Howard Chaykin: Conversations

Howard Chaykin Conversations One of the most distinctive voices in mainstream comics since the s Howard Chaykin b has earned a reputation as a visionary formal innovator and a compelling storyteller whose comics offer b

  • Title: Howard Chaykin: Conversations
  • Author: Brannon Costello Howard Chaykin
  • ISBN: 9781604739756
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the most distinctive voices in mainstream comics since the 1970s, Howard Chaykin b 1950 has earned a reputation as a visionary formal innovator and a compelling storyteller whose comics offer both pulp adventure thrills and thoughtful engagement with real world politics and culture His body of work is defined by the belief that comics can be a vehicle for sophisOne of the most distinctive voices in mainstream comics since the 1970s, Howard Chaykin b 1950 has earned a reputation as a visionary formal innovator and a compelling storyteller whose comics offer both pulp adventure thrills and thoughtful engagement with real world politics and culture His body of work is defined by the belief that comics can be a vehicle for sophisticated adult entertainment and for narratives that utilize the medium s unique properties to explore serious themes with intelligence and wit.Beginning with early interviews in fanzines and concluding with a new interview conducted in 2010 with the volume s editor, Howard Chaykin Conversations collects widely ranging discussions from Chaykin s earliest days as an assistant for such legends as Gil Kane and Wallace Wood to his recent work on titles including Dominic Fortune, Challengers of the Unknown, and American Century The book includes 35 line illustrations selected from Chaykin, as well As a writer artist for outlets such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Heavy Metal, he has participated in and influenced many of the major developments in mainstream comics over the past four decades He was an early pioneer in the graphic novel format in the 1970s, and his groundbreaking sci fi satire American Flagg was an essential contribution to the maturation of the comic book as a vehicle for social commentary in the 1980s.

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    1. This book had me digging out many of my old Chaykin comics, and it's given me a new appreciation for them. Costello has selected a fascinating and entertaining set of interviews that trace Chaykin's career and his changing attitude toward his work and the medium of comics. I'm not sure if Mississippi normally uses annotations in this Conversations series, but I would like to see explanatory notes in these interviews for some of the names and reference that are made by Chaykin and his interviewer [...]

    2. I'm a long-time fan of Howard Chaykin's comic book work, so I grabbed a copy of this book to learn more about the artist himself. The book reprints 15 interviews done with Chaykin over the course of his career and concludes with a new interview with the book's editor, Brannon Costello.On the one hand, the older interviews are fascinating "time capsules." His [then] current work gets some publicity, his work history (in both the comic book and television industries) and some autobiographical tidb [...]

    3. A fun read that gives a great window into an artist's track through decades in his profession, balancing ambition with survival.

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