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on 12 September 2014
Good overview of comics history since 1968, mainly in The US, Japan and the Franco-Belgian territories, with a few selected titles mentioned from other territories (Italy's Hugo Pratt and Guido Crepax, etc). The book is mostly about comics for older readers, so don't expect a lot of coverage of children's comics. Superheroes are mostly covered when the artist or writer has an 'artistic' edge, like in the case of Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, etc. Newspaper strips are not covered, so no Calvin and Hobbes.

What the book HAS got is a stunning overview of a lot of fascinating comics that would interest modern graphic novel readers, including a lot of foreign stuff that hasn't previously been covered in similar English language books. Some of this material has already been translated, some will hopefully be translated in the coming years.

If that's what you're looking for, then this book is pretty definitive.

Illustrations are well selected and well printed. It's a visually good looking book.
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on 3 February 2015
Excited by the magic words 'global', 'history', 'comics' and above all '1968', like a mad fool I duly shelled out for this. It is neither a particularly pretty object, apart from the vivid red of 'Comics', nor especially useful (both too diffuse and too narrow); I'd say wait till you can pick it up for a fiver at most. Meanwhile, get hold of the gorgeous little Essential Guide to World Comics and pile pressure on the publishers to put out a new edition that doesn't leave out Israel! For 1968 and all that entails, get Dez Skinner's stonking Comix. (The two books look cute side by side. Sorted!)

I see I haven't explained why this is neither pretty nor useful. C'mon! A solitary page (quarter-page size) from Epileptic or Persepolis? A single Zippy strip? Guido Crepax's Valentina in GERMAN? Who is this FOR? Better the telling detail or frame close-up than this mean and random 'representative' sampling. At least the similarly clueless 2011 update of Jerry Robinson'sThe Comics: An Illustrated History, which got but a single star from me, gave the art the space it merits - his 1974 original, for whch he was fully accountable, merits the full monte - but then Jerry's an artist
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on 23 November 2015
An academic review of the recent history of comics. Personally, I'm not a fan of academics or their tone but the book is thoroughly researched and reasonably well written. If you're interested in the field than it's essential reading.
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on 7 December 2015
A fantastic read and well sourced, I felt it was focused well but could do more for Asia.

Definitely worth a read
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on 30 March 2016
Great book, although not much you won't already know if you're a huge comics fan
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on 25 November 2014
I have bought this for a gift. It looks perfect to me and an ideal Christmas present
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on 24 June 2014
I brought this as a present for my father's birthday, he was very happy with it and has enjoyed reading it.
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on 13 January 2015
fantastic book
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