The Expanding Art of Comics
Ten Modern Masterpieces

By Thierry Groensteen
Translated by Ann Miller

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 88 b&w illustrations, introduction, index

9781496808028 Printed casebinding $65.00S

9781496820129 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $65.00

Paper, $30.00

An explication of master works by one of comics studies' most renowned scholars

In The Expanding Art of Comics, prominent scholar Thierry Groensteen offers a distinct perspective on important evolutions in comics since the 1960s through close readings of ten seminal works. He covers over half a century of comics production, sampling a single work from the sixties (Ballad of the Salt Sea by Hugo Pratt), seventies (The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius by Moebius), eighties (Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons), and nineties (Epileptic by David B.). Then this remarkable critic, scholar, and author of The System of Comics and Comics and Narration delves into recent masterpieces, such as Building Stories by Chris Ware.

Each of these books created an opening, achieved a breakthrough, offered a new narrative model, or took up an emerging tendency and perfected it. Groensteen recaptures the impact with which these works, each in its own way, broke with what had gone before. He regards comics as an expanding art, not only because ground-breaking works such as these are increasing in number, but also because it is an art that has only gradually become aware of its considerable potential and is unceasingly opening up new expressive terrain.

Thierry Groensteen, Brussels, Belgium, is a prominent comics scholar and author of numerous books including The System of Comics and Comics and Narration, both published by University Press of Mississippi. He has held a number of prestigious positions over the years: editor of Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée; director of the comics museum housed in the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image in Angoulême, where he is now a project director and curator; editor in chief of 9ème Art; founder and editor of a comics collection for Actes Sud and lecturer on the comics masters course at the École européenne supérieure de l'image in Angoulême. Ann Miller, Oxford, United Kingdom, is University Fellow in French at the University of Leicester. Miller is joint editor of European Comic Art. She is author of Reading Bande Dessinée: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip and coeditor of Textual Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography and The French Comics Theory Reader.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 88 b&w illustrations, introduction, index