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The Graphic Novel Renaissance in Newsweek

Posted: January 9, 2012

I met reporter Maya Jaggi at last October’s BD & Comics Passion festival (returning May 25-27 this year) at London’s French Institute. Later she interviewed me at length to help with her extensive feature on The Graphic Novel Renaissance for the January 2nd 2012 edition of Newsweek magazine. She covers quite a lot here, tying it all in to the 25th anniversary of the first part of Maus in book form. She quotes me saying:

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, also out this fall, spans almost two centuries, yet half the entries were published after 1990. Its editor, Paul Gravett, says that after decades of being “stuck in genres and formulae,” comics have broken free. ... Gravett sees comics as akin to handwriting, “a very intimate, personal form, and a powerful way of synthesizing thoughts on paper. When we draw and write in an interacting flow, it taps into the unconscious - not so different from art therapy.” ‘

Be sure to read the rest of this well-researched state-of-the-artform survey.

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