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In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists Hardcover – October 23, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (October 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300110162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300110166
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nine alternative-comics masters here have their say about the medium in excerpts from lengthy conversations with Hignite in their studios. The home-base settings put R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Gary Panter, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Ivan Brunetti, and the others at ease as they explicate their comics, discuss their work processes, and deliver testimonials to earlier artists who inspired them. Hignite, editor of the journal Comic Art, where five chapters first appeared in shorter form, complements the artists' comments with well-selected color and black-and-white examples of their work. Equally compelling and revelatory are samples of work by the subjects' cited influences. Jaime Hernandez extols Bob Bolling for Little Archie, Chris Ware praises early newspaper strips, and Seth reveals the obscure (to Americans) Canadian cartoonists he read as a child. The attention paid to such unsung creators by the interviewees' praise and generous reproduction of their artwork makes the book serve as an idiosyncratic, if scattershot, course in comics history as well as a forum of top contemporary talent. Gordon Flagg
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“An essential work for anyone interested in contemporary American art and culture.”—John Carlin, author of Masters of American Comics   

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Sattler on October 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Since this is my first ever review for Amazon, I am compelled to tell you that Todd Hignite has delivered a powerful statement from the masters of modern comic expression. The Robert Crumb interview alone is worth the price of entry. Crumb digs deep and comes up with some terrific historical perspective plus a treasure of new things you have not read or heard before.

Almost as good are the pages devoted to Spiegelman. You won't be disappointed; I promise.

Additionally, the production values of this book are excellent. "Printed in China" doesn't mean falling apart on cheap paper anymore, apparently.

Kudos to Yale University Press for publishing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Mayle on September 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I agree the absolute and completely over the top vocabulary takes you away from the real "meat" of the book. I felt much of the vocabulary was just completely unnecessary, I in no means feel the author should dumb down the book but, I had to skip all the nonsensical descriptions and just look for quotation marks, because that way I could tell when the cartoonist was talking... I have no clue how an editor would let this out the door without asking the author "what the hell are you talking about" Preview a few pages of the book and you'll get an understanding of what I'm talking about.... I can just hear Crumb reading the book after it came out and reading the flowery descriptions and just saying "Jesus!!"

Would I buy it again? Yeah.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H_E_H on February 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I like this book. The author gets too verbose when he's introducing each man. But once pass that unnecessary vocabulary grandstanding, there are some great pages of discovery to be made about each artist.
Amazing insight into who influences these amazing artists. Especially revealing are the Hernandez, Ware, Burns, and Clowes influences. There are a few good chuckles in the Clowes section (the caption about two panesl from a Ditko piece he owns had me laughing out loud)
But for me, the best interview is saved for last. Ivan Brunetti. I never liked the guy's 'personality' in his comics and was amazed he was included in this line-up. But his interview reveals a very interesting man. Not many examples of his work are to be displayed, but rather a series of images showing the process of completing a strip.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Vogel on October 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
The introduction to the book and to each artist by the editor are pretentious tripe. But the input from the artists, coupled with epherma from their studios is fascinating. Recommend the editor for his selection of authors, format for the book, and expertise in finding and drawing worthwhile material. Ignore the over-intellectualized claptrap surrounding the gems when he puts on his author cap.
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By SAM E MORRIS on July 27, 2014
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Very nice book at a fair price.
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