Monitor 13: Neue Publikationen 2015

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 -> Zu früheren Monitoren.

Graphisches Erzählen

Graphisches Erzählen
Neue Perspektiven auf Literaturcomics

Florian Trabert, Mara Stuhlfauth-Trabert und Johannes Waßmer (Hg.)
Transcript Verlag
352 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-8376-2825-8
~€ 32,99
März 2015
Comic adaptations of literary texts have established themselves in recent years as an enormously productive art form. The spectrum ranges from conversions based closely on the literary original, up to adaptations that profoundly transform the original text. The articles in the book analyze the transformation processes characteristic to literary comics, which prove to be extremely dynamic. Along with the reduction of the literary original on a textual level, which is necessitated by the medium, comes the expansion of a visual dimension, which incorporates not just comic-specific design media, but also motifs and processes from the visual arts and film.

Bilder, Stories und Sequenzen in religiösen Deutungskulturen

Comics – Bilder, Stories und Sequenzen in religiösen Deutungskulturen

Jörn Ahrens, Frank T. Brinkmann und Nathanael Riemer (Hg.)
Springer VS
364 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-658-01428-5
~€ 39,99
Comics sind fester Bestandteil spätmoderner Text- und Zeichenwelten. Sie haben der Gegenwartskultur nicht nur Storys und Sagenkränze beschert, sondern auch Mythen, Ikonen und Helden. Dass die skizzierten Protagonisten bisweilen auch als Antihelden konstruiert werden – und sich die Erzählungen insofern auch als Antimythen aufstellen – bekräftigt im Grunde die These von einer comic-literarischen Heldenreise, auf deren Sinn und Funktion sowohl die Religions- als auch die Medienwissenschaften aufmerksam gemacht haben. Der Comic als Medium hat Rezeptionsgewohnheiten verändert und Reflexionsstrategien neu gestaltet. Populäre Erzählmuster sind von der Trivialität und Banalität der Strips und Cartoons ebenso beeinflusst worden wie die intellektuellen Diskurse von den metatextuellen Realitätskonstruktionen der Graphic Novel.

Asien Comics

Asian Comics

John A. Lent
University Press of Mississippi
400 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-6284-6158-9
~$ 60,00
Januar 2015
Grand in its scope, Asian Comics dispels the myth that, outside of Japan, the continent is nearly devoid of comic strips and comic books. Relying on his fifty years of Asian mass communication and comic art research, during which he traveled to Asia at least seventy-eight times and visited many studios and workplaces, John A. Lent shows that nearly every country had a golden age of cartooning and has experienced a recent rejuvenation of the art form. As only Japanese comics output has received close and by now voluminous scrutiny, Asian Comics tells the story of the major comics creators outside of Japan. Lent covers the nations and regions of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Moving Panels

Moving Panels.
Translating Comics to Film

Logan Ludwig (Hg.)
Sequart Organization
144 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-9405-8909-1
~€ 12,99
Februar 2015
Are comics just storyboards for films that would be too expensive to ever actually commit to celluloid? Are movies just comics with added motion? These two media have become more closely tied in recent years, thanks to a bevy of comic-book adaptations, and seem naturally related. Both are comprised of visual storytelling techniques that would seem readily compatible, but are they really that similar? Moving Panels: Translating Comics to Film digs into this issue, analyzing through careful examination of aesthetics just how similar and dissimilar the two media are. By looking at films and comics such as Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Watchmen, Persepolis, and Sin City, Logan Ludwig teases out just how the two media interact, their respective strengths and weaknesses, and how similar they really are.

Twelve-Cent Archie

Twelve-Cent Archie

Bart Beaty
Rutger’s University Press
232 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-6384-8
~$ 26,95
Februar 2015
Twelve-Cent Archie is not only the first scholarly study of the Archie comic, it is an innovative creative work in its own right. Inspired by Archie’s own concise storytelling format, renowned comics scholar Bart Beaty divides the book into a hundred short chapters, each devoted to a different aspect of the Archie comics. Fans of the comics will be thrilled to read in-depth examinations of their favorite characters and motifs, including individual chapters devoted to Jughead’s hat and Archie’s sweater-vest. But the book also has plenty to interest newcomers to Riverdale, as it recounts the behind-the-scenes history of the comics and analyzes how Archie helped shape our images of the American teenager. As he employs a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, Beaty reveals that the Archie comics themselves were far more eclectic, creative, and self-aware than most critics recognize. Equally comfortable considering everything from the representation of racial diversity to the semiotics of Veronica’s haircut, Twelve-Cent Archie gives a fresh appreciation for America’s most endearing group of teenagers.

From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels

From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels, 2nd ed.: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative

Daniel Stein und Jan-Noël Thon (Hg.)
De Gruyter
416 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-11-042766-0
~€ 24.95
April 2015
This essay collection examines the theory and history of graphic narrative – realized in various different formats, including comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels – as one of the most interesting and versatile forms of storytelling in contemporary media culture. The contributions assembled in this volume test the applicability of narratological concepts to graphic narrative, examine aspects of graphic narrative beyond the ‘single work,’ consider the development of particular narrative strategies within individual genres, and trace the forms and functions of graphic narrative across cultures. Analyzing a wide range of texts, genres, and narrative strategies from both theoretical and historical perspectives, the international group of scholars gathered here offers state-of-the-art research on graphic narrative in the context of an increasingly postclassical and transmedial narratology.