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The slings & arrows comic guide
Plowright, Frank.
[New edition].
Publication Information:
[Great Britain] : Slings & Arrows, [2003]

Physical Description:
vi, 787 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
Format :


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PN6710 .S55 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PN6710 .S55 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Edited by Frank Plowright, the Slings and Arrows comic Guide is the most comprehensive review of comics ever published. Sixteen reviewers offer informed commentary on over 5300 titles from the 1930s to the present day giving an overview of each series along with recommended issues. The 800 pages also include over 5000 creators listed in the index, and a color section offering recommendations in a variety of genres. Also included are short essays about the reviewers' favorite comics ever.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

This incredibly massive compendium presents reviews of 5300 American comics series and graphic novels, ranging from superheroes to undergrounds, by a team of 16 reviewers. It focuses on titles published since 1960 but also includes many earlier series. Entries list the publisher, date, and number of issues and then provide a succinct critique, noting major events and changes in creative teams and sometimes providing lists of recommended issues. Graphic novel series, including many manga, get their own entries: single-book GNs are grouped in catchall entries under the name of the publisher (e.g., Fantagraphics, NBM). The reviews are knowledgeable, well written, and frank. The authors praise many of the field's classics (e.g., Art Spiegelman's Maus, Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind) but are not afraid to present unpopular opinions, taking Neil Gaiman's much-loved Sandman to task for self-indulgence. A short color section holding the book's only illustrations presents lists of ten recommended books in various categories and for each reviewer highlights a comic that is a personal favorite. Any comics fan could easily become lost in this book for hours. The first edition of this British publication unfortunately received little notice in the United States; this greatly expanded and revised update is heartily recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.