|The first serious, readable, provocative,
canon-smashing book of comics criticism by the leading critic in the
Suddenly, comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form, filling
bookshelves with brilliant, innovative work and shaping the ideas and
images of the rest of contemporary culture. In Reading Comics,
critic Douglas Wolk shows us why this is and how it came to be.
Wolk illuminates the most dazzling creators of modern comics--from Alan
Moore to Alison Bechdel to Dave Sim to Chris Ware--and introduces a
critical theory that explains where each fits into the pantheon of art.
Reading Comics is accessible to the hardcore fan and the curious
newcomer; it is the first book for people who want to know not just
what comics are worth reading, but also the ways to think and talk and
argue about them.
How Graphic Novels Work and
What They Mean
by Douglas Wolk
Da Capo Press, 2007