Comics: A Global History works through the years chronologically and thematically, exploring artists, styles, and series. There are a broad range of examples from around the world, some of which are quite adult in their content, and more than 200 images are provided.
There’s lots to learn, including how:
- Veteran comic artist Will Eisner and his desire to pursue a mainstream audience was the driving force behind the development of the graphic novel as we know it today.
- Tokyo publishers responded the demand from young manga readers of the 1950s and early 1960s who grew up and demanded “more mature reading material”.
- Writer-driven, non-superhero comics saw the creation of a new publishing imprint, and pushed the boundaries of traditional comic subject matter.
- The rise of “dark comics” in the the early 21st century mirrored cinematic storytelling.
- There are emerging trends like comic journalism which documents world events and educational science comics which explain subjects like the life of a bee.
Comics: A Global History would be a valuable resource for those studying art, comics, graphic novels, or visual storytelling, and would also be enjoyed by mature-aged comic book fans and collectors.
Title: Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the present
Author: Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $39.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2014
For ages: 16+