Recently, I’ve been so deeply immersed in writing about censorship in comics and cartoon illustrations that, when asked to produce a holiday wish list, my mind naturally gravitated to that medium.
So here’s my latest list of best design books, with a slant toward graphic narrative…
Michael Dooley on Best Design Books for the Holiday Season
1. The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius
Right up top, I’m most excited about exploring the “enhanced e-book” version of The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius. The deluxe version will be enhanced with “home movies, recordings, and interviews” about the man whose contribution to our culture was significant enough that his name became a dictionary adjective. If it even comes close to living up to the hype I heard from Abrams at the San Diego Comic-Con, then it should be a landmark release that may point a new direction for 21st Century visual literature.
2. Peter Maresca’s Society Is Nix Anthology
Based on paging through it at SDCC, this one’s a must-have. It’s chockablock with a wide and wild assortment of early twentieth-century comics art with spectacularly imaginative and innovative layouts. It also lives up to the subtitle, Gleeful Anarchy at the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915, with plenty of imagery that would’ve been called bizarrely surreal if it hadn’t been rendered a decade or two before Surrealism even existed.
3. IDW’s Artist Editions: Best of EC
Having had to pass on their Wally Wood and Jack Davis books, I was delighted when their Harvey Kurtzman Mad comic book story collection came out earlier this year. And now there’s The Best of EC, Volume One, with tales of war, sci-fi, crime, and horror by Kurtzman, Wood, Bernard Krigstein, Al Williamson, and others. This one should keep me satisfied for quite a while. Well, at least until Volume Two.
4. Goddamn This War!
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