Ambassador of Comics
In 1939, at the age of 17, Jerry Robinson was taken on by cartoonist Bob Kane to work on his new creation, Batman, and over the next few years helped create the superhero's sidekick, Robin, and his chief antagonist, the Joker. This illustrated biography charts the career of the influential artist from comic books, satirical cartoons and newspaper comic strips to his later work as a curator of comic book art and campaigner for artist's rights.
The heroine of this colourful graphic novel sets out across the universe with a group of quirky friends on a quest to find her father. Encountering weird and wonderful places and characters along the way, the themes of friendship, family and environmental conservation are played out in a far future of interstellar space travel and exotic aliens. Age 7+
Glenn Bray began collecting comic-book illustrations in the 1960s at a time when the artists' originals were little regarded as works of art. The collection he has amassed covers over 50 years of American pop culture, reflecting his taste for underground, marginal or outsider art. This large-format book presents hundreds of challenging, amusing and sometimes bizarre cartoons, comic strips, illustrations and cover designs by artists ranging from the obscure to the world-famous.
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch
In his grandfather's failing seaside arcade, a young boy encounters a mysterious Punch and Judy man and a woman who plays a mermaid. In this dark tale, told by bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman and with painted illustration by Dave McKean, the strange and violent puppets unleash nightmarish secrets of the past.
Messages in a Bottle
Comic Book Stories by B Krigstein
Bernie Krigstein (1919-1990) is one of the most acclaimed artists in the history of American comics, lauded for his dramatic compositions and fiercely intelligent storytelling, despite leaving the field after only a decade. Here Krigstein's biographer Greg Sadowski assembles the very best of his stories, including his landmark crime and horror strips for EC Comics and work for Stan Lee's Atlas Comics, together with some of his original art, and provides historical and editorial notes - and there's not a superhero in sight.
The Origins of Comics
From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
In this classic work, Belgian comics writer and scholar Thierry Smolderen digs deep into the origins of the 20th-century comic strip. He establishes how the picture stories and illustrations of artists like William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer and Gustave Doré laid the foundation of the form, which flourished with the evolution of visual culture caused by developments in printing technology, photography, audio recording and cinema. First published in 2000, the book is translated here by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
Robert Louis Stevenson's spellbinding tale of adventure, murder and revenge has all the elements of a great graphic novel, so it is no surprise that Edinburgh's Unesco City of Literature Trust turned to veterans of the strip Judge Dredd to effect this translation. Tight, dramatic, atmospherically coloured panels and terse dialogue bring the action vividly to life. The handsome, slipcased, two-volume set includes both the graphic novel and a fascinating account of its creation, including original scripts and storyboards.