Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme, and Technique

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One volume
475 pages
65 Essays
50 Photos
Further Reading
Time Line
Subject Index
Electronic Resources
General Bibliography
Graphic Novel Awards
Recommended Reading Lists

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This impeccable reference work will prove useful to librarians and fans wanting to know what to buy as well as for scholars studying the medium. 

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The Graphic Novels Series

The following will add to the Critical Survey of Graphic Novels series:

Critical Survey of Graphic Novels series was launched with Heroes & Superheroes. This two-volume set is a must-have companion toIndependents & Underground Classics. For more information on this title, click Heroes & Superheroes.

The following will add to the Critical Survey of Graphic Novels series:

MAY 2012
Independent and Underground Classics
This three-volume set contains 215 essays covering graphic novels and core comics series, focusing on the independents and underground genre, that form today’s “canon” for academic coursework and library collections. 

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3 Volumes; 1500 Pages
215 Essays
200 Photos
215 Works or Series Covered
For more information on this title, click Underground Classics.

SEPTEMBER 2012
Manga
A one-volume work that contains more than 50 essays covering graphic novels and core comics series, focusing on the manga genre, that form today’s “canon” for academic coursework and library collections. 

At a Glance
1 Volume; 500 Pages
50 Essays
50 Photos
50 Works or Series Covered
For more information on this title, click Manga.

OCTOBER 2012
History, Theme & Technique
This one-volume work contains over 65 essays covering themes and concepts
of graphic novels, including genres, time periods, foreign-language traditions, social relevance, and craftsmanship such as penciling and inking. 

At a Glance
1 Volume; 500 Pages
50 Essays
50 Photos
For more information on this title, click History, Theme & Technique.

"These sets are good for readers' advisory
for those who enjoy graphic novels and comics
as well as a starting point for research on
individual graphic novels and comics as works of literature.
They will fit with the reference collection of
any public, high school, or college library."
- ARBA

Editors: Bart H. Beaty, University of Calgary, &
    Stephen Weiner, Maynard Public Library, MA

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# of Pages: 475
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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels
History, Theme, and Technique
This one-volume reference contains over 65 essays covering themes and concepts of graphic novels, including genres, time periods, foreign language traditions, social relevance, and craftsmanship such as penciling and inking.

A "first" in the field, this brand new Critical Survey series focuses on all aspects of the graphic novels format, aiming to establish it as an important academic discipline and research topic in libraries. Designed for academic institutions, high schools, and public libraries, the series provides unique insight into the stories and themes expressed in historic and current landscape of the graphic novel medium.

The fourth set in this series, Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme, and Technique, provides in-depth insight for over 65 themes and topics related to graphic novels. This single-volume subset contains both historical and social overviews-from the medium's beginnings in ancient times to the latest graphic novels that form today's "canon" for both coursework and library collections-as well as contextual topics such as anthropomorphism, the influence of film, and the genre of "Bible" in graphic novels. A wide spectrum of other genres is also presented in critical format, ranging from the nationalistic, such as Japanese manga and African graphic novels, to the traditional, such as Westerns, science fiction, and the archetypal superhero genre and mythos.

This set also provides insight into various aspects of the industry, from craftsmanship such as lettering, inking, and illustration styles, to the production and distribution of graphic novels and the significance and history of comic book conventions. This diverse and varied scope also delves into issues of readership and literacy, library collection development, and censorship.

As with earlier sets in this series, each essay will take a scholarly approach to the thematic constructs of the medium and look beyond the "pop culture" aspects of graphic novels to focus on theory, form, and function. In highlighting specific gravel novel traditions and complexities, readers and researchers alike will gain a deeper understanding of the medium and its growing presence in composition studies, curricula, and academic or vetted bibliotheca.

Essay Sections
Each essay in History, Theme, and Technique includes the following:

Topic: Names the topic, such as "History of Graphic Novels: 1970's" or "Lettering".

Definition: Defines the topic and its significance.

Introduction: Presents a critical introduction to the topic.

Subsections: Text is broken into 3-5 logical subsections clearly headed to indicate essay's organization and coverage.

Impact: Covers the topic's impact on the history of graphic novels.

Bibliography: Works for further study.

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