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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; New edition edition (April 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714839930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714839936
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Here at last is an authoritative and beautifully produced history of this vigorous and versatile artform, which covers as much of the whole field as a single book could.' (Guardian) 'It isn't the only such book you'll find out there - just the best ... Production values? A-plus.' (Newsweek) 'A handsome book with informative text.' (Daily Telegraph) 'Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels is as energetic as a jolt of double espresso - and as simultaneously appealing to both sophisticated and street sensibilities ... under Sabin's fluid hand, images and text come together like an expert cartoonist's frame-by-frame assemblage of drawings and dialogue balloons.' (Wired)

About the Author

Roger Sabin is an arts journalist and lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art, London. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Adult Comics: An Introduction.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Carbonaro on March 31, 2002
An art form that is often dismissed as mere entertainment gets its due in this huge, entertaining and enlightening book. Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels is undoubtedly the most comprehensive study of the graphic qualities and cultural impact of comic art, tracing the history of the genre from early woodcuts to modern times. In addition to documenting the origins of established comics such as Tintin and Batman, the contributions and influence of recent artists, including Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame and Art Spiegelman (Maus) are also discussed in depth. In addition to the treasure trove of illustrations in the book, Sabin's text deftly balances the history of comic art as entertainment with the placement of these comics in a cultural context. However, despite his scholarly tone the book never comes across as high-handed or pretentious. Beautifully produced and consummately authoritative, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in popular culture.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Abrams on February 28, 2007
I had this book for a class a little while ago and I have to agree with my professor that this book skips over a lot of important stuff in the "history of Comic Art". There is not nearly enough info about main stream publishers (Marvel and DC) and yet there are pages upon pages of independent works from the 70's. Don't get me wrong it's valuable information, BUT it's not balanced. It's like this book was written in the early 80's and written based on personal experiences and comic book tastes rather than hard research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly and Ashley Walsh on February 14, 2014
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I had to purchase the book. It's extremely informative and gives a great retelling of the history of comics. It has all the greats and the tough life comics has gone through. Recommend highly if you're interested in anything that has to do with American comic book.
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