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[publication] Requests for ImageTexT Book Reviews

Posted 28 Feb, 2011

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

  • Daniel Clowes: Conversations edited by Ken Parille and Isaac Cates
  • I Think I Am Philip K. Dick by Laurence A. Rickels
  • Suspended Animation: Children's Picture Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity by Nathalie op de Beeck
  • Dante's Divine Comedy adapted by Seymour Chwast

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."

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."

Suspended Animation: Children's Picture Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity by Nathalie op de Beeck
ISBN: 978-0-8166-6574-7

From the book description:

"An innovative analysis of children's picture books from the interwar period in America. … Through a combination of nostalgia and new printing technologies, picture book publishing in America became a popular enterprise between the wars. Suspended Animation analyzes the phenomenon of American picture books and what their imaginative form and content reveal about the modern nation. … Suspended Animation contends that children's picture books reflect adult ideals and provide visual and written information in contemporary, colorful packages. Although they are outwardly earnest and easy to read, picture books express questionable attitudes on ethnic and racial difference, nature and technology, and history and the here and now. By examining the production of picture books, their modes of storytelling, and their nods to both the avant-garde and mass culture, Suspended Animation traces the development of the American picture book in the history of modernity."

Dante's Divine Comedy adapted by Seymour Chwast
ISBN: 978-1-60819-084-3

From the book description:

"From the nine circles of Hell all the way to Paradise, a graphic adaptation of the classic poem The Divine Comedy as only Seymour Chwast could imagine it. … The 'left-handed designer,' Seymour Chwast has been putting his unparalleled take—and influence—on the world of illustration and design for the last half century. In his version of Dante's Divine Comedy, Chwast's first graphic novel, Dante and his guide Virgil don fedoras and wander through noir-ish realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, finding both the wicked and the wondrous on their way. … In his adaptation of this skewering satire, Chwast creates a visual fantasia that fascinates on every page: From the multifarious torments of the Inferno to the host of delights in Paradise, his inventive illustrations capture the delirious complexity of this classic of the Western canon."

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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