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06/18/2005 Archived Entry: "Book review: Outlaws, Rebels, Freethinkers & Pirates: Essays on Cartoons and Cartoonists"

Outlaws, Rebels, Freethinkers & Pirates: Essays on Cartoons and Cartoonists
by Bob Levin
Published by Fantagraphics Books, 2005

Review by Betsy Phillips

Let me admit, right up front, I would have not bought this book. I don't know that much about comic books and I would have looked at the illustrations and thought "This is going to go some place I'd rather not." And that would have been a shame because this is a beautiful book.

I don't say that lightly. There are portions of this book I was tempted to read out loud. Bob Levin is a great writer and this book is as much a meditation on the creative spirit and what compels people to devote so much time to a craft for which there seems to be so little reward as it is a collection of his essays from The Comics Journal.

Clearly, his main audience is fans of Chester Brown, Dori Seda, the Crumb brothers, and other non-mainstream cartoonists. But anyone who enjoys thoughtful musings about the nature of creativity and artistry would enjoy this.

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