Nominated for a 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award: the first collection devoted to non-representational comics presents aesthetically rich, graphically bold, surprisingly affecting work from masters such as Crumb, Panter & Moscoso alongside lesser-known pioneers.Abstract comics? Don't all comics tell stories? How can a comic be abstract? Well, as it happens, beginning with the experiments of Saul Steinberg, through some of the more psychedelic creations of R. Crumb and Victor Moscoso, and with increasing frequency in recent years, cartoonists and other artists have played with the possibility of comics whose panels contain little to no representational imagery, and which tell no stories other than those that result from the transformation and interaction of shapes across the layout of a comic page. Reduced to the most basic elements of comics -- the panel grid, brushstrokes, and sometimes colors -- abstract comics highlight the formal mechanisms that underlie all comics, such as the graphic dynamism that leads the eye (and the mind) from panel to panel or the aesthetically rich interplay between sequentiality and page layout.