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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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de. → 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
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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
Routledge
306 Seiten
ISBN 978-1138046931 (Hardcover)
~£ 84.00
Juli 2018
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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)
~$25.00
August 2018
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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
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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.)
Routledge
132 Seiten
ISBN 978-1138598645 (Hardcover)
~£ 92,00
September 2018
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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.

Monitor 45: 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de. -> Zu früheren Monitoren.

Superman and Comic Book Brand Continuity

Superman and Comic Book Brand Continuity

Phillip Bevin
Routledge
166 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8153-6859-5 (Hardcover)
~£ 92,00
August 2018

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Superman and Comic Book Brand Continuity traces the development of comic book continuity through the case study of Superman, examining the character’s own evolution across several media, including comics, radio, television, and film. Superman’s relationship with continuity illustrates a key feature of the way in which people in western societies construct stories about themselves. In this respect, the book is a study of narrative and how comic book continuity reflects the way that, in wider western post-enlightenment culture, storytelling shapes the common sense and received wisdoms that influence how we perceive „reality.“ The scope of the analysis extends from Superman’s creation in the late 1930s to the recent films Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), as well as the current comic book reboot Rebirth (2016).

Comics and Adaptation

Comics and Adaptation

Benoît Mitaine, David Roche und Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot (Hrsg.)
University Press of Mississippi
240 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-0337-5 (Hardcover)
~$ 70,00
August 2018

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Both comics studies and adaptation studies have grown separately over the past twenty years. Yet there are few in-depth studies of comic books and adaptations together. Available for the first time in English, this collection pores over the phenomenon of comic books and adaptation, sifting through comics as both sources and results of adaptation. Essays shed light on the many ways adaptation studies inform research on comic books and content adapted from them. Contributors concentrate on fidelity to the source materials, comparative analysis, forms of media, adaptation and myth, adaptation and intertextuality, as well as adaptation and ideology. After an introduction that assesses adaptation studies as a framework, the book examines comics adaptations of literary texts as more than just illustrations of their sources. Essayists then focus on adaptations of comics, often from a transmedia perspective. Case studies analyze both famous and lesser-known American, Belgian, French, Italian, and Spanish comics.

Iron Man vs. Captain America and Philosophy

Iron Man vs. Captain America and Philosophy

Nicolas Michaud und Jessica Watkins (Hrsg.)
Open Court
276 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8126-9976-0 (Softcover)
~$ 19,95
August 2018

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Iron Man or Captain America? Which one is superior―as a hero, as a role model, or as a personification of American virtue? Philosophers who take different sides come together in Iron Man versus Captain America to debate these issues and arrive at a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of these iconic characters. The discussion ranges over politics, religion, ethics, psychology, and metaphysics. The book you have in your hands is a little unusual. Often, philosophy and popular culture books explore many aspects of a pop culture phenomenon. This book focuses on one specific question, “Who is better?” You might think that there isn’t much to say on this issue, and we’re sure you have your own opinion already, but comparing Captain America and Iron Man brings out a lot of questions and problems we don’t normally think about.

The reason why these two men in philosophical competition with each other is so important and terrifying isn’t just because they are the good guys, but because they are both our good guys. Let’s be honest, Iron man isn’t exactly a Communist superhero, and Captain America is well Captain America. Tony Stark is the poster boy for capitalism. In fact, Stan Lee created him specifically to see if he could make people love a ragingly selfish capitalist. Captain America was created originally as a kind of propaganda to support our war effort . . . his first issue shows him punching Hitler! BOTH represent key aspects of the United States: Our economic, social philosophy “competition makes things better” and the ideas of patriotism, liberty, and just doing the right thing. When these heroes fight, they’re revealing something we know at the core of our being is both a tremendous strength and a tremendous danger in our society . . . We are at intellectual war with ourselves! And we don’t just mean liberals and conservatives, religious and non-religious, Ford and Chevy. We mean each of us living here in the States embodies a fight between these two men and their philosophies . . . the unsolvable problem of safety vs. freedom.

Publikationshinweis „Ästhetik des Gemachten“

Im September erschien gerade der Sammelband „Ästhetik des Gemachten: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zur Animations- und Comicforschung“, welcher als Open Access-Publikation verfügbar ist. Herausgegeben wurde der bei De Gruyter erschienene Band von Hans-Joachim Backe, Julia Eckel, Erwin Feyersinger, Véronique Sina und Jan-Noël Thon. Die Publikation versammelt diverse Beiträge der AG-Kooperationstagung „Zur Ästhetik des Gemachten in Animation und Comic“, die im November 2016 in Hannover stattfand.

Kurzbeschreibung:

„Animation und Comic weisen in ihren Ästhetiken offenkundige Parallelen auf, denen jedoch bislang in der jeweils einschlägigen Forschung kaum angemessene Aufmerksamkeit gewidmet wurde. Beide basieren auf künstlerischen Praktiken, die unter Einsatz spezifischer Techniken Bilder generieren, welche wiederum diese Techniken ihrer Entstehung in einer besonderen Art und Weise mitausstellen. So verweisen die gezeichneten Linien des Comics oder des Cartoons auf den Akt des Zeichnens selbst, die Knetfiguren im Stop-Motion-Animationsfilm auf den Akt ihrer händischen (Ver-)Formung oder die hyperrealistischen, überhöhten Figuren des Superheld_innen-Comics und VFXKinos auf ihren Status als Artefakte. Diese für ganz unterschiedliche Formen von Animation und Comics konstitutive Thematisierung der eigenen Gemachtheit bildet den Hauptgegenstand des vorliegenden Bandes, in dessen Rahmen aus einer dezidiert interdisziplinären Perspektive die Parallelen, Schnittstellen und Unterschiede herausgearbeitet werden, die sich im Kontext von Animations- und Comicforschung mit Blick auf die methodisch-analytische Erfassung der Materialität und Ästhetik ihrer jeweiligen Gegenstände ergeben.“

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Monitor 44: 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de. -> Zu früheren Monitoren.

Comic Book Movies

Queer about Comics:
Special Issue of American Literature 90(2)

Darieck Scott und Ramzi Fawaz (Hrsg.)
Duke University Press
Teilweise open access
ISSN (print) 0002-9831
Juni 2018

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There’s something queer about comics. Whether one looks to the alternative mutant kinships of superhero stories (the epitome of queer world making), the ironic and socially negative narratives of independent comics (the epitome of queer antinormativity), or the social stigma that makes the medium marginal, juvenile, and outcast from ‚proper‘ art (the epitome of queer identity), comics are rife with the social and aesthetic cues commonly attached to queer life. Moreover, the medium has had a long history as a top reading choice among those ‚queer‘ subjects variously called sexual deviants, juvenile delinquents, dropouts, the working class, and minorities of all stripes. Despite this, comics studies and queer theory have remained surprisingly alienated from each other.

The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel

The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel

Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey und Stephen E. Tabachnick (Hrsg.)
Cambridge University Press
750 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-3167-5998-1 (Hardcover)
~£ 125,00
Juli 2018

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The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel provides the complete history of the graphic novel from its origins in the nineteenth century to its rise and startling success in the twentieth and twenty-first century. It includes original discussion on the current state of the graphic novel and analyzes how American, European, Middle Eastern, and Japanese renditions have shaped the field. Thirty-five leading scholars and historians unpack both forgotten trajectories as well as the famous key episodes, and explain how comics transitioned from being marketed as children’s entertainment. Essays address the masters of the form, including Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore, and Marjane Satrapi, and reflect on their publishing history as well as their social and political effects. This ambitious history offers an extensive, detailed and expansive scholarly account of the graphic novel, and will be a key resource for scholars and students.

Comic Book Movies

Comics and History:
Special Issue of Feminist Media Histories 4(3)

Kathleen McClancy (Hrsg.)
University of California Press
273 Seiten
ISSN (online) 2373-7492
Juli 2018

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Comics inherently have a complex relationship with history. Popular conceptions of ‚history‘ as a line of cause-and-effect relationships culminating inevitably in the present moment are formally challenged by sequential art, which tends to refuse linear conceptions of time. Specifically, and contradicting the usual locating of history in an inaccessible past, comics as a medium depict past and present simultaneously. As Barbara Postema notes, unlike in film, all the images in comics exist at the same time—time is constructed spatially, as the eye moves from one panel to the next throughout the book, but the images themselves remain, regardless of the reader’s attention.

Monitor 43: 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de. -> Zu früheren Monitoren.

Comic Book Movies

Comic Book Movies

Blair Davis
Rutgers University Press
200 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-8877-3 (Paperback)
~$ 17,95
April 2018

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Comic Book Movies explores how this genre serves as a source for modern-day myths, sometimes even incorporating ancient mythic figures like Thor and Wonder Woman’s Amazons, while engaging with the questions that haunt a post-9/11 world: How do we define heroism and morality today? How far are we willing to go when fighting terror? How can we resist a dystopian state? Film scholar Blair Davis also considers how the genre’s visual style is equally important as its weighty themes, and he details how advances in digital effects have allowed filmmakers to incorporate elements of comic book art in innovative ways. As he reveals, comic book movies have inspired just as many innovations to Hollywood’s business model, with film franchises and transmedia storytelling helping to ensure that the genre will continue its reign over popular culture for years to come.

The Psychology of Marvel's Wolverine

Untamed:
The Psychology of Marvel’s Wolverine

Suzana E. Flores
McFarland Books
205 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4766-7442-1 (Paperback)
~$ 92,95
Juni 2018

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Wolverine. Logan. Weapon X. By any name, Marvel Comic’s savage, brooding antihero is, in his own words, the best at what he does—killing with gratuitous precision. Paradoxically violent yet humane, the beer-swilling, cigar-smoking mutant with retractable claws is universally misjudged in the Marvel Universe yet esteemed by fans worldwide. The author explores Wolverine’s development from bit character to modern legend over more than four decades, with a focus on his enduring appeal as an allegory for resilience through torment.

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Cultures of War in Graphic Novels:
Violence, Trauma, and Memory

Tatiana Prorokova und Nimrod Tal (Hrsg.)
Rutgers University Press
237 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-9095-0 (Paperback)
~$ 29,95
Juni 2018

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Cultures of War in Graphic Novels examines the representation of small-scale and often less acknowledged conflicts from around the world and throughout history. The contributors look at an array of graphic novels about conflicts such as the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), the Irish struggle for national independence (1916-1998), the Falkland War (1982), the Bosnian War (1992-1995), the Rwandan genocide (1994), the Israel-Lebanon War (2006), and the War on Terror (2001-). The book explores the multi-layered relation between the graphic novel as a popular medium and war as a pivotal recurring experience in human history. The focus on largely overlooked small-scale conflicts contributes not only to advance our understanding of graphic novels about war and the cultural aspects of war as reflected in graphic novels, but also our sense of the early twenty-first century, in which popular media and limited conflicts have become closely interrelated.

Monitor 42: 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de. -> Zu früheren Monitoren.

Weltentwürfe im Comic/Film

Weltentwürfe im Comic/Film:
Mensch, Gesellschaft, Religion

Theresia Heimerl und Christian Wessely (Hrsg.)
Schüren
372 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-89472-941-7 (Paperback)
~€ 29,90
April 2018

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Comics, bis in die späten 1990er-Jahre oft als kulturelles Randprodukt gering geschätzt, geraten in Zeiten der multimedialen Kommunikation zunehmend in den Aufmerksamkeitsfokus. Im Comic erscheint das Bild auf das Allerwesentlichste hin destilliert und durch das Medium Text erweitert. In einem bis wenigen Bildern lassen sich so, optimiert für die Aufmerksamkeitsspanne der Web 2.0 – Generation, weltanschauliche, religiöse und soziale Probleme formulieren und zugleich scheinbare oder tatsächliche Lösungsvorschläge transportieren. Ihr Potential für ein Millionenpublikum entfalten sie in den letzten Dekaden aber durch zahlreiche Verfilmungen, ob als Anime, Arthouse oder Blockbuster. Die Erforschung dieses Potentials ist noch weitgehend unentdecktes Gebiet. In diesem Band werden erste Akzente gesetzt.
On Comics and Legal Aesthetics

On Comics and Legal Aesthetics:
Multimodality and the Haunted Mask of Knowing

Thomas Giddens
Routledge
230 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1382-2403-2 (Hardcover)
~£ 92,00
April 2018

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What are the implications of comics for law? Tackling this question, On Comics and Legal Aesthetics explores the epistemological dimensions of comics and the way this once-maligned medium can help think about – and reshape – the form of law. Traversing comics, critical, and cultural legal studies, it seeks to enrich the theorisation of comics with a critical aesthetics that expands its value and significance for law, as well as knowledge more generally. It argues that comics’ multimodality – its hybrid structure, which represents a meeting point of text, image, reason, and aesthetics – opens understanding of the limits of law’s rational texts by shifting between multiple frames and modes of presentation. Comics thereby exposes the way all forms of knowledge are shaped out of an unstructured universe, becoming a mask over this chaotic ‘beyond’. This mask of knowing remains haunted – by that which it can never fully capture or represent. Comics thus models knowledge as an infinity of nested frames haunted by the chaos without structure. In such a model, the multiple aspects of law become one region of a vast and bottomless cascade of perspectives – an infinite multiframe that extends far beyond the traditional confines of the comics page, rendering law boundless.

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“Suffering Sappho!”:
Lesbian Content and Queer Female Characters in Comics

Special Issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies
Michelle Ann Abate, Karly Marie Grice und Christine N. Stamper (Hrsg.)
Taylor & Francis
ISSN 1089-4160
Mai 2018

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Comics have been an important locus of queer female identity, community, and politics for generations. Whether taking the form of newspaper strips, comic books, or graphic novels and memoirs, the medium has a long history of featuring female same-sex attraction, relationships, and identity. This special issue explores the past place, current presence, and possible future status of lesbianism in comics. It features essays about cartoonists such as Jennifer Camper, characters such as Wonder Woman, and titles such as Lumberjanes. This special issue also includes a roundtable that examines underrepresented identities in lesbian comics. These pieces address subjects ranging from the depiction of a Latina lesbian protagonist in AMERICA: The Life and Times of America Chavez and the debut of the first lead Black lesbian female superheroine in Cyberzone to the presentation of queer women in graphic novels from South Asia and the experience of re-reading Hothead Paisan in the age of Trump.

Michelle Ann Abate, Karly Marie Grice und Christine N. Stamper: Introduction: “Suffering Sappho!”: Lesbian content and queer female characters in comics

Caitlin McGurk: Lovers, enemies, and friends: The complex and coded early history of lesbian comic strip characters

Laura M. Jiménez: PoC, LGBTQ, and gender: The intersectionality of America Chavez

Margaret Galvan: Making space: Jennifer Camper, LGBTQ anthologies, and queer comics communities

Poushali Bhadury: “There is no such thing as a straight woman”: Queer female representations in South Asian graphic narratives

Erica Gillingham: Representations of same-sex relationships between female characters in all-ages comics: Princess Princess Ever After and Lumberjanes

Sheena C. Howard: Situating Cyberzone: Black lesbian identity in comics

Cynthia Barounis: Survival angst: Reading Hothead Paisan in the Trump era

Publikationshinweis „Empirical Approaches to Comics Research“

Soeben ist ein Sammelband zum Thema „Empirical Comics Research: Digital, Multimodal, and Cognitive Methods“ erschienen. Die englischsprachige Aufsatzsammlung wird von Routledge publiziert und ist von den deutschen Comicforscher_innen Alexander Dunst, Jochen Laubrock und Janina Wildfeuer herausgegeben worden.

Kurzbeschreibung (Englisch):

„This edited volume brings together work in the field of empirical comics research. Drawing on computer and cognitive science, psychology and art history, linguistics and literary studies, each chapter presents innovative methods and establishes the practical and theoretical motivations for the quantitative study of comics, manga, and graphic novels. Individual chapters focus on corpus studies, the potential of crowdsourcing for comics research, annotation and narrative analysis, cognitive processing and reception studies. This volume opens up new perspectives for the study of visual narrative, making it a key reference for anyone interested in the scientific study of art and literature as well as the digital humanities.“

Inhalt:

1. Comics and Empirical Research: An Introduction (Alexander Dunst, Jochen Laubrock, Janina Wildfeuer)

I. Digital Approaches to Comics Research

2. Two Per Cent of What? Constructing a Corpus of Typical American Comic Books (Bart Beaty, Nick Sousanis, Benjamin Woo)

3. The Quantitative Analysis of Comics: Towards a Visual Stylometry of Graphic Narrative (Alexander Dunst, Rita Hartel)

4. „The Spider’s Web“: An Analysis of Fan Mail from Amazing Spider-Man, 1963-1995 (John Walsh, Shawn Martin, Jennifer St. Germain)

5. Crowdsourcing Comics Annotations (Mihnea Tufis and Jean-Gabriel Ganascia)

6. Computer Vision Applied to Comic Book Images (Christophe Rigaud and Jean-Christophe Burie)

II. Linguistics and Multimodal Analysis

7. From Empirical Studies to Visual Narrative Organization: Exploring Page Composition (John A. Bateman, Annika Beckmann, Rocio Varela)

8. Character Developments in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Systematic Analytical Scheme (Chiao-I Tseng, Jochen Laubrock, Jana Pflaeging)

9. How Informative are Information Comics in Science Communication? Empirical Results from an Eye Tracking Study and Knowledge Testing (Hans-Jürgen Bucher, Bettina Boy)

10. The Interpretation of an Evolving Line Drawing (Pascal Lefèvre, Gert Meesters)

III. Cognitive Processing and Comprehension

11. Viewing Static Visual Narratives Through the Lens of the Scene Perception and Event Comprehension Theory (SPECT) (Lester Loschky, John P. Hutson, Maverick E. Smith, Tim J. Smith, Joseph P. Magliano)

12. Attention to Comics: Cognitive Processing during Reading of Graphic Literature (Jochen Laubrock, Sven Hohenstein, Matthias Kümmerer)

13. Reading Words and Images: Factors Influencing Eye Movements in Comic Reading (Clare Kirtley, Christopher Murray, Phillip B. Vaughan, Benjamin W. Tatler)

14. Detecting Differences Between Adapted Narratives: Implication of Order of Modality on Exposure (Joseph P. Magliano, James Clinton, Edward J. O’Brien, David N. Rapp)

15. Visual Language Theory and the Scientific Study of Comics (Neil Cohn)

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PUBLIKATIONSHINWEIS: „Reader Superhelden“

Unter dem Titel „Superhelden. Theorie – Geschichte – Medien“ wurde soeben im transcript Verlag eine Sammlung grundlegender Texte zum Superhelden-Topos veröffentlicht. Herausgeber sind Thomas Nehrlich, Joanna Nowotny sowie ComFor-Mitglied Lukas Etter. Neben einem kulturhistorischen Teil I, der Superhelden-„Vorläufer in der Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte“ untersucht (Figuren aus der Illias, dem Nibelungenlied oder Nietzsches Also sprach Zarathustra) widmet sich Teil II erst umfangreichen theoretischen „Definitionsansätze[n]“. Diese Zugänge werden in Teil III, „Historiographie“, durch historische Einordnungen ergänzt. Interessant ist insbesondere Teil IV, der unter dem Titel „Frühe Stellungnahmen“ klassische Aufsätze von (etwa) Marshall McLuhan über Fredric Wertham bis hin zu Umberto Eco versammelt. Teil V schlägt abermals eine neue Richtung ein und bringt „Selbstaussagen und Selbstreflexionen im Medium des Comics“ zusammen, also Interview-Beiträge mit Künstler_innen wie Stan Lee, Alan Moore oder Chris Ware. Teil VI rundet das Bild schließlich durch „Zeitgenössische Forschung“ mit aktuellen Perspektiven ab, unterteilt in die Bereiche „Kulturelle und ethnische Stereotype“, „Gender“ und „Medialität“.

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536 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-8376-3869-1
~€ 29,99
Juni 2018

Verlagsankündigung:
„Sind Superheldinnen feministisch? Welche Rolle spielten antike Mythen, die biblische Geschichte des Simson oder Nietzsches Philosophie für die Schöpfer von
Superman? Und was hat die Nibelungensage mit Marvel zu tun? Antworten auf diese und weitere Fragen – u.a. nach der vielfältigen Medialität und Rezeptionsgeschichte von Superhelden-Stories, der Perspektive der Comicschaffenden auf ihre Kunst und dem sich wandelnden Bild des Superhelden in der aktuellen Forschung – gibt dieser Reader, der erstmals in deutscher Sprache
und für ein breites Publikum Texte zu Theorie und Geschichte der Superhelden versammelt und kommentiert.“

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