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Publikationshinweis: „Die Kunst des Marc-Antoine Mathieu“

Kartografie der Träume

Kartografie der Träume
Die Kunst des Marc-Antoine Mathieu

David Beikirch und Matthias Wagner K (Hrsg.)
Christian A. Bachmann
112 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-941030-91-6 (Paperback)
~€ 10,90
Juni 2017

Aktuell ist im Christian A. Bachmann-Verlag eine neue Publikation erschienen, die ganz dem französischen Künstler Marc-Antoine Mathieu gewidmet ist. Sie erscheint anlässlich der Ausstellung Kartografie der Träume. Die Kunst des Marc-Antoine Mathieu im Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (3. Juni–15. Oktober 2017). Unter den zahlreichen Beiträgen ist auch ein neuer Text des ComFor-Mitglieds Rolf Lohse, der bereits vielfach zu Mathieu publiziert hat.

Ankündigungstext:
„Marc-Antoine Mathieu gehört zu den einfallsreichsten und experimentierfreudigsten Comiczeichnern in der Geschichte des Mediums. Inspiriert von oulipistischen Verfahren lotet er mit immer neuen Alben die medialen Grenzen des Comics aus – und überschreitet sie zuweilen.“

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Einladung zur Subskription: „AVANTUREN DES NEUEN TELEMACHS“

AVANTUREN DES NEUEN TELEMACHS:
Eine Bildgeschichte von 1786

Herausgegeben und erläutert von Dietrich Grünewald, übersetzt von Stephan Packard;
Zweisprachig Deutsch und Englisch; gebunden, ca. 100 Seiten, mit zahlreichen farbigen Abbildungen;
erscheint voraussichtlich im Winter 2017/2018;

ISBN 978-3-941030-46-6, € 25,00 (inkl. gesetzl. USt.);
Subskriptionspreis bis 31. Oktober 2017 nur € 15,00 (inkl. gesetzl. USt.).

Interessenten sind gebeten, sich per Mail an bestellen@christian-bachmann.de zu wenden. Weiter zur Bestellseite.

Verlagsankündigung:
„Zum 30. Geburtstag seines Freundes und Gönners Christian Gottfried Körner zeichnet Friedrich Schiller, der skandalöse Dichter der Räuber, 1786 eine Bild-Humoreske. Zunächst nur als Spaß im Freundeskreis gedacht und später für verschollen gehalten, erscheinen hier erstmals Reproduktionen der unbearbeiteten Originalzeichnungen im Druck. Gegenübergestellt ist ihnen die Originalhandschrift aus der Feder des Schiller-Freundes Ludwig Ferdinand Huber. Der einfachen Lesbarkeit dient die beigegebene Transkription. Der Text erscheint hier zudem erstmals parallel in deutscher und englischer Sprache. Erläutert, in ihrem ästhetischen und in ihrem historischen Kontext verortet, wird Schillers Geschichte, in der Körner nicht nur als Herkules erscheint, sich in Ägypten mutig gefräßigen Krokodilen stellt und gar eingemacht wird, in einem ausführlichen und umfangreich bebilderten Aufsatz von Dietrich Grünewald.“

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Monitor 33: Neue Publikationen 2017

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 Lent Comic Art Classification System

The Lent Comic Art Classification System

John A. Lent und Mike Rhode (Hrsg.)
Lulu
146 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-3658-2274-2 (Paperback)
~€ 21,00
März 2016

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A worldwide classification system of comic art, including comic books, comic strips, animation, caricature, political & editorial cartoons, and gag cartoons based on John A. Lent’s pioneering bibliographic work. Created in honor of Lent’s 80th birthday.

Das Marvel Cinematic Universe

Das Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Anatomie einer Hyperserie

Peter Vingold
Schüren
176 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-89472-970-7 (Paperback)
~€ 19,90
April 2017

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Das Marvel Cinematic Universe, das über Kinofilme hinaus auch TV- und Webserien hervorgebracht hat, führt den Begriff der linear organisierten Serie an die Grenzen seiner Beschreibungsfähigkeit. Der Autor stellt diesem das Konzept der multilinearen Hyperserie entgegen, mit dessen Hilfe sich die serialisierten Narrationen des MCU hierarchisch strukturieren und ihre Relationen zueinander bestimmen lassen. Auf der Grundlage von theoretischen Überlegungen zu Ästhetik und Ökonomie der Serie im Kino und der Betrachtung einiger Fallbeispiele aus Film und Fernsehen zeichnet der Autor anhand des X-Men-Filmfranchises den Übergang von einer linearen Serie zu einer multilinearen Hyperserie nach, und wendet das hier entstehende Modell in einer anschließenden Analyse auf das Marvel Cinematic Universe an, in dem unterschiedliche, interseriell kohärente Binnenserien an einer den einzelnen Film übersteigenden Narration mitschrieben. In einer ausführlichen Auseinandersetzung mit den im MCU zur Anwendung kommenden Serialitätsstrukturen, aber auch unter ständiger Berücksichtigung der die Filme und Serien begleitenden Produktionsdiskurse, verdeutlicht der Autor Zusammenhänge zwischen Ästhetik und Ökonomie eines visuell neu formatierten, seriellen Blockbusterkinos vor der Hintergrund einer Kultur der Medienkonvergenz.

Krieg im Comic?

Krieg im Comic?
Grafisches Erzählen zu Militarismus und Gewalt

Gerhard Mauch und André Märtens (Hrsg.)
Books on Demand
92 Seiten
ISBN 374-313650-3 (Paperback)
~€ 6,00
April 2017

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Dieser Sammelband enthält Rezensionen von Comic-Bänden bzw. Berichte über grafische Literatur, die Krieg, Militär und Gewalt thematisiert. Im Zentrum der Anthologie stehen die Fragen, wie in ‚Graphic Novels# grafisches Erzählen funktioniert, wie der zeichnerische und der gesellschaftliche Kontext aussehen und wie die Rezeption verläuft. Dabei werden historische und aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Literatur betrachtet. Vor allem geht es um die Unterschiede in der zeichnerischen Umsetzung und der erzählerischen Herangehensweise an die verschiedenen Themen. So wird etwa untersucht, in welchem Verhältnis grafische Reportagen und dokumentarische Bildgeschichten, die im Stil eines Abenteuers gestaltet sind, stehen oder wie Gewalt in japanischen Comics (Mangas) dargestellt wird. Die gesammelten Texte bzw. die darin besprochenen Comics spannen einen Bogen von Europa über Amerika nach Asien und behandeln Stoffe aus verschiedenen historischen Phasen und auch aus Fantasiewelten. Die Aufsätze behandeln Krisen und Kriege wie Afghanistan, den Ersten und Zweiten Weltkrieg, Kriege der USA, Israel/Palästina und die Revolution in Nicaragua. Gerhard Mauchs Politcomic Die Störenfriede wird in Auszügen vorgestellt. Kommentierte Literatur- und Linklisten schließen diesen Sammelband ab.

Watchmen

The Narratology of Comic Art

Kai Mikkonen
Routledge
312 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1382-2155-0 (Hardcover)
~£ 105,00
Mai 2017

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By placing comics in a lively dialogue with contemporary narrative theory, The Narratology of Comic Art builds a systematic theory of narrative comics, going beyond the typical focus on the Anglophone tradition. This involves not just the exploration of those properties in comics that can be meaningfully investigated with existing narrative theory, but an interpretive study of the potential in narratological concepts and analytical procedures that has hitherto been overlooked. This research monograph is, then, not an application of narratology in the medium and art of comics, but a revision of narratological concepts and approaches through the study of narrative comics. Thus, while narratology is brought to bear on comics, equally comics are brought to bear on narratology.

Manga in Theory and Practice

Manga in Theory and Practice:
The Craft of Creating Manga

Hirohiko Araki
VIZ Media
280 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4215-9407-1 (Hardcover)
~$ 13,00
Juni 2017

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Learn how to create manga from Hirohiko Araki creator of Jojo s Bizarre Adventure anda master of the medium! Hirohiko Araki is the author of one of the longest-running and most beloved manga of all time, the epic fan favorite JoJo s Bizarre Adventure. According to him, manga is the ultimate synthesis of all forms of art, and in this book he reveals the secrets behind how to make the magic happen using concrete examples from his own work. Read all about his golden ratio of beauty for drawing, the investigative reports he draws up for each of the characters he creates, his methodology for storytelling inspired by the great Ernest Hemingway, and many more aspects of manga creation in this how-to guide penned by an industry legend

A Theory of Narrative Drawing

A Theory of Narrative Drawing

Simon Grennan
Palgrave MacMillan
277 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-137-52165-1 (Hardcover)
~$ 109,00
Juni 2017

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This book offers an original new conception of visual story telling, proposing that drawing, depictive drawing and narrative drawing are produced in an encompassing dialogic system of embodied social behavior. It refigures the existing descriptions of visual story-telling that pause with theorizations of perception and the articulation of form. The book identifies and examines key issues in the field, including: the relationships between vision, visualization and imagination; the theoretical remediation of linguistic and narratological concepts; the systematization of discourse; the production of the subject; idea and institution; and the significance of resources of the body in depiction, representation and narrative. It then tests this new conception in practice: two original visual demonstrations clarify the particular dialectic relationships between subjects and media, in an examination of drawing style and genre, social consensus and self-conscious constraint. The book’s originality derives from its clear articulation of a wide range of sources in proposing a conception of narrative drawing, and the extrapolation of this new conception in two new visual demonstrations.

Monitor 32: Neue Publikationen 2017

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.

Neil Gaiman

Critical Insights:
Neil Gaiman

Joseph M. Sommers (Hrsg.)
Salem Press
300 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-68217-260-5 (Paperback)
~$ 105,00
Dezember 2016

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One of the most prolific writers of prose, graphic novels, feature-length films, and television serials, Neil Gaiman is as popular with critics as he is with readers. His works encourage readers to embrace love, fear, pain, pride, and most of the remaining emotional spectrum with an earnest vigor, gentle humor, and honest warmth, the likes of which humble the greats in all media to which he has contributed. Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers of Central Michigan University, this volume contains 14 essays that constitute an interesting mélange thoughts, ruminations, perspectives, and approaches that are as diverse a look at the life and work of Neil Gaiman as any in print today.

The Trauma Graphic Novel

The Trauma Graphic Novel

Andrés Romero-Jódar
Routledge
180 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1382-3888-6 (Hardcover)
~£ 88,00
Januar 2017

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The end of the twentieth century and the turn of the new millennium witnessed an unprecedented flood of traumatic narratives and testimonies of suffering in literature and the arts. Graphic novels, free at last from long decades of stern censorship, helped explore these topics by developing a new subgenre: the trauma graphic novel. This book seeks to analyze this trend through the consideration of five influential graphic novels in English. Works by Paul Hornschemeier, Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons will be considered as illustrative examples of the representation of individual, collective, and political traumas. This book provides a link between the contemporary criticism of Trauma Studies and the increasingly important world of comic books and graphic novels.

Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon

The Readers‘ Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels,
Second Edition

Francisca Goldsmith
ALA Editions
232 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-8751-6 (Paperback)
~$ 54,00
Februar 2017

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The first edition of this readers’ advisory represented a pioneering effort to provide help and encouragement to librarians diving into this exciting format, and since then the popularity of graphic novels has continued apace. Goldsmith has updated her guide to encompass a bounty of new titles, authors, and styles, ensuring its continued usefulness as a tool for both RA and collection development. Suitable for newbies and hardcore fans alike, this book sketches in the history of graphic novels, tracing their evolution and showing what makes them unique; explores traditional and cutting edge titles most friendly to children, teens, and adults, reflecting the burgeoning and maturing publishing efforts made for each of these audiences; discusses common themes, topics, and the place of diversity in graphic novels; gives in-depth guidance on ways to connect readers to titles they’ll be sure to love; offers ideas for media tie-ins, displays, programming, book clubs, and more; includes annotated bibliographies, with appeal characteristics noted, and multiple indexes to ensure that locating the right graphic novel is a snap; and provides detailed tips for keeping current and aware of new titles and trends.

Watchmen

Cinema Journal 56(2)
In Focus: Watchmen

Blair Davis (Hrsg.)
University of Texas Press
36 Seiten
ISSN 0009-7101
Februar 2017

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In Focus is a regular feature of Cinema Journal in which several short essays examine a case study from multiple perspectives. In addition to writing the introduction, Davis gathered together five scholars (Mark J.P. Wolf, Aaron Taylor, Drew Morton, Kathryn Frank and Dana Polan) to look at Watchmen’s role within film, media and comics studies, exploring ideas about canonization, world-building, transmedia, adaptation, digital comics, authorship and academia.
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The Ages of the Justice League

The Ages of the Justice League:
Essays on America’s Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times

Joseph J. Darowski (Hrsg.)
McFarland
220 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4766-6225-1 (Paperback)
~$ 19,00
März 2017

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The first superhero team from the Silver Age of comics, DC’s Justice League has seen many iterations since its first appearance in 1960. As the original comic book continued and spin-off titles proliferated, talented writers, artists and editors adapted the team to appeal to changing audience tastes. This collection of new essays examines more than five decades of Justice League comics and related titles. Each essay considers a storyline or era of the franchise in its historical and social contexts.

Retcon Game

Retcon Game:
Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America

Andrew J. Friedenthal
University Press of Mississippi
176 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-1132-5 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
April 2017

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The superhero Wolverine time travels and changes storylines. On Torchwood, there’s a pill popped to alter the past. The narrative technique of retroactive continuity seems rife lately, given all the world-building in comics. Andrew J. Friedenthal deems retroactive continuity, or „retconning,“ as a force with many implications for how Americans view history and culture. In the first book to focus on this subject, Friedenthal regards the editable Internet hyperlink, rather than the stable printed footnote, as the de facto source of information in America today. To embrace retroactive continuity in fictional media means accepting that the past itself is not a stable element, but rather something constantly in contentious flux. Due to retconning’s ubiquity within our media, we have grown familiar with narratives as inherently unstable, a realization that deeply affects how we understand the world.

Freie ICOM-Publikation: „Manga- und Comiczeichner im Dialog“

Der Interessenverband Comic e.V. (ICOM) entwickelte zur Kölner Comicmesse Intercom am 6. Mai 2017 die Herausgabe eines Kostenlos-Heftes, das zur Zusammenarbeit von Zeichnern verschiedener Stilrichtungen und Publikationsformen beitragen soll „漫画家の対話  [mangaka no taiwa]. Comiczeichner im Dialog“. Darin haben KünstlerInnen aus verschiedenen Bereichen und Szenen (wie Comic, Manga, Web- und Printpublikation) gemeinsam kurze Beiträge erstellt, die den Dialog dieser unterschiedlicher Kunstformen und -Genres thematisieren. Das 68 Seiten starke Ergebnis wurde von Burkard Ihme herausgegeben und enthält Beiträge von etwa 30 KünstlerInnen, darunter auch viele renommierte Namen wie Martina Peters oder Schlogger, ebenso wie Reflexionen von ComFor-Mitgliedern (Ihme selbst und Björn Hammel). Es kann komplett frei eingesehen und heruntergeladen werden. Mit dem Überthema „Comic und Manga“, den Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden beider Sub-Gattungen und Szenen, wurde dabei sicher ein höchst relevanter Gegenstandsbereich ausgewählt.

Aus dem Vorwort des Herausgebers:
„Comic und Manga: ‚Comiczeichner im Dialog‘ – findet dieser Dialog nicht ständig statt, auf Messen, im Internet, bei regionalen Zeichnertreffen? Ja und nein. Denn wie der Ausschnitt aus dem Interview mit Kristina Gehrmann und Aussagen von Martina Peters (beide im COMIC!-Jahrbuch 2017) zeigen, ist der Austausch zwischen Vertretern der traditionellen Comicszene und der Mangaszene lange nicht so intensiv, wie man das zwischen Ausübenden des gleichen Handwerks erwarten könnte, was auch die Beobachtungen von Sonja Bieker … belegen. Das hatte anfangs sicher Gründe: Die deutsche Zeichnerszene entwickelte sich in den 70er und 80er Jahren und war geprägt durch Underground- und die frankobelgischen Erwachsenen-Comics aus MÉTAL HURLANT und [À SUIVRE], während die Manga Ende der 90er Jahre in Deutschland boomten, weil es ihnen gelang, ein junges und vor allem weibliches Publikum zu begeistern, aus dessen Reihen sich dann ebenso junge Zeichnerinnen rekrutierten. Doch 20 Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung von Sailor Moon und Dragonball in Deutschland, eine Frist, in der nicht nur die Zeichnerinnen erwachsener wurden, sollte es möglich sein, neben den Unterschieden der stilistischen Ausprägungen der Bilderzählung auch die Gemeinsamkeiten der Zeichnertätigkeit und
der beruflichen Interessen zu sehen. ‚Comiczeichner im Dialog‘ soll zum einen diesen Gedanken in die Welt tragen, und zum anderen Vertreter unterschiedlicher Genres und Traditionen zur Zusammenarbeit einladen.“

 
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Neue Publikation „Science Meets Comics“ (auch als Open Access)

Im Oktober 2015 fand an der HU Berlin ein zweitägiges Symposium zum Thema „Science meets Comics. The Anthropocene Kitchen: designing the future of food“ statt.  Beteiligt waren unter anderem die ComFor-Mitglieder Jaqueline Berndt und Stephan Packard, aber auch andere internationale Experten wie Nick Sousanis. Das Symposium ging der Frage nach, was die bild-textliche Auseinandersetzung zu aktuell brisanten Fragen im Comic für die Wissenschaftskommunikation bedeuten kann (weiter zur Veranstalterseite). Gerade ist im Christian A. Bachmann-Verlag ein Tagungsband erschienen, der viele der Beiträge noch einmal zugänglich macht. Zudem haben die Herausgeber eine frei zugängliche Open Acces-Version des Bandes auf Zenodo publiziert.

Science meets Comics

Proceedings of the Symposium on Communicating and Designing the Future of Food in the Anthropocene
Reinhold Leinfelder, Alexandra Hamann, Jens Kirstein und Marc Schleunitz (Hrsg.)
Christian A. Bachmann
117 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-941030-92-3 (Paperback)
~€ 19,90
April 2017

Aus der Verlagsbeschreibung:

„There are no simple solutions in the Anthropocene era. Every single person lives in a highly complex system and is connected to it by his or her actions. By focusing on the example of alimentation, this interconnectedness can be exposed and presented in a form that everyone can understand. Comics as a communication medium not only have the potential to make complex issues accessible in an appealing form; the comic-making process itself can inspire scientific work, and reveal new connections. This proceedings volume includes contributions on alimentation and comic theory by Jaqueline Berndt, Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann, Toni Meier, Veronika Mischitz, Stephan Packard, Lukas Plank, Nick Sousanis, Katerina Teaiwa and Arnold van Huis. It is the result of the two-day symposium Science meets Comics, held in October 2015 in the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, which discussed and developed these new means of communication in relation to alimentation.“

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Erste Ausgabe von INKS erschienen

Seit Ende März ist die erste Ausgabe der englischsprachigen Comicfachzeitschrift Inks der neugegründeten Comics Studies Society bei Project Muse online und wurde gleich zum „Journal of the Month“ gekürt. Die erste Ausgabe versammelt neben einer Einleitung von Herausgeber Jared Gardner drei Fachartikel, drei Metaartikel und zwei Rezensionen aktueller Fachliteratur. Das Journal wird von der Ohio State University Press herausgegeben.

Beschreibung (englisch):

Inks, the new journal of the Comics Studies Society, features scholarly research on sequential art, graphic narrative, and cartooning. The journal seeks to bring together scholarly essays, archival materials, and insights and discoveries from leading comics professionals. Inks highlights scholarship from a variety of disciplines and invites essays on all periods of comic history, as well as considering both a US or an international comics focus.“

Inhalt:

  • Jared Gardner, „Introduction: (No Soapbox, Radio)“
  • Kerry Soper, „Walt Kelly’s Pogo and the Politics of De/Re-racialization in Midcentury Comics“
  • Andrew J. Kunka, „A Contract with God, The First Kingdom, and the ‘Graphic Novel’: The Will Eisner / Jack Katz Letters“
  • Susan Kirtley, „The Political is Personal: Dual Domesticity in Dykes to Watch Out For
  • Roundtable:
    • „Comics and Methodology“ – Blair Davis, Bart Beaty, Scott Bukatman, Henry Jenkins, Benjamin Woo
  • From the Archives:
    • Jared Gardner, „Before the Underground: Jay Lynch, Art Spiegelman, Skip Williamson and the Fanzine Culture of the Early 1960s“
  • From the Field:
    • Caitlin McGurk, „Comics Professionals on Comics Studies“
  • Reviews:
    • The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics by Ramzi Fawaz (review by Marc Singer)
    • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White by Michael Tisserand (review by Christopher Jeansonne)

Zur ersten Inks-Ausgabe (Project Muse)

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Open Access-Publikation „Rhizcomics“

University  of Michigan Press und das Sweetland Center for Writing der Universität Michigan veröffentlichten Ende Februar eine interessante Open Access-Monographie, die vom Rhetoriker Jason Helms (Texas) verfasst wurde: „Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition“ (ISBN 978-0-472-90069-5). Nicht unähnlich wie Nick Sousanis‘ Unflattening (2015) versucht sich auch Rhizcomics an einer „multimodalen Argumentation“ über Comics, die als originelles, „dezentriertes“ Werkzeug des Forschens und Nachdenkens betrachtet werden. Zugleich bringt Helms dies zu anderen Medien wie Animation in Zusammenhang.

Aus der Verlagsankündigung:
„Comics, Jason Helms argues, are post-critical, reflexive, and figural, in that they combine image/text and visual/verbal elements in ways that illuminate a third, nonsymbolic rhetoric more appropriate for digital and heterotopic spaces. Blurring the line between form and content, Rhizcomics: Comics, Rhetoric, and Technology in New Media Composition offers readers a unique opportunity to engage in a rhizomatic alt-scholarship, in which the medium is the message. Rhizcomics manifests this ambitious concept by bringing together a variety of disciplinary traditions, from familiar continental theorists to ancient, modern, and postmodern rhetoricians, to comics and contemporary composition theorists. Helms calls for a decentering of typical binaries to form a rhizomatic approach to visual and multimedia rhetorics and uses comics as the main exemplar for the type of decentered writing for which he advocates.“

Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition ist komplett frei verfügbar.

Monitor 31: Neue Publikationen 2016/17

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.

Chris Ware: Conversations

Chris Ware:
Conversations

Jean Braithwaite (Hrsg.)
University Press of Mississippi
272 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-0929-2 (Hardcover)
~$ 40,00
November 2016

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Like Art Spiegelman or Alison Bechdel, Ware stands out as an important crossover artist who has made the wider public aware of comics as literature. His regular New Yorker covers give him a central place in our national cultural conversation. Editor Jean Braithwaite compiles interviews displaying both Ware’s erudition and his quirky self-deprecation. They span Ware’s career from 1993 to 2015, creating a time-lapse portrait of the artist as he matures. Several of the earliest talks are reprinted from zines now extremely difficult to locate. Braithwaite has selected the best broadcasts and podcasts featuring the interview-shy Ware for this volume, including new transcriptions. An interview with Marnie Ware from 2000 makes for a delightful change of pace, as she offers a generous, supremely lucid attitude toward her husband and his work. Candidly and humorously, she considers married life with a genius in the house. Brand-new interviews with both Chris and Marnie Ware conclude the volume.

The 10 Cent War:

The 10 Cent War:
Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II

Trischa Goodnow und James J. Kimble (Hrsg.)
University Press of Mississippi
240 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-1030-4 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
Januar 2017

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The Allied victory in World War II relied on far more than courageous soldiers. Americans on the home front constantly supported the war effort in the form of factory work, war bond purchases, salvage drives, and morale-rallying efforts. Motivating these men, women, and children to keep doing their bit during the war was among the conflict’s most urgent tasks. One of the most overlooked aspects of these efforts involved a surprising initiative―comic book propaganda. The 10 Cent War presents a riveting analysis of how different types of comic books and comic book characters supplied reasons and means to support the war effort. The contributors demonstrate that, free of government control, these appeals produced this overall imperative. The book discusses the role of such major characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Uncle Sam along with a host of such minor characters as kid gangs and superhero sidekicks. It even considers novelty and small presses, providing a well-rounded look at the many ways that comic books served as popular propaganda.

Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon

Superman:
The Persistence of an American Icon

Ian Gordon
Rutgers University Press
200 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-8751-6 (Softcover)
~$ 28,95
Januar 2017

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After debuting in 1938, Superman soon became an American icon. But why has he maintained his iconic status for nearly 80 years? And how can he still be an American icon when the country itself has undergone so much change? Superman: Persistence of an American Icon examines the many iterations of the character in comic books, comic strips, radio series, movie serials, feature films, television shows, animation, toys, and collectibles over the past eight decades. Demonstrating how Superman’s iconic popularity cannot be attributed to any single creator or text, comics expert Ian Gordon embarks on a deeper consideration of cultural mythmaking as a collective and dynamic process. He also outlines the often contentious relationships between the various parties who have contributed to the Superman mythos, including corporate executives, comics writers, artists, nostalgic commentators, and collectors.

Reading Lessons in Seeing

Reading Lessons in Seeing:
Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Autobiographical Graphic

Michael A. Chaney
University Press of Mississippi
192 Seiten
ISBN 9-781-4968-1025-0 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
Februar 2017

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Literary scholar Michael A. Chaney examines graphic novels to illustrate that in form and function they inform readers on how they ought to be read. His arguments result in an innovative analysis of the various knowledges that comics produce and the methods artists and writers employ to convey them. Theoretically eclectic, this study attends to the lessons taught by both the form and content of today’s most celebrated graphic novels. Chaney analyzes the embedded lessons in comics and graphic novels through the form’s central tropes: the iconic child storyteller and the inherent childishness of comics in American culture; the use of mirrors and masks as ciphers of the unconscious; embedded puzzles and games in otherwise story-driven comic narratives; and the form’s self-re exive propensity for showing its work. Comics reveal the labor that goes into producing them, embedding lessons on how to read the „work“ as a whole.

The British Superhero

The British Superhero

Chris Murray
University Press of Mississippi
786 Seiten
ISBN 9-781-4968-0737-3 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
März 2017

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Chris Murray reveals the largely unknown and rather surprising history of the British superhero. It is often thought that Britain did not have its own superheroes, yet Murray demonstrates that there were a great many in Britain and that they were often used as a way to comment on the relationship between Britain and America. Sometimes they emulated the style of American comics, but they also frequently became sites of resistance to perceived American political and cultural hegemony, drawing upon satire and parody as a means of critique. Murray illustrates that the superhero genre is a blend of several influences and that in British comics, these influences are quite different from those in America, resulting in some contrasting approaches to the figure of the superhero. He identifies the origins of the superhero and supervillain in nineteenth-century popular culture such as the penny dreadfuls and boy’s weeklies and in science fiction writing of the 1920s and 1930s. From the emergence of British superheroes in the 1940s, the advent of „fake“ American comics, and the reformatting of reprinted material to the British Invasion of the 1980s, and the pivotal roles in American superhero comics and film production held by British artists today, this book will challenge views about British superheroes and the comics‘ creators who fashioned them.

The Secret Origins of Comics Studies

The Secret Origins of Comics Studies

Matthew Smith und Randy Duncan (Hrsg.)
Routledge
302 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1388-8451-9 (Hardcover)
~£ 110,00
März 2017

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In The Secret Origins of Comics Studies, today’s leading comics scholars turn back a page to reveal the founding figures dedicated to understanding comics art. Edited by comics scholars Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan, this collection provides an in-depth study of the individuals and institutions that have created and shaped the field of Comics Studies over the past 75 years. From Coulton Waugh to Wolfgang Fuchs, these influential historians, educators, and theorists produced the foundational work and built the institutions that inspired the recent surge in scholarly work in this dynamic, interdisciplinary field. Sometimes scorned, often underappreciated, these visionaries established a path followed by subsequent generations of scholars in literary studies, communication, art history, the social sciences, and more. Giving not only credit where credit is due, this volume both offers an authoritative account of the history of Comics Studies and also helps move the field forward by being a valuable resource for creating graduate student reading lists and the first stop for anyone writing a comics-related literature review.

Monitor 30: Neue Publikationen 2016/17

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 Modern Superhero in Film and Television

The Modern Superhero in Film and Television:
Popular Genre and American Culture

Jeffrey A. Brown
Routledge
182 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1388-9778-6 (Hardcover)
~£ 85,50
November 2016

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Hollywood’s live-action superhero films currently dominate the worldwide box-office, with the characters enjoying more notoriety through their feature film and television depictions than they have ever before. This book argues that this immense popularity reveals deep cultural concerns about politics, gender, ethnicity, patriotism and consumerism after the events of 9/11. Superheroes have long been agents of hegemony, fighting for abstract ideals of justice while overall perpetuating the American status quo. Yet at the same time, the book explores how the genre has also been utilized to question and critique these dominant cultural assumptions.

Panel to the Screen

Panel to the Screen:
Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era

Drew Morton
University Press of Mississippi
208 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-0978-0 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
November 2016

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Over the past forty years, American film has entered into a formal interaction with the comic book. Such comic book adaptations as Sin City, 300, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World have adopted components of their source materials‘ visual style. The screen has been fractured into panels, the photographic has given way to the graphic, and the steady rhythm of cinematic time has evolved into a far more malleable element. In other words, films have begun to look like comics. Yet, this interplay also occurs in the other direction. In Panel to the Screen, Drew Morton examines this dialogue in its intersecting and rapidly changing cultural, technological, and industrial contexts. Early on, many questioned the prospect of a „low“ art form suited for children translating into „high“ art material capable of drawing colossal box of ce takes. Now the naysayers are as quiet as the queued crowds at Comic-Cons are massive. Morton provides a nuanced account of this phenomenon by using formal analysis of the texts in a real world context of studio budgets, grosses, and audience reception.

Cultures of Comics Work

Cultures of Comics Work

Casey Brienza und Paddy Johnston (Hrsg.)
Palgrave MacMillan
308 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-137-55477-2 (Hardcover)
~€ 106,99
Dezember 2016

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This anthology explores tensions between the individualistic artistic ideals and the collective industrial realities of contemporary cultural production with eighteen all-new chapters presenting pioneering empirical research on the complexities and controversies of comics work. Art Spiegelman. Alan Moore. Osamu Tezuka. Neil Gaiman. Names such as these have become synonymous with the medium of comics. Meanwhile, the large numbers of people without whose collective action no comic book would ever exist in the first place are routinely overlooked. Cultures of Comics Work unveils this hidden, global industrial labor of writers, illustrators, graphic designers, letterers, editors, printers, typesetters, publicists, publishers, distributors, translators, retailers, and countless others both directly and indirectly involved in the creative production of what is commonly thought of as the comic book. Drawing upon diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, an international and interdisciplinary cohort of cutting-edge researchers and practitioners intervenes in debates about cultural work and paves innovative directions for comics scholarship.

The Last War in Albion Volume 1

The Last War in Albion Volume 1:
The Early Work of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison

Phil Sandifer
Eruditorum Press
786 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-5404-8218-1 (Paperback)
~$ 22,99
Dezember 2016

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In the late twentieth century, beneath the surface of Britain’s green and pleasant land, raged a war that spanned the heights of mystical transcendence and the most obscure gutters of popular culture. The stakes were unfathomably vast: the fate of the twenty-first century, the shape of an entire artistic medium, and whether or not several people would make their rent. On one side was Alan Moore, the acclaimed literary genius who would transform comics forever. On the other was Grant Morrison, the upstart punk who never met an idol he didn’t want to knock off its perch. In Volume One of this incredible tale you’ll learn how an ex-drug dealer from the slums of Northampton and a failed rock star from Glasgow made their way into the comics industry and found themselves locked in an artistic rivalry that would shake the very foundations of Britain. Starting from their beginnings writing and drawing comic strips like Captain Clyde and Maxwell the magic Cat and continuing through Moore’s breakout runs on Marvelman and V for Vendetta and explosion onto the US scene with Swamp Thing, it is the fantastically unlikely tale of how the British comics industry came to produce the two greatest wizards of their generation. This is the story of gothic rock and obscenity trials. Of William Blake and William S. Burroughs. Of Hieronymus Bosch and Enid Blyton. This is the story of the Last War in Albion.

Kid Comic Strips

Kid Comic Strips:
A Genre Across Four Countries

Ian Gordon
Palgrave MacMillan
94 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-137-56197-8 (Hardcover)
~€ 49,99
Dezember 2016

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This book looks at the humor that artists and editors believed would have appeal in four different countries. Ian Gordon explains how similar humor played out in comic strips across different cultures and humor styles. By examining Skippy and Ginger Meggs, the book shows a good deal of similarities between American and Australian humor while establishing some distinct differences. In examining the French translation of Perry Winkle, the book explores questions of language and culture. By shifting focus to a later period and looking at the American and British comics entitled Dennis the Menace, two very different comics bearing the same name, Kid Comic Strips details both differences in culture and traditions and the importance of the type of reader imagined by the artist.

Comic Connections

Comic Connections:
Analyzing Hero and Identity

Sandra Eckard (Hrsg.)
Rowman & Littlefield
154 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4758-2802-3 (Paperback)
~$ 25,00
Januar 2017

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Comics are all around campuses everyday, and with students arriving less prepared to tackle basics like reading, writing, and analyzing, this text helps connect what students enjoy to the classroom. Comic Connections: Analyzing Hero and Identity is designed to help teachers from middle school through college find a new strategy that they can use right away as part of their curricular goals. Each chapter has three pieces: comic relevance, classroom connections, and concluding thoughts; this format allows a reader to pick-and-choose where to start. Some readers might want to delve into the history of a comic to better understand characters and their usefulness, while other readers might want to pick up an activity, presentation, or project that they can fold into that day’s lesson.