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The best American comics 2014
McCloud, Scott, 1960-
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Physical Description:
xiii, 381 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
"The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction--from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web--to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud 'just about the smartest guy in comics.'"--from publisher's description.
Crime Raiders International Mobsters and Executioners / Picnic Now!, Sickroom Reading, and The hand laundry / Hive All the marbles Translated, from the Japanese, / High road to the schmuck seat / A 21st century still life / Drama Jane, the fox and me Letting it go RL Mom August 1977 / Mermaid in the Hudson Saga chapter 7 Multiple warheads : alphabet to infinity #1 Dimensions / Building stories March : book one Program is morally good Hip hop family tree / Depression part two Canadian royalty / Understanding monster-- book one Is there silence?, The implications of making something from nothing via the spiritual realm, and This is magic-- this is alchemy / Face it / Bittersweet romance Whistle while you work ... or think of death / Schweinhund and Howdy, his nephew Dee Dee and a friend of Howdy's nephew / Hyperspeed to nowhere, return to entropy Untitled selections / Blue period / Ambient air Cul de sac, September 17-23, 2012 / Hawaii 1997
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PN6726 .B48 2014 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
PN6726 .B48 2014 Graphic Novel Central Library
PN6726 .B48 2014 Graphic Novel Graphic Novels

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"It's the perfect book to pick up to restore your faith in comics or help show infinite diversity in infinite combinations on display on paper using the world's greatest artform." -- Comics Bulletin

The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction -- from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web -- to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller ( Sin City, 300 ) called guest editor Scott McCloud "just about the smartest guy in comics."

Author Notes

Scott McCloud has been writing, drawing, and examining comics since 1984. His works have won the Eisner and Harvey awards, and have been translated into more than sixteen languages. He is well known for his non-fiction books about comics, Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics , and Making Comics and for creating the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot! BILL KARTALOPOULOS is the publisher/editor of Rebus Books and the programming coordinator for SPX: The Small Press Expo. He was a cofounder and the programming director for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), a contributing editor for Print magazine , and has worked as an assistant to Art Spiegelman for several years. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* As evidenced by his seminal Understanding Comics (1993), McCloud could be the medium's foremost deep thinker, making him an overdue choice for editor of this standout series. Indeed, there is much to be gained from his comprehensive embrace of the form and his nuanced, knowledgeable, and friendly essays preceding each of the themed sections that he and new series editor Kartalopoulos have admirably broken the book into. McCloud wisely notes that serving the terms comics and American, to say nothing of best, is a damagingly subjective goal, and this volume is in fact intended as a fleeting, accidental portrait of comics today. But what a portrait it is: a master class in how to find the universally accessible in the intimately personal and transform images into emotions. From mainstream (an excerpt of Brian K. Vaughn's Saga) to avant-garde (work by Michael DeForge); from perennial greats (Chris Ware, R. Crumb) to newly minted superstars (Raina Telgemeier) to lesser-known but startling talents (Nina Bunjevac's August 1977 and Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault's Jane, the Fox and Me, 2013) every page drives home the point that, if you can add only one book to your adult graphic-novel collection this year, this has got to be it.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Editor McCloud (Understanding Comics) highlights the diverse number and styles of comics in this occasionally frustrating but ever-essential annual. The "big names"-Los Bros. Hernandez, Charles Burns, R. and Aline Crumb-are well represented in a section dubbed, tongue-in-cheek, as "The Usual Suspects," but a myriad of alt-comics, minicomics, and webcomics continue to make this series the widest-ranging comics collection of its kind. Transitions from one piece to the next continue to be occasionally jarring: unlike a prose anthology, there's no visual indication that one excerpt ending until the page is turned. But the selected pieces are varied and absolutely vital: charming teen angst (Raina Telgemeier's Drama), trippy beat-box history (Hip-Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor), romantic SF fantasy (Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga) and autobiography via funny animals (Sam Sharpe's "Mom"). McCloud's entertaining and conversational introductions to each section educate and enlighten. As this series approaches its 10th anniversary in 2016, a single book can no longer fully capture the explosive growth, range, and variety of comics today, but this volume's smorgasbord nevertheless offers readers the opportunity to discover new styles and a sense of the range of genres in the graphic novel world. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

This most recent entry in the series takes a more rigorous organizational approach than previous volumes. Guest editor McCloud (Understanding Comics) grabs the reader's hand at the beginning of the anthology and doesn't let go, ordering us to read the selections straight through instead of browsing and leading us carefully through curated sections with titles such as "Family Tree" and "Oh, Crap-Webcomics!" McCloud is like a kid showing off his favorite toys, and his enthusiasm rubs off on his audience. If comics have always had a slight PR problem (among non-comics readers, at least), McCloud's fervent, almost academic attempt to introduce the year's top offerings nudges the genre that much closer to mainstream acceptance without abandoning its DIY/underground roots. Verdict A pleasing range of comics from lesser-known, small press artists such as Sam Sharpe (Mom) to popular webcomic creators including Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half) to tried-and-true industry favorites like Chris Ware (Building Stories). The "Best American Comics" series offers a comprehensive survey of new graphic fiction and will encourage readers to seek out more. Recommended for all adult collections.-Ingrid Bohnenkamp, Springfield-Greene Cty. Lib. Dist., MO (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.