Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! by Sean Howe
Writers on Comics

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In Give Our Regards to the Atom-smashers!, some of our most intriguing and creative contemporary writers weigh in on the world of comics: the ones they love versus the ones they hate, the comics they devoured as kids and still can't live without, and the comics that have influenced them in their work and their lives.

Here is Jonathan Lethem on childhood friendships, comic books, and the genius of artist Jack Kirby . . . Brad Meltzer on spending a summer vacation with the New Teen Titans. . . Glen David Gold on the obsessive nature of collecting . . . Myla Goldberg writing about the disturbed visions of Chris Ware and Renée French . . . Steve Erickson riffing on the perverse patriotism of American Flagg. Here, too, are Luc Sante on Tintin, Aimee Bender on Yummy Fur, Greil Marcus on Uncle Sam, Lydia Millet on Little Nemo in Slumberland, and many others. Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! is a quirky, thrilling, and compulsively readable celebration of the unique alchemy of words and drawings that forms the language of comic books. It is a book that will delight the seasoned comics reader and invite everyone else into a whole new world.

About Sean Howe

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Sean Howe's writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, Spin, and the Village Voice. He is a former editor and critic at Entertainment Weekly, and the editor of Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers!: Writers on Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published June 29, 2004 by Pantheon. 240 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As we always knew, 1950s scaremongers were wrong: not only does overindulgence in comic books not dissuade young readers from prose, but some very famous writers grew up addicted to comics.

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According to Sean Howe, editor of Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers: Writers on Comics, nothing beats comic books with regard to the combination of engagement and escape.

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