THE BIRTH OF COMICS From the Yellow Kid to the Captain and the Kids, these are the origins of the American comic strip, created at a time when there were no set styles or formats, when artistic anarchy helped spawn a new medium This book features the earliest offerings 1895 to 1915 from the famous and lesser known cartoonists who where there when comics were born overTHE BIRTH OF COMICS From the Yellow Kid to the Captain and the Kids, these are the origins of the American comic strip, created at a time when there were no set styles or formats, when artistic anarchy helped spawn a new medium This book features the earliest offerings 1895 to 1915 from the famous and lesser known cartoonists who where there when comics were born over 150 creations from then 50 superb artists, most reprinted for the first time ever And all in the original broadsheet size and brilliant colors Chris Ware calls Society Is Nix, a mind blowing portable museum retrospective of the raw, tangled ferocity and frustration that went into the making of America Art Spiegelman exclaimed, never thought anything like this could exist outside my dream life.
Amazing! This isn't a coffee table book; This is a boardroom meeting table book. The thing is huge! What we have here are Sunday newspaper comics from the late 1800's/early 1900's printed at the size they originally ran. The book is a Who's Who of early comic strips. We've got Dirks, Outcault, Swinnerton, Opper, Gus Mager, pre-Krazy Kat Herriman, pre-Bringing Up Father McManus, pre-Nemo McKay, early Sydney Smith, Rube Goldberg just page after jaw-dropping page of wonderful work. These were crea [...]
This is a beautiful collection with informative essays. Must read for anyone interested in comics. Many of early Sunday comics are way more beautiful than most mainstream comics. They experiment beautifully with the comics form. Also great to see how comics' grammar developed. It did not take more than a few year! "Sunday comics' two popular themes were dreams and modern art."Paul Tumey's review at the Comics Journal is well written. tcj/reviews/society-is
The only problem with Sunday Press' books is that the company doesn't publish one often enough. Definitely a case where the package makes the material, the republication of Sunday comics in their original dimension creates a reading experience unlike any other. The introductory material is extensive and ranges from excellent history to self-evident musings that don't add much to the printed strips, though they certainly do not detract from the full-color wonders that follow. The strips are weird [...]
Amazing large format book composed of 150 pages of beautiful (and a little anarchic) Sunday comic pages from the earliest days of the art form. The seven articles that preface the book are well researched and informative, and the art itself is a revelation. You'll better understand where such artists as Maurice Sendak and Chris Ware get their inspiration from.It's not an easy book to handle (it reproduces the Sunday comic pages of Pulitzer and Hearst full-scale), but sit it down on a coffeetable [...]