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The Essential Guide to World Comics Paperback – 24 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (24 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843403005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843403005
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...A very entertaining insight... the sheer variety of featured creators and creations is simply astonishing... Packed with stunning imagery... --, 19 September 2005

...Great anecdotes, masses of names, titles, facts and figures and rarely seen imagery... A remarkable achievement, colourful and sharply designed... -- Comics International, #190, November, 2005


Most people's perception of comicbooks is one of superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman. But it belies an art form that is not unique to the UK and USA. Practically every country in the world has its own thriving comicbook industry. In some countries like France, they are a highly regarded form of expression - The Ninth Art. While in Japan, comics are so integral to its culture and society that it would be impossible to imagine the country without them. The cultural impact of comics cannot be underestimated. Did you know that sales of Mexico's leading comic outstrip those of the country's bestselling daily newspaper by six to one? Or that comicbooks are often used to convey a very serious message (only recently a comic featuring Superman was distributed to 500,000 children in Kosovo to teach them how to spot and avoid land mines)? Arranged geographically, the book assesses the medium in every major area of the world, discussing the history of the genre, the comics and characters, the publishers, creators and artists.

Regions covered include the UK and United States, central Europe (France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy), Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and Asia, Africa, India, Central and South America, and Australasia. Including key feature spreads and a wealth of colour images - many of them unseen - this book is the first of its kind to provide a global snapshot of an often-underrated art form.

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P. Gravett
5.0 out of 5 starsA dream round-the-world ticket
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Jeff Nettleton
4.0 out of 5 starsNice reference to comics from around the globe.
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Richard L. G. Man
5.0 out of 5 starsA serious look at comics
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5.0 out of 5 starsMust read book!!!
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