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Rodolphe Töpffer: The Complete Comic Strips Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1578069460
ISBN-10: 1578069467
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The recent legitimization of the comic strip has brought plenty of vintage-strip reprintings and analyses of the medium. David Kunzle offers volumes of both devoted to the nineteenth-century Swiss who may have invented the comic strip. Rodolphe Topffer (1799-1846), whose work remains interesting also for the insight into its era that it affords, used many devices associated with comics, as the massive Complete Comic Strips shows. Narratives consist of sequential arrays of cartoonish, simplified illustrations separated by panel borders. Topffer didn't use word balloons, but each drawing is captioned. Pictures or words alone wouldn't suffice to tell the story--and that constitutes one very recognizable definition of comics. The eight stories in the book combine wild slapstick and droll social commentary as they relate the humorous exploits of such eccentrics as Mr. Jabot, who wreaks havoc at a society ball; Mr. Crepin, who oversees the education of his brood of unruly children; and Dr. Festus, who travels the world, leaving disaster in his wake. Gordon Flagg
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This first English-language edition of the premier comic artist's work

---Provides the first English-language edition of the comics pioneer's entire oeuvre

---Includes previously unpublished fragments of uncompleted stories, preliminary sketches, and omitted sections from earlier editions

---Offers translation from the French and contextualization by Topffer scholar David Kunzle

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; Reprint edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578069467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578069460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,142,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert S. Petersen on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At long last the father of comics, Töpffer, has made it back into print in grand style. This exceptionally researched volume by David Kunzle is a compilation of Topffer's early experiments in picture stories that were the impetus for modern comics everywhere in Europe and the United States. Before this publication these works were only available in research libraries and rare book collections. It not only includes all eight of Töpffer's puplished stories it also includes a few never before seen omissions, variants, and a few unfinished works. This is not just for comic enthusiasts or historians these are genuinely entertaining stories that have an absurdist vein that is startling and engaging. Töpffer is was not a primative or a novice, but an exceptional visionary who saw a new way to tell stories as if they were actually happening in front of you over time. He played with this innovation drawing out some remarkablly original ways of telling stories that channeled the spirit of Tristam Shandy and put it in the body of James Gilray.
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This is an amazing book, documenting the early graphic artist, a French man. His drawings and accompanying text, translated into English, are droll and wry. The format is a trifle large to hold, as the book is oversize. I recommend this book to followers of comedy and artists!
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Beautiful and very ussefull MUST HAVE book for comic study.
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