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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.