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It took a few years of false starts but now it’s official: the graphic novel form is the fastest growing new category of publishing, rising like a meteor. Stephen (The 101 Best Graphic Novels) Weiner takes us on a historical tour of this format with a bit of background on comics as a whole.


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It took a few years of false starts but now it’s official: the graphic novel form is the fastest growing new category of publishing, rising like a meteor. Stephen (The 101 Best Graphic Novels) Weiner takes us on a historical tour of this format with a bit of background on comics as a whole.

30 review for Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    verbava

    faster than a speeding bullet — не просто назва книжки, а й швидкість, із якою автор пробігає історію коміксів. американських коміксів; у цьому огляді зростання графічних романів знайшлося лише чотири речення на мангу й навіть менше — на всі європейські втілення: за них віддувається однісінька маржан сатрапі, мабуть, тому, що за «персеполісом» зробили мультик. зрозуміло, що 64 сторінки — не простір для розмаху, а про європейське хай пишуть європейці, а 2003 року вікіпедійна стаття про комікси ще faster than a speeding bullet — не просто назва книжки, а й швидкість, із якою автор пробігає історію коміксів. американських коміксів; у цьому огляді зростання графічних романів знайшлося лише чотири речення на мангу й навіть менше — на всі європейські втілення: за них віддувається однісінька маржан сатрапі, мабуть, тому, що за «персеполісом» зробили мультик. зрозуміло, що 64 сторінки — не простір для розмаху, а про європейське хай пишуть європейці, а 2003 року вікіпедійна стаття про комікси ще не була така крута, тож і це заходило як вступ до форми, але все одно якесь воно занадто мілке.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ridwan Anam

    খুব অল্প কথায় গ্রাফিক নভেলের জন্মের পিছনের গল্প থেকে আধুনিক গ্রাফিক নভেল পর্যন্ত ইতিহাস। যারা নতুন কমিকস পড়ুয়া, কোন কমিকস পড়বেন সেটা ঠিক করতে পারছেন না, তারা এই বই পড়ে কমিকসের জগতের সাথে মোটামুটি পরিচিত হয়ে যেতে পারবেন। সহজবোধ্য, সংক্ষিপ্ত হলেও গুরুত্বপূর্ণ, উল্লেখযোগ্য এবং আলোচিত কোন কমিকসের কথা বাদ যায় নাই।

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brian Murray

    If you are completely new to comics and just want a brush up on the history of the graphic novel, this is serviceable. But basically, this is just a Sparknotes history. It really only hits the highs of the medium, dedicating a mere couple of pages to each moment. There is little artistic or historical analysis. It's basically a wikipedia page, but I bet even that would be more in depth than this. If you are completely new to comics and just want a brush up on the history of the graphic novel, this is serviceable. But basically, this is just a Sparknotes history. It really only hits the highs of the medium, dedicating a mere couple of pages to each moment. There is little artistic or historical analysis. It's basically a wikipedia page, but I bet even that would be more in depth than this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roland Mann

    Good read for comic fans. I talk about it more here: http://wp.me/p8Yuc-kT Good read for comic fans. I talk about it more here: http://wp.me/p8Yuc-kT

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mikkedn

    An interesting short book on the evolution of graphic novels, from "junk literature" newspaper funny strips, to adult graphic novels. To be fair, if you're already someone who knows comics you won't find much knowledge you don't have already. Very useful if you have little knowledge of graphic novels and want to know more. Very well written and interesting. Recommended for newcomers. An interesting short book on the evolution of graphic novels, from "junk literature" newspaper funny strips, to adult graphic novels. To be fair, if you're already someone who knows comics you won't find much knowledge you don't have already. Very useful if you have little knowledge of graphic novels and want to know more. Very well written and interesting. Recommended for newcomers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Useful for my graphic novel research for my MLIS. Good, introductory information about the genre.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Howell Murray

    Concise history of what the title says and the comics indusatry in general as background. Much of this I knew, but it added a few bits and connected some dots.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Musicalla

    A little dry, but a good overview of comics and graphic novels. Talks a lot about non-DC/Marvel comics and publishers, which was also helpful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dean Simons

    Neat potted history of the American comic book industry. A few crossed wires. Graphic Novel is used as a blanket term incorporating stuff which technically isn't (e.g. Collections, trade paperbacks). The interesting parts are related more toward the acceptance and incorporation of comics into the American public library system and wider recognition in the media. Author has a rather saccharin picture of comics' acceptance and occasionally has a slightly inaccurate fact but this is a 'good enough' s Neat potted history of the American comic book industry. A few crossed wires. Graphic Novel is used as a blanket term incorporating stuff which technically isn't (e.g. Collections, trade paperbacks). The interesting parts are related more toward the acceptance and incorporation of comics into the American public library system and wider recognition in the media. Author has a rather saccharin picture of comics' acceptance and occasionally has a slightly inaccurate fact but this is a 'good enough' short intro for newbies.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meepelous

    A decent enough overview of the history of main stream comics. Because even if they started out more on the outside, every book mentioned in here did become pretty popular in their own right. A good introduction to the defining moments in graphic history. But if you aren't already into comics and graphics novels I'm not sure why you would pick up this book either. It did remind me of a few books I had been meaning to read but weren't currently on my TBR. A decent enough overview of the history of main stream comics. Because even if they started out more on the outside, every book mentioned in here did become pretty popular in their own right. A good introduction to the defining moments in graphic history. But if you aren't already into comics and graphics novels I'm not sure why you would pick up this book either. It did remind me of a few books I had been meaning to read but weren't currently on my TBR.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    A quick over-view of the history of the main stream graphic novel. Emphases on quick and main stream. Weiner seems to suggest that the graphic novel is comics "all grown up" - which I believe HINDERS, not helps the argument that comics (i.e. graphic novels ARE comics) are a legitmate form of literature. Also, he mentions only two female artists in this entire book. I know the field is male- dominated, but damnnn - at least Alison Bechtal or Marjane Satrapi please! A quick over-view of the history of the main stream graphic novel. Emphases on quick and main stream. Weiner seems to suggest that the graphic novel is comics "all grown up" - which I believe HINDERS, not helps the argument that comics (i.e. graphic novels ARE comics) are a legitmate form of literature. Also, he mentions only two female artists in this entire book. I know the field is male- dominated, but damnnn - at least Alison Bechtal or Marjane Satrapi please!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Nice and short history of comics and the graphic novel in the US, highlighting different titles to show how the industry was influenced in different periods. I read the first edition which was published in 2003 and the end is definitely out of date. Probably why they published a second edition in 2011, which I would like to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    A concise history of American comics and the comics industry over the 20th Century. Weiner's work is informative, warm and engaging. This is a fine introduction to comics and graphic novels, and wonderfully demonstrates the breadth of comics. A concise history of American comics and the comics industry over the 20th Century. Weiner's work is informative, warm and engaging. This is a fine introduction to comics and graphic novels, and wonderfully demonstrates the breadth of comics.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    This book chronicles the evolution of the graphic novel from its roots in the comic industry. Covers major contributors from both fields. Excellent illustrations. Good reference source for a study of graphic novels and/or the comic industry.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    While not the most thorough history, this was exactly what I wanted for the beginning stages of my thesis. And there's nudity. Awesome thesis, right? While not the most thorough history, this was exactly what I wanted for the beginning stages of my thesis. And there's nudity. Awesome thesis, right?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tripp

    A brief introduction to the graphic novel format, tracing its evolution from comic books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristenyque

    Read this for work, I love that he's a librarian! Read this for work, I love that he's a librarian!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Librariman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Martin Lund

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex Pepper

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marc

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  23. 4 out of 5

    Quincy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gina

  25. 4 out of 5

    Don Unger

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Tewfik

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  28. 4 out of 5

    Noel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike Perschon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle

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