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eurogibbon

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History of comic art?
« on: 06 January, 2019, 08:42:01 am »
Hi all,

I'm after a book (or failing that a blog) that charts the progress of comic art through the years.
Can anyone recommend anything?

Personally I'm a fan of the European-style comic art, especially the work of Arthur Ranson, and also the painted work of Kevin walker and Sean Phillips. I'm not so enamored by the contemporary US-influenced digital comic art, but I'd like to get an understanding of how styles developed to the point they're at today.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: History of comic art?
« Reply #1 on: 06 January, 2019, 03:28:41 pm »
Hunt down books by Dennis Gifford on eBay or somewhere like that. He wrote several on the history of British comics and will be a good place to start.
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Re: History of comic art?
« Reply #2 on: 07 January, 2019, 12:36:21 pm »
Thanks! Looks like he's got a couple of interesting books that can be picked up second hand on Amazon etc.

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Re: History of comic art?
« Reply #3 on: 07 January, 2019, 02:42:23 pm »
You could do worse than find David Roach on social media (he often posts comic artwork from eras gone by on his facebook).  Apparently he is also associate editor a USA magazine Comic Book Artist.  I had a chat with him at a convention, and I believe he's working on a comic history book, though could be mistaken.

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Re: History of comic art?
« Reply #4 on: 07 January, 2019, 04:19:08 pm »
I have the Gifford ones but also like 'Great British Comics' by Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury and 1000 Comic Books you Must Read by Tony Isabella too.

If that helps.

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Re: History of comic art?
« Reply #5 on: 07 January, 2019, 05:17:48 pm »
Bryan Talbot did a History of British Comics in just 3 beautiful pages:

page 1 - http://www.bryan-talbot.com/images/art/history/page1.png
pages 2-3 - http://www.bryan-talbot.com/images/art/history/page2and3.png