Monitor 23: Neue Publikationen 2016

Im Monitor werden in unregelmäßigen Abständen aktuelle Publikationen aus den letzten 6 Monaten vorgestellt, die für die Comicforschung relevant sein könnten. Die kurzen Ankündigungstexte dazu stammen von den jeweiligen Verlagsseiten. Haben Sie Anregungen oder Hinweise auf Neuerscheinungen, die übersehen worden sind und hier erwähnt werden sollten? Das Team freut sich über eine Mail an redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de. -> Zu früheren Monitoren.

The Journal of Comics and Culture

The Journal of Comics and Culture, Vol. 1

Jonathan Gray (Hrsg.)
Pace University Press
226 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-9619518-5-6
~$ 32,00
April 2016
The Journal of Comics and Culture studies the comic and the rapidly evolving medium of the graphic novel and its connection to the wider world of popular culture. Original monographs, research, history, book reviews, and analysis reflect the innovative creative talents in the field, ground-breaking works, and how comics and the graphic novel both reflect and inform American culture. In the past 40 years comics have moved from occupying a decidedly lowbrow niche at the margins of pop culture to the center of the popular and critical imagination. Comics—a catch-all term that encompasses monthly comic books, graphic novels and web comics—are embedded in, relate to and comment upon other forms of media like film, painting, and the novel.

The Caped Crusade

The Caped Crusade:
Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

Glen Weldon
Simon & Schuster
336 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-47675-669-1
~$ 26,00
März 2016
Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim and gritty ninja of the urban night. For more than three quarters of a century, he has cycled from a figure of darkness to one of lightness and back again; he’s a bat-shaped Rorschach inkblot who takes on the various meanings our changing culture projects onto him. How we perceive Batman’s character, whether he’s delivering dire threats in a raspy Christian Bale growl or trading blithely homoerotic double-entendres with partner Robin on the comics page, speaks to who we are and how we wish to be seen by the world. It’s this endlessly mutable quality that has made him so enduring. In The Caped Crusade, with humor and insight, Glen Weldon, book critic for NPR and author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, lays out Batman’s seventy-eight-year cultural history and shows how he has helped make us who we are today and why his legacy remains so strong.

Marvel Comics into Film

Marvel Comics into Film;
Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s

Matthew J. McEniry, Robert Moses Peaslee und Robert G. Weiner (Hrsg.)
280 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-7864-4304-8
~$ 35,00
März 2016
Marvel Studios’ approach to its Cinematic Universe—beginning with the release of Iron Man (2008)—has become the template for successful management of blockbuster film properties. Yet films featuring Marvel characters can be traced back to the 1940s, when the Captain America serial first appeared on the screen. This collection of new essays is the first to explore the historical, textual and cultural context of the larger cinematic Marvel universe, including serials, animated films, television movies, non–U.S. versions of Marvel characters, films that feature characters licensed by Marvel, and the contemporary Cinematic Universe as conceived by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. Films analyzed include Transformers (1986), Howard the Duck (1986), Blade (1998), Planet Hulk (2010), Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013), Elektra (2005), the Conan the Barbarian franchise (1982–1990), Ultimate Avengers (2006) and Ghost Rider (2007).

Exploring Canadian Identities in Canadian Comics

Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (43.1):
Exploring Canadian Identities in Canadian Comics

Chris Reyns-Chikuma und Gail de Vos (Hrsg.)
University of Alberta
193 Seiten
ISSN: 1913-9659
März 2016
Canadian comic artists are well known beyond our borders from Joe Shuster, the creator of “Superman”—who, like Hal Foster, the re-creator of “Tarzan”, was born in Canada but left early for the US, to contemporary award winning comics artists such as Seth, Chester Brown, Guy Delisle, and Julie Doucet who often remain in Canada to create their works. (Weiter zur “Introduction”)

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter:
Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity

Angela Rosenthal, David Bindman und Adrian W. B. Randolph (Hrsg.)
University Press of New England
328 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-61168-821-4
~€ 45,00
Dezember 2015
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, this collection—which gathers scholars in the fields of race, ethnicity, and humor—seems especially urgent. Inspired by Denmark’s Muhammad cartoons controversy, the contributors inquire into the role that racial and ethnic stereotypes play in visual humor and the thin line that separates broad characterization as a source of humor from its power to shock or exploit. The authors investigate the ways in which humor is used to demean or give identity to racial, national, or ethnic groups and explore how humor works differently in different media, such as cartoons, photographs, film, video, television, and physical performance.

Comics as Scholarship

Digital Humanities Quarterly (9.4):
Comics as Scholarship

Roger Todd Whitson (Hrsg.)
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)
7 Beiträge
Open access
Dezember 2015
As you explore the diverse works included in this collection, we invite you particularly to consider the scholarly process that is on display and the opportunities we have in the digital humanities to embrace and refine these processes. Each work represents the different strengths of its author(s) in modality, use of original and remixed imagery, and textual methods. These works only display a small section of what is possible in the broad realm that can be analyzed as sequential art or comics. The history of humanities computing, broadly construed, is filled with multimodal works: however, we are still at our infancy in truly building spaces that are receptive to new methods, with systems of peer review that encourage innovation and experimentation. The challenges we faced in constructing this issue are a reminder that while the academic essay and monograph are entrenched structures with strong institutional support, the scholarly multimedia text is still emerging. (Weiter zur “Introduction”)

Die ComFor-Beiträge auf dem Comic-Salon 2016 als Videos

Für alle, die das Vortragsprogramm der ComFor auf dem 17. Comic-Salon in Erlangen verpasst haben, gibt es nun dank Bernd Glasstetters Youtube-Kanal (Splashcomics) die Gelegenheit sich fast alle Vorträge noch einmal als Video anzusehen. Allgemein gibt es auf splashcomics.de auch dieses Jahr wieder eine Vielzahl von Berichten über die Veranstaltungen des Comic-Salons.


Ralf Palandt, “Biographische Anne-Frank-Comics im Fokus”

Marie Schröer, “Essen und Identität im Comic”

Jaqueline Berndt, “Den Blick in die Zukunft lenken: Manga, Frau, Science Fiction”

Matthias Harbeck, “Stereotype über andere Kulturen in Comics”

Angela Guttner, “Funktionen von Grenzen in Israel-Palästina-Comics”

Christian A. Bachmann, “Musikalische Nachbarn und die transatlantischen (Panel-)Grenzen der Erträglichkeit”

Tillmann Courth, “„Sex and Drugs and Politics“ – Weshalb Comichefte 1955 zensiert werden mussten”

Martin Frenzel, “Das Bild der Sinti und Roma im europäischen Comic”

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Neue Comiclesereihe “Kontaktcenter” im B-Movie Hamburg

21.06.2016 20uhr


“Am 21. Juni um 20 Uhr wird die neue Lesereihe “Kontaktcenter – Comiclesungen” erstmalig im Hamburger Kino B-Movie stattfinden. Die unter anderem von Sascha Hommer und dem Hamburger Comicladen Strips & Stories organisierte Veranstaltung bietet ComicautorInnen vier Mal im Jahr die Gelegenheit, ihre Arbeiten in einem cineastischen Ambiente zu präsentieren. Zum Auftakt mit Paula Bulling, Max Baitinger, Magdalena Kaszuba, Nacha Vollenweider und Moritz Wienert.”

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“Blood in the Gutter” – Workshop in Bayreuth

15.07.2016 - 15.07.2016

Poster_Workshop_2016Am Freitag, den 15. Juli 2016 findet in Bayreuth ein halbtägiger Workshop zum Thema “Blood in the Gutter: Uncertainty and Speculation in Contemporary American Comics” statt. Der Workshop kombiniert Vorträge von Karin Kukkonen (Literatur, Oslo), Jeanne Cortiel (Amerikanistik, Bayreuth), Christine Hanke (Medien, Bayreuth) und Johannes Fehrle (Amerikanistik, Mannheim) mit einer Postersession in der Studierende ihre eigenen Comic-Forschungsprojekte vorstellen. Die interdisziplinäre Veranstaltung wird von den ComFor-Mitgliedern Laura Oehme und Jeanne Cortiel (Nordamerikastudien/Amerikanistik) organisiert und schließt an das Bayreuther DFG-Projekt “Contemporary American Risk Fiction” an. Konferenzsprache ist Englisch.


“Comics as a medium requires specific imaginative work to piece together its narratives, making it particularly adapted to speculation. This has to do with the way in which comics combine the visual and the verbal, but also with the history and development of comics as a medium in the United States: Since the late 1980s, dystopian and post-apocalyptic science fiction has been among the dominant genres in American Comics. Even the superhero has turned into a figure of anticipation, with Frank Miller’s Dark Knight series (1986, 1987, 2001–02) being one the most prominent early examples. Focusing on comics as medium of speculation, this workshop brings together BA/MA students, doctoral students, and established scholars in the field of comics studies to explore ways in which comics enable a particular type of speculation that combines the verbal and the visual, time and space in unique ways.”


14:00 Uhr    Eröffnung & Poster Session
16:00 Uhr    Karin Kukkonen, “Fictions of the Future”
16:45 Uhr    Jeanne Cortiel und Christine Hanke, Singularity 7: Uncertainty between Image, Text, and Narrative”
17:30 Uhr    Johannes Fehrle, “Satirizing the Neo-Liberal Individualization of Uncertainty in The Adventures of Unemployed Man

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Tagung “Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji” an der FU Berlin

23.06.2016 - 24.06.2016

EmojisProf. Dr. Elena Giannoulis von der Japanologie der Freien Universität Berlin richtet eine interdisziplinäre Tagung zum Thema “Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji – The Transformation of Communication in the Digital Age” aus, die womöglich auch aus Perspektiven der Comicforschung einige interessante Perspektiven bereit hält. Lukas R.A. Wilde etwa fragt in seinem Beitrag “Japanese ‘Working Characters’ as Semiotic Hybrids of Emojis and Pictograms” nach der Bedeutung einer besonderen ‘Manga-Bildlichkeit’ zur Etablierung von Figuren (kyaras) in der alltäglichen Kommunikation.
Weiterlesen: Thematische Ausrichtung & Vollständiges Programm