MONITOR 8: Neue Publikationen 2013/14

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Der Comic: Geschichte, Stile, Künstler

Der Comic:
Geschichte, Stile, Künstler

Klaus Schikowski
Reclam Verlag
293 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-15-010839-0
~€ 22,95
Februar 2014

Comics haben sich längst zu einer ernstzunehmenden Gattung gemausert: Graphic Novels werden wie große Romane in den Feuilletons der Tageszeitungen rezensiert, Klassiker erscheinen in eigenen Reihen und als hochwertige Liebhaberausgaben, Manga sind aus den Buchhandlungen gar nicht mehr wegzudenken. Doch was genau sind Comics? Klaus Schikowski führt in die speziellen Formen des Comics ein – vom Strip der frühen Tageszeitungen über die Superhelden-Comics bis zu den Underground Comix, von eigenen Ausformungen wie dem frankobelgischen Comic, den Manga bis hin zu digitalen und Web-Comics. Zahlreiche Abbildungen geben Einblicke in den Stil und die spezielle Technik großer Comic-Schöpfer, die durch das faszinierende Zusammenspiel von Bild und Text das Erzählen mit Bildern zu einer ganz eigenständigen Kunstform erhoben haben.

Comics and the Senses

Comics and the Senses:
A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels

Ian Hague
Routledge Chapman & Hall
199 Seiten
ISBN: 978-0-415-71397-9
~£ 80
Februar 2014

Attempts to define what comics are and explain how they work have not always been successful because they are premised upon the idea that comic strips, comic books and graphic novels are inherently and almost exclusively visual. This book challenges that premise, and asserts that comics is not just a visual medium. The book outlines the multisensory aspects of comics: the visual, audible, tactile, olfactory and gustatory elements of the medium. It rejects a synaesthetic approach (by which all the senses are engaged through visual stimuli) and instead argues for a truly multisensory model by which the direct stimulation of the reader’s physical senses can be understood. A wide range of examples demonstrates how multisensory communication systems work in both commercial and more experimental contexts. The book concludes with a case study that looks at the works of Alan Moore and indicates areas of interest that multisensory analysis can draw out, but which are overlooked by more conventional approaches.

Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels

Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels:
A Critical Approach

Julia Round
Mcfarland & Co Inc
268 Seiten
ISBN: 978-0-7864-4980-4
~$ 40
Januar 2014

This book explores the connections between comics and Gothic from four different angles: historical, formal, cultural and textual. It identifies structures, styles and themes drawn from literary gothic traditions and discusses their presence in British and American comics today, with particular attention to the DC Vertigo imprint.

Part One offers an historical approach to British and American comics and Gothic, summarizing the development of both their creative content and critical models, and discussing censorship, allusion and self-awareness. Part Two brings together some of the gothic narrative strategies of comics and reinterprets critical approaches to the comics medium, arguing for an holistic model based around the symbols of the crypt, the spectre and the archive. Part Three then combines cultural and textual analysis, discussing the communities that have built up around comics and gothic artifacts and concluding with case studies of two of the most famous gothic archetypes in comics: the vampire and the zombie.

Southeast Asian Cartoon Art

Southeast Asian Cartoon Art
History, Trends and Problems

John A. Lent (Hg.)
Mcfarland & Co Inc
256 Seiten
ISBN: 978-0-7864-7557-5
~$ 40
Januar 2014

This is the first overview of cartoon art in this important cultural nexus of Asia. The eight essays provide historical and contemporary examinations of cartoons and comics in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and sociocultural and political analyses of cartooning in Singapore, Myanmar, and Malaysia. The collection benefits from hundreds of interviews with Southeast Asia’s major cartoonists, conducted by the four contributors, as well as textual analyses of specific cartoons, on-the-spot observations, and close scrutiny of historical documents.

Comics as History, Comics as Literature

Comics as History, Comics as Literature:
Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment

Annessa Ann Babic (Hg.)
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press
262 Seiten
ISBN: 9781611475562
~$ 85.00
Januar 2014

This anthology hosts a collection of essays examining the role of comics as portals for historical and academic content, while keeping the approach on an international market versus the American one. Few resources currently exist showing the cross-disciplinary aspects of comics. Some of the chapters examine the use of Wonder Woman during World War II, the development and culture of French comics, and theories of Locke and Hobbs in regards to the state of nature and the bonds of community. More so, the continual use of comics for the retelling of classic tales and current events demonstrates that the genre has long passed the phase of for children’s eyes only. Additionally, this anthology also weaves graphic novels into the dialogue with comics.

The Visual Language of Comics

The Visual Language of Comics:
Introduction to the Structure and Cognition of Sequential Images

Neil Cohn
Bloomsbury Academic
240 Seiten
ISBN: 9781441181459
~£ 22.49
Dezember 2013

Drawings and sequential images are an integral part of human expression dating back at least as far as cave paintings, and in contemporary society appear most prominently in comics. Despite this fundamental part of human identity, little work has explored the comprehension and cognitive underpinnings of visual narratives — until now.

This work presents a provocative theory: that drawings and sequential images are structured the same as language. Building on contemporary theories from linguistics and cognitive psychology, it argues that comics are written in a visual language of sequential images that combines with text. Like spoken and signed languages, visual narratives use a lexicon of systematic patterns stored in memory, strategies for combining these patterns into meaningful units, and a hierarchic grammar governing the combination of sequential images into coherent expressions. Filled with examples and illustrations, this book details each of these levels of structure, explains how cross-cultural differences arise in diverse visual languages of the world, and describes what the newest neuroscience research reveals about the brain’s comprehension of visual narratives. From this emerges the foundation for a new line of research within the linguistic and cognitive sciences, raising intriguing questions about the connections between language and the diversity of humans’ expressive behaviours in the mind and brain.

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