An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories by Ivan Brunetti
(Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories, Volume 1)

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Comic artist Ivan Brunetti, the creator of Schizo, offers a best-of anthology of contemporary art comics, along with some classic comic strips and other historical materials that have retained a “modern” sensibility. As with Chris Ware’s selections for his best-selling McSweeney’s anthology, Brunetti’s choices make for a highly personal book (“my criteria were simple: these are comics that I savor and often revisit”) that serves as a broad historical overview of the medium and a round-up of some of today’s best and most interesting North American comic artists. Included here are works from such well-known artists as Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, Seth, Phoebe Gloeckner, Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Joe Sacco, and Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, as well as many other pioneers whose names may be less familiar.
Brunetti offers selections from the works of more than seventy-five avant-garde comic artists.  His selections are arranged by genre and grouped thematically. Luxuriously produced and printed in four-color throughout, the book is a must-have for collectors, aficionados, readers of comics, and those generally interested in cutting-edge art and literature.
 

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Published October 23, 2006 by Yale University Press. 400 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The latter stresses how far Kurtzman’s influence extended beyond fellow artists to the culture at large: “I think Harvey’s MAD was more important than pot and LSD in shaping the generation that protested the Vietnam War.” The obsessions probed throughout the anthology are as personal as the artis...

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A casual reader might come away thinking that comic art today is mostly the province of melancholy men and the sad sacks who invent them, but the collection also spotlights comics’ format possibilities: Richard McGuire’s masterpiece “Here,” for example, nests panels within panels to show the tran...

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Aain unlike past anthologies of comics — indeed, unlike many anthologies of most kinds — this one is conceived not as a reference book but as an episodic narrative.

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This collection of graphic fiction includes the work of masters like Charles Schulz and R. Crumb.

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