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Comic series editor to discuss medium's art, history

By Carolina Astrain
Sept. 22, 2015 at 11 p.m.
Updated Sept. 22, 2015 at 11:47 p.m.

Bill Kartalopoulos

Bill Kartalopoulos

Bill Kartalopoulos' love for comics transcended the super hero stories from his youth and later became the focus of his career as he began to cultivate a palette for the medium during his college years.

"For me, it was something that I kind of stuck to over a period of time," Kartalopoulos, 40, said. "I started to find other kinds of comic books that were intended for a more mature readership."

Kartalopoulos, the series editor of "Best American Comics," will discuss comics as an art form and what sets them apart from other media, their cultural status and transformation as part of the University of Houston-Victoria's American Book Review reading series at noon Thursday.

The comics editor will also talk about an issue of the American Book Review on comics that Kartalopoulos edited.

"Bill Kartalopoulos' work editing the 'Best American Comics' series is similar to the American Book Review's efforts to recognize excellent work created by lesser-known artists and writers," Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences, and ABR editor and publisher, wrote in news release.

"We like to recognize work outside of the mainstream," Kartalopoulos said.

Kartalopoulos, a Brooklyn resident and Dartmouth College graduate, said he recently signed a contract to write a book about the history of comics.

"It's not going to be out for a little while, but it's going to be a really exciting book," Kartalopoulos said.

There is no equivalent book on the history of comics that would be taught in an introductory course, said Kartalopoulos, who has taught and developed courses on the graphic novel, comics history and the history of illustration at Parsons The New School for Design.


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