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