The definitive tome about the creator who revitalized Batman and Daredevil.
Few cartoonists have affected mainstream culture in the last 20 years the way Frank Miller has. His graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns stands with Moore and Gibbons' seminal Watchmen and Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus as one of the revolutionary graphic novels of the 1980s, influencing scores of artists to this day. In 2001, Miller returned to create a sequel, the highly controversial The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
This volume, the second in The Comics Journal Library series of oversized coffee-table collections of interviews drawn from the Journal's 26-year history, features interviews with Miller spanning his entire professional career, including a new interview conducted for this volume. We experience Miller, in his own words, as the revolutionary 24-year-old freelance artist of Marvel Comics' Daredevil (now a major motion picture, based on Miller's work, and featuring Miller's creation Elektra); Miller as a 28-year-old on the cusp of changing mainstream culture forever with the graphic novels Ronin, The Dark Knight Return and Batman: Year One (also planned as an imminent movie) for DC Comics; a 30-year-old Miller about to leave Marvel and DC behind to work independently, passionately speaking out against censorship and advocating creator's rights; a 41-year old Miller on his independent work, like the comics noir Sin City series; Big Guy and Rusty the Robot (stars of their own animated series for Fox); the savagely satirical futuristic thriller Give Me Liberty; the European-flavored excess of Hard Boiled; his historical drama 300; and beyond!
Heavily illustrated with rarely seen Miller art, art-directed by multiple comics-industry-award winner Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Artist) and featuring an introduction by New York Times film critic and National Public Radio commentator Elvis Mitchell—as well as a major essay on Miller's entire ¦uvre by Larry Rodman—this book is sure to be the definitive tome on a major cartoonist. Features new interview and never-before-seen art. Fully illustrated throughout; 12 pages color.
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Milo George is managing editor of The Comics Journal.From Publishers Weekly:
Miller is one of the great auteurs of the modern era of comics, and this handsome collection of in-depth interviews spanning his career is an essential guide to tracking his development. With its hardboiled style and fatalistic world view, Miller's work from his early Daredevil to the groundbreaking Dark Knight Returns to his b&w crime saga Sin City to the controversial The Dark Knight Strikes Again has influenced countless cartoonists. Furthermore, he's become one of the most articulate pundits in the comics world. Originally presented in the pages of The Comics Journal, these conversations show Miller's creative process as it develops. Emerging as one of the most important creators in comics at the young age of 24, he reinvented the superhero before turning 30, and later became a tireless crusader for the First Amendment, first by speaking out against a proposed comics ratings system and then by working with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Many themes appear and reappear even from his earliest days, Miller was not a fan of the entrenched superhero establishment, and his predictions of their ultimate shortcomings have mostly come true. The book, the second in The Comics Journal's series of creator spotlights, is packaged in a large square format that recalls record albums and that gives the designers room to present Miller's stark, iconic art with maximum impact.
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