Comics & Graphic Novels

The Complete Far Side

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11The Far Side® is back with this much-anticipated three-volume slipcased paperback edition of The Complete Far Side!

“Every one of those cartoons is simply something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I ‘jotted’ them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” –Gary Larson, in the preface to The Complete Far Side

Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was obviously a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back like a paperback set having a newly designed slipcase that can delight Far Side fans.

Revered by its fans because funniest, most original, most “What the … ?”-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side® debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years within the world’s comics pages until Gary Larson’s retirement in 1994. The Complete Far Side celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this particular ultimate Far Side book.

A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated–over 4,000 in the event you must know–presented in (about) chronological order by year of publication, using more than 1,100 which have never before appeared inside a book. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Complete Maus, 25th Anniversary Edition

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09On the occasion in the twenty-fifth anniversary of the company’s first publication, right here is the definitive edition with the book acclaimed as “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done concerning the Holocaust” (Wall Street Journal) and “the first masterpiece in comic strip history” (The New Yorker).

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the storyline of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his awesome son, a cartoonist visiting terms regarding his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable over the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us beyond any lingering a sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us better the bleak heart on the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

Maus is really a haunting tale in just a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into your author’s account of his tortured relationship together with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt through survival, they stage a typical life of small arguments and unhappy visits. Read the rest of this entry »

The Animator’s Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators

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08The definitive book on animation, from your Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Animation is probably the hottest elements of filmmaking today–and also the master animator who bridges the existing generation plus the new is Richard Williams. During his quite some years in the business, Williams is one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and getting the link between Disney’s golden day of animation by hand as well as the new cartoon exemplified by Toy Story.

Perhaps much more important, though, may be his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a different generation of animators so they really in turn could push the medium in new directions. Read the rest of this entry »

The Complete Persepolis

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06Here, in a volume: Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis could be the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age inside of a large and loving family in Tehran in the Islamic Revolution; in the contradictions between private life and public life in a very country tormented by political upheaval; of her school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence not even close to her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It would be the chronicle of any girlhood and adolescence at the same time outrageous and familiar, a life entwined together with the history of her country yet filled while using universal trials and joys of accelerating up.

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Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko

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05It’s THE book on manga from YouTube’s most in-demand art instruction Guru! There’s more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist Mark Crilley will show you step-by-step how you can achieve a genuine manga style-from drawing faces and figures to installation of awesome, high-drama spreads. You’ll learn the way a few basic lines will allow you to place facial features within their proper locations and straightforward tricks for getting body proportions right. Plus, there are inspiration for infusing your hard work with expression, attitude and action. This is the book fans are already requesting for several years, loaded with expert suggestions about everything from hairstyles and clothing to word bubbles and sound clips, delivered within the same friendly, easy-to-follow style which includes made Mark Crilley one of several “25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

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04A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls through the entire ages—and what his story informs us about ourselves.

Since his creation, Batman continues to be many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; along with a grim and gritty ninja with the urban night. For more than seventy-five per cent of a century, he’s cycled coming from a figure of darkness to a single of lightness and to come back; he’s a bat-shaped Rorschach inkblot who assumes on the various meanings our changing culture projects onto him. How we perceive Batman’s character, whether he’s delivering dire threats in the raspy Christian Bale growl or trading blithely homoerotic double-entendres with partner Robin within the comics page, speaks to who we’re and how you want to be seen with the world. It’s this endlessly mutable quality containing made him so enduring.

And it’s Batman’s fundamental nerdiness—his gadgets, his obsession, his oath, even his insufficient superpowers—that uniquely resonates along with his fans who feel a fiercely protective passion for the character. Today, fueled with the internet, that type of passion for factors of popular culture is everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Justice League Vol. 7: Darkseid War Part 1 (Jla (Justice League of America))

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03Review
“Epic superhero action.”–IGN

“JUSTICE LEAGUE is solidifying itself as being the superhero title that acts because the voice in the 21st century, while using drama of that heroes to be a vehicle to the uncertainties we’re also regularly afflicted by today.”–POPMATTERS

“JUSTICE LEAGUE is important read.”–COMPLEX MAGAZINE

“Genuinely exciting.”–CRAVEONLINE

“Johns, Fabok, Anderson and Mangual have returned the scope of Justice League adventures into a grand scale and, using this issue, they bring the story to your strong finish harking back to classic Justice League tales.”–CBR

“Justice League [is] the still the most significant, flashiest summer blockbuster.”–NEWSARAMA
About the Author
Geoff Johns is surely an award-winning writer and one in the most popular contemporary comic strip writers today. Johns will be the author of The New York Times best-selling graphic novels AQUAMAN: THE TRENCH, BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN: THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR, JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN, SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, which hit #1 within the bestseller list. He is known for transforming Green Lantern into one with the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics.

Johns was created in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting and film at Michigan State University. Read the rest of this entry »