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The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels (Rough Guide Specials) [Paperback]

Danny Fingeroth
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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1 Aug 2008 Rough Guide Specials
The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels is the ultimate companion to the expanding world of the “literary comic book”. Written by comic industry insider Danny Fingeroth, it includes the mediums history, from sequential art in Egyptian tombs, through the superhero boom of the 1940s to the birth of the graphic novel movement and the latest online offerings. All you need to know about the best and rest with 60 must-read graphic novels, including the genre-defining Maus and A Contract with God, plus modern classics-in-the-making Fun Home and Alice in Sunderland. The guide profiles the movements legends including Harvey Pekar, Chris Ware, Denis Kitchen and other amazing illustrators, writers and publishers who’ve helped win respect for this once marginalised art form. And everything else you need to know from “how to make a graphic novel” to Persepolis and the latest film and television offerings, manga, documentaries, conventions, books, magazines and websites.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843539934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843539933
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danny Fingeroth is a long-term mainstream superhero comics writer and editor, best-known for editing Spider Man

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost great 17 Aug 2011
This is a really well written and constructed guide to graphic novels. It is divided into eight clear sections, starting with what constitutes a graphic novel and the history of the genre with a 40 page graphic novel about writing comics as interlude before moving on to Fingeroth's selection of 60 best graphic novels, the writers, artist and publishers and finishing with a good informative section on Managa, a section on film adapations and resources. The layout is really attractive, with blue boxes in the margins providing information along the lines of 'if you like this, you might like...'. It is good but not great, and it isn't completely up to date, being published in 2008 it misses some of the major movements of the last four years, such as the rise of steampunk, and there are some puzzling omissions as to major writers and artists. However, a good starting point which has given me plenty of new information.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
... then it probably shouldn't be this one. A better bet is 500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide (500 Essential...). That said, this is a good second choice and complements the aforementioned book quite well.

The Rough Guide isn't as comprehensive, focussing in-depth on a top 60 graphic novels, referencing dozens of others. It also includes a short graphic novel about graphic novels, brief articles about icons of the genre (Eisner, Gaiman, Crumb, Moore, all the usual suspects and some not so usual), a piece about Manga, and quite a lot more.

As for how effective it is, it certainly brought to my attention a number of graphic novels I hadn't either considered or heard of before and I'm very glad it did.

Overall, not by a long way a definitive reference work, but not a bad introduction, and worthwhile. (The rating is really three and a half stars.)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars graphic extraordinaire 12 Jun 2009
This is the first book to bring together the secret behind graphic novel: including the history, principles, practices, and techniques behind the medium- helping to develop a better understanding of the different between comic books and graphic novel's unique approach to visual storytelling.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Informative and useful book which has been helpful for understanding the genre. Always nice to see books being looked after and recycled,
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Novels - Without the Graphics!!!! 9 Jan 2009
This is a BIG disappointment.

Firstly, this is a book about graphic novels for the introductory reader. I am one of them. I want not only to read a good story but to be seduced by the art of the graphics. This book does a poor job all round. There is very little in the way of pictures of the 'cannon' the author recommends, and subsequently of story being told.

Secondly, they waste thirty pages on an irrelevant how to create a 'graphic novel' chapter!

Dont waste your money. Go for the 500 Essentials.
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