Sequart Releases How to Analyze & Review Comics

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of How to Analyze & Review Comics: A Handbook on Comics Criticism, edited by Forrest C. Helvie.

Although comics press and criticism has risen in recent years, the resources available to help inform the discussions on how to talk about comics from a critical perspective remain more limited in nature.

How to Analyze & Review Comics serves as a mainstream-friendly resource for journalists, academics, students, bloggers, and fans of all kinds. Presented in “bite size” articles and interviews focused on all areas of the comics medium, this accessible collection is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to write, discuss, and better understand the medium of comics.

“An invaluable asset to comics reviewers and critics, giving them much-needed context for their writings.” — Mark Waid

“Unlike literary, art, and film criticism, comics criticism hadn’t had time to develop commonly agreed on standards of analysis and evaluation. Now, with How to Analyze & Review Comics, an important step has been taken, as comics academics, journalists, and creators are given a chance to advance the discussion of what comics analysis could be. Forrest Helvie & co. present a universe of exciting possibilities for the evolution of dialogue about what legendary comics innovator Will Eisner called ’sequential art.”” — Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee)

How to Analyze & Review Comics is a book that’s long been needed in our industry, providing inspiration and illumination for anyone interested in doing comics criticism – and, more importantly, a fun read for anyone interested in how comics works as a medium.” — Fred Van Lente (The Comic Book History of Comics, Make Comics Like the Pros)

The book runs 236 pages and features an afterword by Andy Schmidt. It features essays by William Allred, El Anderson, Christine Atchison, Laura Braunstein, Harry Candelario, Scott Cederlund, Carolyn Cocca, Fraser Coffeen, Sarah Cooke, Enrique del Rey Cabero, Michael James Griffin II, Jeffrey Hayes, Christopher Haynes, Jason Kahler, Brian LeTendre, A. David Lewis, Ryan K. Lindsay, Christopher McGunnigle, Michael Moccio, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Hervé Saint-Louis, Suman Sigroha, Philip Smith, and Benjamin Towle. It also features interviews with interview with Brian Michael Bendis, Becky Cloonan, Rachel Deering, FCO Plascencia, Comfort Love, Hannah Means-Shannon, Michael Avon Oeming, José Villarubia, Adam Withers, and Jim Zub.

How to Analyze & Review Comics: A Handbook on Comics Criticism is available in print and on Kindle. (Just a reminder: you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle-formatted books; you can download a free Kindle reader for most computers, phones, and tablets.) Find out more on the book’s official page.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics. He currently lives in Illinois.

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