Publikationen & Ressourcen

Monitor 65: 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
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Mixed-Race Superheroes

Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins, Eric L. Berlatsky (Hg.)

Rutgers University Press
288 Seiten
April 2021

„American culture has long represented mixed-race identity in paradoxical terms. On the one hand, it has been associated with weakness, abnormality, impurity, transgression, shame, and various pathologies; however, it can also connote genetic superiority, exceptional beauty, and special potentiality. This ambivalence has found its way into superhero media, which runs the gamut from Ant-Man and the Wasp’s tragic mulatta villain Ghost to the cinematic depiction of Aquaman as a heroic ‚half-breed.‘
The essays in this collection contend with the multitude of ways that racial mixedness has been presented in superhero comics, films, television, and literature. They explore how superhero media positions mixed-race characters within a genre that has historically privileged racial purity and propagated images of white supremacy. The book considers such iconic heroes as Superman, Spider-Man, and The Hulk, alongside such lesser-studied characters as Valkyrie, Dr. Fate, and Steven Universe. Examining both literal and symbolic representations of racial mixing, this study interrogates how we might challenge and rewrite stereotypical narratives about mixed-race identity, both in superhero media and beyond.“


Alan Moore: A Critical Guide

Jackson Ayres

256 Seiten
April 2021

„A complete guide to the comics work of the writer Alan Moore, this book helps readers explore one of the genre’s most important, compelling and subversive writers. In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book covers: Moore’s comics career – from his early work in 2000AD to his breakthrough graphic novels and his later battles with the industry; Moore’s major works – including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Saga of the Swamp Thing and Promethea; key themes and contexts – from Moore’s subversion of the superhero genre and metafictional techniques to his creative collaborations and battles with the industry for creator control; and critical approaches to Moore’s work. The book includes a bibliography of critical work on Moore and discussion questions for classroom use.“


Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero

Roy Schwartz

374 Seiten
Mai 2021

„Superman is the original superhero, an American icon, and arguably the most famous character in the world—and he’s Jewish! Introduced in June 1938, the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish teens, Jerry Siegel, the son of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and Joe Shuster, an immigrant. They based their hero’s origin story on Moses, his strength on Samson, his mission on the golem, and his nebbish secret identity on themselves. They made him a refugee fleeing catastrophe on the eve of World War II and sent him to tear Nazi tanks apart nearly two years before the US joined the war. In the following decades, Superman’s mostly Jewish writers, artists, and editors continued to borrow Jewish motifs for their stories, basing Krypton’s past on Genesis and Exodus, its society on Jewish culture, the trial of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eichmann’s, and a future holiday celebrating Superman on Passover. A fascinating journey through comic book lore, American history, and Jewish tradition, this book examines the entirety of Superman’s career from 1938 to date, and is sure to give readers a newfound appreciation for the Mensch of Steel!“


The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum

Daniel Worden (Hg.)

University Press of Mississippi
318 Seiten
Mai 2021

„From his work on underground comix like Zap and Weirdo, to his cultural prominence, R. Crumb is one of the most renowned comics artists in the medium’s history. His work, beginning in the 1960s, ranges provocatively and controversially over major moments, tensions, and ideas in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, from the counterculture and the emergence of the modern environmentalist movement, to racial politics and sexual liberation.
While Crumb’s early work refined the parodic, over-the-top, and sexually explicit styles we associate with underground comix, he also pioneered the comics memoir, through his own autobiographical and confessional comics, as well as in his collaborations. More recently, Crumb has turned to long-form, book-length works, such as his acclaimed Book of Genesis and Kafka. Over the long arc of his career, Crumb has shaped the conventions of underground and alternative comics, autobiographical comics, and the “graphic novel. ” And, through his involvement in music, animation, and documentary film projects, Crumb is a widely recognized persona, an artist who has defined the vocation of the cartoonist in a widely influential way.
The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum is a groundbreaking collection on the work of a pioneer of underground comix and a fixture of comics culture. Ranging from art history and literary studies, to environmental studies and religious history, the essays included in this volume cast Crumb’s work as formally sophisticated and complex in its representations of gender, sexuality, race, politics, and history, while also charting Crumb’s role in underground comix and the ways in which his work has circulated in the art museum.“

Publikationshinweis: Anne Frank im Comic

In der Rubrik Comicforschung des Christian A. Bachmann Verlags gibt es eine interessante Neuerscheinung, auf die wir in diesem Post hinweisen möchten: Der neue Sammelband Anne Frank im Comic. Unter Herausgeberschaft von ComFor-Mitglied Ralf Palandt vereint dieser Band Beträge der ComFor-Mitglieder Ole Frahm, Christine Gundermann, Markus Streb und des Herausgebers Palandt sowie von Christian A. Bachmann und Christine Rödel.

Ankündigungstext des Verlags:

„Anne Frank ist ein internationales Symbol gegen das unmensch­liche Verbrechen des Holocausts, und mehr noch, gegen Völkermorde auf der ganzen Welt. Anne Frank starb vor rund 75 Jahren, im März 1945, im ­Konzentrationslager Bergen-Belsen. Und doch hat sie durch ihr veröffentlichtes Tagebuch ‚überlebt‘. Die UNESCO hat es in das Weltdokumentenerbe aufgenommen. Ihr Leben und ihr Werk wurden vielfach von Theater, Film, Literatur und Musik aufge­griffen und bearbeitet, was wiederum zu wissenschaftlichen Betrachtungen der Adaptionen führte. Zum ersten Mal widmet sich jetzt ein eigener Sammelband den zahlreichen Comics aus aller Welt über Anne Franks Leben und ihr Tagebuch. Im interdisziplinären Rahmen beleuchten die Autor*innen anhand ihrer unterschied­lichen Fragestellungen die Veröffentlichungen. Der Manga-Boom in Japan und die Darstellung der Täter sind dabei nur zwei der Themen.“

Weitere Informationen sowie die Bestellmöglichkeit sind auf der Verlagswebsite zu finden.

Zeitschriftenmonitor 11: 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.
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European Comic Art 14.1

online im Abonnement

  • Laurence Grove, Anne Magnussen, Ann Miller: „Introduction: Re-viewing the Past and Facing the Future“
  • Philippe Delisle: „Tintin ‘In Black and White’: A Catholic Social Manifesto?“
  • Thierry Groensteen: „From Cerisy to Oubapo“
  • Jean-Christophe Menu, Fabrice Neaud: „Autobiography: An Autopsy“
  • Ann Miller: „Interview with Hannah Berry“


Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

online im Abonnement

  • Jeffery Klaehn: „Talking comics, life and art with cartoonist E.S. Glenn“
  • Andrea Modarres: „‚Aamir’s just a dork‘: Ms. Marvel’s re-vision of Islam in America“
  • Justin Mellette: „Of Men and Mongrels: Myth and Queer Representation in Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man and Saga
  • Laura Antola: „Transnational Adaptation of a Marvel comic book event: the case of X-Men: ‘fatal attractions’ in Finland“
  • Mario Grande-de-Prado: „Quantitative review of articles about comic & education in ibero-america“
  • Dr. Shilpa Daithota Bhat: „Sita-centric Revisionism in Sita’s Ramayana, Androcentric Encoding and Conceptualizing the Diasporic abla nari“
  • Darnel Degand: „Golden Legacy versus Trivialising Tropes: An examination of The Saga of Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Birth of Haiti
  • Alberta Natasia Adji, Marcella Polain: „‚We cannot heal what we will not face‘: dismantling the cultural trauma and the May ’98 riots in Rani P Collaborations’ Chinese Whispers
  • Anna Nordenstam, Margareta Wallin Wictorin: „Comics craftivism: embroidery in contemporary Swedish feminist comics“
  • John Miers, Thierry Chessum, Paul Fisher Davies: „Triangulation“


Comicalités – Études de culture graphique

online (open access)

  • Nicolas Labarre: “Selling Horror: the early Warren comics magazines”
  • Jan Baetens: “Bande dessinée, formats, hors-champ: l’enseignement des blow books”
  • Benjamin Caraco: “Devenir auteur de bande dessinée. Le cas des anciens élèves de l’atelier d’illustration de Strasbourg”

Zeitschriftenmonitor 10: 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.
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Inks – The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 4.3

online im Abonnement

  • Jocelyn Sakal Froese: „Lateral Moves and Ghostly Gay Children: Queer Spatial Metaphors in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home
  • Dru Jeffries: „‚Bacon Tho‘: Richard Watts’ Vegan Sidekick Comics as Social Media Activism“
  • Marc Singer: „George Pérez and the Classical Narrative Style“
  • Lorraine York: „‚A Good Place Where to Be‘: Un-placing Mobilities in Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary
  • Shiamin Kwa: „‚Text Messages and Ghosts Are a JOY‘: A Conversation with Cartoonist Marnie Galloway“
  • Zoë Smith: „4 Colorism: The Ashiness of It All“


Studies in Comics 11.1

online im Abonnement

  • Christopher Murray, Golnar Nabizadeh: „Educational and public information comics, 1940s–present“
  • Lars Wallner, Katarina Eriksson Barajas: „Using comics and graphic novels in K-9 education: An integrative research review“
  • Helen Jones: „Caticorns and Derp Warz: Exploring children’s literacy worlds through the production of comics“
  • Sam Boer: „‚Maybe I’ll make something with it‘: Comics as alternative sex education“
  • Matt Reingold: „Studying anti-Semitism using primary sources in graphic novels“
  • Brianna Anderson: „Revolutionary paratext and critical pedagogy in Nathan Hale’s One Dead Spy
  • Dona Pursall: „Learning to be a lord, a friend, ‘a human’: Lord Snooty as a comic strip representation of John Macmurray’s philosophies of social and emotional learning“
  • Damon Herd, Divya Jindal-Snape, Christopher Murray, Megan Sinclair: „Comics Jam: Creating healthcare and science communication comics – A sprint co-design methodology“
  • Zak Waipara: „The Call to Adventure“
  • Nelly Rosario: „Life Beats of Dr Diana G., as Told to Nelly Rosario“


IJOCA – International Journal of Comic Art 22.1

Cultural Imperialism Strikes Back: A South American Symposium


  • Martín Alejandro Salinas, Sebastián Horacio Gago: „Cultural Imperialism Strikes Back: A South American Symposium“
  • Martin Alejandro Salinas: „One World, Many Batmen: From Cultural Imperialism to the Culture of the Empire“
  • Sebastian Gago: „‚What Does a Few Lives Matter?‘: Notes on Two Comic-book Invasions of Héctor Oesterheld(1974-1977)“
  • Ivan Lima Gomes: „Graphic Narratives, a Tool of Imperialism in South America? Deconstructing American Superheroes in Brazilian and Chilean Comics (1960-1970)“
  • Lucas R. Berone: „Writing the History of Comics: The Case of the Di Tella Biennial (Buenos Aires, 1968)“
  • Rodrigo Browne S., Rosmery-Ann Boegeholz C.: „Disney Academy: Donald Duck as the Western Imperialism Paradigm“
  • Ignacio Fernández Sarasola: „Toxic Reading Material: Techniques Used by Society and G overnments to Control Comic Books“
  • Jasleen Kandhari: „Graphic Narratives in Sikh Comics: Iconography and Religiosity as a Critical Art Historical Enquiry of the Sikh Comics Art Form“
  • Marty Branagan: „Tintin: From Violent, Communist-Hating Conservative to Radical Peacenik“
  • Levi Obonyo, Njoki Chege: „Lost in Modernity: Doodling in the Digital Age“
  • Robyn Johnson: „Sacrificing Healing: The Loss and Resilience of Yurok Healing in Chag Lowry and Rahsan Ekedal’s Soldiers Unknown“
  • Mirvat Mohamed, Kirsten Møllegaard: „This Land Is Whose Land? Voices of Belonging in Three First-Generation American Graphic Memoirs“
  • Chris Reyns-Chikuma: „Représentations de l’autre solitude dans quelques BD et comics canadiens dont l’histoire se passe à Montréal (Representations of the Other Solitude in Select Canadian Comics and BDs Which Take Place in Montréal)
  • Yan Chuanming, Xu Ying, John A. Lent: „Chinese Comic Art Museums and Centers“
  • Ahmed Baroody: „Anime and Gender Roles in Kuwaiti Islamic Culture: A Conflict of Cultural Values?“
  • Michal Chudolinski: „The Outdatedness of Superheroism? The Condition of the Superhero Myth: Past and Today“
  • Iwan Zahar, Toni Masdiono, John A. Lent: „Hans Jaladara, Creator of Indonesia’s Panji Tengkorak“
  • Iwan Zahar, Toni Masdiono: „Ganesh TH, the Author of Si Buta dari Goa Hantu: The Most Celebrated Comics of the Indonesian Comics Golden Age“
  • David Kunzle: „Nearly 50 Years Ago – An Early Glimpse of China’s Maoist Comics: A Review“
  • Jeffrey O. Segrave, John A. Cosgrove: „‚You’re a star if you can louse up 70% of the time‘: Sport in Jeff MacNelly’s Shoe
  • Jakob F. Dittmar: „Flexible Comics?: Sequential Images on Screen Media“
  • Jason D. DeHart: „A Transmedia Case Study: Batman — The Animated Series“


SANE journal – Sequential Art Narrative in Education 2.5

online, open access

  • David Lewkowich, Michelle Miller Stafford: „‚Because like – and so I don’t – so I think it’s maybe, I don’t know‘: Performing traumatic effects while reading Lynda Barry’s The Freddie Stories

Veröffentlichung: Der Comic als Form. Bildsprache, Ästhetik, Narration.

„Der Comic als Form: Bildsprache, Ästhetik, Narration“ ist nun als 10. Band der Reihe Bildnarrative erschienen und wird von ComFor Mitglied Jörn Ahrens herausgegeben.

Der Verlag beschreibt den Band wie folgt: „Für eine Analyse der Eigenschaften des Comics ist es wesentlich, Fragen seiner Form stark zu machen. Comics kombinieren Bild und Erzählung, sind aber semiotisch und ikonographisch eigenständig. Von Film oder Literatur unterscheiden sie sich. Der Comic ist grafisch organisiert als ein Lesen und Betrachten der Bilder. Hinzu kommt seine sequenzielle Organisation und narrative Ausrichtung als Bewegung imitierendes, lektürebasiertes Medium.
Der Band geht der Form des Comics als grafisches, zugleich narratives Medium zwischen Stillstand und Bewegung nach.“

Wie ein Blick in das Inhaltsverzeichnis des Bandes zeig, ist die ComFor mit  Beiträgen von Ole Fram, Christina Meyer, Frank Thomas Brinkmann, Joachim Trinkwitz und Lukas R. A. Wilde äußerst gut vertreten:

Jörn AHRENS: Formen des Comics – eine Einleitung

Ole FRAHM : Comics als Unform. 5 Szenen

Arno METELING: Gebundene Sequenzen. Zum Lyrischen im Comic

Thomas BECKER: Die ligne froide in den Schizo-Narrativen Chris Wares. Für eine feldanalytische Analyse von Comicformen

Kirsten VON HAGEM: Der Comic als Form. Von der »Ligne Claire« Hergés zu den synästhetischen Traumsequenzen bei Heuet

Christina MEYER: Raum|Bilder. Form, Ästhetik, Narration

Jörn AHRENS: Graphische Epistemologie und das verfemte Medium am Beispiel von Gideon Falls

Frank Thomas BRINKMANN: Gestaltete Phantasie, kontrollierte Sehnsucht, bemächtigte Welt? Der perspektivische Zugewinn einer theologisch fokussierten Formenlehre des Comic

Joachim TRINKWITZ: »Paper activities« – »frivolous hokum«. Interaktives Lesen im Comic – Verfahren und Praktiken

Monika SCHMITZ-EMANS: Der Comic als Theater

Lukas R.A. WILDE: Formgrenzen als Material oder die Materialität der Formgrenzen Sebastian Lörschers interkulturell-hypermediale Begegnungen in Bangalore


Der Comic als Form
Bildsprache, Ästhetik, Narration

Jörn Ahrens (Hg.)

Bildnarrative Bd. 10
Erschienen im Ch. A. Bachmann Verlag
Broschur, 336 Seiten mit teils farbigen Abbildungen
ISBN 978-3-96234-049-0

Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

Publikationshinweis und Reihenstart

Unser heutiger Beitrag ist eine doppelte Ankündigung: Einerseits möchten wir auf Lia Roxana Donadons neu erschienene Monografie zu Quinos argentinischem Kult-Comicstrip Mafalda hinweisen, die andererseits auch den ersten Band der just gestarteten Reihe SieGN (Siegen Research in Graphic Narrative) bildet. Die Reihe wird von ComFor-Mirglied Daniel Stein herausgegeben; nähere Informationen zu der Reihe finden sich auf der Website des Universitätsverlags Siegen.

Donadons Publikation, die nicht nur als Printversion erhältlich ist sondern auf die auch als Open Access Publikation über den Server der Siegener Universitätsbibliothek zugegriffen werden kann, ist die erste deutschsprachige Monografie, die sich in voller Länge mit Quinos Mafalda beschäftigt.

Mafalda: Quinos Comicstrip als Gesellschaftskritik im Argentinien der 1960er und 70er Jahre

SieGN – Siegen Research in Graphic Narrative, Bd. 1

Lia Roxana Donadon

Universitätsverlag Siegen, ,2021
156 Seiten, zahlreiche Abbildungen
zur Verlagsseite

„Die bis heute andauernde kulturhistorische Relevanz von Quinos Mafalda-Kosmos ist in der internationalen Forschung bislang nur teilweise aufgearbeitet worden. Das Buch trägt daher zur Schließung dieser Forschungslücke bei, indem es Mafalda akribisch in seiner Zeit verortet und Quinos kreativkritischen Blick auf das Argentinien der 1960er und 70er Jahre mit viel Empathie und Gusto untersucht.“

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
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Immigrants and Comics:
Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis

Nhora Lucía Serrano (Hg.)

268 Seiten
März 2021

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

„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

„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

„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.



„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

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
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EcoComix: Essays on the Environment in Comics and Graphic Novels

Sidney I. Dobrin (Hg.)

189 Seiten
September 2020

„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

237 Seiten
Oktober 2020

„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

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

„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
264 Seiten
Januar 2021

„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.“