Comics and Graphic Novels

Authored by: Robin Brenner

Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415965057
eBook ISBN: 9780203843543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136913570


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As the story of comics has shifted across time, continents, and formats, so too have readers’ interests and tastes. Robin Brenner details the history of creating and marketing comic books, in all its forms, from the mid 1800s to the present, while never taking her eye off the readers who, today, keep the books circulating at breakneck pace through libraries, bookstores, and online sources. The rise and popularity of this multi-faceted form— among adults and children, critics and consumers—suggests that its literary and artistic qualities hold endless potential for reshaping what and how we read stories. Following Brenner’s descriptive history and analysis, Gareth Hinds’ illustrated essay takes readers through the creative process of transforming well-known stories into a visual, graphic novel format. The chapter concludes with a comic essay, “The Beginning,” by Raina Telgemeier, that brings into focus a young reader’s first, deeply felt, encounter with a book-length comic.

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