Comics are typically thought of as “low” art. While the latest “Gar?eld” or “Boondocks” Sunday strip might be a common topic around the breakfast table or water cooler, it is rarely considered material for more serious consideration. Strips, Toons, and Bluesies gives comics the serious attention they deserve. Rather than focusing on the punch lines, this book celebrates the rich visual and verbal pictures comics have brought to both mass and marginalized audiences. It shows how these worksfrom ?fteenth-century woodcuts to Depression-era bluesies to contemporary zinesmake passionate statements about what is most important in their creators’ lives.The authors address such key issues as the intertwined origins of comics and animation; the sex, violence, and taboo-breaking of 200 years of underground comics; the popular “Locas” stories of Jaime Hernandez’s “Love and Rockets;” and the political and racial portrayals of African Americans in 1960s comics. The book also includes a twenty-?ve-page history of comics from 1380 to today, a thorough and novel approach to the genre.