Comics for All Ages

The term comic books comes from publishing a book of comic strips from the newspaper funnies.

A comic book is an illustrative art form. In comic books, there are panels of individually drawn scenes that are often colorful, and accompanied by written dialog in word balloons.

American comic books are categorized into four eras, based on when they were published:

  • The Golden Age (1938 – 1956) of comic books started with the introduction of Superman and other iconic superheroes like of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America, to name a few. Later, we saw Sci-Fi and Detective stories.
  • The Silver Age (1956 – 1970) brought back the superhero with Flash and Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four and Lee and Steve Ditko's Spider-Man.
  • The Bronze Age (1970 – 1985) marked the start with new writers. Their own story lines were about real life issues such as drug use and pollution.
  • The Modern Age (1985 – Present Day) now have complex characters and twisting plots. While superheroes are still popular, there is an increase interest in the liking of the anti-hero as seen in Elektra and the X-Men.

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Arguably the most popular writer in modern comics, Brian Michael Bendis shares the tools and techniques he uses to create some of the most popular comic book and graphic novel stories of all time. Words for Pictures provides a fantastic opportunity for readers to learn from a creator at the very top of his field.

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As ferocious and fateful as any battle in the pages of Marvel Comics, this is the true story of the life-or-death struggle for Marvel -- choked by bankruptcy in 1996 because of high-powered money men who did not care at all about Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, or the other iconic heroes of the comics.

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart has written a poignant and instructive guide for all aspiring graphic memoirists detailing the tenets of artistry and story-telling inherent in the medium. Hart examines what makes a graphic memoir great, and shows you how to do it.

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Comics are a unique form of storytelling created by talented and visionary artists. Creating Comics! is the first book to truly explore the backstories of the most talented visual artists currently practicing. Two of the most successful comic artists, Paul Gulacy and Michael Cavallaro, pen the foreword and introduction of the book, setting the tone for a truly remarkable collection of interviews from artists.

Young or old there are comic for all ages.

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