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A Tour of Fabletown: Patterns and Plots in Bill Willingham's Fables

A Tour of Fabletown: Patterns and Plots in Bill Willingham's Fables


In 2002, Vertigo/DC Comics published the first issue of Bill Willingham's Fables. The series imagined the lives of fairy tale figures--Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella and the ubiquitous Prince Charming, among many others--as they made new lives for themselves in modern-day New York City, having fled their storied homeworlds following an invasion. After 150 issues and many awards, Fables concluded...   [click here for more]
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Bonnie and Clyde — The Beginning: a graphic novel

Bonnie and Clyde — The Beginning: a graphic novel


This graphic novel tracks the first year of Bonnie and Clyde's extraordinary crime spree. Beginning in April 1932 in Texas, these pages depict the accelerating path of robberies and shoot-outs that made the duo infamous, and reveal what drove Clyde Barrow to become such a hardened criminal, unrepentant and relentlessly violent. And what drove Bonnie, repeatedly, in spite of her best interest, to...   [click here for more]
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Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives

Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives


Comics and sequential art are increasingly in use in college classrooms. Multimodal, multimedia and often collaborative, the graphic narrative format has entered all kinds of subject areas and its potential as a teaching tool is still being realized. This collection of new essays presents best practices for using comics in various educational settings, beginning with the basics. Contributors explain...   [click here for more]
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Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder: Scholars and Creators on 75 Years of Robin, Nightwing and Batman

Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder: Scholars and Creators on 75 Years of Robin, Nightwing and Batman


Dick Grayson--alter-ego of the original Robin of Batman comics--has gone through various changes in his 75 years as a superhero but has remained the optimistic, humorous character readers first embraced in 1940. Predating Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, he is one of DC Comics' oldest heroes and retains a large and loyal fanbase. The first scholarly work to focus exclusively on the Boy Wonder, this...   [click here for more]
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Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works

Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works


The graphic novel is the most exciting literary format to emerge in the past thirty years. Among its more inspired uses has been the superlative adaptation of literary classics. Unlike the comic book abridgments aimed at young readers of an earlier era, today's graphic novel adaptations are created for an adult audience, and capture the subtleties of sophisticated written works. This first ever...   [click here for more]
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Grant Morrison and the Superhero Renaissance: Critical Essays

Grant Morrison and the Superhero Renaissance: Critical Essays


Superheroes are enjoying a cultural resurgence, dominating the box office and breaking out of specialty comics stores onto the shelves of mainstream retailers. A leading figure behind the superhero Renaissance is Grant Morrison, long-time architect of the DC Comics' universe and author of many of the most successful comic books in recent years. Renowned for his anarchic original creations--Zenith,...   [click here for more]
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Great Zombies in History

Great Zombies in History


Those who do not learn from history are doomed to be eaten! From ancient Greece, to early America, and out to the edge of space, Great Zombies in History tells the secret history of the undead. See how Samurai, Vikings, Spartans and even Teddy Roosevelt dealt with the zombie horde. Witness the last stand in the Zombie War of 1812, discover what really happened to the lost colony of Roanoke, and learn...   [click here for more]
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Hardball Legends and Journeymen and Short-Timers: 333 Illustrated Baseball Biographies

Hardball Legends and Journeymen and Short-Timers: 333 Illustrated Baseball Biographies


This collection of more than 300 graphic biographies (bio-illustrations) of baseball players is a throwback to the illustrated biographies/cartoons seen regularly in newspaper sports sections of the 1930s to 50s. All manner of ballplayers are included from the Hall of Famers (the Legends), to the everyday players (the Journeymen), to the cup-of-coffee guys (the Short-Timers). Almost all of the bio-illustrations...   [click here for more]
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Hit by Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball

Hit by Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays and the Fatal Fastball


On August 16, 1920, Yankees pitcher Carl Mays threw a fastball that struck Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman in the head. Chapman died the next morning. Hit by Pitch is a nonfiction graphic novel about these men, their lives and legacies, and the event that linked them forever. Born the same year (1891), both in Kentucky, they had similar beginnings but opposing personalities....   [click here for more]
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Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators

Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators


That notorious evening at Villa Diodati when Lord Byron challenged his contemporaries to write a ghost story, his summons brought forth a mad doctor intent on reanimation and a vampire drunk with bloodlust. The night modern horror was born was notoriously dark and stormy, as were the lives of those who wrote the most fearsome--yet beloved--tales in literature, for those so gifted were also cursed....   [click here for more]
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Hutch: Baseball’s Fred Hutchinson and a Legacy of Courage

Hutch: Baseball’s Fred Hutchinson and a Legacy of Courage


This is a graphic biography of Fred Hutchinson, one of baseball's most beloved men. Hutch enjoyed a successful big league career, first as an All-Star pitcher for the Tigers and later as a pennant-winning manager with the Reds. And he is remembered for his final major league summer and a season he didn't finish. In the winter of 1963, after three straight winning seasons as manager of the Reds, Hutchinson...   [click here for more]
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Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics

Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics


This is the first book devoted entirely to the rarely studied world of romance comics. The text includes information on several types of romance comics and their creators, plus the history, numbers, and publishing frequency of dozens of romance titles. The author examines several significant periods in the development of the romance genre, including the origins of Archie Comics...   [click here for more]
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Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking

Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking


Unlike traditional animation techniques that use specialized 3D animation software, machinima--a term derived from the words "machine" and "cinema"--records the action in real-time interactive 3D environments, such as those found in video games, to create a cinematic production. No longer solely the province of hard-core gamers, machinima has become central to the convergence...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror

Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror


Critical Essays on the Comic Saga Marvel Comics has an established tradition of addressing relevant real-life issues facing the American public. With the publication of Civil War (2006-2007), a seven-issue crossover storyline spanning the Marvel universe, they focused on contemporary anxieties such as terrorism and threats to privacy and other civil liberties. This collection of new essays explores...   [click here for more]
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Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study

Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study


This work takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader and offers frank commentary on the medium's cultural representation of the Native American people. It addresses a range of portrayals, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels, to formulaic secondary characters and sidekicks, and, occasionally, protagonists sans paternal...   [click here for more]
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Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century

Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century


Essays on the Novels, Children's Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works Neil Gaiman has emerged as one of the most influential literary figures of the 21st century. To borrow a phrase from his viral 2012 University of the Arts commencement speech, Gaiman "makes good art," from his graphic novels to his social media collaborations, award-winning fantasy fiction...   [click here for more]
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Not Just Batman's Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier

Not Just Batman's Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier


In January 1966, Alan Napier became a household name on ABC's hit series Batman (1966-1968) as Alfred Pennyworth, loyal butler to the show's title character. This "overnight success" came after 16 years of stage work (and the occasional film) in his native England and 26 years of film and television work (and the occasional play) in the United States. In the early 1970s, Napier wrote an...   [click here for more]
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Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History, 2nd edition

Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History, 2nd edition


It's a rare comic character who can make audiences laugh for well over half a century--but then again, it's a pretty rare cartoon hero who can boast of forearms thicker than his waist, who can down a can of spinach in a single gulp, or who generally faces the world with one eye squinted completely shut. When E.C. Segar's gruff but lovable sailor man first tooted his pipe to the public on January...   [click here for more]
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Superheroes and Gods: A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman

Superheroes and Gods: A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman


The work provides a unique study of superheroes and gods in literature, popular culture, and ancient myth. The author selects a number of mythological figures (e.g., Babylonia's Gilgamesh and Enkidu), ancient gods (e.g., Greece's Eros and Tartarus), and modern superheroes (e.g., the United States' Superman and Captain Marvel) and identifies the often striking similarities between each unique category...   [click here for more]
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Tales of Superhuman Powers

Tales of Superhuman Powers


55 Traditional Stories from Around the World This book is a collection of 55 folktales that feature supernatural abilities. These tales represent powers--from invisibility to shape-shifting--that people have dreamed of, conjured up and strived for through the ages. Many of the powers are present in popular culture, making the superheroes who wield them the direct descendants of characters such...   [click here for more]
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The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene

The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene


In 2010 a 32-year-old, socially awkward, unemployed African-American Army Veteran, who had been kicked out of the service and was living with his father in the South Carolina countryside while facing federal pornography changes, spent a significant portion of his life's savings on the filing fee to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent tea party kingmaker Jim Demint....   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times

The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times


Comic book audience expectations have fluctuated dramatically through the years, and comic book creators have had to adapt to shifting hopes, fears and concerns among readers. One of Marvel Comic's most popular franchises for five decades, The Avengers have always been reflective of their times, and have adapted to an evolving readership to remain relevant. This collection of fresh essays by popular...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times

The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times


The Incredible Hulk is one of the earliest Marvel Comics superheroes. Through the decades, the character and his narrative elements--the causes of Bruce Banner's transformations, the Hulk's strength, intelligence and skin color, the stories' tone, theme and sources of conflict--have been continually reinvented to remain relevant. This collection of new essays explores Marvel's more than five decades...   [click here for more]
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The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences, 1900-1999, 2d ed.

The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences, 1900-1999, 2d ed.


A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences, 1900-1999, 2d ed In the course of its rich history, cinematic animation has developed from silent monochrome images to sound-filled shorts that ran theatrically with newsreels and adventure serials, and ultimately to prestigious feature films like Disney's Fantasia. This second edition of The Animated Film Encyclopedia: 1900-1979...   [click here for more]
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The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014

The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014


For military cartoonists the absurdity of war inspires a laugh-or-cry response and provides an endless source of un-funny amusement. Cartoons by hundreds of artists-at-arms from more than a dozen countries and spanning two centuries are included in this study--the first to consider such a broad range of military comics. War and military life are examined through the inside jokes of the men and...   [click here for more]
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The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.

The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a complete guide to over 50 years of superheroes on screen! This expanded and updated edition of the 2004 award-winning encyclopedia covers important developments in the popular genre; adds new shows such as Heroes and Zoom; includes the latest films featuring icons like Superman, Spiderman and Batman; and covers even more types of superheroes. Each...   [click here for more]
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The Horror Comics: Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures

The Horror Comics: Fiends, Freaks and Fantastic Creatures


From the Golden Age of the 1940s, through the Silver Age of the '60s, up until the early '80s--the end of the Bronze Age. Included are the earliest series, like American Comics Group's Adventures into the Unknown and Prize Comics' Frankenstein, and the controversial and gory comics of the '40s, such as EC's infamous and influential Tales from the Crypt. The resurgence of monster-horror titles during...   [click here for more]
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The Law for Comic Book Creators

The Law for Comic Book Creators


Essential Concepts and Applications Since the creation of the comic book, there has been a lot of legal conflict and confusion where concepts such as public domain, unincorporated entities and moral rights are involved. As a result, comics creators are frequently concerned about whether they are protecting themselves. There are many questions and no single place to find the answers--that...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books

The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books


For decades, scholars have been making the connection between the design of the superhero story and the mythology of the ancient folktale. Moving beyond simple comparisons and common explanations, this volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation...   [click here for more]
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The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series

The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series


Mention Shaft and most people think of Gordon Parks' seminal 1971 film starring Richard Roundtree in a leather coat, walking the streets of Manhattan to Isaac Hayes' iconic theme music. But the black private dick who inspired the blaxploitation film genre actually made his debut on the printed page as the creation of a white novelist. Ernest Tidyman was a seasoned journalist down on his luck when...   [click here for more]
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V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche

V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche


A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel and Film The 2005 James McTeigue and Wachowski Brothers film V for Vendetta represents a postmodern pastiche, a collection of fragments pasted together from the original Moore and Lloyd graphic novel of the same name, along with numerous allusions to literature, history, cinema, music, art, politics, and medicine. Paralleling the graphic novel, the film simultaneously...   [click here for more]
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Visions of the Future in Comics: International Perspectives

Visions of the Future in Comics: International Perspectives


Across generations and genres, comics have imagined different views of the future, from unattainable utopias to worrisome dystopias. These presaging narratives can be read as reflections of their authors' (and readers') hopes, fears and beliefs about the present. This collection of new essays explores the creative processes in comics production that bring plausible futures to the page. The contributors...   [click here for more]
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Walt Kelly and Pogo: The Art of the Political Swamp

Walt Kelly and Pogo: The Art of the Political Swamp


One of the most popular comic strips of the 1950s and the first to reference politics of the day, Walt Kelly's Pogo took on Joe McCarthy before the controversial senator was a blip on Edward R. Murrow's radar. The strip's satire was so biting, it was often relegated to newspaper editorial sections at a time when artists in other media were blacklisted for far less. Pogo was the vanguard of today's...   [click here for more]
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Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel

Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel


Watchmen has been hailed as the quintessential graphic novel and has spawned a body of literary criticism since its 1986 initial appearance in installments. This work explores the graphic novel's reception in both popular and scholarly arenas and how the conceptual relationship between images and words affects the reading experience. Other topics include heroism as a stereotype, the hero's journey,...   [click here for more]
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Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man

Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man


This volume collects a wide-ranging sample of fresh analyses of Spider-Man. It traverses boundaries of medium, genre, epistemology and discipline in essays both insightful and passionate that move forward the study of one of the world's most beloved characters. The editors have crafted the book for fans, creators and academics alike. Foreword by Tom DeFalco, with poetry and an afterword by Gary Jackson...   [click here for more]
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Witch Hunts

Witch Hunts


A Graphic History of the Burning Times For three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to torture and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the witch hunters' methods; who profited; the brave few who protested; and how the Enlightenment...   [click here for more]
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