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Title:
The power of comics : history, form and culture
Author:
Duncan, Randy, 1958- , author.
Edition:
2nd edition.
Publication Information:
London : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Physical Description:
xix, 437 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Previous edition: 2009.
Language:
English
Contents:
The History of Comic Books, Part I: Developing a Medium -- The History of Comic Books, Part II: The Maturation of the Medium -- The History of Comic Books, Part III: The Diversification of the Medium -- Creating the Story -- Experiencing the Story -- Comic Book Genres: Classifying Comics -- Comic Book Genres: The Superhero -- Comic Book Genres: The Memoir -- The Business of Comic Books -- The Comic Book Readers -- Exploring Meanings in Comic Book Texts -- Comics Culture Around the World.
ISBN:
9781472535696

9781472535702
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The Power of Comics is the first textbook to introduce undergraduate students to a broader understanding of the medium and its communication potential. Similar to film appreciation courses of the past, this text is intended for a comics appreciation course offered at most colleges and universities, but could easily be adapted to many different approaches to comics studies. It was through the survey or appreciation course that film became established as a legitimate field of study in American higher education.Yet, comics courses seldom take a general appreciation approach because there is no textbook for such a course. Courses that do attempt a broad approach to the comics medium have to draw material from so many different books, articles and comics that they are cost prohibitive. This text would fill that obvious gap in the market for instructors interested in a text that presents a more comprehensive view of the medium than anything currently on the market. The Power of Comics deals only with comic books and graphic novels. One reason for this focus is that no one text can hope to do justice to both strips and books; there is simply too much to cover. Preference is given to comic books because in their longer form, the graphic novel, they have the greatest potential for depth and complexity of expression. As comic strips shrink in size and become more inane in content, comic books are becoming a serious art form.


Author Notes

Dr. Randy Duncan is a co-founder the Comic Arts Conference, the nation's first annual academic conference devoted solely to the study of comics. He also wrote the entries on Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner and other comics-related topics for the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture.
Dr. Matthew J. Smith is associate professor and chair of Communication at Wittenberg University where he regularly teaches comics arts courses. In 2009, Wittenberg's Alumni Association recognized him with its Distinguished Teaching Award.


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 History of Comic Books
Part I Developing a Medium
Chapter 2 History of Comic Books
Part II The Maturation of a Medium
Chapter 3 History of Comic Books
Part III The Diversification of a Medium
Chapter 4 Creating the Story
Chapter 5 Experiencing the Story
Chapter 6 Comic Book Genres: Classifying Comics
Chapter 7 Comic Book Genres: The Superhero
Chapter 8 Comic Book Genres: The Memoir
Chapter 9 The Business of Comic Books
Chapter 10 The Comic Book Readers
Chapter 11 Exploring Meanings in Comic Book Texts
Chapter 12 Comics Culture Around the World
Glossary
Bibliography