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GRAPHIC NOVELS: Stories To Change Your Life

A Review By: Steve Bissette, artist Swamp Thing

Steve Bissette left his mark in the comic field as artist on Swamp Thing, as well as being the writer/artist and self-publisher of Tyrant. He currently teaches at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

An unsung hero in the international comics and graphic novel scene is Paul Gravett, whose most recent book Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life (2005, Collins Design) is currently in US bookshops and comic stores—and is highly recommended. Designed by Paul’s long-time partner and Escape co-founder Peter Stanbury, Graphic Novels is the latest extension and incarnation of the now-venerable Escape legacy, and bar none the best current introduction and overview of the graphic novel form. As usual, Paul’s writing is informed, insightful and incredibly eye-opening, his net expansive and all-encompassing; the book is essential reading.

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