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The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels 1 (Rough Guide Reference) Paperback – September 15, 2008

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Of even more interest to me was: the included graphic novel! that comes with this book Fingeroth and Langridge did a little graphic novel about making graphic novels. What fascinates me is that the artist is a dude but the writer he finds to work with is a female! Why, it's as if Fingeroth respects the concept of women who can create-- indeed, WRITE-- comics and graphic novels! Golly, wotta concept. --Mangalife.com

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Danny Fingeroth is a long-term mainstream superhero comics writer and editor, best-known for editing Spider Man

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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Reference
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; illustrated edition edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843539934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843539933
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether you are just starting to get into graphic novels or are a regular at your local comic shop, the rough guide is your new road map, filling in the holes of content you may be unaware of. With 60 reviews, biographies, the history of the art form, the rough guide provides a concise collection of the invaluable good taste that you yourself might lack. Liked Maus but are unsure where to go from there? Read R Crumb years ago but dropped out of the world of comics? The Rough Guide will fill you in on what you are missing and suggest to you what you are looking for. That much more high brow than the funny pages, that much more low brow than the Louvre.
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I'm not very knowledgeable about the world of graphic novels and wanted to become more literate. I trust Danny Fingeroth because of other fine books of his I have read. For me the concepts and examples are clear and the book creates one intelligent map of a very large territory. It's not as much of a coffee table book as Paul Gravett's GRAPHIC NOVELS (2005), which has bigger pages, more color. But Fingeroth is more portable and covers the basics: history of the form, major figures as writers, illustrators, innovators. And somewhat uniquely, the book contains its own 30 page graphic novel "For Arts Sake" with fine drawing by Roger Langridge.Or maybe I should say meta-novel, since the novel is about the challenge of creating graphic novels out of life experience.
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Whether you are just starting to get into graphic novels or are a regular at your local comic shop, the rough guide is your new road map, filling in the holes of content you may be unaware of. With 60 reviews, biographies, the history of the art form, the rough guide provides a concise collection of the invaluable good taste that you yourself might lack. Liked Maus but are unsure where to go from there? Read R Crumb years ago but dropped out of the world of comics? The Rough Guide will fill you in on what you are missing and suggest to you what you are looking for. That much more high brow than the funny pages, that much more low brow than the Louvre.
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Comic book veteran Danny Fingeroth is well qualified to write this Rough Guide. As a seasoned professional, he has seen the growth of this once ambiguous category.

In this tome, he tackles what a Graphic Novel is, the development of the comic book industry, and an exhaustive listing of classic illustrated fiction, resources, icons of the industry, and a small section on manga. He does a good job discussing, and providing information for the novice reader and long time reader. That is indeed a challenge.

I was pleased to note the inclusion of 911 by Jacobsen/Colon as one of the best 60 GN's. For such a controversial topic, it was very well done and an example of HOW TO write and illustrate effectively.

Keep these coming guys, educated readers are life time readers.
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