- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; Reprint edition (April 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578069467
- ISBN-13: 978-1578069460
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,427,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rodolphe Töpffer: The Complete Comic Strips Reprint Edition
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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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From the Publisher
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---Includes previously unpublished fragments of uncompleted stories, preliminary sketches, and omitted sections from earlier editions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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