1001: Comics You Must Read Before You Die Paperback – 3 Oct 2011
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Part of the hugely successful '1001' series. A colorful and authoritative review of the history of comic books from around the world, illustrated with more than 800 images, including artwork from classic publications. Packed with fantastic reproductions of classic front covers and interior pages, this book is a visual treat as well as a goldmine of information. Selected and written by an broad international team of comics experts, led by international comic book aficionado, Paul Gravett.
About the Author
Paul Gravett is a London-based freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, who has worked in comics publishing and promotion since 1981.
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But first let's dispose of that stupid title. Unlike companion volumes in this series -movies, albums, songs- it is completely impossible for anyone to read all the comics listed unless: you have a lot of free time; a large amount of disposable funds; and are versed in numerous foreign languages. Many of the works are out of print and unobtainable except from national libraries; many have never been translated out of their original language. So forget the title, that isn't what this book is really about.
Essentially it's an historical survey of what the various writers and editor believe to be the best or most significant (the two are not necessarily synonymous) comics ever published. I'd argue that it's also polemical in that it's an argument for comics (by which the compiler includes newspaper strips, comics, graphic novels, manga or whatever form a narrative consisting of words and images appears in) as an art form. Comics are a medium just like films and novels.
It's also a reference book which is arranged chronologically. However, before the entries begin, there is an alphabetical list of titles and at the end an alphabetical index of author and illustrator which lists their included works. (You might not be too surprised to learn that Alan Moore has the most entries.) Include useful introduction and a brief guide to contributors and as a reference work it works very well. What you want to know is easily accessed.Read more ›
Even though it's a heavy, dip-in-and-out-of, coffee-table book I still find it a bit of a page turner - every review is written very well and gives the relevant info you'd want on each comic, re style, genre, target audience etc.
It also serves as a history book, detailing the books in chronological order of publishing date which makes for very interesting reading.
The reviewers provide a bit of cultural context for some the older or more obscure international books too, valuable info when assessing further interest.
The initial historical stuff whilst great for HISTORY, hardly makes for interest whilst trying to get to grips with some of the finer points.
There are also a few typos (I know, it is a huge book, however the Oxford dictionary is equally huge!) which is a bit distracting.
My comment above apart, good effort globally though. Hence these 4 stars.
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Love it, it has all sort of interesting suggestion about all types of comics form all over the world. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Bought this as a present and it was liked very much by the recipient I think. Huge book. Nice graphics Nice quality.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by midge