Comics (1964–2024)


This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2024.

ISBN: 9780500028407 Category:

Joe Sacco, Lucas Hureau, Marguerite Demoëte


A brilliantly illustrated survey of the international comic book landscape over the past sixty years. Published to accompany a major exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris in May 2024, this is a timely reframing of the international comics landscape over the past six decades.

From the mid-1960s, the world of comics rapidly evolved into a highly creative art form for a sophisticated readership: in France, the magazine Hara-Kiri provided new terrains for graphical humour, while the adventures of Jean-Claude Forest’s Barbarella were published in albums by Éric Losfeld; the launch in Japan of Garo in 1964, an avant-garde monthly, presented the concept of auteur comics; and the release of Robert Crumb’s Zap Comix in 1968 established his reputation as the leader of the underground comics movement in the United States.

For the first time, this major historical survey of the ninth art establishes a dialogue between the three leading regions of comic book culture – Europe, Asia and America – and offers an immersive odyssey of the medium through its development over six decades ranging from the explosion of the twentieth-century counterculture scene to the most abstract contemporary styles.

Built around twelve themes encompassing the many worlds of the comics imagination, Comics: 1964-2024 features artists including André Franquin, Gotlib, Claire Bretécher, Osamu Tezuka, Moebius, Edmond Baudoin, Alison Bechdel, Ulli Lust, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi and Chris Ware, as well as introductions on each theme by leading authorities of the form, a brand new interview with renowned cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco, and a foreword by Paul Gravett.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24 x 30 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 6 August 2024
Number of pages 300
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Anne Lemonnier and Emmanuel Payen, Contributions by Thierry Groensteen, Benoît Peeters, Johanna Schipper, Paul Gravett, Laurent Gerbier, and Tristan Garcia
Dimensions 24 x 30 cm
Weight 300 g


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