Paul Gravett, the author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life, has an excellent website that collects his essays, observations, and Previews picks.
It is well worth visiting for those who want to know more about comics (or just sound smarter when they talk about them), and he has added a new feature to his site: Creator Profiles, which feature a brief bio of a creator and an annotated list of essential reading. Gravett starts us off with 20 profiles of everyone from Harvey Kurtzman to Darwyn Cooke, and promises that more are on the way. It’s a good start if you’re looking to broaden your reading.
I do have one quibble, though: With 19 male creators and only one woman, it’s a bit skewed. Some of the most interesting graphic novels in recent years have been by women, and I would love to see Carol Tyler, Alison Bechdel or Hope Larson, to name a few, included in his profiles.
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