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Rodolphe Toepffer : The Complete Comic Strips by David Kunzle

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SKU 9781578069460 ISBN: 9781578069460
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Among the many accomplishments in art and literature by Genevan Rodolphe Toepffer (1799-1846), his virtual invention of the comic strip, or graphic novel, stands out as the most surprising, curious, and to us, after a century inundated by comic strips, by far the most significant. This volume is the first English-language version of the Toepffer comics oeuvre and includes (unlike previous French and German editions) all of his eight full-length stories, plus previously unpublished fragments of stories started and abandoned and manuscript segments omitted in the printed versions. Comics scholar Kunzle translates the captions from the French, gives essential biography and chronology, and appends socio-political contexts for all the stories with explanation of references obscure today. He deals with questions of dating and the differences among manuscript, printed version, and the various editions. He also lists the plagiaries, translations, and adaptations in other media. Toepffer's complete comic strip output, combined with Kunzle's annotative material and analyses, makes this volume one of the most significant works of comics history to be published and reestablishes Toepffer's seminal place in the comics canon.;
Pagination: 672 pages 37376 line illustrations;
Date of Publication: 02/04/2007

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