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On the Graphic Novel

By Santiago García
Translated by Bruce Campbell

375 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 130 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index

9781496813183 Paper $30.00S

An essential history of the narrative art form's global rise

A noted comics artist himself, Santiago García follows the history of the graphic novel from early nineteenth- century European sequential art, through the development of newspaper strips in the United States, to the development of the twentieth-century comic book and its subsequent crisis. He considers the aesthetic and entrepreneurial innovations that established the conditions for the rise of the graphic novel all over the world.

García not only treats the formal components of the art, but also examines the cultural position of comics in various formats as a popular medium. Typically associated with children, often viewed as unedifying and even at times as a threat to moral character, comics art has come a long way. With such examples from around the world as Spain, France, Germany, and Japan, García illustrates how the graphic novel, with its increasingly global and aesthetically sophisticated profile, represents a new model for graphic narrative production that empowers authors and challenges longstanding social prejudices against comics and what they can achieve.

Originally from Spain, Santiago García, Baltimore, Maryland, is a writer, critic, and translator of American comics into Spanish. Bruce Campbell, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is professor of Hispanic studies at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict. He is the author of íViva la historieta! Mexican Comics, NAFTA, and the Politics of Globalization, published by University Press of Mississippi.

375 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 130 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index