Graphic Narratives Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Berman, Avis. "Art Spiegelman: The Maus that Roared." Artnews 92, No. 5 (May 1993): 63-4.

Examines the making of Maus and its use of a comic-book format.

DeCandido, Keith R. A. "Comic 'Books.'" Library Journal 116, No. 10 (1 June 1991): 134.

Provides brief reviews of several graphic novels, including Dave Sim and Gerhard's Jaka's Story.

Kaveney, Roz. "Strip Shows." New Statesman 113, No. 2926 (24 April 1987): 26-7.

Remarks on several contemporary graphic novels, including Gilbert Hernandez's Heartbreak Soup.

Larson, Kay. "Of Mice and Men." New York 25, No. 2 (13 January 1992): 65-6.

Discusses Art Spiegelman's two-volume Maus: A Survivor's Tale, arguing that "the comic-book format, merging historical nightmare and ordinary reality, allowed Spiegelman to conflate those two extremes and point toward their enormity."

Nicholls, Richard E. "Detective Comics." The New York Times Book Review (2 October 1994): 32.

Briefly reviews City of Glass.

Prescott, Peter S., and Sawhill, Ray. "The Comic Book (Gulp!) Grows Up." Newsweek CXI, No. 3 (18 January 1988): 70-1.

Discusses the changing focus of comic books from escapism to naturalistic stories of adult anxieties.

Review of Death: The High Cost of Living, by Neil Gaiman, Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham, and Dave McKean. Publishers Weekly 241, No. 8 (21 February 1994): 248.

Mixed review of Death. The critic notes that "while Gaiman brings a gritty urban contemporaneity to the fantasy genre, the story … suffers from a TV script-like sensibility."

Smoler, Fredric Paul. "Teen Arts." The Nation 245, No. 11 (10 October 1987): 386-87.

Reviews Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, noting the work's appeal and political themes.

Spence, Jonathan. "Then Came the Fall of Rome (Splat!)." The New York Times Book Review (18 December 1994): 15-16.

Favorably reviews Larry Gonick's The Cartoon History of the Universe and The Cartoon History of the Universe II, but laments that the multimedia CD-Rom version of the first book is "basically a filmed copy of the original text."