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Old 06-05-2012, 13:33
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What do you think are the best non-fiction works about
comics? I'd nominate "Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book" by Gerard Jones, which gives
a really insightful look into the genesis of Superman, Captain
America, Batman, and the lives and careers of their
creators.

The "Slings & Arrows Comic Guide" by Frank Plowright and
company, is an excellent guide to various issues of comics
and reviews them on how good they are-mainly American,
but also European. The Comics equivalent of the
various Film Guides and essential reading.

But what are your choices?
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Old 06-05-2012, 13:44
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The Slings and Arrows Guide is brilliant - bought both editions and read them both to death. Also a fan of the three Scott McCloud books - Understanding, Making and Reinventing Comics.
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Old 06-05-2012, 14:20
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...Also a fan of the three Scott McCloud books - Understanding, Making and Reinventing Comics.
I'm with Mr Theaker on that one

I also quite liked Peter David's Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels... sure, it's more on the writing angle but it dissects a lot of old stuff from an interesting angle.

Warren Ellis' various collected essays are also good but not always entirely about comics... Do Anything primarily is but I actually preferred the Bad Signal collections
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Old 08-05-2012, 13:00
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Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero is superb.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:32
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The Penguin Book of Comics by Perry & Aldridge.
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Old 10-09-2012, 13:34
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I always like Lance Parkin's "Pocket Essential" bio of Alan Moore, so
I was interested to learn he's turning it into a full-length biography.
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