Books on alternative and independent comics have to walk a fine line. On the one hand, they must deal with the material in a way that shows that the subject is worthy of interest for non-fans. However, take too scholarly a tone, and authors risk losing the grittiness and independence that make these titles so inspiring. If you’re looking for some titles to learn more about indie comics, or to introduce your not-so-hip friends, take our advice and check out the books below.1. Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels: A History of Comic Art by Roger Sabin (Phaidon Press): Sabin’s thorough history covers both multiple genres and multiple countries, so you’ll learn about the most interesting creators no matter what language they speak. This title, with its easy-to-read tone and broad but detailed information, should appeal to legions of comics and pop culture fans.2. A Comics Studies Reader edited by Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester (University Press of Mississippi): The essays in this book are hit-or-miss, but the sheer variety of the almost thirty entries warrants a look for interested fans. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find at least one, and probably several, essays on one of your favorite genres, while also being exposed to new creators and titles.3. 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read by Tony Isabella (Krause Publications): Frequent Comics Buyer’s Guide columnist and critic Isabella offers a catalogue of some of the most important comics of the last 70 years. Both mainstream and independent titles are featured, and while you may not find every recommended comic to your liking, the love and passion evident in this book make it a treat to read.4. Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz (Fantagraphics Books): Fantagraphics offers several publications on comics history and culture, and this one is specifically concerned with the first alternative comics that came on the scene in the early 1960s. Popular names like Robert Williams and Art Spiegelman appear along with names that history has forgotten. For an interesting look at how comics and culture have been tied up throughout the years, this is an excellent title.
Posted at March 10, 2011 by www.smallpresscomics.com
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