How To Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels
By Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden

Everything that you need to know about reading, making, and understanding comics can be found in a single Nancy strip created by Ernie Bushmiller and published on Saturday, August 8, 1959.

How To Read Nancy reveals the syntax of a mass medium through the molecular deconstruction of a single comic strip. It also explores the benefits of deep reading, where focused contemplation reveals a subterranean world of hidden structures and ingenious choices.

Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden’s How To Read Nancy is part encyclopedia, part history, part biography, part treatise, part humor theory, and part how-to-be-a-cartoonist-in-43-easy-lessons-sorry-folks-no-refunds!

The illustrated Introduction, is by Professor James Elkins.

The Foreword is by the “complete filmmaker” and longtime Nancy fan, the late Jerry Lewis.

·       Paperback: 274 pages (casebound)
·       Price: $29.99
·       Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
·       Language: English
·       ISBN-10: 1606993615
·       ISBN-13: 978-1606993613

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