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24 Hour Comics.

24 Hour Comics. Edited by Scott McCloud. Thousand Oaks, CA: About Comics Publ., 2004. Illus., softcover, 196 pp., $11.95.

As graphic novels become more accepted and treated as an art form along with comics, they add a challenge--a zip to the corpus of objects art teachers should pay attention to. This collection of nine short stories (visual novellas) selected from more than 100 submissions displays a range of themes and styles which far from exhaust the potential of the genre. Several pages of introduction offer a brief history and set the rules inherent in this twenty-four hour format--the entire work is to be created in a nonstop twenty-four-hour creative binge. A note warns that some of the stories contain "harsh language and imagery, and artistic nudity." But this form of graphic aesthetic, these exercises in visual narrative, are part of our contemporary visual culture, and attention must be paid.
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Author:Marantz, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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