Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary L. Chute, an associate professor of English at the University of Chicago, is is a collection of her in-depth interviews with prominent comic book and graphic novel artists, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This collection contains several all-new interviews which have never been printed before, and extensive samples of comics from the artists’ repertoires. Featured interviewees include Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, an essential classic of the field), Alison Bechdel (Dykes To Watch Out For and “the Bechdel Test”), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Joe Sacco (excellent comic book format non-fiction journalism which are among some of my favourite GNs), and many more.
Offered worldwide, available through the month of December.
Free for a limited time through December as their Free Book of the Month selection @ the university’s special promo page (ADE-DRM ePub, requires valid email address), and you can see more info about the book and its author on its regular catalogue page.
NB: This is a large file of about 90 mb, which you probably don’t want to download on a device that has data limits.
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.
For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box she offers fans a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most prominent and accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests and approaches while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel, Charles Burns, and more. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.
Beautifully illustrated in full-color, and featuring three never-before-published interviews—including the first published conversation between Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware—Outside the Box will be a landmark volume, a close-up account of the rise of graphic storytelling and a testament to its vibrant creativity.