on 4 May 2002
This is the most comprehensive examination of comics and graphic novels I have ever looked at. Tracing the medium from it very beginnings it is CRAMMED with hundreds of colour pictures showing the widest variety of examples. This is a very interesting and thorugh read and a must have for anyone interested in comics, graphic novels and sequential art as a genre.
on 16 July 2001
This book offers an informative sweep through comics and associated media, taking a broadly historical perspective. An excellent introduction and provider of context, well designed and laid out.
Strangely, it features in "Notting Hill", in Hugh Grant's supposed travel bookshop, sitting slap bang behind him in one of the scenes (once you've seen the book you'll realise that this isn't an anorak-y thing to have spotted - it is very large, very orange and very distinctive).
on 18 February 1999
This is an excellent collection of comic illustration work. It is very well illustrated with some good quality images. The scope covered by the book is quite wide, but it does lack reference to a great deal of significant modern cartoon work. However, as a reference book or as a collection of comic art, this book is still highly recommended.
on 4 May 2002
If you are a comic book fan and you like to take your reading a frame at a time in speach bubbles, this is not for you. This is a seriously good, inteligent read examining the history and context of its title. It brings together the widest and most diverse examples the comic book as an artform. Buy it just for the pictures and it won't dissapoint, but read it and you'll realise theres far more to comics than you ever thought possible.
on 20 June 2001
It's big, it's reasonably priced, it's not that good.
A brave effort to chronicle comic book history that isn't a total waste of time. Suffers from two major flaws, i, There's not enough detail for die hard comic book fans. ii, The text is so dry and pretencious that readers new to comic books & keen to learn more will have run in fear before the close of the 1st Chapter.
On the plus side, it's bursting with great photos from the best moments of every conceivable comic genre. And I never expected to read a book like this that would devote as much attention to the British comic book market as the American.
But..... nah, I can't recommend it. At least not whilst understanding Comics by Scott McCloud is availible.