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by Paul Gravett

Comics are a uniquely autonomous art form, one that has its own rich traditions that have given rise to a remarkably vibrant contemporary scene. In this richly illustrated book, Paul Gravett traces the history of comics from the late 19th century right through to the huge current interest in manga and graphic novels and the explosion of comics on the Internet. Comic Art takes an international approach. From foundational seminal works such as Rodolphe Topffer's and Wilhelm Busch's albums, George McManus's Art Deco Bringing Up Father and Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon to the later retro-styling's of Robert Crumb, Gravett traces lines of influence around the world, as well as looking at comics as a precursor of cinema. In today's comics culture he notes the rise of publications that function as questioning, transgressive outlets for outsider stories and ideas, often silenced in other media. He reveals that comics are at the cutting edge of futuristic thinking in communications, internet design, language and semantics.

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In Shops: DECEMBER 2013 Item Code: OCT132529 SRP: £18.99
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