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Over the past century, fans have elevated comics from the back pages of newspapers into one of our most celebrated forms of culture, from Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel's groundbreaking graphic memoir, to the dozens of superhero films that are annual blockbusters worldwide. What is the essence of comics' appeal? What does this art form do that others can't? Hillary Chute chronicles comics culture, explaining underground comics (also known as 'comix') and graphic novels, analyzing their evolution, and offering fascinating portraits of the creative men and women behind them.