Monitor 49: Neue Publikationen

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.

Teaching Comics Through Multiple Lenses: Critical Perspectives

Crag Hill (Hg.)
186 Seiten
Dezember 2018

„Building off the argument that comics succeed as literature—rich, complex narratives filled with compelling characters interrogating the thought-provoking issues of our time—this book argues that comics are an expressive medium whose moves (structural and aesthetic) may be shared by literature, the visual arts, and film, but beyond this are a unique art form possessing qualities these other mediums do not. Drawing from a range of current comics scholarship demonstrating this point, this book explores the unique intelligence/s of comics and how they expand the ways readers engage with the world in ways different than prose, or film, or other visual arts. Written by teachers and scholars of comics for instructors, this book bridges research and pedagogy, providing instructors with models of critical readings around a variety of comics.“

Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics

Michelle Ann Abate
University Press of Mississippi
286 Seiten
Dezember 2018

„For several generations, comics were regarded as a boy’s club — created by, for, and about men and boys. In the twenty-first century, however, comics have seen a rise of female creators, characters, and readers.
Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the medium was enjoyed equally by both sexes, and girls were the protagonists of some of the earliest, most successful, and most influential comics. In Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics, Michelle Ann Abate examines the important but long-overlooked cadre of young female protagonists in US comics during the first half of the twentieth century. She treats characters ranging from Little Orphan Annie and Nancy to Little Lulu, Little Audrey of the Harvey Girls, and Li’l Tomboy — a group that collectively forms a tradition of funny girls in American comics.
Abate demonstrates the massive popularity these funny girls enjoyed, revealing their unexplored narrative richness, aesthetic complexity, and critical possibility. Much of the humor in these comics arose from questioning gender roles, challenging social manners, and defying the status quo. Further, they embodied powerful points of collection about both the construction and intersection of race, class, gender, and age, as well as popular perceptions about children, representations of girlhood, and changing attitudes regarding youth. Finally, but just as importantly, these strips shed light on another major phenomenon within comics: branding, licensing, and merchandising. Collectively, these comics did far more than provide amusement — they were serious agents for cultural commentary and sociopolitical change.“

Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies

Marc Singer
World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series
University of Texas Press
312 Seiten
Januar 2019

„Comics studies has reached a crossroads. Graphic novels have never received more attention and legitimation from scholars, but new canons and new critical discourses have created tensions within a field built on the populist rhetoric of cultural studies. As a result, comics studies has begun to cleave into distinct camps — based primarily in cultural or literary studies — that attempt to dictate the boundaries of the discipline or else resist disciplinarity itself. The consequence is a growing disconnect in the ways that comics scholars talk to each other — or, more frequently, do not talk to each other or even acknowledge each other’s work.
Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies surveys the current state of comics scholarship, interrogating its dominant schools, questioning their mutual estrangement, and challenging their propensity to champion the comics they study. Marc Singer advocates for greater disciplinary diversity and methodological rigor in comics studies, making the case for a field that can embrace more critical and oppositional perspectives. Working through extended readings of some of the most acclaimed comics creators — including Marjane Satrapi, Alan Moore, Kyle Baker, and Chris Ware — Singer demonstrates how comics studies can break out of the celebratory frameworks and restrictive canons that currently define the field to produce new scholarship that expands our understanding of comics and their critics.“

The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place inside Yourself

Tahneer Oksman und Seamus O’Malley (Hgs.)
Critical Approaches to Comics Artists Series
University Press of Mississippi
240 Seiten
Januar 2019

„In a self-reflexive way, Julie Doucet’s and Gabrielle Bell’s comics defy easy categorization. In this volume, editors Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O’Malley regard Doucet’s and Bell’s art as actively feminist, not only because they offer women’s perspectives, but because they do so by provocatively bringing up the complicated, multivalent frameworks of such engagements. While each artist has a unique perspective, style, and worldview, the essays in this book investigate their shared investments in formal innovation and experimentation, and in playing with questions of the autobiographical, the fantastic, and the spaces in between.
Doucet is a Canadian underground cartoonist, known for her autobiographical works such as Dirty Plotte and My New York Diary. Meanwhile, Bell is a British American cartoonist best known for her intensely introspective semiautobiographical comics and graphic memoirs, such as the Lucky series and Cecil and Jordan in New York. By pairing Doucet alongside Bell, the book recognizes the significance of female networks, and the social and cultural connections, associations, and conditions that shape every work of art. “

The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels: Considering the Role of Kitsch

Laurike in’t Veld
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Palgrave Macmillan
240 Seiten
Januar 2019

„This book mobilises the concept of kitsch to investigate the tensions around the representation of genocide in international graphic novels that focus on the Holocaust and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. In response to the predominantly negative readings of kitsch as meaningless or inappropriate, this book offers a fresh approach that considers how some of the kitsch strategies employed in these works facilitate an affective interaction with the genocide narrative. These productive strategies include the use of the visual metaphors of the animal and the doll figure and the explicit and excessive depictions of mass violence. The book also analyses where kitsch still produces problems as it critically examines depictions of perpetrators and the visual and verbal representations of sexual violence. Furthermore, it explores how graphic novels employ anti-kitsch strategies to avoid the dangers of excess in dealing with genocide. The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels will appeal to those working in comics-graphic novel studies, popular culture studies, and Holocaust and genocide studies.“

Zeitschriftenmonitor 01: Neue Ausgaben

Mit diesem Post geht auf der ComFor-Website eine neue Rubrik an den Start: der Zeitschriftenmonitor, eine Unterkategorie des Monitors. Hier werden in unregelmäßigen Abständen kürzlich erschienene Ausgaben und Artikel internationaler Zeitschriften zur Comicforschung sowie Sonderhefte mit einschlägigem Themenschwerpunkt vorgestellt. Die Ankündigungstexte und/oder Inhaltsverzeichnisse stammen von den jeweiligen Websites.
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

European Comic Art 11.2 (Sep. 2018)

Themenschwerpunkt: Spanish Comics, part II
print & online im Abonnement

  • Anne Magnussen: Introduction
  • Louie Dean Valencia-García: Tintin in the Movida Madrileña: Gender and Sexuality in the Punk Comic Book Zine Scene
  • Gerardo Vilches: Satirical Panels against Censorship: A Battle That Raged during the Spanish Transition
  • Juan Carlos Pérez García: The Representation of Traumatic Memory in Spanish Comics: Remembering the Civil War and Francoism in Panels
  • Sarah D. Harris: They Tried To Bury Us; They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds’: Intergenerational Memory and La casa
  • Agatha Mohring: Therapeutic Journeys in Contemporary Spanish Graphic Novels

Comicalités: Études de culture graphique (17.11.2018)

online, open access

  • Frédéric Ducarme: Are nekketsu shōnen manga sports manga? The example of Dragon Ball
  • Élise Awaïda Carton and Stéphane Carpentier: Monde sportif et univers des super-héros de bandes dessinées: Quelles remises en cause des normes corporelles?
  • Sylvain Aquatias: Genre et légitimité dans l’édition de bande dessinée: pt. 1: Le poids de la légitimité, des revues aux collections; pt. 2: Le roman graphique ou la négation du genre

Image [&] Narrative 19.3 (Nov. 2018)

Themenschwerpunkt: Lewis Trondheim
online, open access

  • Chris Reyns-Chikuma, David Pinho Barros: Introduction «Lewis Trondheim, un artiste-orchestre dans le monde de la bande dessinée»
  • Chantal Cointot: Approximate Author-ity: Self-Crafting “Le Bec” and Other Trondheimian Masks
  • Côme Martin: Monumentaux inachèvements : Lapinot et les carottes de Patagonie et Capharnaüm
  • Fabrice Leroy: Quand les lapins volent : Onirisme, minimalisme et abstraction dans Lapinot et les carottes de Patagonie de Lewis Trondheim
  • Ann Miller: Trondheim, artist of the supermodern city and interstitial travel through the non-lieux
  • Jérôme Dutel: D’une mouche « expérimentale » à plusieurs mouches « commerciales »? Passages d’une bande dessinée (1995) à une série d’animation (1999-2001)


allmende: Zeitschrift für Literatur 38.102 (Dez. 2018)

Themenschwerpunkt: Graphic Novel

„Was versteht man unter einer Graphic Novel? Und vor allem: Warum erfährt sie in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur solche Aufmerksamkeit? Neben aktuellen Tendenzen innerhalb der Szene, ob autobiografischer, zeitkritischer oder feministischer Natur, wird die Graphic Novel als Literaturgattung ins Auge gefasst. Wer waren die Initiatoren dieses Genres? Welche Impulsgeber gestalten die Szene heute aktiv mit? Wir wollen einen Beitrag leisten zur Vorstellung der »neunten Kunst« und ihren Vertreterinnen und Vertretern.
Mit Beiträgen von Titus Ackermann, Stefanie Diekmann, Tim Dinter, Matthias Gnehm, Nora Krug, Yi Luo, Ulli Lust, Nicolas Mahler, Uli Oesterle, Andreas Platthaus, Thomas Pletzinger, Kati Rickenbach, Jan Soeken, Thomas von Steinaecker, Tina Stolt, Mara Stuhlfauth-Trabert, Florian Trabert.“

Publikationshinweis: „Recontextualizing Characters“

Im Januar frisch erschienen ist das Themenheft Recontexualizing Characters. Media Convergence and Pre-/Meta-Narrative Character Circulation“ der Zeitschrift IMAGE. Das Open Access Format versammelt Aufsätze zu Comic- und Manga-Figuren – und deren theoretische Reflexion; unter anderem geht es um die mediale Verfasstheit von Batman, (Hello) Kitty, Sailor Moon, Star Wars-Protagonist_innen, Dr. Doom und Hatsune Miku.
Entstanden ist das Heft im Rahmen der ‚Winter School‘ der Universität Tübingen 2018
. Herausgeber und einer von sechs Beiträger_innen ist ComFor-Vorstandsmitglied Lukas R.A. Wilde.

IMAGE | Issue 29 | Special Issue Recontextualizing Characters | 01/2019

Monitor 48: Neue Publikationen

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.

Adventure Comics and Youth Cultures in India

Raminder Kaur und Saif Eqbal
226 Seiten
ISBN 978-1138358683 (Paperback)
Oktober 2018

„This pioneering book presents a history and ethnography of adventure comic books for young people in India with a particular focus on vernacular superheroism. It chronicles popular and youth culture in the subcontinent from the mid-twentieth century to the contemporary era dominated by creative audio-video-digital outlets.
The authors highlight early precedents in adventures set by the avuncular detective Chacha Chaudhary with his ‘faster than a computer brain’, the forays of the film veteran Amitabh Bachchan’s superheroic alter ego called Supremo, the Protectors of Earth and Mankind (P.O.E.M.), along with the exploits of key comic book characters, such as Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruv, Parmanu, Doga, Shakti and Chandika. The book considers how pulp literature, western comics, television programmes, technological developments and major space ventures sparked a thirst for extraterrestrial action and how these laid the grounds for vernacular ventures in the Indian superhero comics genre. It contains descriptions, textual and contextual analyses, excerpts of interviews with comic book creators, producers, retailers and distributers, together with the views, dreams and fantasies of young readers of adventure comics. These narratives touch upon special powers, super-intelligence, phenomenal technologies, justice, vengeance, geopolitics, romance, sex and the amazing potentials of masked identities enabled by navigation of the internet.“

The Disappearance of Hong Kong in Comics, Advertising and Graphic Design

Wendy Wong
245 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-319-92095-5 (Hardcover)
November 2018

„This book examines Hong Kong’s struggle against the disappearance of its unique identity under the historical challenges of colonialism, in addition to the more recent reimposition of Chinese authoritarian government control, as reflected in three under-researched forms of visual media: comics, advertising and graphic design. Each section of the book focuses on one of these three forms, and each chapter focuses on one stage of Hong Kong’s changing cultural identity. The articulative position of this book is on studies of visual cultural history and media communication. Its case studies will broaden readers’ own cultural knowledge for a more international understanding. The Disappearance of Hong Kong in Comics, Advertising and Graphic Design advances the development of its three key subjects in terms of identity, communication and cultural politics, aiming to reach a wide range of multidisciplinary readers.“

Superhero Bodies: Identity, Materiality, Transformation

Wendy Haslem, Elizabeth MacFarlane und Sarah Richardson (Hgs.)
196 Seiten
ISBN 978-1138389892 (Hardcover)
November 2018

„Throughout the history of the genre, the superhero has been characterised primarily by physical transformation and physical difference. Superhero Bodies: Identity, Materiality, Transformation explores the transformation of the superhero body across multiple media forms including comics, film, television, literature and the graphic novel. How does the body of the hero offer new ways to imagine identities?  How does it represent or subvert cultural ideals? How are ideologies of race, gender and disability signified or destabilised in the physicality of the superhero? How are superhero bodies drawn, written and filmed across diverse forms of media and across histories?
This volume collects essays that attend to the physicality of superheroes: the transformative bodies of superheroes, the superhero’s position in urban and natural spaces, the dialectic between the superhero’s physical and metaphysical self, and the superhero body’s relationship with violence. This will be the first collection of scholarly research specifically dedicated to investigating the diversity of superhero bodies, their emergence, their powers, their secrets, their histories and their transformations.“

Comics: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven aus Theorie und Praxis auf ein Stiefkind der Medienpädagogik

Christine Dallmann, Anja Hartung, Alfons Aigner und Kai-Thorsten Buchele (Hgs.)
280 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-86736-495-9 (Paperback)
Dezember 2018

„Comics standen lange im Verruf, simpler Unterhaltungsstoff zu sein, der nur mehr von der Lektüre anspruchsvoller, ja bildungswertvoller Literatur abzuhalten suche. Bereits die bewahrpädagogische Debatte im frühen 20. Jahrhundert verurteilte Comics als „Schmutz und Schund“ und damit als schädlich für die moralische und geistige Entwicklung von Kindern und Jugendlichen. Wenngleich bewahrpädagogische Positionen sich gegenwärtig eher gegen andere Medien richten, haben sich viele Vorbehalte gegen Comics bis heute gehalten. Zu Unrecht, meint Ralf Vollbrecht, und dem stimmen die Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber dieses Bandes zu und unternehmen den Versuch einer medienpädagogisch motivierten Annäherung. Dabei werden Bezüge sowohl zum wissenschaftlichen Werk und Wirken von Ralf Vollbrecht als auch zu seinen Comic-Präferenzen hergestellt. Mit diesem durchaus unkonventionellen Ansatz möge der Band hier und da bereichernde Einblicke gewähren, in seiner bebilderten Form auch unterhalten und möglicherweise sogar eine weitere Beschäftigung mit dem Themenfeld Comics aus medienpädagogischer Perspektive anregen.“

Batman and the Multiplicity of Identity: The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero as Cultural Nexus

Jeffrey A. Brown
226 Seiten
ISBN 978-1138302853 (Hardcover)
Dezember 2018

„Concentrating primarily on contemporary depictions of Batman in the comic books, this book analyzes why Batman is so immensely popular right now in America and globally, and how the fictional Dark Knight reveals both new cultural concerns and longstanding beliefs about American values. The organizing premise is that while Batman is perceived as a very clearly defined character, he is open to a wide range of interpretations and depictions in the comics (what Henry Jenkins refers to as „multiplicities“), each of which allows access to different cultural issues. The idea of Batman functions as an anchoring point out of which multiple Batmen, or Batman-like characters, can occupy different positions: Grim Batman, Gay Batman, Female Batman, Black Batman, Cute Batman, and so on. Each iteration opens up a discussion of different cultural issues pertinent to modern society, such as sexuality, ethnicity, feminism and familial relationships.“

Publikationshinweis „Autobiografie intermedial“

Vor kurzem ist im AISTHESIS Verlag der von ComFor-Mitglied Kalina Kupczynska und Jadwiga Kita-Huber herausgegebene Sammelband „Autobiografie intermedial“ erschienen. Darin findet sich u. a. ein Kapitel zur „Comic-Autobiografie“ mit Beiträgen weiterer ComFor-Mitglieder.

Autobiografie intermedial.
Fallstudien zur Literatur und zum Comic

Jadwiga Kita-Huber und Kalina Kupczynska (Hg.)

545 Seiten, Deutsch,
mit zahlreichen Abbildungen.
ISBN 978-3-8498-1282-9
€ 48,00 (zzgl. Versandkosten)

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„Medien spielen im Kontext der Autobiografie eine tragende Rolle. Zum einen begleiten sie menschliche Biografien, entscheiden über die Intensität der Erinnerung und formen ihre Speicherung. Zum anderen prägen sie die Praxis des autobiografischen Schreibens, indem sie die Kulturtechniken des Er­innerns mitbestimmen. Besonders aufschlussreich sind hierbei intermediale Formen der Autobiografie, etwa Comics oder virtuelle Autobiografien, welche die literarische Produktion nachhaltig verändern. Ist die wachsende Verbreitung der intermedialen Autobiografie ein Symptom für die Veränderung des kulturellen Gedächtnisses überhaupt? Der Band versammelt diverse Sichtweisen auf die autobiografische Praxis und versteht sich als Versuch, Autobiografie- und Comicforschung einander anzunähern. Das Spektrum reicht von einem Aufriss aktueller Positionen zur Autobiografieforschung über die Darstellung unterschiedlicher Aspekte des Phänomens (experimentelle Tendenzen der historischen Autobiografie sowie neuere mediale Formen der Autobiografie) bis hin zur Frage der existentiellen Dimension autobiografischer Erzählung.“

Monitor 47: Neue Publikationen 2018

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.

The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics

Elizabeth L. Erwin und Dawn Keetley (Hgs.)
200 Seiten
ISBN 978-1476668499 (Paperback)
August 2018

„From the beginning, both Robert Kirkman’s comics and AMC’s series of The Walking Dead have brought controversy in their presentations of race, gender and sexuality. Critics and fans have contended that the show’s identity politics have veered toward the decidedly conservative, offering up traditional understandings of masculinity, femininity, heterosexuality, racial hierarchy and white supremacy.
This collection of new essays explores the complicated nature of relationships among the story’s survivors. In the end, characters demonstrate often-surprising shifts that consistently comment on identity politics. Whether agreeing or disagreeing with critics, these essays offer a rich view of how gender, race, class and sexuality intersect in complex new ways in the TV series and comics.“

Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Michael Goodrum und Tara Prescott (Hgs.)
University Press of Mississippi
306 Seiten
ISBN 978-1496821102 (Paperback)
~$ 30,00
Oktober 2018

„The explosive popularity of San Diego’s Comic-Con, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and Netflix’s Jessica Jones and Luke Cage all signal the tidal change in superhero narratives and mainstreaming of what were once considered niche interests.
Yet just as these areas have become more openly inclusive to an audience beyond heterosexual white men, there has also been an intense backlash, most famously in 2015’s Gamergate controversy, when the tension between feminist bloggers, misogynistic gamers, and internet journalists came to a head. The place for gender in superhero narratives now represents a sort of battleground, with important changes in the industry at stake. These seismic shift s–both in the creation of superhero media and in their critical and reader reception–need reassessment not only of the role of women in comics, but also of how American society conceives of masculinity.
Gender and the Superhero Narrative launches ten essays that explore the point where social justice meets the Justice League. Ranging from comics such as Ms. Marvel, Batwoman: Elegy, and Bitch Planet to video games, Netflix, and cosplay, this volume builds a platform for important voices in comics research, engaging with controversy and community to provide deeper insight and thus inspire change.“

Incorrigibles and Innocents: Constructing Childhood and Citizenship in Progressive Era Comics

Lara Saguisag
Rutgers University Press
252 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-9176-6 (Paperback)
Oktober 2018

„Histories and criticism of comics note that comic strips published in the Progressive Era were dynamic spaces in which anxieties about race, ethnicity, class, and gender were expressed, perpetuated, and alleviated. The proliferation of comic strip children—white and nonwhite, middle-class and lower class, male and female—suggests that childhood was a subject that fascinated and preoccupied Americans at the turn of the century. Many of these strips, including R.F. Outcault’s Hogan’s Alley and Buster Brown, Rudolph Dirks’s The Katzenjammer Kids and Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland were headlined by child characters. Yet no major study has explored the significance of these verbal-visual representations of childhood. Incorrigibles and Innocents addresses this gap in scholarship, examining the ways childhood was depicted and theorized in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century comic strips. Drawing from and building on histories and theories of childhood, comics, and Progressive Era conceptualizations of citizenship and nationhood, Lara Saguisag demonstrates that child characters in comic strips expressed and complicated contemporary notions of who had a right to claim membership in a modernizing, expanding nation.“

Serials to Graphic Novels: The Evolution of the Victorian Illustrated Book

Lara Saguisag
University Press of Florida
318 Seiten
ISBN 978-0813064987 (Paperback)
Oktober 2018

„The Victorian illustrated book came into being, flourished, and evolved during the long nineteenth century. While existing scholarship on Victorian illustrators largely centers on the realist artists of the „Sixties,“ this volume examines the entire lifetime of the Victorian illustrated book. Catherine Golden offers a new framework for viewing the arc of this vibrant genre, arguing that it arose from and continually built on the creative vision of the caricature-style illustrators of the 1830s. She surveys the fluidity of illustration styles across serial installments, British and American periodicals, adult and children’s literature, and–more recently–graphic novels.
Serials to Graphic Novels examines widely recognized illustrated texts, such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit, and Trilby. Golden explores factors that contributed to the early popularity of the illustrated book—the growth of commodity culture, a rise in literacy, new printing technologies—and that ultimately created a mass market for illustrated fiction.
Golden identifies present-day visual adaptations of the works of Austen, Dickens, and Trollope as well as original Neo-Victorian graphic novels like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Victorian-themed novels like Batman: Noël as the heirs to the Victorian illustrated book. With these adaptations and additions, the Victorian canon has been refashioned and repurposed visually for new generations of readers.“

Comics and Sacred Texts Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives

Assaf Gamzou und Ken Koltun-Fromm (Hgs.)
University Press of Mississippi
322 Seiten
ISBN 978-1496819475 (Paperback)
November 2018

„Comics and Sacred Texts explores how comics and notions of the sacred interweave new modes of seeing and understanding the sacral. Comics and graphic narratives help readers see religion in the everyday and in depictions of God, in transfigured, heroic selves as much as in the lives of saints and the meters of holy languages. Coeditors Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm reveal the graphic character of sacred narratives, imagining new vistas for both comics and religious texts.
In both visual and linguistic forms, graphic narratives reveal representational strategies to encounter the sacred in all its ambivalence. Through close readings and critical inquiry, these essays contemplate the intersections between religion and comics in ways that critically expand our ability to think about religious landscapes, rhetorical practices, pictorial representation, and the everyday experiences of the uncanny.
Organized into four sections–Seeing the Sacred in Comics; Reimagining Sacred Texts through Comics; Transfigured Comic Selves, Monsters, and the Body; and The Everyday Sacred in Comics–the essays explore comics and graphic novels ranging from Craig Thompson’s Habibi and Marvel’s X-Men and Captain America to graphic adaptions of religious texts such as 1 Samuel and the Gospel of Mark.“

Publikationshinweis: „Avanturen des neuen Telemachs“

Friedrich Schillers Bildgeschichte „Avanturen des neuen Telemachs“, erschienen im Ch. A. Bachmann Verlag, ist nun lieferbar. Herausgegeben und mit einer Einführung versehen wurde sie vom ehemaligen ComFor-Vorsitzenden Dietrich Grünewald und übersetzt vom gegenwärtigen Vorsitzenden Stephan Packard sowie dem ComFor-Mitglied Elizabeth A. Nijdam.

Avanturen des neuen Telemachs.
Eine Bildgeschichte von 1786
Friedrich Schiller

86 Seiten, zweisprachig Deutsch u. Englisch,
mit zahlreichen Abbildungen.
Ch. A. Bachmann Verlag
ISBN 978-3-941030-46-6
€ 25,00 (zzgl. Versandkosten)

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„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 Text erscheint hier zudem erstmals transkribiert parallel in deutscher und englischer Sprache. Erläutert, in ihrem ästhetischen und 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.“

COMIC!-Jahrbuch 2019 erschienen

Die neue 2019er-Ausgabe des COMIC!-Jahrbuchs des Interessenverbands Comic e.V. (ICOM; hg. v. Burkhard Ihme) ist vor wenigen Tagen erschienen.

Wir hatten den Band bereits in einem früheren Post angezeigt, der inzwischen depubliziert wurde. Die Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor) will auf dieser Webseite regelmäßig auf möglichst alle einschlägigen Publikationen, Veranstaltungen und weiteren aktuellen Themen zur Comicforschung in deutscher Sprache hinweisen. Dass damit keine inhaltliche Zustimmung zu allen aufgeführten Publikationen ausgesprochen ist, versteht sich für gewöhnlich ohne weitere Erläuterung. Angesichts der politischen Positionen, die im Vorwort und einigen weiteren Beiträgen des aktuellen ICOM-Jahrbuchs ausgebreitet werden, wollen der Vorstand der ComFor und die Redaktion unserer Webseite in diesem Fall ausdrücklich darauf hinweisen, dass dieser Publikationsvermerk keine Unterstützung meint. Sexismus und Diskriminierung widersprechen direkt der Satzung und den Grundsätzen der ComFor.

Diese Distanznahme bezieht sich keineswegs auf das ganze Jahrbuch: Es enthält wie in allen vorigen Jahren zahlreiche wertvolle Portraits, Veranstaltungsberichte und Dossiers — nicht zuletzt einen Beitrag des Gründers, langjährigen Vorsitzenden und Ehrenmitglieds der ComFor, Dietrich Grünewald, zum Thema: „Was ist ein Comic oder: Das Prinzip Bildgeschichte“; und ein hervorragendes Interview mit Lisa Frühbeis über Comics und Sexismus.

gez., Redaktion und Vorstand der ComFor

„Deutsche Comicforschung 2019“ erschienen

Deutsche Comicforschung 2019

144 Seiten, ca. 400 Abbildungen in Farbe
Patrimonium Verlag
ISBN 978-3-89474-307-9
€ 39,00
Ende November 2018

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Der inzwischen 15. Band der Reihe Deutsche Comicforschung (hrsg. v. Eckart Sackmann) erschien wie gewohnt im November. Dieses Jahr liegt der Fokus auf historischen Pionieren, Prototypen und Verwandten des Comics; der Band enthält Beiträge zu u.a. dem Zittauer Fastentuch, Max und Moritz, den Katzenjammer Kids, Pop-Art und Comics zur NS-Zeit.


Monitor 46: Neue Publikationen 2018

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.

Lone Heroes and the Myth of the American West in Comic Books, 1945-1962

David Huxley
Palgrave Macmillan
90 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-319-93084-8 (Hardcover)
~€ 58,84
Juli 2018

This book examines the role of comics in the perpetuation of the myth of the American West. In particular, it looks at the ways in which lone central characters, and their acts of violence, are posited as heroic. In doing so, the book raises questions both about the role of women in a supposedly male space, in addition to the portrayal of Native Americans within the context of this violence. Various adaptations of historical figures, such as Buffalo Bill and Billy the Kid, as well as film and television stars such as The Lone Ranger and Dale Evans are examined in detail. Although concentrating on American comics, examples both from Britain and France are also analyzed.

North Korean Graphic Novels: Seduction of the Innocent?

Martin Petersen
306 Seiten
ISBN 978-1138046931 (Hardcover)
~£ 84.00
Juli 2018

Graphic novels (kurimchaek) are a major art form in North Korea, produced by agents of the regime to set out its vision in a range of important areas. This book provides an analysis of North Korean graphic novels, discussing the ideals they promote and the tensions within those ideals, and examining the reception of graphic novels in North Korea and by North Korean refugees in South Korea. Particular themes considered include the ideal family and how the regime promotes this; patriotism, and its conflict with class identities; and the portrayal of the Korean War – „The Fatherland Liberation War“, as it is known in North Korea – and the subsequent, continuing stand-off. Overall, the book demonstrates the importance of graphic novels in North Korea as a tool for bringing up children and for promoting North Korean ideals. In addition, however, the book also shows that although the regime sees the imaginative power of graphic novels as a necessity for effective communication, graphic novels are also viewed with caution in that they exist in everyday social life in ways that the regime may be aware of, and seeks to control, but cannot dominate completely.

Gary Larson and The Far Side

Kerry D. Soper
University Press of Mississippi
224 Seiten
ISBN 978-1496817631 (Taschenbuch)
August 2018

Kerry D. Soper reminds us of The Far Side’s groundbreaking qualities and cultural significance in Gary Larson and „The Far Side.“ In the 1980s, Gary Larson (b. 1950) shook up a staid comics page by introducing a set of aesthetic devices, comedic tones, and philosophical frames that challenged and delighted many readers, even while upsetting and confusing others. His irreverent, single panels served as an alternative reality to the tame comedy of the family-friendly newspaper comics page, as well as the pervasive, button-down consumerism and conformity of the Reagan era.
In this first full study of Larson’s art, Soper follows the arc of the cartoonist’s life and career, describing the aesthetic and comedic qualities of his work, probing the business-side of his success, and exploring how The Far Side brand as a whole – with its iconic characters and accompanying set of comedic and philosophical frames – connected with its core readers. In effect, Larson reinvented his medium by creatively working within, pushing against, and often breaking past institutional, aesthetic, comedic, and philosophical parameters.

Comics Memory: Archives and Styles

Maaheen Ahmed und Benoît Crucifix (Hrsg.)
Palgrave Macmillan
290 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-319-91745-0 (Hardcover)
~€ 106,99
August 2018

Despite the boom in scholarship in both Comics Studies and Memory Studies, the two fields rarely interact—especially with issues beyond the representation of traumatic and autobiographical memories in comics. With a focus on the roles played by styles and archives—in their physical and metaphorical manifestations—this edited volume offers an original intervention, highlighting several novel ways of thinking about comics and memory as comics memory. Bringing together scholars as well as cultural actors, the contributions combine studies on European and North American comics and offer a representative overview of the main comics genres and forms, including superheroes, Westerns, newspaper comics, diary comics, comics reportage and alternative comics. In considering the many manifestations of memory in comics as well as the functioning and influence of institutions, public and private practices, the book exemplifies new possibilities for understanding the complex entanglements of memory and comics.

Comic Books, Graphic Novels and the Holocaust: Beyond Maus

Ewa Stańczyk (Hrsg.)
132 Seiten
ISBN 978-1138598645 (Hardcover)
~£ 92,00
September 2018

This book analyses the portrayals of the Holocaust in newspaper cartoons, educational pamphlets, short stories and graphic novels. Focusing on recognised and lesser-known illustrators from Europe and beyond, the volume looks at autobiographical and fictional accounts and seeks to paint a broader picture of Holocaust comic strips from the 1940s to the present. The book shows that the genre is a capacious one, not only dealing with the killing of millions of Jews but also with Jewish lives in war-torn Europe, the personal and transgenerational memory of the Second World War and the wider national and transnational legacies of the Shoah. The chapters in this collection point to the aesthetic diversity of the genre which uses figurative and allegorical representation, as well as applying different stylistics, from realism to fantasy. Finally, the contributions to this volume show new developments in comic books and graphic novels on the Holocaust, including the rise of alternative publications, aimed at the adult reader, and the emergence of state-funded educational comics written with young readers in mind.