Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean
Karin L. Kross
How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean
by Douglas Wolk
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As comic books and graphic novels achieve greater literary prominence, they require a critical context that encompasses not simply writing and art as separate entities but also the unique interaction between visual and textual elements. In Reading Comics, critic Douglas Wolk wants to provide just that: His aim is “to explore some of the ways it’s possible to read comics, and to figure out where their power comes from.” For Wolk, comics have won the battle for respectability, and he here develops a structured method for readers and critics to evaluate and analyze them.
Wolk’s style is chatty and casual, and he knows his subject well. His survey of the history of comics in America is concise and informative and provides a solid context for the current state of the medium. He also establishes a helpful distinction
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