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Rise of the Graphic Novel (4/26/10)

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Uploaded on May 11, 2010

Rise of the Graphic Novel

Gene Yang, Creator, American Born Chinese
Andy Hartzell, Creator, Fox Bunny Funny
Lark Pien, Creator, Long Tail Kitty; Colorist, American Born Chinese
Dash Shaw, Creator, Body World and Bottomless Belly Button
Summerlea Kashar, Acting Director, Cartoon Art Museum

The popularity of graphic novels is exploding. For many years, these comics were not taken seriously by readers or critics; however, with the recognition and success of works like Ghost World, Persepolis and American Born Chinese, graphic novels have surged to a widely respected status in the literary and art landscape. How did this happen? Are we as a society simply tired of reading huge, verbose novels? Or does this shift illustrate a new appreciation of the synthesis between visual art and literature? Leaders of the form talk about these issues and more.

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