Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $39.95
  • Save: $9.09 (23%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Usually ships within 1 to 2 months.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels Paperback – October 21, 2010


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$30.86
$26.14 $21.00
The%20Bible%20Store


Frequently Bought Together

Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels + Do The Gods Wear Capes?: Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes (New Directions in Religion and Literature) + Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
Price for all three: $66.33

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details


Editorial Reviews

Review

As much as comics deal with religion, analysis of religion in comics is sadly lacking. [...] Happily, Graven Images is the first step in filling that gap in scholarship.
--Rebecca Buchanan, Sequential Tart (December 2010)

In the mind of the present reviewer, there was not a single weak piece in this collection, and all were enjoyable and insightful, and well worth reading. --Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, Eternal Haunted Summer (Winter 2010)

Unlike so many studies of, say, "religion and film" that continue to treat the audio-visual medium as if it were a type of literature, the contributors here take the comics medium seriously, juxtaposing analyses of words, frames, pages, and images, and pointing toward comics as a whole. [...] Graven Images establishes comics as a vital subject matter, and provides an array of strong essays that display various ways the comic-religion relation can be seen. 
--S. Brent Plate, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception


"Every art form has told stories of faith, and sequential art embodiments have included Egyptian tomb paintings, the traditional Stations of the Cross, and Bible comics from the last century. With the recent graphic novel boom, religious themes and interpretations abound, mostly summarized in a dozen or so popular books like Stephen Skelton's The Gospel According to Super­heroes, Arie Kaplan's From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, and Jeff Dunn and Adam Palmer's The Soul of Spider-Man: Unexpected Spiritual Insights from the Legendary Superhero. Graven Images appears to be the first to take a broader and more academic approach, collecting 21 essays from a conference of the same name held at Boston University. While most of the contributors have faculty appointments, five are comics creators. Themes range across religions and denominations, from expected topics (animistic and Christian themes in the manga/anime Nausicaä) to surprising ones (connections between religion and underground comics). VERDICT This varied and thoughtful collection invites more serious consideration of the medium thematically and hopefully presages additional conferences and collections. For all academic and larger public libraries." — Library Journal

"Graven Images excels at offering sophisticated interpretations of comic books and graphic novels that demand critical attention...Undoubtedly, Graven Images is a valuable contribution to the study of religion and popular culture. For religion scholars engaged in comic book/graphic novel criticism, the collection sets a high mark and will likely become an essential reference point for those in the field. For general scholars of religion or popular culture, Graven Images offers insight into how religion is a self-conscious engagement for comic book authors and readers, yielding works of depth and power within genres frequently dismissed as child's play." —The Journal of Popular Culture

About the Author

A. David Lewis is a national lecturer in Comics Studies and an award-winning graphic novelist. He holds a PhD in Religion and Literature at Boston University.

Christine Hoff Kraemer is Managing Editor of the Pagan Channel at Patheos.com. She holds a PhD in Religion and Literature from Boston University and is an instructor at Cherry Hill Seminary, South Carolina.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers