s smorgasbord nevertheless offers readers the opportunity to discover new styles and a sense of the range of genres in the graphic novel world. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 8, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 36, p)
  • The latest annual roundup is more ambitious and conceptually audacious than is usual for any Best American series. As a well-regarded critical theorist as well as creator of comics, McCloud (Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, 2006, etc.) has points to make and issues to raise with this year's selection, which represents "just…the tip of a very big, very weird iceberg." Where these collections typically follow an alphabetical (by author) sequencing and need not be read in any particular order, McCloud explains, "I've divided our stories into ten sections, offering a short introduction for each. Each section is built around a unifying theme, and it's been fun watching the stories in each group talk to each other at night, find common ground." Most of the inclusions are excerpts from larger works, and given the structural innovations of comic form, many of them are represented in a format different from the original—e.g., the wordless excerpt from Chris Ware's epochal Building Stories (2012), an achievement of which any part can only hint. In addition to Ware, what McCloud calls "The Usual Suspects" include Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, the Crumbs and the brothers Hernandez. Highlights extend from Allie Brosh's Web comic excerpt from "Depression Part Two," confessional and cathartic, to Tom Hart's memorialization of his young daughter in an excerpt from his work in progress, Rosalie Lightning, to the nightmarish surrealism of Ron Regé Jr., one of those who explores "that far outer perimeter of meaning." Some of the juxtapositions might make more thematic sense to the editor than they do to readers, and the dominance of experts suggests that the main value of this volume will be to give readers a taste of other books worth discovering. The spirit of discovery makes this a good launching point for readers interested in the genre's variety and limitless possibility.(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2014)
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YDXCP
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN6726
LC item number
.B47 2014
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
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1960-
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  • McCloud, Scott
  • Kartalopoulos, Bill
  • Hernandez, Jaime
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The best American series
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  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Graphic novels
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Graphic novels
  • United States
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The best American comics 2014, edited and introduced by Scott McCloud ; Bill Kartalopoulos, series editor
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Charles Burns
  • Cul de sac, September 17-23, 2012
  • Richard Thompson
  • Hawaii 1997
  • Sam Alden
  • All the marbles
  • (excerpt)
  • Gilbert Hernandez
  • Translated, from the Japanese,
  • Adrian Tomine
  • High road to the schmuck seat
  • R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb ;
  • A
  • 21st century still life
  • Great comics are not a genre :
  • Ben Katchor
  • Raising readers :
  • Drama
  • (excerpt)
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Jane, the fox and me
  • (excerpt)
  • Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
  • Family tree :
  • Letting it go
  • Crime raiders international mobsters and executioners
  • (excerpt)
  • Miriam Katin
  • RL
  • (excerpt)
  • Tom Hart
  • Mom
  • (excerpt)
  • Sam Sharpe
  • August 1977
  • Nina Bunjevac
  • Jaime Hernandez
  • Strange adventures : The
  • mermaid in the Hudson
  • (excerpt)
  • Mark Siegel
  • Saga chapter 7
  • (excerpt)
  • Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Multiple warheads : alphabet to infinity #1
  • (excerpt)
  • Brandon Graham
  • Picnic now!, Sickroom reading, and The hand laundry
  • Dimensions
  • Ted May
  • The book of the year is not a book :
  • Building stories
  • (excerpt)
  • Chris Ware
  • Testimonials :
  • March : book one
  • (excerpt)
  • John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell ;
  • Ben Katchor ;
  • The
  • program is morally good
  • (excerpt)
  • Frank M. Young and David Lasky
  • Hip hop family tree
  • Ed Piskor
  • Oh, crap-- webcomics! :
  • Depression part two
  • (excerpt)
  • Allie Brosh
  • The
  • Even stranger adventures :
  • Canadian royalty
  • Michael DeForge ;
  • The
  • understanding monster-- book one
  • (excerpt)
  • Theo Ellsworth
  • The Kuiper Belt :
  • Is there silence?, The implications of making something from nothing via the spiritual realm, and This is magic-- this is alchemy
  • Ron Regé, Jr.
  • hive
  • Face it
  • C.F.
  • Bittersweet romance
  • (excerpt)
  • Victor Cayro
  • Whistle while you work ... or think of death
  • Onsmith
  • Schweinhund and Howdy, his nephew Dee Dee and a friend of Howdy's nephew
  • Gerald Jablonski
  • Hyperspeed to nowhere, return to entropy
  • (excerpt)
  • (excerpt)
  • Lale Westvind
  • Untitled selections
  • G.W. Duncanson
  • Blue period
  • Aiden Koch
  • Ambient air
  • (part II)
  • Erin Curry
  • Memory boxes :
Control code
ocn867078143
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 381 pages
Isbn
9780544104266
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)867078143
Label
The best American comics 2014, edited and introduced by Scott McCloud ; Bill Kartalopoulos, series editor
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Charles Burns
  • Cul de sac, September 17-23, 2012
  • Richard Thompson
  • Hawaii 1997
  • Sam Alden
  • All the marbles
  • (excerpt)
  • Gilbert Hernandez
  • Translated, from the Japanese,
  • Adrian Tomine
  • High road to the schmuck seat
  • R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb ;
  • A
  • 21st century still life
  • Great comics are not a genre :
  • Ben Katchor
  • Raising readers :
  • Drama
  • (excerpt)
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Jane, the fox and me
  • (excerpt)
  • Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
  • Family tree :
  • Letting it go
  • Crime raiders international mobsters and executioners
  • (excerpt)
  • Miriam Katin
  • RL
  • (excerpt)
  • Tom Hart
  • Mom
  • (excerpt)
  • Sam Sharpe
  • August 1977
  • Nina Bunjevac
  • Jaime Hernandez
  • Strange adventures : The
  • mermaid in the Hudson
  • (excerpt)
  • Mark Siegel
  • Saga chapter 7
  • (excerpt)
  • Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Multiple warheads : alphabet to infinity #1
  • (excerpt)
  • Brandon Graham
  • Picnic now!, Sickroom reading, and The hand laundry
  • Dimensions
  • Ted May
  • The book of the year is not a book :
  • Building stories
  • (excerpt)
  • Chris Ware
  • Testimonials :
  • March : book one
  • (excerpt)
  • John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell ;
  • Ben Katchor ;
  • The
  • program is morally good
  • (excerpt)
  • Frank M. Young and David Lasky
  • Hip hop family tree
  • Ed Piskor
  • Oh, crap-- webcomics! :
  • Depression part two
  • (excerpt)
  • Allie Brosh
  • The
  • Even stranger adventures :
  • Canadian royalty
  • Michael DeForge ;
  • The
  • understanding monster-- book one
  • (excerpt)
  • Theo Ellsworth
  • The Kuiper Belt :
  • Is there silence?, The implications of making something from nothing via the spiritual realm, and This is magic-- this is alchemy
  • Ron Regé, Jr.
  • hive
  • Face it
  • C.F.
  • Bittersweet romance
  • (excerpt)
  • Victor Cayro
  • Whistle while you work ... or think of death
  • Onsmith
  • Schweinhund and Howdy, his nephew Dee Dee and a friend of Howdy's nephew
  • Gerald Jablonski
  • Hyperspeed to nowhere, return to entropy
  • (excerpt)
  • (excerpt)
  • Lale Westvind
  • Untitled selections
  • G.W. Duncanson
  • Blue period
  • Aiden Koch
  • Ambient air
  • (part II)
  • Erin Curry
  • Memory boxes :
Control code
ocn867078143
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 381 pages
Isbn
9780544104266
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)867078143

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