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[publication] Requests for ImageTexT Book Reviews

Posted 30 Sep, 2010

ImageTexT is currently seeking reviewers for the following new book titles:

  • Komiks: Comic Art in Russia by José Alaniz
  • Art Spiegelman: Conversations edited by Joseph Witek
  • Daniel Clowes: Conversations edited by Ken Parille and Isaac Cates
  • Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives edited by Toni Johnson-Woods
  • Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History by Fredrik Strömberg with a Foreword by Peter Kuper
  • Caped Crusaders 101: Composition Through Comic Books, 2d ed. by Jeffrey Kahan and Stanley Stewart
  • Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic by Joel E. Vessels
  • I Think I Am Philip K. Dick by Laurence A. Rickels
  • My Life with Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

Komiks: Comic Art in Russia by José Alaniz
ISBN: 9781604733662

From the book description:

"José Alaniz explores the problematic publication history of komiks—an art form much-maligned as 'bourgeois' mass diversion before, during, and after the collapse of the USSR—with an emphasis on the last twenty years. Using archival research, interviews with major artists and publishers, and close readings of several works, Komiks: Comic Art in Russia provides heretofore unavailable access to the country's rich—but unknown—comics heritage. The study examines the dizzying experimental comics of the late Czarist and early revolutionary era, caricature from the satirical journal Krokodil, and the postwar series Petia Ryzhik (the "Russian Tintin"). Detailed case studies include the Perestroika-era KOM studio, the first devoted to comics in the Soviet Union; post-Soviet comics in contemporary art; autobiography and the work of Nikolai Maslov; and women's comics by such artists as Lena Uzhinova, Namida, and Re-I. Alaniz examines such issues as anti-Americanism, censorship, the rise of consumerism, globalization (e.g., in Russian manga), the impact of the internet, and the hard-won establishment of a comics subculture in Russia."

Art Spiegelman: Conversations edited by Joseph Witek
ISBN: 9781934110119

From the book description:

"Art Spiegelman: Conversations reveals an artist who had long been working to establish comics as a serious art form. With his wife Françoise Mouly, he founded and edited RAW-the most influential showcase for avant-garde comics in America-which published early work by such well-established cartoonists as Chris Ware, Kaz, and Gary Panter. Spiegelman's essays and lectures helped to establish that comics have a history and a canon. ... This collection of interviews and profiles spans 1976-2006 and covers Spiegelman's career as an artist, critic, educator, and art historian. A previously unpublished interview conducted by the volume's editor discusses themes rarely touched upon in earlier profiles."

Daniel Clowes: Conversations edited by Ken Parille and Isaac Cates ISBN: 978-1-60473-441-6

From the book description:

"Daniel Clowes (b. 1961) emerged from the 'alternative comics' boom of the 1980s as one of the most significant cartoonists and most distinctive voices in the development of the graphic novel. His serialized Eightball comics, collected in such books as David Boring, Ice Haven, and Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, helped to set the standards of sophistication and complexity for the medium. The screenplay for Ghost World, which Clowes co-adapted (with Terry Zwigoff) from his graphic novel of the same name, was nominated for an Academy Award. ... Since his early, edgy Lloyd Llewellyn and Eightball comics, Clowes has developed along with the medium, from a satirical and sometimes vituperative surrealist to an unmatched observer of psychological and social subtleties. In this collection of interviews reaching from 1988 to 2009, the cartoonist discusses his earliest experiences reading superhero comics, his time at the Pratt Institute, his groundbreaking comics career, and his screenplays for Ghost World and Art School Confidential."

Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives edited by Toni Johnson-Woods
ISBN: 9780826429384

From the book description:

"Containing sections addressing the manga industry on an international scale, the different genres, formats and artists, as well the fans themselves, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is an important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts, and fans, and provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject."

Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History by Fredrik Strömberg with a Foreword by Peter Kuper
ISBN: 978-0-312-59679-8

From the book description:

"As one of the most effective and powerful forms of communication, it comes as no surprise that comic art has been misappropriated by governments, self-interest groups, do-gooders, and sinister organizations to spread their message. World War II comic book propaganda—with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans—was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war effort. The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Cold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy. his book is a fascinating global, visual history of some of the most contentious, outrageous, unusual, and politically charged comics ever published."

Caped Crusaders 101: Composition Through Comic Books, 2d ed. by Jeffrey Kahan and Stanley Stewart
ISBN: 978-0-7864-4774-9

From the book description:

"This updated and expanded textbook inspires a greater appreciation for literature by studying important literary themes found in comics. By deconstructing comics, it raises critical thinking about literature, a crucial skill for understanding language and composition. Chapters discuss DC, Marvel and other comics' varied attempts at portraying race, politics, economics, business ethics and democracy; responses to the Cold War and the events of September 11; and portrayals of prisons and capital punishment. New to this edition, an additional chapter explores how the deaths of Captain America, Superman and Batman offer insightful commentary on the nature of heroism. Each chapter offers a series of questions that stimulate further reading, writing and discussion."

Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic by Joel E. Vessels
ISBN: 978-1-60473-444-7

From the book description:

"In France, Belgium, and other Francophone countries, comic strips—called bande dessinée or 'BD' in French—have long been considered a major art form capable of addressing a host of contemporary issues. Among Frenchspeaking intelligentsia, graphic narratives were deemed worthy of canonization and critical study decades before the academy and the press in the United States embraced comics. ... The place that BD holds today, however, belies the contentious political route the art form has traveled. In Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic, author Joel E. Vessels examines the trek of BD from its being considered a fomenter of rebellion, to a medium suitable only for semi-literates, to an impediment to education, and most recently to an art capable of addressing social concerns in mainstream culture. ... Vessels argues that BD are central to the formation of France's self-image and a self-awareness of what it means to be French."

I Think I Am Philip K. Dick by Laurence A. Rickels
ISBN: 978-0-8166-6666-9

From the book description:

"Sounds out the philosophical and psychoanalytic significance of Philip K. Dick's influential fiction. ... I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick explores the science fiction author's meditations on psychic reality and psychosis, Christian mysticism, Eastern religion, and modern spiritualism. Covering all of Dick's science fiction, Rickels corrects the lack of scholarly interest in the legendary Californian author and, ultimately, makes a compelling case for the philosophical and psychoanalytic significance of Philip K. Dick's popular and influential science fiction."

My Life with Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz, edited and introduction by M. Thomas Inge
ISBN: 978-1-60473-447-8

From the book description:

"While best known as the creator of Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) was also a thoughtful and precise prose writer who knew how to explain his craft in clear and engaging ways. My Life with Charlie Brown brings together his major prose writings, many published here for the first time. ... Schulz's autobiographical articles, book introductions, magazine pieces, lectures, and commentary elucidate his life and his art, and clarify themes of modern life, philosophy, and religion that are interwoven into his beloved, groundbreaking comic strip. Edited and with an introduction by comics scholar M. Thomas Inge, this volume will serve as the touchstone for Schulz's thoughts and convictions and as a wide-ranging, unique autobiography in the absence of a traditional, extended memoir."

If interested, please contact Tamar Ditzian, Review Editor, at tamar@ufl.edu for more information and to receive a review copy. Please include a CV or bio in your email, in addition to specifying which title you are interested in reviewing.

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