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For many years, graphics-driven literature was not taken seriously, but there is "nothing hotter" in the book market today. The popularity of Japanese manga (graphic novel) and the "critical mass" of serious, graphic novels in the U.S., account for the surge in interest in graphic novels.
Seth, a graphic novelist, creates his project in steps. First, he roughs out the sequence of events, and from these thumbnails, he creates more detailed pencil drawings and, finally, ink drawings.
Art Spiegelman, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus," transformed adult comics from guilty pleasure to serious literature. In this segment, he discusses "In the Shadow of No Towers," a personal reaction to the events of 9/11, and his cover drawings for "The New Yorker."
Spiegelman shares his disillusionment over the government's reaction and subsequent exploitation of the events of 9/11. He is a primary creative force behind the surge of graphic novels, a support for a generation of new authors, and an articulate spokesperson for comics.
John Gould discusses his short fiction—known as microfiction, sudden fiction, or palm-of-the-hand fiction—and why this type of writing suits his sensibilities.
Gould discusses and reads from his microfiction "Kilter: 55 Fictions." He credits Alice Munro's short stories for part of his inspiration for writing short fiction.
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