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Abstract Comics : The Anthology 1958-2008 Hardcover – 27 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS; 01 edition (27 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606991574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606991572
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 3 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sequential, non-narrative, and abstract, Abstract Comics can be linked to other strands like Visual Poetry and Asemic Writing.
As oppose to the Graphic Novel, that takes many of it's values from literature, Abstract Comics read on their artistic merits.

I am used to art more then to comics, and my biggest challenge was to get used to read each frame individually and systematically, as well as the page as a whole.
- An interesting thing happens to the 'time' element when the sequences don't follow a narrative. It is no longer linear- represented by the frozen moment of each frame, but still present due to the serial nature of the medium.

At first, I was impressed by ALEXEY SOKOLIN's textures, that almost burst and take over the page, but was disappointed when on a closer look, they did seem to follow a narrative. In fact there are several narrative/non abstract works in the book.

As with any anthology, some works are more interesting then others.
My top favourite has to be the wild brutalist pages of TIM GAZE. And it was interesting to see the book editor ANDREI MOLOTIU's complex vision of the genre. I also liked the way NOAH BERLATSKY managed to be as funny as a comic strip while still abstract as Kandinsky.
And I'll mention DERIK BADMAN, WARREN CRAGHEAD III, and HENRIK REHR's 'Storms', Whom I enjoyed reading.

It is yet to be seen if Abstract Comics will grow to fill the huge potential it offers - There is plenty on the net, but not enough easily available books on offer, at the moment.
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There's a lot of variety in the strips in here, and the better ones do manage to get beyond just being a sequence of abstract images. Different, and very good.
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