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28 – essential guide to world comics
01.2.2006, 5:04 pm
Filed under: art & entertainment, comix

The essential guide to world comics / Tim Pilcher, Brad Brooks.
London : Collins & Brown ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Sterling Pub. Co., 2005.
[MCL call number: 741.509 P637e 2005; eight copies, no holds]

The Essential Guide to World Comics provides a wide view on comics from all over the globe. Comic art from the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, and India is given substantial treatment, with shorter sections devoted to comics from the remaining countries of Europe, to African and Middle Eastern comics, and comics of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Pilcher and Brooks provide a nice introduction and overview, the book is beautifully illustrated, and reading it provides a good reminder that not everything neato is written in English.

The book’s focus is on mainstream comics produced by larger publishers, though “underground” comics are discussed when they have been widely credited with being particularly influential. An index, a brief bibliography, and a list of comics magazines and websites are at the end of the text.


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