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Preview: Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In this issue: ANIME! ANIME! ANIME! How Japan conquered the world with a multipronged assault of giant robots, psychic bikers, and sailor moons! But Japan’s greatest animator, Hayao Miyazaki rejects fantasies of power-and teaches everyone how to appreciate the power of fantasy! Also: Everyone remembers the smash-hit Pixar Image Computer that was in every household throughout the 1980s, right? No? Oh, right. It was a huge failure. But maybe you heard of the ground-breaking animation studio it spawned instead?

Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

Preview: Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In this issue: ANIME! ANIME! ANIME! How Japan conquered the world with a multipronged assault of giant robots, psychic bikers, and sailor moons! But Japan’s greatest animator, Hayao Miyazaki rejects fantasies of power-and teaches everyone how to appreciate the power of fantasy! Also: Everyone remembers the smash-hit Pixar Image Computer that was in every household throughout the 1980s, right? No? Oh, right. It was a huge failure. But maybe you heard of the ground-breaking animation studio it spawned instead?

Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

Preview: Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In this issue: ANIME! ANIME! ANIME! How Japan conquered the world with a multipronged assault of giant robots, psychic bikers, and sailor moons! But Japan’s greatest animator, Hayao Miyazaki rejects fantasies of power-and teaches everyone how to appreciate the power of fantasy! Also: Everyone remembers the smash-hit Pixar Image Computer that was in every household throughout the 1980s, right? No? Oh, right. It was a huge failure. But maybe you heard of the ground-breaking animation studio it spawned instead?

Comic Book History of Animation #5 (of 5)

Preview: The Comic Book History of Animation #4 (of 5)

The Comic Book History of Animation #4 (of 5)

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Don’t touch that dial! It’s SATURDAY MORNING FUNHOUSE! We roll into the 1960s, during which a CBS executive named Fred Silverman had the brilliant idea to turn Saturday mornings into all kids programming, transforming the toon landscape forever! Hanna and Barbera are fired from MGM, but become the biggest animators in the country-but what happens to all the jobs sent overseas? In Japan, the animation industry begins taking its first few steps toward dominance, where Hayao Miyazaki begins learning his trade-and yearning for more!

The Comic Book History of Animation #4 (of 5)

Preview: The Comic Book History of Animation #4 (of 5)

The Comic Book History of Animation #4 (of 5)

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Don’t touch that dial! It’s SATURDAY MORNING FUNHOUSE! We roll into the 1960s, during which a CBS executive named Fred Silverman had the brilliant idea to turn Saturday mornings into all kids programming, transforming the toon landscape forever! Hanna and Barbera are fired from MGM, but become the biggest animators in the country-but what happens to all the jobs sent overseas? In Japan, the animation industry begins taking its first few steps toward dominance, where Hayao Miyazaki begins learning his trade-and yearning for more!

The Comic Book History of Animation #4 (of 5)

Preview: The Comic Book History of Animation #3 (of 5)

The Comic Book History of Animation #3 (of 5)

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The team behind IDW’S Comic Book History of Comics returns with a brand-new series!
After World War II, “CARTOON COOL” brings a new hipness to toonmakers-but new dangers too! The legendary UPA defies Disney-esque cuteness to redefine the medium… but can they survive the House Un-American Activities Committee? Uncle Walt wades into controversy with The Song of the South. While over at Warner Brothers, Looney Tunes master Chuck Jones revolutionizes the short subject with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck!

The Comic Book History of Animation #3 (of 5)

Preview: The Comic Book History of Animation #2

The Comic Book History of Animation #2

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The team behind IDW’S Comic Book History of Comics returns with a brand-new series! From Aardman to Zoetrope, Disney to Miyasaki, Hanna-Barbera to Pixar, and everything in between! In this issue: Sound comes to cartoons, and Walt Disney takes the world by storm with Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphonies, and Snow White! A whole slew of icons are created, from Fleischers’ Betty Boop to Warner Bros’ Looney Tunes stars! But it’s not all fun and laughter for the animation workforce, whose strikes brings the industry to its knees!

The Comic Book History of Animation #2

Preview: The Comic Book History of Animation #1

The Comic Book History of Animation #1

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The team behind IDW’S Comic Book History of Comic Books returns with a brand-new series! From Aardman to Zoetrope, Disney to Miyasaki, Hanna-Barbera to Pixar, and everything in between! The perfect companion piece to CBHoC, the Comic Book History of Animation focuses on the filmmakers and beloved characters of the past century and a half, and is essential for fans of the medium and ‘toon newbies alike.

The Comic Book History of Animation #1

Preview: Comic Book History of Comics: Comics For All

Comic Book History of Comics: Comics For All

Fred Van Lente (w) • Ryan Dunlavey (a)

At last! The amazing, inspiring story of the comics medium in comics form goes global! In this volume, Fred and Ryan tackle the origins of Japanese manga, French graphic albums, the British Invasion of the American scene, the battle for creators’ rights in the US, and how comics have invaded cyberspace and Hollywood! Plus: the Her-Story of Comics continues, and we spotlight other countries’ funnybooks across five continents! The Comic Book History of Comics goes wherever comics go—which is everywhere!

TPB • FC • $15.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-255-4

Underrated: The Comic Book History Of Comics: Birth Of A Medium

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Comic Book History Of Comics: Birth Of A Medium.



 

choc.jpgThere are numerous books on the history of comics, some of which sit partially read on my shelf, but there are very few comics or graphic novels about the history of comics. Enter Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Comic Book History Of Comics. It is exactly what it says; a history of comics told in comic book form. But it’s more than just a history of comics, it also attempts to show the evolution of art into the sequential art we know today as comics; to show the differentiation from cartoons to comics. Originally published by IDW as a six issue miniseries, I picked up the collected edition a few months ago

and only finally read it this week.

Frankly, I was astounded that it had taken me this long to read it, and  little surprised that fewer people were talking about the project. After all, what better way to tell the early history of comics than in comic form? It almost makes you wonder why it hasn’t been done before.

The Comic Book History Of Comics: Birth Of A Medium packs a LOT of information into its 150 odd pages, but it isn’t a definitive history. How could it be with only 150 some pages of sequential art? But it is a fantastic introduction to some of the medium’s more architectural sons and, to a lesser extent daughters (but that’s an issue  with the book and the industry itself – Van Lente and Dunlavey do include sections entitled The Comic Book Herstory… but one gets the sense that these are far less prominent than perhaps they should be). That being said, this is a fun way to learn about the history of comics if you’re unfamiliar, and even if you think you have a good handle on things, I’d put money on Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey having unearthed something that you were previously unfamiliar with.

There’s a ton of information packed within these pages, but never once does the delivery feel stagnant or anything less than thoroughly entertaining. There are visual puns amidst the art, examples of Dunlavey literally showing you what Van Lente is talking about in terms of panel usage, and some wonderful caricatures of historical figures. I paid $24 for this book (I’m in Canada), and it was worth every penny and then some. Ultimately, this is a brilliant addition to my bookshelf, and one I will revisit more often than not.

I can wait to get the next volume.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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