Expert Librarian Stephen Weiner (Rise of the Graphic Novel, The Hellboy Companion, The Will Eisner Companion), with the crowdsourcing help of professionals in the field, from artists to critics to leading comic store owners, has sifted through the bewildering thousands of graphic novels now available to come up with an outstanding, not-to-be-missed 101. Edited by Daniel J. Fingeroth, a writer (Spider-Man) and also an expert on comics (How to Create Comics from Script to Print [TwoMorrows Publishing, 2010]). An unmissable treat for comic fans.
"The strengths of Weiner's book lie in the scanned black-and-white reproductions of most of the book covers, which give users firsthand experience of the rich diversity of illustrative styles, and a balance of fiction, in several of its genres, with nonfiction." --"School Library Journal"
Stephen Weiner is the director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, Massachusetts, and a comics historian and critic who has been a pioneering advocate for graphic novels in public libraries and education and has published numerous articles and reviews about comic art. He is the author of "100 Graphic Novels for Public Libraries," "The 101 Best Graphic Novels," and "Faster than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel." He is coauthor of "Hellboy: The Companion," "Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians," and "The Will Eisner Companion." He is a recipient of the Comic Creator's Guild Award. He lives in Maynard, Massachusetts. Daniel J. Fingeroth is a former writer and editor at Marvel Comics and has written stories for comics anthologies including Studs Terkel's "Working." He is the author of" Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero"; and "Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society"; "The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels." He is a creative consultant to Will Eisner Studios and Wizard World Comics Conventions.