Father of the Comic Strip: Rodolphe Töpffer

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University Press of Mississippi
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8.42 X 10.94 X 0.6 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author
David Kunzle (1936-2024) was professor emeritus of art history at the University of California and author or editor of Rebirth of the English Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope, 1847-1870; Cham: The Best Comic Strips and Graphic Novelettes, 1839-1862; Gustave Doré Twelve Comic Strips; and Rodolphe Töpffer: The Complete Comic Strips, all published by University Press of Mississippi.
The recent legitimization of the comic strip has brought plenty of vintage-strip reprintings and analyses of the medium. David Kunzle offers volumes of both devoted to the nineteenth-century Swiss artist who may have invented the comic strip. Father of the Comic Strip reveals that Rodolphe Töpffer's protocomics were but a sideline. He founded a successful boarding school, became a university professor, and achieved success as an author and a painter. He was encouraged to publish his picture stories, originally drawn for his students' amusement, by none other than Goethe, who saw them shortly before his death in 1832. Kunzle places Töpffer's pictorial satires in the cultural and political context of the era and shows how Töpffer influenced the next generation of artists in France (notably, Gustave Doré) and elsewhere, arguing his probable inspiration of English illustrator George Cruickshank and novelist W. M. Thackeray, who, like Töpffer, fulfilled a youthful desire to become an artist by illustrating his own stories.--Gordon Flagg "Booklist"
Kunzle's books bring the comics of yesteryear magically back to life. If you take the time to read them, you'll be transported to a nineteenth-century playground where painters, illustrators, and early cartoonists built an industry that continues to thrive today.--Michael Taube, syndicated columnist and Washington Times contributor "TroyMedia.com"