Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form - Paul Buhle

Jews And American Comics (New Press, $29.95), edited by Paul Buhle, makes the case that “Nowhere but Hollywood…was the Jewish role so influential in a major form of popular art.” From the daily strip to the comic book to the underground to the graphic novel—there’s a straight line: from Al Capp (Li’l Abner) to Robert Crumb to Art Spiegelman, not to mention Jules Feiffer and his 50-plus year career. Buhle is interested not only in the history of comics, but in the history of Jewish identification in America.

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By Paul Buhle (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781595583314
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Published: New Press - August 1st, 2008

Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! - Art Spiegelman

The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus explores the comics form—and how it formed him. In Breakdowns (Pantheon, $27.50) Art Spiegelman traces his life, from a MAD-obsessed boy in Queens to an adult examining his parents’ memories of Auschwitz. An illustrated essay looks back at the ‘60s as the artist himself reaches 60.

Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Art Spiegelman Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780375423956
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Published: Pantheon - October 7th, 2008

The Bottomless Belly Button - Dash Shaw

In the most literary graphic novel of the year, a grown family comes together at the shore for a last family reunion before the aging parents’ divorce. The relationships between the characters in Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button (Fantagraphics, $29.99) oscillate between awkwardness and intimacy, as each member of the family pushes for autonomy and yearns for roots. Shaw’s deceptively simple illustrative shorthand draws a stark contrast to the emotional depth of the story.

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781560979159
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Published: Fantagraphics - April 3rd, 2018

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