The groundbreaking history of the graphic novel, fully updated to include all of the latest must-reads, the milestones and the future of this exciting medium. The author of 101 Best Graphic Novels now tells the whole history of the graphic novel revolution, from the first modern urban autobiographical graphic novel, Will Eisner's A Contract With God, to the hip indie comics of the Hernandez Bros' Love and Rockets, the dark mysteries of Neil Gaiman's Sandman and the postmodern superheroics of Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight.
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Stephen Weiner is the director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, Massachusetts, and a comics historian and critic who has been a pioneering advocate for graphic novels in public libraries and education and has published numerous articles and reviews about comic art. He is the author of "100 Graphic Novels for Public Libraries," "The 101 Best Graphic Novels," and "Bring an Author to Your Library" and the coauthor of "The Will Eisner Companion." He lives in Maynard, Massachusetts. Will Eisner is a legend and pioneer in comics, best known for the Spirit series, as well as numerous graphic novels--a term he coined--including "A Contract with God." The Eisner Award, comics' most coveted award, is named for him.