Publikationen & Ressourcen

Monitor 64: 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
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Immigrants and Comics:
Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis

Nhora Lucía Serrano (Hg.)

Routledge
268 Seiten
März 2021
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Immigrants and Comics is an interdisciplinary, themed anthology that focuses on how comics have played a crucial role in representing, constructing, and reifying the immigrant subject and the immigrant experience in popular global culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Nhora Lucía Serrano and a diverse group of contributors examine immigrant experience as they navigate new socio-political milieux in cartoons, comics, and graphic novels across cultures and time periods. They interrogate how immigration is portrayed in comics and how the ‘immigrant’ was an indispensable and vital trope to the development of the comics medium in the twentieth century. At the heart of the book‘s interdisciplinary nexus is a critical framework steeped in the ideas of remembrance and commemoration, what Pierre Nora calls lieux de mémoire.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars in Visual Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Ethnic Studies, Francophone Studies, American Studies, Hispanic Studies, art history, and museum studies.“

 


Hot Pants and Spandex Suits: Gender Representation in American Superhero Comic Books

Esther De Dauw

Rutgers University Press
216 Seiten
Januar 2021
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„The superheroes from DC and Marvel comics are some of the most iconic characters in popular culture today. But how do these figures idealize certain gender roles, body types, sexualities, and racial identities at the expense of others?
Hot Pants and Spandex Suits offers a far-reaching look at how masculinity and femininity have been represented in American superhero comics, from the Golden and Silver Ages to the Modern Age. Scholar Esther De Dauw contrasts the bulletproof and musclebound phallic bodies of classic male heroes like Superman, Captain America, and Iron Man with the figures of female counterparts like Wonder Woman and Supergirl, who are drawn as superhumanly flexible and plastic. It also examines the genre’s ambivalent treatment of LGBTQ representation, from the presentation of gay male heroes Wiccan and Hulkling as a model minority couple to the troubling association of Batwoman’s lesbianism with monstrosity. Finally, it explores the intersection between gender and race through case studies of heroes like Luke Cage, Storm, and Ms. Marvel.
Hot Pants and Spandex Suits is a fascinating and thought-provoking consideration of what superhero comics teach us about identity, embodiment, and sexuality.“

 

R. Crumb:
Literature, Autobiography, and the Quest for Self

David Stephen Calonne

University Press of Mississippi
288 Seiten
Februar 2021
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„Robert Crumb (b. 1943) read widely and deeply a long roster of authors including Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, J. D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg, as well as religious classics including biblical, Buddhist, Hindu, and Gnostic texts. Crumb’s genius, according to author David Stephen Calonne, lies in his ability to absorb a variety of literary, artistic, and spiritual traditions and incorporate them within an original, American mode of discourse that seeks to reveal his personal search for the meaning of life.
R. Crumb: Literature, Autobiography, and the Quest for Self contains six chapters that chart Crumb’s intellectual trajectory and explore the recurring philosophical themes that permeate his depictions of literary and biographical works and the ways he responds to them through innovative, dazzling compositional techniques.
Calonne explores the ways Crumb develops concepts of solitude, despair, desire, and conflict as aspects of the quest for self in his engagement with the book of Genesis and works by Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Sartre, the Beats, Charles Bukowski, and Philip K. Dick, as well as Crumb’s illustrations of biographies of musicians Jelly Roll Morton and Charley Patton. Calonne demonstrates how Crumb’s love for literature led him to attempt an extremely faithful rendering of the texts he admired while at the same time highlighting for his readers the particular hidden philosophical meanings he found most significant in his own autobiographical quest for identity and his authentic self.“

 

Mysterious Travelers:
Steve Ditko and the Search for a New Liberal Identity

Zack Kruse

University Press of Mississippi
286 Seiten
Februar 2021
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„Steve Ditko (1927–2018) is one of the most important contributors to American comic books. As the cocreator of Spider-Man and sole creator of Doctor Strange, Ditko made an indelible mark on American popular culture. Mysterious Travelers: Steve Ditko and the Search for a New Liberal Identity resets the conversation about his heady and powerful work. Always inward facing, Ditko’s narratives employed superhero and supernatural fantasy in the service of self-examination, and with characters like the Question, Mr. A, and Static, Ditko turned ordinary superhero comics into philosophic treatises. Many of Ditko’s philosophy-driven comics show a clear debt to ideas found in Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. Unfortunately, readers often reduce Ditko’s work to a mouthpiece for Rand’s vision. Mysterious Travelers unsettles this notion.
In this book, Zack Kruse argues that Ditko’s philosophy draws on a complicated network of ideas that is best understood as mystic liberalism. Although Ditko is not the originator of mystic liberalism, his comics provide a unique window into how such an ideology operates in popular media. Examining selections of Ditko’s output from 1953 to 1986, Kruse demonstrates how Ditko’s comics provide insight into a unique strand of American thought that has had a lasting impact.“

Neuerscheinung: „How to Study Comics and Graphic Novels: A Graphic Introduction to Comics Studies“

Das von Enrique del Rey Cabero, Michael Goodrum und Josean Morlesín Mellado, drei Mitgliedern des Oxford Comics Networks, geschriebene und gezeichnete Werk How to Study Comics and Graphic Novels: A Graphic Introduction to Comic Studies ist im Februar bei TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) erschienen.

Das Buch enthält ein Vorwort von Paul Williams, Associate Professor of 21st Literature and Culture an der University of Exeter, und erklärt die Eigenheiten und Grundlagen von Comics sowie verschiedene Ansätze der Comicforschung  in der Form eines Comics. Abgerundet wird das Buch durch ein Interview mit Nick Sousanis und einer Liste an Leseempfehlungen zur weiterführenden Lektüre.

Weitere Informationen zum Buch, sowie eine PDF Version zum Download finden Sie hier auf der Seite des Verlegers.

 

Publikationshinweis: „Frames and Framing in Documentary Comics“ von Johannes C.P. Schmidt

Kurz, nachdem  Comfor-Mitglied Johannes C.P. Schmid den Band „Framing [in] Comics and Cartoons“ (mit Christian A. Bachmann) herausgegeben hat, folgt auch schon seine nächste Publikation: bei Palgrave Macmillan erschien kürzlich – als ebook und Print-Ausgabe  – seine Monographie Frames and Framing in Documentary Comics.

 

Ankündigungstext:

„Frames and Framing in Documentary Comics explores how graphic narratives reframe global crises while also interrogating practices of fact-finding. An analog print phenomenon in an era shaped by digitalization, documentary comics formulates a distinct counterapproach to conventional journalism. In what ways are ‘facts’ being presented and framed? What is documentary honesty in a world of fake news and post-truth politics? How can the stories of marginalized peoples and neglected crises be told? The author investigates documentary comics in its unique relationship to framing: graphic narratives are essentially shaped by a reciprocal relationship between the manifest frames on the page and the attention to the cognitive frames that they generate. To account for both the textuality of comics and its strategic use as rhetoric, the author combines theories of framing analysis and cognitive narratology with comics studies and its attention toward the medium’s visual frames.“

Der Band kostet 74,89€ (ebook) bzw. 96,29€ (Print); weitere Informationen sowie Bestellmöglichkeiten finden sich auf der Verlagsseite.

 

Monitor 63: Neue Publikationen

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EcoComix: Essays on the Environment in Comics and Graphic Novels

Sidney I. Dobrin (Hg.)

McFarland
189 Seiten
September 2020
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„Exploring image and imagination in conjunction with natural environments, the animal, and the human, this collection of essays turns the ecocritical and ecocompositional gaze upon comic studies. The comic form has a long tradition of representing environmental rhetoric. Through discussions of comics including A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, We3, Concrete, and Black Orchid, these essays bring the rich work of ecological criticism into dialogue with the multi-faceted landscape of comics, graphic novels, web-comics, cartoons, and animation. The contributors ask not only how nature and environment are portrayed in these texts but also how these textual forms inform how we come to know nature and environment–or what we understand those terms to represent. Interdisciplinary in approach, this collection welcomes diverse approaches that integrate not only ecocriticism and comics studies, but animal studies, posthumanism, ecofeminism, queer ecology, semiotics, visual rhetoric and communication, ecoseeing, image-text studies, space and spatial theories, writing studies, media ecology, ecomedia, and other methodological approaches.“

 

Wonder Women and Bad Girls: Superheroine and Supervillainess Archetypes in Popular Media

Valerie Estelle Frankel

McFarland
237 Seiten
Oktober 2020
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„Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Shuri, and Black Widow. These four characters portray very different versions of women: the superheroine, the abuse victim, the fourth wave princess, and the spy, respectively. In this in-depth analysis of female characters in superhero media, the author begins by identifying ten eras of superhero media defined by the way they portray women. Following this, the various archetypes of superheroines are classified into four categories: boundary crossers, good girls, outcasts, and those that reclaim power. From Golden Age comics through today’s hottest films, heroines have been surprisingly assertive, diverse, and remarkable in this celebration of all the archetypes.“

 

Spanish Graphic Narratives: Recent Developments in Sequential Art

Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

Collin McKinney, David F. Richter (Hgs.)

Palgrave Macmillan
315 Seiten
Dezember 2020
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Spanish Graphic Narratives examines the most recent thematic and critical developments in Spanish sequential art, with essays focusing on comics published in Spain since 2007. Considering Spain’s rich literary history, contentious Civil War (1936–39), oppressive Francisco Franco regime (1939–75), and progressive contemporary politics, both the recent graphic novel production in Spain and the thematic focal points of the essays here are greatly varied. Topics of particular interest include studies on the subject of historical and personal memory; representations of gender, race, and identity; and texts dealing with Spanish customs, traditions, and the current political situation in Spain. These overarching topics share many points of contact one with another, and this interrelationship (as well as the many points of divergence) is illustrative of the uniqueness, diversity, and paradoxes of literary and cultural production in modern-day Spain, thus illuminating our understanding of Spanish national consciousness in the present day.“

 

Panthers, Hulks and Ironhearts: Marvel, Diversity and the 21st Century Superhero

Jeffrey A. Brown
Rutgers University Press
180 Seiten
Januar 2021
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„Marvel is one of the hottest media companies in the world right now, and its beloved superheroes are all over film, television and comic books. Yet rather than simply cashing in on the popularity of iconic white male characters like Peter Parker, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, Marvel has consciously diversified its lineup of superheroes, courting controversy in the process.
Panthers, Hulks, and Ironhearts offers the first comprehensive study of how Marvel has reimagined what a superhero might look like in the twenty-first century. It examines how they have revitalized older characters like Black Panther and Luke Cage, while creating new ones like Latina superhero Miss America. Furthermore, it considers the mixed fan responses to Marvel’s recasting of certain “legacy heroes,” including a Pakistani-American Ms. Marvel, a Korean-American Hulk, and a whole rainbow of multiverse Spidermen.
If the superhero comic is a quintessentially American creation, then how might the increasing diversification of Marvel’s superhero lineup reveal a fundamental shift in our understanding of American identity? This timely study answers those questions and considers what Marvel’s comics, TV series, and films might teach us about stereotyping, Orientalism, repatriation, whitewashing, and identification.“

Heroes Masked and Mythic: Echoes of Ancient Archetypes in Comic Book Characters

Christopher Wood
McFarland
264 Seiten
Januar 2021
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„Epic battles, hideous monsters and a host of petty gods–the world of Classical mythology continues to fascinate and inspire. Heroes like Herakles, Achilles and Perseus have influenced Western art and literature for centuries, and today are reinvented in the modern superhero. What does Iron Man have to do with the Homeric hero Odysseus? How does the African warrior Memnon compare with Marvel’s Black Panther? Do DC’s Wonder Woman and Xena the Warrior Princess reflect the tradition of Amazon women such as Penthesileia? How does the modern superhero’s journey echo that of the epic warrior? With fresh insight into ancient Greek texts and historical art, this book examines modern superhero archetypes and iconography in comics and film as the crystallization of the hero’s journey in the modern imagination.“

Zeitschriftenmonitor 09: Neue Ausgaben

Der Zeitschriftenmonitor ist 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
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The Comics Grid 10

online (open access)
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  • Candida Rifkind: The Elements of a Life: Lauren Redniss’s Graphic Biography of Marie Curie
  • Susan Bond: “It’s Showtime, Synergy!”: Musical Sequences in Jem and the Holograms
  • Miranda Corcoran: Bleeding Panels, Leaking Forms: Reading the Abject in Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods (2014)
  • Mark Anthony Giancaspro: Picture-Perfect or Potentially Perilous? Assessing the Validity of ‘Comic Contracts’
  • Aislinn O’Connell: Generic Super Heroes: Can They Exist?
  • Christian Mehrstam: Silver Lining: The Emblematic Exemplum of Silver Surfer #40–43 (1990)
  • Harriet Earle: The Politics of Lace in Kate Evans’ Threads: From the Refugee Crisis (2017)
  • Jamie Michaels: Graphic Backgrounds: Collective Dissociative Trauma in Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds (2007)

 

European Comic Art 13.2

online (im Abonnement)
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  • Laurence Grove, Anne Magnussen, Ann Miller: Introduction: Mise en abyme
  • Renaud Chavanne: The Bunker and the Desert: On the Motif of the Cube-panel in Inside Mœbius
  • Thierry Groensteen: Five Years of Editing Les Cahiers de la Bande Dessinée
  • Francisca Lladó: El Perdón y la furia and José de Ribera’s Journey from Faith to Magic: Historical Fiction by Altarriba and Keko
  • Fredrik Strömberg: Schemata in the Graphic Novel Persepolis: Accommodation, Combination, Integration

 

inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 4.2

online (im Abonnement)
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  • Eli Boonin-Vail: „The Body of the Nation“: Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ Black Panther and the Black Literary Tradition
  • Madeline B. Gangnes, Kevin Cooley: Drawn to Reconcile: The Queer Reparative Journey of ElfQuest
  • Sam Cowling: Rethinking Racial Ontology through McDuffie’s Deathlok
  • Frederik Byrn Køhlert: “A Grotesque, Incurable Disease”: Whiteness as Illness in Gabby Schulz’s Sick
  • Maaheen Ahmed: From the Archives: The Alain Van Passen Collection: At the Crossroads of Comics Collecting and Critique

 

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

online (open access)
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  • Michelle Ann Abate: Ziggy was here: Tom Wilson’s newspaper comic, World War II, and the role of graffiti in sequential art
  • Namrata Dey Roy, Mary Helen O’Connor: Rolling Blackouts: voicing the other micro-narratives
  • Subir Dey, Prasad Bokil: The narrative functions of sound-symbolic words in comics and graphic novels
  • Li-Chi Chen, Eryk Hajndrych: Comicbook characters’ facial features and actions and movements as two sources of humour: the case of Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Bancha Rattanamathuwong: Queering the harem: queerness in reverse harem manga and anime
  • Purba Chakraborty, Rashmi Gaur: Hermeneutic flashbacks: building the narrative space in Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde
  • A.J. Paylor: Comics and the Situationist International
  • Katharina Wiedlack: Ballerina with PTSD: imagining Russia in contemporary Black Widow comics
  • Franco Vitella: Comics, the library has those: how public libraries can use graphic novels to foster reading communities
  • Suhaan Kiran Mehta: Colouring superheroes: Hue, saturation, and value in Ms.Marvel: Kamala Khan #1 and DC’s Detective Comics Annual #12 and Batman Annual #28
  • Andy Draycott: Iconoclasm, iconophobia, and graphic novel adaptations of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Nicoletta Mandolini: Let’s go graphic. Mapping Italian graphic novels on gender-based violence
  • Sathyaraj Venkatesan, Sweetha Saji: Capturing alternate realities: visual metaphors and patient perspectives in graphic narratives on mental illness
  • Abhilasha Gusain, Smita Jha: Trauma, Memory, History and its Counter Narration in Thi Bui’s Graphic Memoir The Best We Could Do
  • Nicholas Holm: Excalibur, aesthetics and an other Britain: from whimsical tradition to tabloid aesthetic
  • Santiago Parga Linares: Proustian curiosity and the archive: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home
  • Phillip Joy, Stéphanie E. M. Gauvin, Megan Aston, Matthew Numer: Reflections in comics: the views of queer artists in producing body image comics and how their work can improve health
  • Ewa Stańczyk: Szaber in post-war Poland: satirising plunder in Polish magazine cartoons (1945-1946)

 

Comics and Culture 5*

print (im Abonnement)
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  • Paul Levitz: French Comics in America
  • Jean-Paul Gabilliet: US Comics in France: A Brief Historical Survey
  • Paul Gravett: “Yeah, Well, They Love Jerry Lewis, Don’t They?”: The French Connections That Helped Bring BD to the USA
  • Sylvain Lesage: Angoulême and the Ninth Art: From Comics Fandom to Cultural Policies
  • Pascal Ory: Mickey Go Home! The De-Americanization of Bande Dessinée (1945-1950)
  • Nicolas Labarre: “The Illustrated Fantasy Magazine from France.” From Métal Hurlant to Heavy Metal
  • Benoît Crucifix, Sylvain Lesage: (À Suivre) Overseas: The Transatlantic Circulation of the French Graphic Novel

*Die ComFor-Redaktion bedauert den Mangel an Diversität in dieser Publikation. Wir sind bestrebt, möglichst neutral über das Feld der Comicforschung in all seiner Breite zu informieren und redaktionelle Selektionsprozesse auf ein Minimum zu beschränken. Gleichzeitig sind wir uns jedoch auch der problematischen Strukturen des Wissenschaftsbetriebs bewusst, die häufig dazu führen, dass insbesondere Comicforscherinnen sowie jene mit marginalisierten Identitäten weniger sichtbar sind. Wir wissen, dass dieses Ungleichgewicht oft nicht der Intention der Herausgeber_innen / Veranstalter_innen entspricht und möchten dies auch nicht unterstellen, wollen aber dennoch darauf aufmerksam machen, um ein Bewusstsein für dieses Problem zu schaffen.

Publikationshinweis: „Framing [in] Comics and Cartoons“ von Johannes C.P. Schmid und Christian A. Bachmann

Wir freuen uns, den kürzlich bei Bachmann erschienenen neunten Band der Reihe ‚Bildnarrative‘ ankündigen zu können: „Framing [in] Comics and Cartoons. Essays on Aesthetics, History, and Mediality“ – Herausgegeben von Christian A. Bachmann und Comfor-Mitglied Johannes C.P. Schmid versammelt der Band Beiträge von einer Vielzahl weiterer Comfor-Mitglieder:

Christina Meyer ist mit einem Beitrag zu Medial, Material,
and Aesthetic Frames/Framings vertreten, Lukas R.A. Wilde zu Framing 9/11 and the »War on Terror« in Editorial Cartoons; Astrid Böger mit »Things Are Different Now«: Re-Framing Australian Identity in Pat Grant’s Blue; Jeff Thoss setzt sich mit Intermedial Frames in Bryan Talbot’s Alice in Sunderland auseinander und Johannes C.P. Schmid mit Framing Documentary Comics.

Ankündigungstext:

Panels, grids, gutters, and pages—graphic narratives rests firmly on practices of setting apart and framing spaces. At the same time, frames—in the sense of cognitive categories as well as semiotic and material manifestations—form basic prerequisites of meaning-making. In contrast to virtually all other media in comics, frames represent not only general communicative aspects; they form its very basic grammar. The essays collected in this volume discuss some of these medial characteristics of comics and cartoons as materialized through their particular carrier media, and they investigate works that range from the inception of the form in the nineteenth century up until its most recent incarnations.

Übersicht über die Beiträge:

  • Johannes C.P. SCHMID/Christian A. BACHMANN
    Framing [in] Comics: A Preface
  • Christina MEYER
    »Enclosures for Looking«? Medial, Material,
    and Aesthetic Frames|Framings
  • Sebastian BARTOSCH
    How To Not Freeze the Frames of Mediality:
    Looking Back at Old Comic Books
  • Lukas R.A. WILDE
    Falling in Line: Framing 9/11 and the »War on Terror« in Editorial Cartoons
  • Johannes C.P. SCHMID
    Framing Documentary Comics: Considering Prologues
  • Astrid BÖGER
    »Things Are Different Now«: Re-Framing Australian Identity in Pat Grant’s Blue
  • Roger SABIN
    Framing pre-1914 British Comics
  • Christian A. BACHMANN
    Panoptical Spaces: Cross-sections in Nineteenth-Century Visual Satire and Early Comics
  • Jeff Thoss
    »Through the Proscenium Arch of the Comic Panel«: Intermedial Frames in Bryan Talbot’s Alice in Sunderland
  • Tobias YU-KIENER
    Musée du Louvre: When the Picture Does Not Fit the Frame: Three Problems With the Graphic Novel Le Ciel au-dessus du Louvre
  • Monika SCHMITZ-EMANS
    Museum Comics: Drawn Reflections on Images and Image-Spaces, Framings and Transgressions

Der Band kostet 28,99€; weitere Informationen sowie Bestellmöglichkeiten finden sich auf der Verlagsseite.

Closure #7 erschienen

Ausgabe #7 des e-Journals CLOSURE, herausgegeben von der Universität Kiel, ist nun online. Den Schwerpunkt der aktuellen Ausgabe bilden Eco-Comics. Darüber hinaus hinterfragen die Aufsätze im offenen Themenbereich etwa vergessene Comic-Kulturen und die Verwendung historischer Sprache in Comics. Auch finden sich wie immer zahlreiche Reviews, sowohl von Publikationen im Bereich der Comicforschung als auch von Comics selbst. Wir freuen uns sehr, in der aktuellen Ausgabe wieder mit Mitgliedern der Gesellschaft für Comicforschung vertreten zu sein.

Zur Ausgabe #7 von CLOSURE

Herausgeber_innentext (Auszug):
„This time, our theme is Eco-Comics. Our contributors ask: what grows in the panel gutter? The articles assembled in CLOSURE #7 ask how comics visualise, sequentialise, frame, and annotate relationships of nature and culture. How can sequential art convey our position in and against the nonhuman world? Do comics do justice to the perspective of others – microbes and trees, great apes and laboratory animals, terrestrials and extraterrestrials? Which forms enable graphic media to ›unflatten‹ (Sousanis) our view of the environment, offering multiple, skewed perspectives on the nonhuman in the process?“

Beiträge zum Schwerpunkt:

  • Jason Wallin: »Evolve or Die! Enmeshment and Extinction in DC’s Animal Man«
  • Dona Pursall: »Growing Stronger Together: Representations of Active Eco-Citizenship within Contemporary Comics«
  • Christina Becher: »Nach dem Kollaps: Pflanzliches Aufbegehren in Frauke Bergers Grün«
  • Martin de la Iglesia: »Formal Characteristics of Animal Liberation in Comics«

Beiträge im offenen Themenbereich:

  • Jörn Ahrens: »Zur Erfindung des Comics in Deutschland: Frühe Perspektiven der Comicforschung«
  • Susanna Schoch: »An der Grenze: Intermediale Inszenierungen der Berliner Mauer«
  • Lukas Mathias Albrecht: »Schmelztiegel der Welten: Realität und Fiktion im intermedialen Werk von François Schuiten und Benoît Peeters«
  • Alexander Horn: »ZeitRäume kreieren: Zum Sprachkolorit im Geschichtscomic«

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der Website von Closure.

Publikationshinweis: „Themed Section: Fandom and Comics“ in Participations

In der brandneuen Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies ist eine Sektion enthalten, die wir besonders hervorheben möchten: Unter Herausgeberschaft der ComFor-Mitglieder_ Vanessa Ossa und Véronique Sina sowie Sophie G. Einwächter und Sven Stollfuß widmen sich in der Ausgabe Participations 17.2 (November 2020) insgesamt acht Artikel dem Thema „Fandom and Comics“. Die Beiträge gehen teilweise auf Vorträge und Diskussionen des Workshops „Comics/Fandom“ zurück, der 2019 an der Universität Köln stattfand und bei dem auch Matt Hills als Keynote Speaker dabei war. Ausgerichtet wurde der Workshop von den AGs für Comicforschung und für Partizipations- und Fanforschung der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft.

Aus der Einleitung der Herausgeber_innen der Sektion:

„The articles in this Themed Section […] cover everything from the comic book industry-centric creation of the ‘good fan’ (Brinker), to new forms of collaboration between fans and the industry (Lamerichs), the playful reframing of comic book material by fans and academics (Andersen and Jensen), and industry-independent or even resistive fandoms (Hart; Hülsmann; and Thelen). The obvious, though still often neglected, interconnection of comics studies and fan studies as addressed in the following articles both provides us with an opportunity and presents us with the challenge of combining approaches from sociology, audience studies, industry and production studies, literary studies, and historical research. The methodologies used thus range from classical textual analysis and close readings to discourse analysis, qualitative interviews and participant observations.“

Übersicht der Beiträge, Themed Section „Fandom and Comics“:

→ Zur Gesamtübersicht der Ausgabe Participations 17.2 (November 2020).

Monitor 62: 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
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Leiji Matsumoto: Essays on the Manga and Anime Legend

Helen McCarthy, Darren-Jon Ashmore (Hgs.)
McFarland
206 Seiten
Oktober 2020
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„Leiji Matsumoto is one of Japan’s most influential myth creators. Yet the huge scope of his work, spanning past, present and future in a constantly connecting multiverse, is largely unknown outside Japan. Matsumoto was the major creative force on Star Blazers, America’s gateway drug for TV anime, and created Captain Harlock, a TV phenomenon in Europe. As well as space operas, he made manga on musicians from Bowie to Tchaikovsky, wrote the manga version of American cowboy show Laramie, and created dozens of girls’ comics. He is a respected manga scholar, an expert on Japanese swords, a frustrated engineer and pilot who still wants to be a spaceman in his eighties.
This collection of new essays—the first book on Matsumoto in English—covers his seven decades of comic creation, drawing on contemporary scholarship, artistic practice and fan studies to map Matsumoto’s vast universe. The contributors—artists, creators, translators and scholars—mirror the range of his work and experience. From the bildungsroman to the importance of textual analysis for costume and performance, from early days in poverty to honors around the world, this volume offers previously unexplored biographical and bibliographic detail from a life story as thrilling as anything he created.“

Mise en Scène, Acting, and Space in Comics

Geraint D’Arcy
Palgrave
146 Seiten
August 2020
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„This book explores some of the less frequently questioned ideas which underpin comics creation and criticism. “Mise en scène” is a term which refers to the way in which visual elements work together to create meaning in comics. It is a term that comics have borrowed from cinema, which borrowed it in turn from theatre. But comics are not film and they are not cinema, so how can this term be of any use? If we consider comics to have mise en scène, should not we also ask if the characters in comics act like the characters on film and stage? In its exploration of these ideas, this book also asks what film and theatre can learn from comics.“

Critical Directions in Comics Studies

Thomas Giddens (Hg.)
University Press of Mississippi
146 Seiten
August 2020
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„Recent decades have seen comics studies blossom, but within the ecosystems of this growth, dominant assumptions have taken root—assumptions around the particular methods used to approach the comics form, the ways we should read comics, how its “system” works, and the disciplinary relationships that surround this evolving area of study. But other perspectives have also begun to flourish. These approaches question the reliance on structural linguistics and the tools of English and cultural studies in the examination and understanding of comics.
In this edited collection, scholars from a variety of disciplines examine comics by addressing materiality and form as well as the wider economic and political contexts of comics’ creation and reception. Through this lens, influenced by poststructuralist theories, contributors explore and elaborate other possibilities for working with comics as a critical resource, consolidating the emergence of these alternative modes of engagement in a single text. This opens comics studies to a wider array of resources, perspectives, and modes of engagement.
Included in this volume are essays on a range of comics and illustrations as well as considerations of such popular comics as Deadpool, Daredevil, and V for Vendetta, and analyses of comics production, medical illustrations, and original comics. Some contributions even unfold in the form of comics panels.
Contributions by Paul Fisher Davies, Lisa DeTora, Yasemin J. Erden, Adam Gearey, Thomas Giddens, Peter Goodrich, Maggie Gray, Matthew J. A. Green, Vladislav Maksimov, Timothy D. Peters, Christopher Pizzino, Nicola Streeten, and Lydia Wysocki.“

Comic Art in Museums*

Kim A. Munson (Hg.)
University Press of Mississippi
400 Seiten
Juli 2020
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„Through essays and interviews, Kim A. Munson’s anthology tells the story of the over-thirty-year history of the artists, art critics, collectors, curators, journalists, and academics who championed the serious study of comics, the trends and controversies that produced institutional interest in comics, and the wax and wane and then return of comic art in museums.
Audiences have enjoyed displays of comic art in museums as early as 1930. In the mid-1960s, after a period when most representational and commercial art was shunned, comic art began a gradual return to art museums as curators responded to the appropriation of comics characters and iconography by such famous pop artists as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. From the first-known exhibit to show comics in art historical context in 1942 to the evolution of manga exhibitions in Japan, this volume regards exhibitions both in the United States and internationally.
With over eighty images and thoughtful essays by Denis Kitchen, Brian Walker, Andrei Molotiu, Paul Gravett, Art Spiegelman, Trina Robbins, and Charles Hatfield, among others, this anthology shows how exhibitions expanded the public dialogue about comic art and our expectation of “good art”—displaying how dedicated artists, collectors, fans, and curators advanced comics from a frequently censored low-art medium to a respected art form celebrated worldwide.
Contributions by Kenneth Baker, Jaqueline Berndt, Albert Boime, John Carlin, Benoit Crucifix, David Deitcher, Michael Dooley, Damian Duffy, M. C. Gaines, Paul Gravett, Diana Green, Karen Green, Doug Harvey, Charles Hatfield, M. Thomas Inge, Leslie Jones, Jonah Kinigstein, Denis Kitchen, John A. Lent, Dwayne McDuffie, Andrei Molotiu, Alvaro de Moya, Kim A. Munson, Cullen Murphy, Gary Panter, Trina Robbins, Rob Salkowitz, Antoine Sausverd, Art Spiegelman, Scott Timberg, Carol Tyler, Brian Walker, Alexi Worth, Joe Wos, and Craig Yoe.“

Comics Studies: A Guidebook*

Charles Hatfield, Bart Beaty (Hgs.)
Rutgers University Press
336 Seiten
August 2020
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„In the twenty-first century, the field of comics studies has exploded. Scholarship on graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, webcomics, manga, and all forms of comic art has grown at a dizzying pace, with new publications, institutions, and courses springing up everywhere. The field crosses disciplinary and cultural borders and brings together myriad traditions. Comics Studies: A Guidebook offers a rich but concise introduction to this multifaceted field, authored by leading experts in multiple disciplines. It opens diverse entryways to comics studies, including history, form, audiences, genre, and cultural, industrial, and economic contexts. An invaluable one-stop resource for veteran and new comics scholars alike, this guidebook represents the state of the art in contemporary comics scholarship.“


*Die ComFor-Redaktion bedauert den Mangel an Diversität in dieser Publikation. Wir sind bestrebt, möglichst neutral über das Feld der Comicforschung in all seiner Breite zu informieren und redaktionelle Selektionsprozesse auf ein Minimum zu beschränken. Gleichzeitig sind wir uns jedoch auch der problematischen Strukturen des Wissenschaftsbetriebs bewusst, die häufig dazu führen, dass insbesondere Comicforscherinnen sowie jene mit marginalisierten Identitäten weniger sichtbar sind. Wir wissen, dass dieses Ungleichgewicht oft nicht der Intention der Herausgeber_innen / Veranstalter_innen entspricht und möchten dies auch nicht unterstellen, wollen aber dennoch darauf aufmerksam machen, um ein Bewusstsein für dieses Problem zu schaffen.

Monitor 61: 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 redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
Zu früheren Monitoren.


The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies

Routledge Companions to Gender

Frederick Luis Aldama (Hg.)
Routledge
594 Seiten
August 2020
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The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies is a comprehensive, global, and interdisciplinary examination of the essential relationship between Gender, Sexuality, Comics, and Graphic Novels.
A diverse range of international and interdisciplinary scholars take a closer look at how gender and sexuality have been essential in the evolution of comics, and how gender and sexuality in comics demand that we re-frame and re-view comics history. Chapters cover a wide array of intersectional topics including Queer Underground and Alternative comics, Feminist Autobiography, re-drawing disability, Latina testimony, and re-evaluating the critical whiteness and masculinity of superheroes in this first truly global reference text to gender and sexuality in comics.
Comics have always been an important place for the radical exploration of feminist and non-binary sexualities and identities, and the growth of non-normative comic book traditions as a field of inquiry makes this an essential text for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers studying Comics Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Literary Studies, and Cultural Studies.“

Krieg und Migration im Comic: Interdisziplinäre Analysen

Edition Kulturwissenschaft

icon Düsseldorf (Hgs.)
transcript
310 Seiten
August 2020
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Mit Beiträgen mehrerer ComFor Mitglieder!

„Freund oder Feind? Eigenes oder Fremdes? Graphische Erzählungen brechen vorstrukturierte binäre Wahrnehmungsmuster auf. Krieg und Migration zählen schon seit den Anfängen des Comics zum Kernbestand des Genres und sind im Zuge der politischen Instabilitäten der 2010er Jahre erneut in den Fokus vieler Werke gerückt. Das Spektrum reicht hierbei von dokumentarischen Comics bis zur fiktionalen Ausgestaltung von Einzelschicksalen. Aus unterschiedlichen Fachperspektiven analysieren die Beiträger_innen daher die Erzählstrategien von Comics über Krieg und Migration sowie deren Analogien und Differenzen zu verwandten Medien wie Literatur, bildende Kunst, Fotografie und Film.“

 

Webcomics

Bloomsbury Comics Studies

Sean Kleefeld
Bloomsbury
272 Seiten
Juni 2020
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„The first critical guide to cover the history, form and key critical issues of the medium, Webcomics helps readers explore the diverse and increasingly popular worlds of online comics.
In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book covers such topics as:

  • The history of webcomics and how developments in technology from the 1980s onwards presented new opportunities for comics creators and audiences
  • Cultural contexts – from the new financial and business models allowed by digital media to social justice causes in contemporary webcomics
  • Key texts – from early examples of the form such as Girl Genius and Penny Arcade to popular current titles such as Questionable Content and Dumbing of Age
  • Important theoretical and critical approaches to studying webcomics

Webcomics includes a glossary of crucial critical terms, annotated guides to further reading, and online resources and discussion questions to help students and readers develop their understanding of the genre and pursue independent study.“

 

Graphic Novels as Pedagogy in Social Studies

Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy

Angelo J. Letizia
Palgrave
238 Seiten
April 2020
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„This book examines the study of citizenship by means of reading and creating graphic novels and comics in the social studies classroom. The author argues that utilizing graphic novels in the classroom not only helps to teach important concepts, skills, and dispositions of the social studies, but can also empower students with the means to grapple with the complexities of our current times. From the primary school classroom through high school and beyond, graphic novels provide a rich platform to explore a diverse array of issues such as history, critical geography, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, leadership, feminism, sexual identity, philosophy, and social justice issues, as well as provide a multidisciplinary lens for discourse on citizenship. Cultivating multimodal literacy skills through graphic novels allows students and instructors to conceive of and practice citizenship in new, unforeseen ways in an era where truth is in question. To drive this point forward, the author includes examples of both his own and his students’ work, along with exercises to be used in social studies classrooms.“

 

Understanding Genre in Comics

Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

Nicolas Labarre
Palgrave
157 Seiten
April 2020
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„This book offers a theoretical framework and numerous case studies – from early comic books to contemporary graphic novels – to understand the uses of genres in comics. It begins with the assumption that genre is both frequently used and undertheorized in the medium. Drawing from existing genre theories, particularly in film studies, the book pays close attention to the cultural, commercial, and technological specificities of comics in order to ground its account of the dynamics of genre in the medium. While chronicling historical developments, including the way public discourses shaped the horror genre in comics in the 1950s and the genre-defining function of crossovers, the book also examines contemporary practices, such as the use of hashtags and their relations to genres in self-published online comics.“