The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books

The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books

The Greatest Comic Book of All Time Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo work to historicize why it is that certain works or creators have come to define the notion of a quality comic book while other works and creators have been left at the fr

  • Title: The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books
  • Author: Bart Beaty Benjamin Woo
  • ISBN: 9781137561961
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo work to historicize why it is that certain works or creators have come to define the notion of a quality comic book, while other works and creators have been left at the fringes of critical analysis.

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    I was sent a proof of this by Bart Beaty, and I'm glad I sat down to read it. The two authors do an incisive job at looking at the how and why of how a comic book creator becomes part of a canon, or a classic. The book is so good that I wish it took them longer to find a publishing contract - the academic price is ridiculous, and I actually would have liked to have seen a few more examples in new chapters.

    Interesting, accessibly-written book, despite its theoretical framework and grounding in Bourdieu. It addresses questions of canonicity--why are the comics that are regarded as the greatest ones so regarded, and what other factors might lead to a very different canon? (Of course, in doing so, it does challenge the notion of such a thing as an objective canon.) It charts work in terms of cultural prestige (how much academic attention has a work received?) and economic sucesss (how well has it sol [...]

    4.5 starsWell argued, well structured and well written. The authors should be congratulated for a substantial contribution to the field of comics studies, of which this book should be considered a seminal text. My only gripe, which is actually more of a compliment, is that I wanted more.This book also makes one want to revisit Dylan Horrock's HICKSVILLE immediately.

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