Encyclopedia of comic books and graphic novels /
M. Keith Booker, editor.
imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, c2010.
description
2 v. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0313357463 (Cloth), 9780313357466 (Cloth)
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Book
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imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, c2010.
isbn
0313357463 (Cloth)
9780313357466 (Cloth)
contents note
v. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.
abstract
Focuses on English-language comics with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.
catalogue key
7252895
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-11-01:
Offering 340 signed entries by 78 comics scholars (mainly PhD students and independent scholars), this encyclopedia covers significant writers, artists, publishers, topics, titles, and characters in the field. Intentionally focused on American subjects, the individual entries have brief introductions (a few sentences to a few pages) with typically few, if any, citations or references. Topical treatments (e.g., themes and genres) exhibit scholarship ranging from substandard to superb. Creator, character, and title entries are well written, yet factually and descriptively oriented, and thus contribute little that is not already available at the freely accessible Wikipedia (CH, Mar'06, 43-3736). Furthermore, the serviceable individual entries fail to cohere. Spotty coverage excludes publisher Harvey Comics, for example, and Archie receives but a cursory five sentences. Even among the more ubiquitous superhero entries, Marvel's B-list Killraven earns two pages, whereas Timely/Marvel icon Sub-Mariner is omitted altogether. More recent creators (Mark Millar, Tim Sale) garner entries, but significant older ones (Roy Thomas, Steve Gerber, Jim Shooter) do not. Frustratingly, many of the book's black-and-white illustrations, taken from film or television adaptations, are poor representations rather than images from the comics themselves. Overall, this expensive set may be safely avoided. Summing Up: Not recommended. D. Orcutt North Carolina State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-09-01:
In an exploding area like comics, a new encyclopedia every few years only scratches the surface of names, titles, and trends. These two volumes follow Ron Goulart's single-volume but broader Comic Book Encyclopedia (HarperEntertainment, 2004). Booker (English, Univ. of Arkansas; "May Contain Graphic Material": Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Film) includes meaty entries for nearly 200 titles/characters and over 100 creators. Another 50 entries address themes/genres, publishers, and other meta-topics like awards and the Comics Code. Contributors encompass well-credentialed academics and writers (including librarian David Serchay) and a few creators. The emphasis is on Anglophone comics, especially work originating in the United States-indeed, only five entries relate to manga. (Note also that newspaper strips are largely excluded.) Many theme/genre entries are outstanding, such as "Feminism, Race and Ethnicity" and "Religion and Comics." Perhaps it's too easy to criticize omissions: there are no entries on web comics or comics for kids, and any reader is bound to miss favorite creators and titles. Bottom Line This resource evokes mostly the big-selling and award-winning (and preponderantly male) side of comics for ages 15 and up, largely superhero and "mega-indie" titles like Love and Rockets, Maus, Fun Home, and Cerebus, with some coverage of specialized trendsetters and earlier classics. Recommended for most public and academic libraries.-Martha Cornog, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"Arranged alphabetically, 340 signed entries were contributed by 78 scholars whose fields include political science, computer science, cultural anthropology, English, comparative literature, and library science, among other disciplinesa broad range reflecting the broad range of potential readers. The entries offer thorough information on individual comic book and graphic novel titles and characters, individual writers and artists, publishers, themes and genres (such as the Cold War, crime, fantasy, education, folklore, history, horror, mutants, Nazis, romance, satire, science fiction, westerns, youth culture, among others), and miscellaneous topics such as the comics code, comics scholarship, awards, and merchandising. Most entries include a bibliography, and a general resources bibliography is also included." - Reference & Research Book News
"... an extremely valuable resource filled with informative and engaging articles dealing with virtually every aspect of the art and industry of comic books and graphic novels. ... Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels is a welcome addition to the growing body of comics scholarship. It is recommended for both academic and public libraries." - Reference & User Services Quarterly
". . . an extremely valuable resource filled with informative and engaging articles dealing with virtually every aspect of the art and industry of comic books and graphic novels. . . . Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic NovelS≪/i> is a welcome addition to the growing body of comics scholarship. It is recommended for both academic and public libraries." - Reference & User Services Quarterly
"This readable reference will be of interest to public and academic libraries and possibly some school collections." - Booklist
"This seminal encyclopedia provides a convenient resource both for those who have a professional interest in understanding comic books and graphic novels and for those who want to enrich their reading. ... this is a highly readable and informative resource that will guide its readers into understanding and appreciating the comic book as an American popular culture literary genre. Recommended." - Library Media Connection
"More than 80 contributors helped craft entries on creators, series, characters, genres, and themes, while a large editorial board of comics scholars made sure all the important elements were included." - Kirkus Reviews
"Recommended for most public and academic libraries." - Library Journal
". . . an extremely valuable resource filled with informative and engaging articles dealing with virtually every aspect of the art and industry of comic books and graphic novels. . . . Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels is a welcome addition to the growing body of comics scholarship. It is recommended for both academic and public libraries." - Reference and User Services Quarterly
". . . an extremely valuable resource filled with informative and engaging articles dealing with virtually every aspect of the art and industry of comic books and graphic novels. . . . Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels is a welcome addition to the growing body of comics scholarship. It is recommended for both academic and public libraries." - Reference & User Services Quarterly
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Summaries
Long Description
At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment, Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels focuses on English-language comicsplus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in Englishwith special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 Bullets, the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man, the revisionist superhero drama, Identity Crisis, and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.
Long Description
At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment, Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture.Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels focuses on English-language comicsplus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in Englishwith special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 Bullets , the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man , the revisionist superhero drama, Identity Crisis , and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.
Description for Reader
Introduces readers to the vast and diverse world the modern comic/graphic novel genre has become Provides a serious cultural analysis of the quality and impact of American and British comics and graphic novels Incorporates more coverage of graphic novels than similar references Offers more extensive biographical information on the genre's artists and writers than similar references
Description for Reader
Introduces readers to the vast and diverse world the modern comic/graphic novel genre has become Provides a serious cultural analysis of the quality and impact of American and British comics and graphic novels Incorporates more coverage of graphic novels than similar references Offers more extensive biographical information on the genreÕs artists and writers than similar references
Long Description
At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment, Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels focuses on English-language comicsplus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in Englishwith special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 Bullets , the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man , the revisionist superhero drama, Identity Crisis , and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.
Long Description
At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment, Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic NovelS≪/i> serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic NovelS≪/i> focuses on English-language comicsplus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in Englishwith special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 BulletS≪/i>, the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man, the revisionist superhero drama, Identity CrisiS≪/i>, and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.
Long Description
At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment, Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genreÕs history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture.Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels focuses on English-language comicsplus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in Englishwith special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 Bullets , the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man , the revisionist superhero drama, Identity Crisis , and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.
Description for Reader
. Includes over 330 entries on comic books and their creators . Presents the work of 80 contributorsaccomplished academics and librarians who are also fans of comic books and graphic novels . Offers selected bibliographic listings with the entries . Provides a comprehensive index of artists, writers, works, characters, genres, and themes
Description for Reader
Includes over 330 entries on comic books and their creators Presents the work of 80 contributorsaccomplished academics and librarians who are also fans of comic books and graphic novels Offers selected bibliographic listings with the entries Provides a comprehensive index of artists, writers, works, characters, genres, and themes
Description for Reader
* Introduces readers to the vast and diverse world the modern comic/graphic novel genre has become * Provides a serious cultural analysis of the quality and impact of American and British comics and graphic novels * Incorporates more coverage of graphic novels than similar references * Offers more extensive biographical information on the genre's artists and writers than similar references

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