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The Resource Father of the comic strip : Rodolphe Töpffer, David Kunzle

Father of the comic strip : Rodolphe Töpffer, David Kunzle

Label
Father of the comic strip : Rodolphe Töpffer
Title
Father of the comic strip
Title remainder
Rodolphe Töpffer
Statement of responsibility
David Kunzle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sixty years before the comics entered the American newspaper press, Rodolphe Töpffer of Geneva (1799-1846), schoolmaster, university professor, polemical journalist, art critic, landscape draftsman, and writer of fiction, travel tales, and social criticism, invented a new art form: the comic strip, or "picture story," that is now the graphic novel. At first he resisted publishing what he called his "little follies." When he did, they became instantly popular, plagiarized, and imitated throughout Europe and the United States. Töpffer developed a graphic style suited to his poor eyesight: the doodle, which he systematized and also theorized. The drawings, with their "modernist" spontaneous, flickering, broken lines, forming figures in mad hyperactivity, run above deft, ironic captions and propel narratives of surreal absurdity. The artist's maniacal protagonists mix social satire with myth. By the mid-nineteenth century, Messrs. Jabot, Festus, Cryptogame, and other members of the crazy family, comprising eight picture stories in all, were instant folk heroes. In a biographical framework, Kunzle situates the comic strips in the Genevan and European culture of the time as well as in relation to Töpffer's other work, notably his hilarious travel tales, and recounts their curious genesis (with an initial imprimatur from Goethe, no less) and their controversial success. Kunzle's study, the first in English on the writer-artist, accompanies Rodolphe Töpffer: The Complete Comic Strips, a facsimile edition of the strips themselves, with the first-ever translation of these into English. David Kunzle is a professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of many books on popular culture and graphic arts, including History of the Comic Strip: The Nineteenth Century
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Action
digitized
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kunzle, David
Dewey number
741.5/092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PN6790.S93
LC item number
T65 2007eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Great comics artists
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Töpffer, Rodolphe
  • Töpffer
  • Töpffer, Rodolphe
  • Toepffer, Rodolphe
  • Töpffer, Rodolphe
  • Töpffer, Rodolphe
  • Toepffer, Rodolphe
  • EKA/EDK-Tagung
  • HUMOR
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Comic
  • Comic
  • Comic
  • Bildergeschichte
  • Comic
  • Bildergeschichte
Label
Father of the comic strip : Rodolphe Töpffer, David Kunzle
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-200) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Töpffer the satirist: contexts for themes -- Goethe, Töpffer, and a new kind of caricature --Jabot, Crépin, Vieux Bois -- Töpffer launched, comic strip defended, literary fame, Festus -- Politics and absurdity ; Pencil and Trictrac -- The last years: Cryptogame, Albert, aesthetics and physiognomics -- Töpffer the professional dilettante -- Voyages en Zigzag: humor of the unexpected -- The legacy -- Appendix A. Histoire de Sébastien Brodbec -- Appendix B. Töpffer's comic picture-novels / by Professor Fr. Vischer
Control code
690209738
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 207 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781604739985
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9781578069477
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt2kjjc5
  • c53c6b96-e071-4d61-8a92-b4dccff928a0
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)690209738
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Father of the comic strip : Rodolphe Töpffer, David Kunzle
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-200) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Töpffer the satirist: contexts for themes -- Goethe, Töpffer, and a new kind of caricature --Jabot, Crépin, Vieux Bois -- Töpffer launched, comic strip defended, literary fame, Festus -- Politics and absurdity ; Pencil and Trictrac -- The last years: Cryptogame, Albert, aesthetics and physiognomics -- Töpffer the professional dilettante -- Voyages en Zigzag: humor of the unexpected -- The legacy -- Appendix A. Histoire de Sébastien Brodbec -- Appendix B. Töpffer's comic picture-novels / by Professor Fr. Vischer
Control code
690209738
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 207 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781604739985
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
9781578069477
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt2kjjc5
  • c53c6b96-e071-4d61-8a92-b4dccff928a0
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)690209738
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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