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Williams, Paul: "The Strange Case of Byron Preiss Visual Publications." In: Journal of American Studies (2019). 
Added by: joachim (9/26/19, 12:55 AM)   
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1017/S0021875818001494
BibTeX citation key: Williams2019
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Empire", Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Chaykin. Howard, Delany. Samuel R., Format, Kulturpolitik, Preiss. Byron, Publishing, USA
Creators: Williams
Collection: Journal of American Studies
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Abstract
Between 1976 and 1979 Byron Preiss operated as a book packager specializing in graphic novels, bringing comics creators together on original stories and licensed properties and delivering the finished product to publishing houses. Far from being praised for his efforts, Preiss was attacked by fans and comics professionals for betraying the very medium he professed to uplift. This article explains the industrial shifts behind the rise of Byron Preiss Visual Publications and book-format comics, as well as accounting for the hostility directed against Preiss, a level of vitriol that increased after his collaborators on Empire (1978) expressed their dismay at the changes he made to the graphic novel before publication.
  
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