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We Told You So: Comics as Art

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Own a piece of Fantagraphics history! The first 100 orders of Comics as Art will receive a rare copy of the first ever Fantagraphics publication "The Guardsman of Infinity" by Gary Groth, Carter Scholz and Jim Wilson. Originally published in 1972, the fanzine is signed by Gary Groth and features the tale of a gripping space odyssey. 

In 1976, a group of young men and women coalesced around a fledgling magazine and the idea that comics could be art. In 2016, comics intended for an adult readership are reviewed favorably in the New York Times, enjoy panels devoted to them at Book Expo America, and sell in bookstores comparable to prose efforts of similar weight and intent. We Told You So: Comics as Art tells of Fantagraphics Books’ key role in helping build and shape an art movement around a discredited, ignored and fading expression of Americana the way insiders share the saga with one another other: in anecdotal form, in the words of the people who lived it and saw it happen. Comics historian and critic Tom Spurgeon and Michael Dean assemble an all-star cast of industry figures, critics, cartoonists, art objects, curios and groundbreaking publications to bring you a detailed account of Fantagraphics’ first 40 years. We Told You So is a detailed catalog of the look of a cultural awakening. It’s a story that includes appearances by Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Harlan Ellison, Jim Shooter, Stan Lee, Daniel Clowes, Frank Miller, Peter Bagge, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dave Sim, Steve Geppi, Todd McFarlane and every other major figure in the arts or business end of modern comics. More than a corporate history or a fond look back, We Told You So: Comics as Art makes the warts and all case for Fantagraphics Books’ position near the heart of the modern reclamation of the comics art form.

Pages:
696
Colors:
full color
Format:
Hardcover
Dimensions:
8” x 10”
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-933-2
Year:
2016

Press Highlights:

"Fantagraphics is inarguably the best American comics publisher. In retrospect, it seems like a foregone conclusion, like destiny. But of course it wasn’t destiny. It was a magical combination of hard work, ignorance, luck, and wild apoplectic rage." - Seattle Review of Books

 

Own a piece of Fantagraphics history! The first 100 orders of Comics as Art will receive a rare copy of the first ever Fantagraphics publication "The Guardsman of Infinity" by Gary Groth, Carter Scholz and Jim Wilson. Originally published in 1972, the fanzine is signed by Gary Groth and features the tale of a gripping space odyssey. 

In 1976, a group of young men and women coalesced around a fledgling magazine and the idea that comics could be art. In 2016, comics intended for an adult readership are reviewed favorably in the New York Times, enjoy panels devoted to them at Book Expo America, and sell in bookstores comparable to prose efforts of similar weight and intent. We Told You So: Comics as Art tells of Fantagraphics Books’ key role in helping build and shape an art movement around a discredited, ignored and fading expression of Americana the way insiders share the saga with one another other: in anecdotal form, in the words of the people who lived it and saw it happen. Comics historian and critic Tom Spurgeon and Michael Dean assemble an all-star cast of industry figures, critics, cartoonists, art objects, curios and groundbreaking publications to bring you a detailed account of Fantagraphics’ first 40 years. We Told You So is a detailed catalog of the look of a cultural awakening. It’s a story that includes appearances by Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Harlan Ellison, Jim Shooter, Stan Lee, Daniel Clowes, Frank Miller, Peter Bagge, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dave Sim, Steve Geppi, Todd McFarlane and every other major figure in the arts or business end of modern comics. More than a corporate history or a fond look back, We Told You So: Comics as Art makes the warts and all case for Fantagraphics Books’ position near the heart of the modern reclamation of the comics art form.

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