Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cartoon Saturday- Comics Confidential

28588026 Marcus, Leonard S. (Editor). Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box  
September 27th 2016 by Candlewick Press
Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central

Marcus writes interesting books about the history of children's literature; one of my favorites is Golden Legacy, about the impact of Little Golden Books on society. Since Graphic Novels are so popular now, this book is either a great introduction to a lot of authors whom young readers may not know, or an interesting insight into the history of the graphic format and its increasing hold on the young adult market in the last several years. 

With interviews from Dave Roman, Mark Siegel, Siena Cherson Siegel, James Sturm, Sara Varon, Gene Luen Yang, Harry Bliss, Catia Chien, Geoffrey Hayes, Kazu Kibuishi, Hope Larson, Danica Novgorodoff, and Matt Phelan, Comics Confidential covers a wide range of contemporary artists who contribute to this medium today. There are some original comics produced especially for the book, and Marcus does a good job at asking authors a variety of different questions, and I appreciated that the artists cover a wide range of age groups. 

The things that I liked best was the bibliography at the back of the book lists all of the publications from these artists, many of which have won Eisner, Sendak, or other awards. It's a great place for readers who have read all of Babymouse and Bone to get other ideas for future reading. 

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