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Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists

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In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists, compiled and edited by Todd Hignite, is an elegant soft-cover coffee table book. Containing extended, indepth interviews with such marvelous creators as Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, and Art Spiegelman, In the Studio provides an unofficial, history of comics over the last thirty years. Hignite's introductions to each cartoonist create additional context, as do color and black-and-white panels. The interviews are completely in the cartoonists' own words, without questions included, which puts the focus squarely on the person being interviewed. The art and comics integrated with the text helps create a dialogue, Hignite inserting visuals from the history of comics when the interview topic demands it. (For example, the piece reproduced above is from a scrapbook made by Charles Burns' father, a source of great inspiration for Burns.) Reflecting thought and concern for the total package--from design to contents to typography--In the Studio is perfect for graphic novel enthusiasts.

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