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Frank Miller: The Comics Journal Library Volume 2 Paperback – August, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Comics Journal Library
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560975288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560975281
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 12.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Miller is one of the great auteurs of the modern era of comics, and this handsome collection of in-depth interviews spanning his career is an essential guide to tracking his development. With its hardboiled style and fatalistic world view, Miller's work from his early Daredevil to the groundbreaking Dark Knight Returns to his b&w crime saga Sin City to the controversial The Dark Knight Strikes Again has influenced countless cartoonists. Furthermore, he's become one of the most articulate pundits in the comics world. Originally presented in the pages of The Comics Journal, these conversations show Miller's creative process as it develops. Emerging as one of the most important creators in comics at the young age of 24, he reinvented the superhero before turning 30, and later became a tireless crusader for the First Amendment, first by speaking out against a proposed comics ratings system and then by working with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Many themes appear and reappear even from his earliest days, Miller was not a fan of the entrenched superhero establishment, and his predictions of their ultimate shortcomings have mostly come true. The book, the second in The Comics Journal's series of creator spotlights, is packaged in a large square format that recalls record albums and that gives the designers room to present Miller's stark, iconic art with maximum impact.
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From Booklist

Already a superstar in the comics world because of his noirish work on Daredevil, Frank Miller brought contemporary excitement to the nearly moribund superhero genre with his 1986 reenvisioning of Batman, The Dark Knight Returns, the basis for the costumed crimefighter's subsequent appearance in feature films. (Miller did much the same for Superman.) Miller has sustained his popularity with independent-minded work in the hardboiled Sin City series and the historical saga 300, and the occasional return to superheroes, as in the controversial Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again [BKL Ja 1 & 15 03]. The second big, square book in a series corraling material from Comics Journal includes six lengthy interviews conducted at various milestones in his career. Even as a young artist, Miller was a thoughtful, articulate observer of comics as art form and industry, an early advocate of comics creators' right to own their work, and a resolute opponent of censorship. Miller's striking artwork appears on every page; a new critical overview of his career caps things off. Gordon Flagg
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cubist on January 5, 2004
For fans of Frank Miller's work, this book is a must-purchase. Essentially a collection of interviews that he has done over the years with The Comics Journal, this book covers the man's entire career, from his early fanzine work right on up to DK2.
In typical TCJ fashion, the interviews are quite in-depth and span a wide range of topics. Miller has always been a big proponent of fighting against censorship and sounds off on the self-imposed censoring that the comic companies do on a regular basis.
Fans of his seminal works, Ronin, The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, will be delighted to see him talk at length about each of these titles. He also goes into detail about his stint on Daredevil and his motivation for doing a Dark Knight sequel. He also touches upon everything in between -- including Martha Washington, Hard Boiled and 300. Also, Miller talks a bit about his feelings on 9/11 (he moved back to NYC when it happened) and how it informs his work.
In short, this is a fascinating book on a true artist and a genius in the comics field. In addition to the interviews there is a great collection of art from all of his major works and also rare, unpublished stuff as well. Highly recommended!
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Not only has Frank Miller influenced my writing (available right here on Amazon), but he changed the entire face of the comic book industry. "The Comics Journal," a magazine that produces some of the best interviews with comic book creators you'll ever read, delves into Miller's mind with some probbing, in-depth interviews that don't shy away from call the creator on his own personal faults. It may sometimes be uncomfortable to read (especially for fans who think Miller is untouchable), but it is always interesting.

Presented in an oversize format, with great reprints from Miller's work, this book looks great sitting on a coffee table, and may even introduce the uninitiated into the wonderful world of comic books.
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A must for any Frank Miller fan. See every interview ever published by the comics Journal. See him talk about his early work on Daredevil and Wolverine to reaching his mainstream peak with the dark knight to the Nexus of some of the most successful creator owned work in comic's history, Sin City and 300. miller is one of my heroes in the comic world and I love this insider look into his thoughts of comic, politics and the world we are plunged in now and how that translates to his work. Lots of no holds bared and uncensored dialog about his entire catalog of works in the past two decades.

I've owned this book for about four years now and go back and give it a read offen.
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Frank Miller was an influential comic book author in the 80's when his Daredevil and Batman treatments challenged the limits of their self-censoring publishers. When Miller began producing work with few or no editorial limits, the violence, tough talk, and melodrama of his stories and art reached operatic levels. You will see that progression in this book. This book has plenty for the Miller enthusiast including details about his work method, materials, and a very interesting interview which reveals how Miller felt about many issues, including the U.S./Iraq war of the 2000's.
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The best book about Frank Miller and his work Quality interviews full of good questions which allow Miller to speak his mind in an uncensored way plus large amounts of photo reprints from his work and an insightful introduction and a good critical essay at the end Highest rating
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