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Jeff's Bio | Cartoon Books

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Jeff Smith (born February 27, 1960) is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the self-published comic book series BONE. Smith solidified the 1990′s Self-Publishing Movement when he joined other self-publishers and launched a new era of independent comics publishing, a movement that captured nearly 20% of the growing comics book market. In …
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Jeff Smith is most famous for the creation and self-publishing of Bone comics. By self-publishing his work he joined a movement which started an era of independent comics and furthered the industry. In 1993, when he published his first graphic novel The Complete Bone Adventures Volume One: Out From Boneville this was a ground breaking achievement in the industry. It was an immediate success selling an unprecedented 50,000 copies in its first year. The series won many awards in this country and abroad. His amazing one of kind graphic novel Bone tells the story of three brothers who had to leave town after one of them was banished. The remaining story deals with their travels and adventures in the valley it features monsters, humans, locusts, dragons and three Bone people. Even though he started out self-publishing in 2005 Bone was chosen to be the first graphic novel series for children to be published by a major publishing house. This had a big effect on the industry and changed things. In a growing medium that started to focus heavily on an older audience a graphic novel for the younger generations was needed. Jeff Smith’s Bone is a wonderful choice for children. The story shows hardship, greed love and is very funny due to three characters who are completely Bone white. This series was instrumental in growing the industry by showing the large appeal of graphic novels to a big audience and that a big publishing house was interested in producing this genre.

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Neil Gaiman - Biography

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description: The life of Neil Gaiman

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Many Graphic novelists have many different backstories, like most writers Neil Gaiman spent hours upon hours reading the works of many authors. He has since written incredible pieces such as ‘Sandman,’ ‘The Graveyard Book,’ and ‘Coraline.’ The first ‘Sandman’ is an amazing graphic novel/ comic series that have won many awards. The second and third are two famous book that have each had time in the spotlight. ‘Coraline’ has even gone on to become an animation movie. He has contributed to the idea of what a comic should be his contributions have led to the kind of work that is published today. He has proven that a single author can become vastly popular in the world of graphic novels. He has written comic books, graphic novels, books for all ages, and even screenplays. The authors connections between the different worlds of a written story and one that includes visuals has helped to bring people in to the world of graphic novels. When they see that his books are just as amazing as his graphic novels this contributes to the overall popularity of the graphic novel.

 

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On the Rise: Influences on the Popularity of Graphic Novels among Reader By Jennie R. Davis

description: a paper on the growth of the graphic novel

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This paper by Master’s Candidate Jennie R. Davis is about how the industry of the visual story has grown tremendously in recent years. This is referring to the world of comic books and graphic novels. The author proves how this world of fantasy has grown in popularity. Fantasy has seen a great shift in pop culture as it reaches a larger more diverse audience that utilizes more mediums. The internet exposes people to new interests that they may not have ever had if not seen by searching the net. The author’s first two ideas were easy to prove how the genre has reached a broader audience due to more exposure. But her third supporting point references the world of politics which the reader would need to be familiar with to understand. The gist of it is that comics are a rebellious art form growing in popularity as a backlash to a conservative moment in our country. This is all very important because as the core elements of the graphic novel become more popular elsewhere, so too will the very graphic novel increase in popularity.

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Art Spiegelman Reflects On 60 Years Of Pen And Ink

Art Spiegelman Reflects On 60 Years Of Pen And Ink | The Growing Graphic Novel | Scoop.it
Art Spiegelman's new book, Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, collects comics from a six-decade career, from his early, self-published works to his famous New Yorker covers. Spiegelman tells NPR's Scott Simon he knew in third grade that he wanted to be a cartoonist.
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In the rapidly growing industry of graphic novels and comics one man has been credited as having the greatest impact on how a child based industry can be transformed to appeal to all ages. Art Spiegelman drew from Topps Bubble Gum comics, invented the Garbage Pail Kids, created a character with no head and won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, a Holocaust based comic. In addition, he has also edited magazines and has drawn several famous covers for The New Yorker. His most famous cover for The New Yorker is the September 11th issue which led to the phantom black on black cover. It is quite obvious that in the growing industry of a more visual literature Art Spiegelman has played an important role in how we view the graphic novel. The fact he made a comic about the Holocaust which was very successful with very little criticism speaks to how amazing it was. He has elevated the art form to something more serious and thought provoking. It might seem obvious at this point but Mr. Spiegelman’s amazing work has advanced the popularity of graphic novels.

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Lily Keller's comment, April 3, 2014 9:14 PM
I agree with the author when he said that the graphic novel industry is growing. All of these examples that you put in your scoop are all art that everyone reads and enjoys. Even I enjoy the Garbage Pail Kids. I don't know too much about the graphic novel life but I do know about all of the examples. Now a days, I see younger kids reading some of the examples and also enjoying them. So I agree once again about the graphic novel industry growing.
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: Graphic Novels A New Art Form by Chris Schluep, Editor, Ballantine Del Rey

Description: a paper on how the fairly new graphic novel is prospering

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Today the graphic novel is rising to the top and increasing in sophistication. These visual novels have come a long way since their more traditional publications of a thin comic book bound together with a cover. You can divide this new category of graphic novels into a few categories the easiest superheroes, popular entertainment, and literary fine art. The author does a good job of breaking the genre into a few categories with the literary fine art being the highest art form telling a more complex story than the comics of years ago. Then there is the popular entertainment category which encompasses those pieces who are not dead series as the literary fine arts but are also not superheroes. These can still be masterpieces as all categories can and do but this subcategory is the perfect combination of the comics filled with a more detailed story. With all of this attention to a more elaborate story supported by a strong visual, it is no wonder the graphic novel is gaining in popularity. Similarly to how movies and TV shows save time by not having to describe the scenes a graphic novel can expand a scene with beautiful visuals and draw a person in with a complex story line.

 

 

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