Delightful witty and informative bohemians is a bar raising performance in the genre of graphic histories a comic art volume that narrates a complicated story of race sex and rebellion with great aplomb to provide portraits that are candid and humane. In bohemians a graphic history public library editors paul buhle and david berger assemble an all star roster of contemporary comic artists many familiar from the excellent graphic canon series to trace back the origin of the bohemian movement to the artist studios of 1850s paris and celebrate its greatest luminaries from the . According to buhle and berger bohemians is a thematic successor as well as precursor to the 2007 publication of the beats a graphic history but where beats has a literary narrative style bohemians opts for more of a chronological encyclopedic format. The nineteenth century countercultures that came to define the bohemian lifestyle spanned both sides of the atlantic ranging from walt whitman to josephine baker and from gertrude stein to thelonius monk. In the new comics anthology bohemians a graphic history edited by paul buhle and david berger we get a full history these short works are created by some of todays most accomplished cartoonists who also happen to be some of the best examples you will find of contemporary bohemians
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