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The Expanding Art of Comics


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Thierry Groensteen, Brussels, Belgium, is a prominent comics scholar and author of numerous books including The System of Comics and Comics and Narration, both published by University Press of Mississippi. He has held a number of prestigious positions over the years: editor of Les Cahiers de la bande Dessinee; director of the comics museum housed in the Cite international de la bande dessinee et de l'image in Angouleme, where he is now a project director and curator; editor in chief of 9eme Art; founder and editor of a comics collection for Actes Sud and lecturer on the comics masters course at the Ecole europeenne superieure de l'image in Angouleme.

Ann Miller, Oxford, United Kingdom, is University Fellow in French at the University of Leicester. She is joint editor of European Comic Art, author of Reading Bande Dessinee: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip, and coeditor of Textual Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Comic Art in French Autobiography and The French Comics Theory Reader.


"Thierry Groensteen brings the eyes of a fierce critic to ten comics that should be on every reader's shelves. As one of the most acclaimed scholars and theorists of the ninth art, Groensteen in this exciting new translation turns his attention to the evolution of the form through the close reading of some of its most celebrated works: Watchmen, Epileptic, Fun Home, and more. Insightful, eclectic, and wide-ranging, Groensteen demonstrates once again why he is one of the most important comics scholars in the world."
--Bart Beaty, professor of English at the University of Calgary and author of Comics Versus Art

"Thierry Groensteen is undoubtedly the leading voice in comics theory of the last decades. This book is a wonderful opportunity to also discover his numerous close-reading skills and qualities. Groensteen's work has the ideal mix of theoretical framing and analytical sharpness, and his direct yet utterly precise style ideally matches his commitment to an art we'd better start writing with a capital A."
--Jan Baetens, professor of cultural studies at the University of Leuven and coauthor of The Graphic Novel: An Introduction

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