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At once familiar and hard to place, the work of acclaimed Canadian cartoonist Seth evokes a world that no longer exists - and perhaps never existed, except in the panels of long-forgotten comics. Seth's distinctive drawing style strikingly recalls a bygone era of cartooning, an apt vehicle for melancholy, gently ironic narratives that depict the grip of the past on the present. Even when he appears to look to the past, however, Seth (born Gregory Gallant) is constantly pushing the medium of comics forward with sophisticated work that often incorporates metafiction, parody, and formal experimentation. Forging the Past offers a comprehensive account of this work and the complex interventions it makes into the past. Moving beyond common notions of nostalgia, Daniel Marrone explores the various ways in which Seth's comics induce readers to participate in forging histories and memories. Marrone discusses collecting, Canadian identity, New Yorker cartoons, authenticity, artifice, and ambiguity - all within the context comics' unique structure and texture. Seth's comics are suffused with longing for the past, but on close examination this longing is revealed to be deeply ambivalent, ironic, and self-aware. Marrone undertakes the most thorough, sustained investigation of Seth's work to date, while advancing a broader argument about how comics operate as a literary medium. Included as an appendix is a substantial interview, conducted by the author, in which Seth candidly discusses his work, his peers, and his influences.
Embark on an amazing adventure through more than 80 years of DC Comics history! Explore the evolution of DC Comics from Superman first taking to the skies in 1938 to the Rebirth of the DC multiverse and the final countdown of the Doomsday Clock. Comics, characters, and storylines are presented alongside background information and real-world events to give readers unique insights into the DC Universe. Now fully updated, this spectacular visual chronicle is written by DC Comics experts and includes comic book art from legendary artists such as Bob Kane and C.C. Beck to latter-day superstars like Jim Lee and Tony Daniel, and many more of DC's finest talents. Includes two stunning prints. Previous Edition: 9780241181287 (TM) & (c) DC Comics. (s19)
Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is a lively, creative magazine bringing inspiration, expert insights, and leading techniques from professional illustrators, artists, and character art enthusiasts worldwide. Each issue provides detailed tutorials on creating diverse characters enabling you to explore the processes and decision making that go into creating amazing characters. Learn new ways to develop your own ideas, and discover from the artists what it is like to work for top studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks.
Contributions by Paul Fisher Davies, Lisa DeTora, Yasemin J. Erden, Adam Gearey, Thomas Giddens, Peter Goodrich, Maggie Gray, Matthew J. A. Green, Vladislav Maksimov, Timothy D. Peters, Christopher Pizzino, Nicola Streeten, and Lydia Wysocki. Recent decades have seen comics studies blossom, but within the ecosystems of this growth, dominant assumptions have taken root - assumptions around the particular methods used to approach the comics form, the ways we should read comics, how its ""system"" works, and the disciplinary relationships that surround this evolving area of study. But other perspectives have also begun to flourish. These approaches question the reliance on structural linguistics and the tools of English and cultural studies in the examination and understanding of comics. In this edited collection, scholars from a variety of disciplines examine comics by addressing materiality and form as well as the wider economic and political contexts of comics' creation and reception. Through this lens, influenced by poststructuralist theories, contributors explore and elaborate other possibilities for working with comics as a critical resource, consolidating the emergence of these alternative modes of engagement in a single text. This opens comics studies to a wider array of resources, perspectives, and modes of engagement. Included in this volume are essays on a range of comics and illustrations as well as considerations of such popular comics as Deadpool, Daredevil, and V for Vendetta, and analyses of comics production, medical illustrations, and original comics. Some contributions even unfold in the form of comics panels.
One of the first edited collections devoted exclusively to digital comics, Perspectives on Digital Comics demonstrates the varied ways one can read, interpret, view, and use digital comics. These original essays discuss digital comics made specifically for web consumption, digital reproductions of print-comics, and scanned comics. Written for those who may not be familiar with digital comics and/or digital comic scholarship, the contributors explore theories for understanding and reading digital comics, criticism and analysis of specific digital comic titles, the global reach of digital comics, and how digital comics can be used in educational settings.
The definitive source guide for the entire monster girl genre! Told from the perspective of a wandering scholarof monsters, this tantalising tome includes 100 gorgeous full-colour illustrations of seductively-dangerous monster girls. Replete with fascinating lore, elaborate bios, and intricate descriptions, this book has everything you ever wanted to know about monster girls, and more. From centaurs to succubi, from mermaids to slimes - if it's a monster girl you seek, you will find her within these pages!
The detective genre has explored supernatural and paranormal themes throughout its colorful history. Stories of detectives investigating spiritualists, ghostly apparitions, the occult and psychics have spanned pulp fiction magazines, comic books, novels, film, television, animation and video games. This encyclopedia covers the history of the genre in its multiple forms and informs and adds to the knowledge of either the new or informed reader. Its A-Z format provides ready reference by title, detective fans browsing for new discoveries will enjoy the entertaining style.
Master the basics of the most popular style of cartooning with "The Manga Artist's Workbook" by Christopher Hart, a bestselling author in the field of art instruction. You'll learn the fundamental proportions of the manga face and figure, how to draw those large sparkling eyes, and how to create hairstyles and costumes that make each character unique. A sketchbook and art tutorial rolled into one portable journal, this workbook contains tracing paper, blank practice pages, and exercise to help you become a true manga artist.
Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a brilliant, darkly
comic reimagining of Kafka's classic tale of family, alienation,
and a giant bug. Kuper's electric drawings--which merge American
cartooning with German expressionism--bring Kafka's prose to vivid
life, reviving the original story's humor and poignancy in a way
that will surprise and delight readers of Kafka and graphic novels
A nuanced look at the character of Lois Lane and the comic book industry viewed through the constantly evolving Superman mythos From her earliest days, Lois Lane yearned to make the front page of the Daily Planet but was held back by her damsel-in-distress role. When she finally became an ace reporter, asinine lessons and her tumultuous romance with Superman dominated her storylines for decades and relegated her journalism to the background. In a universe full of superheroes, Lane has fought for truth and justice for more than 75 years on page and screen without a cape or tights. From her creation by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 and her forthcoming appearance in Batman vs Superman in 2016 to helming her own comic book for more than two decades and appearing in animated serials, live-action TV shows, and full-length movies, Lois Lane has been a paragon of journalistic integrity and the paramour of the world's strongest superhero. But her history is one of constant tension. Through it all, Lois remains a fearless and ambitious character, and today she is a beloved icon and an inspiration to many.
Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to show how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays explore the visual styles and storytelling techniques of Canadian cartoonists, as well as their shared concern with the spectacular vulnerability of the self. Canadian Graphic also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, including Indigenous-settler relations, both world wars, and Quebec's Quiet Revolution.Contributors use a range of approaches to analyze the political, aesthetic, and narrative tensions in these works between self and other, memory and history, individual and collective. An original contribution to the study of auto/biography, alternative comics, and Canadian print culture, Canadian Graphic proposes new ways of reading the intersection of comics and auto/ biography both within and across national boundaries.
Readers will learn how to draw popular anime and manga style characters in a way that is creative and communicates story. Through exercises, step-by-step tutorials, and full color examples, beginning and intermediate artists alike will tap into their own creativity as they get an inside look at the creative and inspiring mind of popular deviantArt illustrator Karolina "Larienne" Heikura. Through the use of traditional tools, along with some helpful hints on incorporating digital techniques for enhancing illustrations, readers will create the foundations and discover the souls of their own inspiring stories.
First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
An eagerly awaited album that comes out annually, this year's collection of Zapiro's editorial cartoons was hugely well-received by South Africans and rose to become the bestselling book in the country. Full of delightful satire, the cartoons are informed by a sense of truth and dignity even while tackling sensitive issues and attacking public figures, particularly those in the ruling party. For news hounds who follow current affairs around the globe, this book provides an education on the issues and a bounty of deft political humor.
From comics icon Stan Lee, creator of the Mighty Marvel Universe and characters such as Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, comes the ultimate how-to book for aspiring comic book writers. In these pages, aspiring comics writers will learn everything they need to know about how to write their own comic book stories, complete with easy-to-understand instruction, tips of the trade and invaluable advice for even more advanced writers. From the secrets to creating concepts, plots, to writing the script, the man with no peer, Stan Lee, is your guide to the world of writing and creating comics.
Fun fact: A lot of animals are shaped like potatoes. Another fun fact: Potatoes are easy to draw. Another another fun fact: If you can draw a potato, you can draw animals. Master of cute Katie Cook teaches you how to draw everything adorable in her first tutorial book with quick and easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons. All you need is a pencil and paper...or a napkin or a wall, depending on how confident you are in your drawing ability. Learn how to turn curvy blobs, shapes and squiggles into more than 200 different things, including fuzzy animals, cute food and inanimate objects like yarns balls, luggage and a toaster. Add nubbins, swishy bits, and little smiley faces to anything and everything to transform it into something really, really cute. How to draw lots of cats: fluffy cats, non-fluffy cats, cats in boxes, Polaroids of cats on refrigerators* How to draw food like ketchup delivery sticks, spicy dragon claws and tiny broccoli trees Perfect for doodling during class or in meetings For fans of drawing turkeys from hand outlines (gobble, gobble) or Ed Emberley's super simple drawing instruction books that use shapes, letters and even thumbprints as starting points, Drawing Cute with Katie Cook is a must-own adorable drawing manual, complete with Doctor Who references, fun facts and bad puns. "If you know how to draw a potato, the art world is an open door." --Katie Cook * Don't worry, there are lots of dog drawings, too!
Billionaire industrialist, cold warrior, weapons designer, alcoholic, philanthropist, Avenger-Tony Stark, alter-ego of Marvel Comics' Iron Man, has played many roles in his five decades as a superhero. From his 1963 comics debut in Tales of Suspense to the recent film adaptations-The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013)-hundreds of creators have had a hand in writing the character with evolving depictions and distinct artistic styles. This collection of essays provides an historical overview of an important figure in American popular culture and a close reading of Iron Man's most iconic story lines, including his origin in Vietnam, "Demon in a Bottle", "Civil War", and "Extremis".
Batman or Superman? Which of these heroic figures is morally superior? Which is more dramatically effective? Which is more democratic? Which shows us the better way to fight crime? In Batman, Superman, and Philosophy, 26 philosophers evaluate Superman vs. Batman in order to decide which of them "wins" by various criteria. Since both Batman, the megalomaniacal industrialist, and Superman, the darling of the media, sometimes operate outside the law, which of them makes the better vigilante -- and how do they compare with Robin Hood, the anonymous donor, the Ninja, and the KKK? Which of them comes out better in terms of evolutionary biology? Which of the heroes works more effectively to resist oppression? Which one is better for the environment? Which of these two makes a better model and inspiring myth to define our culture and society? Is Batman or Superman the more admirable person? Who conforms more closely to Nietzsche's Ubermensch? Who makes the better god? Who is more self-sacrificing? Whose explicit code of morality is superior? Which superhero gives us more satisfying dramatic conflict? And why does a battle between the two make such a compelling drama?
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