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Beaty, Bart and Stephen Weiner, eds. Independents & Underground Classics. Critical Survey of Graphic Novels. 3 vols. Englewood Cliffs: Salem Pr. 2012. 
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Keywords: Alternative Comics, Encyclopedia, Underground Comics
Creators: Beaty, Weiner
Publisher: Salem Pr. (Englewood Cliffs)
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This three-volume set contains 215 essays covering graphic novels and core comics series, focusing on the independents and underground genre, that form today’s “canon” for academic coursework and library collections.

Scope & Coverage
The second title in this series, Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics, provides in-depth insight for over 215 of the most popular and studied graphic novels. Researchers will be familiar with the characters and stories included in this collection, yet will gain a deeper understanding, as the literary nature of the stories is presented in critical format by leading writers in the field.
Each essay will look beyond the “pop culture” aspects of the medium to show the wide range of literary themes and artistic styles that are used to convey beliefs and conflicts that are as old as the stories told in ancient civilization. Today’s graphic novels expose the vulnerabilities and character flaws that previous comic book stories glossed over or never covered.

Organization & Format
The essays are arranged alphabetically, and each essay is approximately 3 to 4 pages long. Essays begin with full ready reference top matter, including the title or subtitle, the primary author or authors, the illustrators who contributed to the work, the first serial and book publication, the publisher, the number of pages, the ISBN, the genre and/or subgenre and the work’s intended age group. Subsequent subsections include:
  • Publication history – overview of the work's origin and publication chronology.
  • Plot – a synopsis of the main story and story arcs.
  • Volumes – listings of individual volumes/collections, often comprising different story arcs and representing the accepted reading order of the work; publication year of each volume and issue; synopsis of each volume’s main focus and a discussion of its significance in the collection.
  • Characters – detailed descriptions of major character in the story, including “also known as” names (e.g., “Logan” for Wolverine), physical attributes, the role the character played (e.g., antagonist, protagonist), and their relationships with others.
  • Artistic Style – analysis of the work’s visual content as it relates to characterization, plot, and mood; analysis of the illustrators use of color, grays, and black and white illustrations; discussion of any changes in the style as the story progresses and the artists’ distinctive use of bubbles, dialog, captions, panels, background, and more.
  • Themes – identification of central themes in the work and how they relate to characterization and style.
  • Impact – the work’s influence on the creators’ careers; the creation of new characters or new series; publishing houses; the history of graphic novels; and literature in general.
  • Films – films based on this work, their differences and/or similarities with the novel, and their effectiveness.
  • Television Series – TV series based on this work and their differences and/or similarities with the novel, and their effectiveness.
  • More Good Reads – three to five other graphic novels that audiences for this one will want to read.
  • Bibliography – secondary literature for more in-depth study of the work, its creator(s), or the genre.
  • About the Author – all about the author or the entry, his or her degrees, experience, relevant publications, and other credentials for writing the entry.
  • See also – listing of related entries of interest.

Special Features
Several helpful finding aids are located at the end of Volume two. Appendixes include a “More Graphic Novels” list, a list of major awards, a comprehensive glossary, a timeline of important events, relevant electronic resources, and a general bibliography. Four complete indexes round out the set: Works by Publication Date, Works by Publisher, Works by Author/Artist, and a Subject Index.

Table of Contents

30 Days of Night
9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, The
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
Adventures of Luther Arkwright
Adventures of Tintin
Age of Bronze (7 vols.)
Age of Reptiles
Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius
Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope
Alec: The Years Have Pants
Alice in Sunderland
American Born Chinese
American Splendor
Arrival, The
Asterios Polyp
Aya of Yopougon
Bacchus (10 Vols.)
Ballad of Doctor Richardson, The
Berlin: City of Stones
Binky Brown Sampler
Birth of a Nation
Black Hole
Blankets: An Illustrated Novel
Book of Genesis, The
Boulevard of Broken Dreams, The
Box Office Poison
Burma Chronicles
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
Cancer Vixen
Cardcaptor Sakura
Cartoon History of the Universe, A
Castle Waiting
Chicken with Plums
City of Glass
Color of Earth, the Color of Water, the Color of Heaven, The
Complete Fritz the Cat, The
Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories, A
Crying Freeman
Cthulhu Tales
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The
David Boring
Dead Memory
Dear Julia
Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda
Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man
Distant Neighborhood, A (Taniguichi, Jiro; 1998–1999)
Drifting Life, A
Dropsie Avenue
Dykes to Watch Out For
Ed the Happy Clown; the Defintive Ed Book
Eddy Current
Elk’s Run
Essex County
Ethel and Ernest
Exit Wounds
Far Arden
Fax from Sarajevo
First Kingdom
Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo
Flood! A Novel in Pictures
Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel
Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904–1924, The
Frank Book, The
From Hell
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Gemma Bovery
Get a Life
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost World
Give It Up! and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
Glacial Period
Golem’s Mighty Swing, The
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice
Hardboiled (Dark Horse)
Harum Scarum
He Done Her Wrong
Hey, Wait!
Houdini: The Handcuff King
I Never Liked You
Ice Haven
In the Shadow of No Towers
Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery
Introducing Kafka
It Rhymes with Lust
It Was the War of the Trenches
It’s a Bird
It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken
Jar of Fools
Jew in Communist Prague, Vol. 1: Loss of Innocence, A
Jew of New York, The
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid in the World
Journey into Mohawk Country
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories
Jungle Book
Kampung Boy
King of the World, The: The Wizard King Trilogy
King: A Comics Biography
Kings in Disguise: A Novel
La Perdida
Last Day in Vietnam
Leave It to Chance, Vol. 1: Shaman’s Rain
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, The
Life Sucks
Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron
Longtime Relationship
Lost Cause: The True Story of Famed Texas Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin
Lost Girl
Lost Girls
Louis (Metaphrog)
Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography
Love and Rockets
Mail Order Bride
Market Day
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (2 vols)
Minor Miracles
Monologues for the Coming Plague
Mouse Guard (Fall 1152; Winter 1153)
My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill
Nat Turner
Night Fisher
Notes for a War Story
Oh My Goddess!
Omaha the Cat Dancer
One! Hundred! Demons!
Our Cancer Year
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories
Passionate Journey
Paul series
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss and What I Learned
Percy Gloom
Perfect Example
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and the Story of a Return
Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders
Plain Janes, The
Playboy, The
Poor Bastard, The
Predator (Dark Horse)
Pride of Baghdad
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
Queen and Country
Rabbi’s Cat, The
Rex Mundi (Dark Horse)
Road to Perdition
Robot Dreams
Robots vs Zombies
Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992–1995
Same Difference, and Other Stories
Scary Godmother: The Boo Flu
Scott Pilgrim
Shutterbug Follies
Signal to Noise
Sin City
Skitzy: The Story of Floyd W. Skitzafroid
Small Killing, A
Snowman, The
Strangers in Paradise
Stray Bullets
Stray Toasters
Streak of Chalk
Suckle: The Status of Basil
Summer of Love, The
System, The
Tale of One Bad Rat, The (Talbot, Bryan; 1994)
Tales of the Beanworld
Tamara Drewe
Tank Girl
Three Fingers
Three Shadows
Times of Botchan
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, The
Treasury of Victorian Murder, A (Geary, Rick; 1987–present)
Twentieth Century Eightball
Understanding Comics
Violent Cases
Walking Dead (Image)
Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, The
Waltz with Bashir
We Are On Our Own
What It Is
When the Wind Blows
Why I Hate Saturn
You Are Here
You’ll Never Know
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