A ted comics artist himself, Santiago Garcia follows the history of the graphic vel from early nineteenth-century European sequential art, through the development of newspaper strips in the United States, to the development of the twentieth-century comic book and its subsequent crisis. He considers the aesthetic and entrepreneurial invations that established the conditions for the rise of the graphic vel all over the world. Garcia t only treats the formal components of the art, but also examines the cultural position of comics in various formats as a popular medium. Typically associated with children, often viewed as unedifying and even at times as a threat to moral character, comics art has come a long way. With such examples from around the world as Spain, France, Germany, and Japan, Garcia illustrates how the graphic vel, with its increasingly global and aesthetically sophisticated profile, represents a new model for graphic narrative production that empowers authors and challenges longstanding social prejudices against comics and what they can achieve.
Originally from Spain, Santiago Garcia, Baltimore, Maryland, is a writer, critic, and translator of American comics into Spanish. |Bruce Campbell, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is professor of Hispanic studies at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict. He is the author of !Viva la historieta! Mexican Comics, NAFTA, and the Politics of Globalization (University Press of Mississippi).