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Monitor 32: Neue Publikationen 2017

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.

Neil Gaiman

Critical Insights:
Neil Gaiman

Joseph M. Sommers (Hrsg.)
Salem Press
300 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-68217-260-5 (Paperback)
~$ 105,00
Dezember 2016

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One of the most prolific writers of prose, graphic novels, feature-length films, and television serials, Neil Gaiman is as popular with critics as he is with readers. His works encourage readers to embrace love, fear, pain, pride, and most of the remaining emotional spectrum with an earnest vigor, gentle humor, and honest warmth, the likes of which humble the greats in all media to which he has contributed. Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers of Central Michigan University, this volume contains 14 essays that constitute an interesting mélange thoughts, ruminations, perspectives, and approaches that are as diverse a look at the life and work of Neil Gaiman as any in print today.

The Trauma Graphic Novel

The Trauma Graphic Novel

Andrés Romero-Jódar
Routledge
180 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1382-3888-6 (Hardcover)
~£ 88,00
Januar 2017

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The end of the twentieth century and the turn of the new millennium witnessed an unprecedented flood of traumatic narratives and testimonies of suffering in literature and the arts. Graphic novels, free at last from long decades of stern censorship, helped explore these topics by developing a new subgenre: the trauma graphic novel. This book seeks to analyze this trend through the consideration of five influential graphic novels in English. Works by Paul Hornschemeier, Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons will be considered as illustrative examples of the representation of individual, collective, and political traumas. This book provides a link between the contemporary criticism of Trauma Studies and the increasingly important world of comic books and graphic novels.

Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon

The Readers‘ Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels,
Second Edition

Francisca Goldsmith
ALA Editions
232 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-8751-6 (Paperback)
~$ 54,00
Februar 2017

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The first edition of this readers’ advisory represented a pioneering effort to provide help and encouragement to librarians diving into this exciting format, and since then the popularity of graphic novels has continued apace. Goldsmith has updated her guide to encompass a bounty of new titles, authors, and styles, ensuring its continued usefulness as a tool for both RA and collection development. Suitable for newbies and hardcore fans alike, this book sketches in the history of graphic novels, tracing their evolution and showing what makes them unique; explores traditional and cutting edge titles most friendly to children, teens, and adults, reflecting the burgeoning and maturing publishing efforts made for each of these audiences; discusses common themes, topics, and the place of diversity in graphic novels; gives in-depth guidance on ways to connect readers to titles they’ll be sure to love; offers ideas for media tie-ins, displays, programming, book clubs, and more; includes annotated bibliographies, with appeal characteristics noted, and multiple indexes to ensure that locating the right graphic novel is a snap; and provides detailed tips for keeping current and aware of new titles and trends.

Watchmen

Cinema Journal 56(2)
In Focus: Watchmen

Blair Davis (Hrsg.)
University of Texas Press
36 Seiten
ISSN 0009-7101
Februar 2017

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In Focus is a regular feature of Cinema Journal in which several short essays examine a case study from multiple perspectives. In addition to writing the introduction, Davis gathered together five scholars (Mark J.P. Wolf, Aaron Taylor, Drew Morton, Kathryn Frank and Dana Polan) to look at Watchmen’s role within film, media and comics studies, exploring ideas about canonization, world-building, transmedia, adaptation, digital comics, authorship and academia.
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The Ages of the Justice League

The Ages of the Justice League:
Essays on America’s Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times

Joseph J. Darowski (Hrsg.)
McFarland
220 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4766-6225-1 (Paperback)
~$ 19,00
März 2017

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The first superhero team from the Silver Age of comics, DC’s Justice League has seen many iterations since its first appearance in 1960. As the original comic book continued and spin-off titles proliferated, talented writers, artists and editors adapted the team to appeal to changing audience tastes. This collection of new essays examines more than five decades of Justice League comics and related titles. Each essay considers a storyline or era of the franchise in its historical and social contexts.

Retcon Game

Retcon Game:
Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America

Andrew J. Friedenthal
University Press of Mississippi
176 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-1132-5 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
April 2017

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The superhero Wolverine time travels and changes storylines. On Torchwood, there’s a pill popped to alter the past. The narrative technique of retroactive continuity seems rife lately, given all the world-building in comics. Andrew J. Friedenthal deems retroactive continuity, or „retconning,“ as a force with many implications for how Americans view history and culture. In the first book to focus on this subject, Friedenthal regards the editable Internet hyperlink, rather than the stable printed footnote, as the de facto source of information in America today. To embrace retroactive continuity in fictional media means accepting that the past itself is not a stable element, but rather something constantly in contentious flux. Due to retconning’s ubiquity within our media, we have grown familiar with narratives as inherently unstable, a realization that deeply affects how we understand the world.

Freie ICOM-Publikation: „Manga- und Comiczeichner im Dialog“

Der Interessenverband Comic e.V. (ICOM) entwickelte zur Kölner Comicmesse Intercom am 6. Mai 2017 die Herausgabe eines Kostenlos-Heftes, das zur Zusammenarbeit von Zeichnern verschiedener Stilrichtungen und Publikationsformen beitragen soll „漫画家の対話  [mangaka no taiwa]. Comiczeichner im Dialog“. Darin haben KünstlerInnen aus verschiedenen Bereichen und Szenen (wie Comic, Manga, Web- und Printpublikation) gemeinsam kurze Beiträge erstellt, die den Dialog dieser unterschiedlicher Kunstformen und -Genres thematisieren. Das 68 Seiten starke Ergebnis wurde von Burkard Ihme herausgegeben und enthält Beiträge von etwa 30 KünstlerInnen, darunter auch viele renommierte Namen wie Martina Peters oder Schlogger, ebenso wie Reflexionen von ComFor-Mitgliedern (Ihme selbst und Björn Hammel). Es kann komplett frei eingesehen und heruntergeladen werden. Mit dem Überthema „Comic und Manga“, den Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden beider Sub-Gattungen und Szenen, wurde dabei sicher ein höchst relevanter Gegenstandsbereich ausgewählt.

Aus dem Vorwort des Herausgebers:
„Comic und Manga: ‚Comiczeichner im Dialog‘ – findet dieser Dialog nicht ständig statt, auf Messen, im Internet, bei regionalen Zeichnertreffen? Ja und nein. Denn wie der Ausschnitt aus dem Interview mit Kristina Gehrmann und Aussagen von Martina Peters (beide im COMIC!-Jahrbuch 2017) zeigen, ist der Austausch zwischen Vertretern der traditionellen Comicszene und der Mangaszene lange nicht so intensiv, wie man das zwischen Ausübenden des gleichen Handwerks erwarten könnte, was auch die Beobachtungen von Sonja Bieker … belegen. Das hatte anfangs sicher Gründe: Die deutsche Zeichnerszene entwickelte sich in den 70er und 80er Jahren und war geprägt durch Underground- und die frankobelgischen Erwachsenen-Comics aus MÉTAL HURLANT und [À SUIVRE], während die Manga Ende der 90er Jahre in Deutschland boomten, weil es ihnen gelang, ein junges und vor allem weibliches Publikum zu begeistern, aus dessen Reihen sich dann ebenso junge Zeichnerinnen rekrutierten. Doch 20 Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung von Sailor Moon und Dragonball in Deutschland, eine Frist, in der nicht nur die Zeichnerinnen erwachsener wurden, sollte es möglich sein, neben den Unterschieden der stilistischen Ausprägungen der Bilderzählung auch die Gemeinsamkeiten der Zeichnertätigkeit und
der beruflichen Interessen zu sehen. ‚Comiczeichner im Dialog‘ soll zum einen diesen Gedanken in die Welt tragen, und zum anderen Vertreter unterschiedlicher Genres und Traditionen zur Zusammenarbeit einladen.“

 
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Neue Publikation „Science Meets Comics“ (auch als Open Access)

Im Oktober 2015 fand an der HU Berlin ein zweitägiges Symposium zum Thema „Science meets Comics. The Anthropocene Kitchen: designing the future of food“ statt.  Beteiligt waren unter anderem die ComFor-Mitglieder Jaqueline Berndt und Stephan Packard, aber auch andere internationale Experten wie Nick Sousanis. Das Symposium ging der Frage nach, was die bild-textliche Auseinandersetzung zu aktuell brisanten Fragen im Comic für die Wissenschaftskommunikation bedeuten kann (weiter zur Veranstalterseite). Gerade ist im Christian A. Bachmann-Verlag ein Tagungsband erschienen, der viele der Beiträge noch einmal zugänglich macht. Zudem haben die Herausgeber eine frei zugängliche Open Acces-Version des Bandes auf Zenodo publiziert.

Science meets Comics

Proceedings of the Symposium on Communicating and Designing the Future of Food in the Anthropocene
Reinhold Leinfelder, Alexandra Hamann, Jens Kirstein und Marc Schleunitz (Hrsg.)
Christian A. Bachmann
117 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-941030-92-3 (Paperback)
~€ 19,90
April 2017

Aus der Verlagsbeschreibung:

„There are no simple solutions in the Anthropocene era. Every single person lives in a highly complex system and is connected to it by his or her actions. By focusing on the example of alimentation, this interconnectedness can be exposed and presented in a form that everyone can understand. Comics as a communication medium not only have the potential to make complex issues accessible in an appealing form; the comic-making process itself can inspire scientific work, and reveal new connections. This proceedings volume includes contributions on alimentation and comic theory by Jaqueline Berndt, Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann, Toni Meier, Veronika Mischitz, Stephan Packard, Lukas Plank, Nick Sousanis, Katerina Teaiwa and Arnold van Huis. It is the result of the two-day symposium Science meets Comics, held in October 2015 in the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, which discussed and developed these new means of communication in relation to alimentation.“

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Erste Ausgabe von INKS erschienen

Seit Ende März ist die erste Ausgabe der englischsprachigen Comicfachzeitschrift Inks der neugegründeten Comics Studies Society bei Project Muse online und wurde gleich zum „Journal of the Month“ gekürt. Die erste Ausgabe versammelt neben einer Einleitung von Herausgeber Jared Gardner drei Fachartikel, drei Metaartikel und zwei Rezensionen aktueller Fachliteratur. Das Journal wird von der Ohio State University Press herausgegeben.

Beschreibung (englisch):

Inks, the new journal of the Comics Studies Society, features scholarly research on sequential art, graphic narrative, and cartooning. The journal seeks to bring together scholarly essays, archival materials, and insights and discoveries from leading comics professionals. Inks highlights scholarship from a variety of disciplines and invites essays on all periods of comic history, as well as considering both a US or an international comics focus.“

Inhalt:

  • Jared Gardner, „Introduction: (No Soapbox, Radio)“
  • Kerry Soper, „Walt Kelly’s Pogo and the Politics of De/Re-racialization in Midcentury Comics“
  • Andrew J. Kunka, „A Contract with God, The First Kingdom, and the ‘Graphic Novel’: The Will Eisner / Jack Katz Letters“
  • Susan Kirtley, „The Political is Personal: Dual Domesticity in Dykes to Watch Out For
  • Roundtable:
    • „Comics and Methodology“ – Blair Davis, Bart Beaty, Scott Bukatman, Henry Jenkins, Benjamin Woo
  • From the Archives:
    • Jared Gardner, „Before the Underground: Jay Lynch, Art Spiegelman, Skip Williamson and the Fanzine Culture of the Early 1960s“
  • From the Field:
    • Caitlin McGurk, „Comics Professionals on Comics Studies“
  • Reviews:
    • The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics by Ramzi Fawaz (review by Marc Singer)
    • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White by Michael Tisserand (review by Christopher Jeansonne)

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Open Access-Publikation „Rhizcomics“

University  of Michigan Press und das Sweetland Center for Writing der Universität Michigan veröffentlichten Ende Februar eine interessante Open Access-Monographie, die vom Rhetoriker Jason Helms (Texas) verfasst wurde: „Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition“ (ISBN 978-0-472-90069-5). Nicht unähnlich wie Nick Sousanis‘ Unflattening (2015) versucht sich auch Rhizcomics an einer „multimodalen Argumentation“ über Comics, die als originelles, „dezentriertes“ Werkzeug des Forschens und Nachdenkens betrachtet werden. Zugleich bringt Helms dies zu anderen Medien wie Animation in Zusammenhang.

Aus der Verlagsankündigung:
„Comics, Jason Helms argues, are post-critical, reflexive, and figural, in that they combine image/text and visual/verbal elements in ways that illuminate a third, nonsymbolic rhetoric more appropriate for digital and heterotopic spaces. Blurring the line between form and content, Rhizcomics: Comics, Rhetoric, and Technology in New Media Composition offers readers a unique opportunity to engage in a rhizomatic alt-scholarship, in which the medium is the message. Rhizcomics manifests this ambitious concept by bringing together a variety of disciplinary traditions, from familiar continental theorists to ancient, modern, and postmodern rhetoricians, to comics and contemporary composition theorists. Helms calls for a decentering of typical binaries to form a rhizomatic approach to visual and multimedia rhetorics and uses comics as the main exemplar for the type of decentered writing for which he advocates.“

Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition ist komplett frei verfügbar.

Monitor 31: Neue Publikationen 2016/17

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.

Chris Ware: Conversations

Chris Ware:
Conversations

Jean Braithwaite (Hrsg.)
University Press of Mississippi
272 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-0929-2 (Hardcover)
~$ 40,00
November 2016

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Like Art Spiegelman or Alison Bechdel, Ware stands out as an important crossover artist who has made the wider public aware of comics as literature. His regular New Yorker covers give him a central place in our national cultural conversation. Editor Jean Braithwaite compiles interviews displaying both Ware’s erudition and his quirky self-deprecation. They span Ware’s career from 1993 to 2015, creating a time-lapse portrait of the artist as he matures. Several of the earliest talks are reprinted from zines now extremely difficult to locate. Braithwaite has selected the best broadcasts and podcasts featuring the interview-shy Ware for this volume, including new transcriptions. An interview with Marnie Ware from 2000 makes for a delightful change of pace, as she offers a generous, supremely lucid attitude toward her husband and his work. Candidly and humorously, she considers married life with a genius in the house. Brand-new interviews with both Chris and Marnie Ware conclude the volume.

The 10 Cent War:

The 10 Cent War:
Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II

Trischa Goodnow und James J. Kimble (Hrsg.)
University Press of Mississippi
240 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-1030-4 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
Januar 2017

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The Allied victory in World War II relied on far more than courageous soldiers. Americans on the home front constantly supported the war effort in the form of factory work, war bond purchases, salvage drives, and morale-rallying efforts. Motivating these men, women, and children to keep doing their bit during the war was among the conflict’s most urgent tasks. One of the most overlooked aspects of these efforts involved a surprising initiative―comic book propaganda. The 10 Cent War presents a riveting analysis of how different types of comic books and comic book characters supplied reasons and means to support the war effort. The contributors demonstrate that, free of government control, these appeals produced this overall imperative. The book discusses the role of such major characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Uncle Sam along with a host of such minor characters as kid gangs and superhero sidekicks. It even considers novelty and small presses, providing a well-rounded look at the many ways that comic books served as popular propaganda.

Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon

Superman:
The Persistence of an American Icon

Ian Gordon
Rutgers University Press
200 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-8751-6 (Softcover)
~$ 28,95
Januar 2017

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After debuting in 1938, Superman soon became an American icon. But why has he maintained his iconic status for nearly 80 years? And how can he still be an American icon when the country itself has undergone so much change? Superman: Persistence of an American Icon examines the many iterations of the character in comic books, comic strips, radio series, movie serials, feature films, television shows, animation, toys, and collectibles over the past eight decades. Demonstrating how Superman’s iconic popularity cannot be attributed to any single creator or text, comics expert Ian Gordon embarks on a deeper consideration of cultural mythmaking as a collective and dynamic process. He also outlines the often contentious relationships between the various parties who have contributed to the Superman mythos, including corporate executives, comics writers, artists, nostalgic commentators, and collectors.

Reading Lessons in Seeing

Reading Lessons in Seeing:
Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Autobiographical Graphic

Michael A. Chaney
University Press of Mississippi
192 Seiten
ISBN 9-781-4968-1025-0 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
Februar 2017

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Literary scholar Michael A. Chaney examines graphic novels to illustrate that in form and function they inform readers on how they ought to be read. His arguments result in an innovative analysis of the various knowledges that comics produce and the methods artists and writers employ to convey them. Theoretically eclectic, this study attends to the lessons taught by both the form and content of today’s most celebrated graphic novels. Chaney analyzes the embedded lessons in comics and graphic novels through the form’s central tropes: the iconic child storyteller and the inherent childishness of comics in American culture; the use of mirrors and masks as ciphers of the unconscious; embedded puzzles and games in otherwise story-driven comic narratives; and the form’s self-re exive propensity for showing its work. Comics reveal the labor that goes into producing them, embedding lessons on how to read the „work“ as a whole.

The British Superhero

The British Superhero

Chris Murray
University Press of Mississippi
786 Seiten
ISBN 9-781-4968-0737-3 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
März 2017

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Chris Murray reveals the largely unknown and rather surprising history of the British superhero. It is often thought that Britain did not have its own superheroes, yet Murray demonstrates that there were a great many in Britain and that they were often used as a way to comment on the relationship between Britain and America. Sometimes they emulated the style of American comics, but they also frequently became sites of resistance to perceived American political and cultural hegemony, drawing upon satire and parody as a means of critique. Murray illustrates that the superhero genre is a blend of several influences and that in British comics, these influences are quite different from those in America, resulting in some contrasting approaches to the figure of the superhero. He identifies the origins of the superhero and supervillain in nineteenth-century popular culture such as the penny dreadfuls and boy’s weeklies and in science fiction writing of the 1920s and 1930s. From the emergence of British superheroes in the 1940s, the advent of „fake“ American comics, and the reformatting of reprinted material to the British Invasion of the 1980s, and the pivotal roles in American superhero comics and film production held by British artists today, this book will challenge views about British superheroes and the comics‘ creators who fashioned them.

The Secret Origins of Comics Studies

The Secret Origins of Comics Studies

Matthew Smith und Randy Duncan (Hrsg.)
Routledge
302 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1388-8451-9 (Hardcover)
~£ 110,00
März 2017

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In The Secret Origins of Comics Studies, today’s leading comics scholars turn back a page to reveal the founding figures dedicated to understanding comics art. Edited by comics scholars Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan, this collection provides an in-depth study of the individuals and institutions that have created and shaped the field of Comics Studies over the past 75 years. From Coulton Waugh to Wolfgang Fuchs, these influential historians, educators, and theorists produced the foundational work and built the institutions that inspired the recent surge in scholarly work in this dynamic, interdisciplinary field. Sometimes scorned, often underappreciated, these visionaries established a path followed by subsequent generations of scholars in literary studies, communication, art history, the social sciences, and more. Giving not only credit where credit is due, this volume both offers an authoritative account of the history of Comics Studies and also helps move the field forward by being a valuable resource for creating graduate student reading lists and the first stop for anyone writing a comics-related literature review.

Monitor 30: Neue Publikationen 2016/17

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 Modern Superhero in Film and Television

The Modern Superhero in Film and Television:
Popular Genre and American Culture

Jeffrey A. Brown
Routledge
182 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1388-9778-6 (Hardcover)
~£ 85,50
November 2016

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Hollywood’s live-action superhero films currently dominate the worldwide box-office, with the characters enjoying more notoriety through their feature film and television depictions than they have ever before. This book argues that this immense popularity reveals deep cultural concerns about politics, gender, ethnicity, patriotism and consumerism after the events of 9/11. Superheroes have long been agents of hegemony, fighting for abstract ideals of justice while overall perpetuating the American status quo. Yet at the same time, the book explores how the genre has also been utilized to question and critique these dominant cultural assumptions.

Panel to the Screen

Panel to the Screen:
Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era

Drew Morton
University Press of Mississippi
208 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-0978-0 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
November 2016

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Over the past forty years, American film has entered into a formal interaction with the comic book. Such comic book adaptations as Sin City, 300, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World have adopted components of their source materials‘ visual style. The screen has been fractured into panels, the photographic has given way to the graphic, and the steady rhythm of cinematic time has evolved into a far more malleable element. In other words, films have begun to look like comics. Yet, this interplay also occurs in the other direction. In Panel to the Screen, Drew Morton examines this dialogue in its intersecting and rapidly changing cultural, technological, and industrial contexts. Early on, many questioned the prospect of a „low“ art form suited for children translating into „high“ art material capable of drawing colossal box of ce takes. Now the naysayers are as quiet as the queued crowds at Comic-Cons are massive. Morton provides a nuanced account of this phenomenon by using formal analysis of the texts in a real world context of studio budgets, grosses, and audience reception.

Cultures of Comics Work

Cultures of Comics Work

Casey Brienza und Paddy Johnston (Hrsg.)
Palgrave MacMillan
308 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-137-55477-2 (Hardcover)
~€ 106,99
Dezember 2016

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This anthology explores tensions between the individualistic artistic ideals and the collective industrial realities of contemporary cultural production with eighteen all-new chapters presenting pioneering empirical research on the complexities and controversies of comics work. Art Spiegelman. Alan Moore. Osamu Tezuka. Neil Gaiman. Names such as these have become synonymous with the medium of comics. Meanwhile, the large numbers of people without whose collective action no comic book would ever exist in the first place are routinely overlooked. Cultures of Comics Work unveils this hidden, global industrial labor of writers, illustrators, graphic designers, letterers, editors, printers, typesetters, publicists, publishers, distributors, translators, retailers, and countless others both directly and indirectly involved in the creative production of what is commonly thought of as the comic book. Drawing upon diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, an international and interdisciplinary cohort of cutting-edge researchers and practitioners intervenes in debates about cultural work and paves innovative directions for comics scholarship.

The Last War in Albion Volume 1

The Last War in Albion Volume 1:
The Early Work of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison

Phil Sandifer
Eruditorum Press
786 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-5404-8218-1 (Paperback)
~$ 22,99
Dezember 2016

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In the late twentieth century, beneath the surface of Britain’s green and pleasant land, raged a war that spanned the heights of mystical transcendence and the most obscure gutters of popular culture. The stakes were unfathomably vast: the fate of the twenty-first century, the shape of an entire artistic medium, and whether or not several people would make their rent. On one side was Alan Moore, the acclaimed literary genius who would transform comics forever. On the other was Grant Morrison, the upstart punk who never met an idol he didn’t want to knock off its perch. In Volume One of this incredible tale you’ll learn how an ex-drug dealer from the slums of Northampton and a failed rock star from Glasgow made their way into the comics industry and found themselves locked in an artistic rivalry that would shake the very foundations of Britain. Starting from their beginnings writing and drawing comic strips like Captain Clyde and Maxwell the magic Cat and continuing through Moore’s breakout runs on Marvelman and V for Vendetta and explosion onto the US scene with Swamp Thing, it is the fantastically unlikely tale of how the British comics industry came to produce the two greatest wizards of their generation. This is the story of gothic rock and obscenity trials. Of William Blake and William S. Burroughs. Of Hieronymus Bosch and Enid Blyton. This is the story of the Last War in Albion.

Kid Comic Strips

Kid Comic Strips:
A Genre Across Four Countries

Ian Gordon
Palgrave MacMillan
94 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-137-56197-8 (Hardcover)
~€ 49,99
Dezember 2016

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This book looks at the humor that artists and editors believed would have appeal in four different countries. Ian Gordon explains how similar humor played out in comic strips across different cultures and humor styles. By examining Skippy and Ginger Meggs, the book shows a good deal of similarities between American and Australian humor while establishing some distinct differences. In examining the French translation of Perry Winkle, the book explores questions of language and culture. By shifting focus to a later period and looking at the American and British comics entitled Dennis the Menace, two very different comics bearing the same name, Kid Comic Strips details both differences in culture and traditions and the importance of the type of reader imagined by the artist.

Comic Connections

Comic Connections:
Analyzing Hero and Identity

Sandra Eckard (Hrsg.)
Rowman & Littlefield
154 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4758-2802-3 (Paperback)
~$ 25,00
Januar 2017

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Comics are all around campuses everyday, and with students arriving less prepared to tackle basics like reading, writing, and analyzing, this text helps connect what students enjoy to the classroom. Comic Connections: Analyzing Hero and Identity is designed to help teachers from middle school through college find a new strategy that they can use right away as part of their curricular goals. Each chapter has three pieces: comic relevance, classroom connections, and concluding thoughts; this format allows a reader to pick-and-choose where to start. Some readers might want to delve into the history of a comic to better understand characters and their usefulness, while other readers might want to pick up an activity, presentation, or project that they can fold into that day’s lesson.

Monitor 29: Neue Publikationen 2016

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.

Muslim Superheroes

Muslim Superheroes:
Comics, Islam, and Representation

A. David Lewis und Martin Lund (Hrsg.)
Harvard University Press
220 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-6749-7594-1 (Paperback)
~€ 22,50
Juli 2016

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The roster of Muslim superheroes in the comic book medium has grown over the years, as has the complexity of their depictions. Muslim Superheroes tracks the initial absence, reluctant inclusion, tokenistic employment, and then nuanced scripting of Islamic protagonists in the American superhero comic book market and beyond. This scholarly anthology investigates the ways in which Muslim superhero characters fulfill, counter, or complicate Western stereotypes and navigate popular audience expectations globally, under the looming threat of Islamophobia. The contributors consider assumptions buried in the very notion of a character who is both a superhero and a Muslim with an interdisciplinary and international focus characteristic of both Islamic studies and comics studies scholarship. Muslim Superheroes investigates both intranational American racial formation and international American geopolitics, juxtaposed with social developments outside U.S. borders. Providing unprecedented depth to the study of Muslim superheroes, this collection analyzes, through a series of close readings and comparative studies, how Muslim and non-Muslim comics creators and critics have produced, reproduced, and represented different conceptions of Islam and Muslimness embodied in the genre characters.

The Child Savage, 1890–2010

Translation and Comics:
Special Issue of TranscUlturAl (8.2)

Chris Reyns-Chikuma und Julie Tarif (Hrsg.)
University of Alberta Press
204 Seiten
ISSN 1920-0323
November 2016

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The central position the translation of comics and translated comics have come to occupy in the cultural space call for further study. With this special issue of TranscUlturAl, we are hoping to initiate an interdisciplinary dialogue between “traditional” literary translation studies and audiovisual translation studies on one hand, and between translation studies and comics studies on the other hand. Translation and translation studies can benefit from comics studies in the sense that the latter can open new perspectives about translation (for instance, emphasizing new types of constraints) and help in improving the translation of comics, and it is our belief that translation studies can be beneficial to comics studies, given that it highlights some specificities of the comics medium and art. (aus der Introduction)

Movie Comics

Movie Comics:
Page to Screen/Screen to Page

Blair Davis
Rutgers University Press
256 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-8135-7225-3 (Paperback)
~$ 27,95
November 2016

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Movie Comics is the first book to study the long history of both comics-to-film and film-to-comics adaptations, covering everything from silent films starring Happy Hooligan to sound films and serials featuring Dick Tracy and Superman to comic books starring John Wayne, Gene Autry, Bob Hope, Abbott & Costello, Alan Ladd, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. With a special focus on the Classical Hollywood era, Blair Davis investigates the factors that spurred this media convergence, as the film and comics industries joined forces to expand the reach of their various brands. While analyzing this production history, he also tracks the artistic coevolution of films and comics, considering the many formal elements that each medium adopted and adapted from the other. As it explores our abiding desire to experience the same characters and stories in multiple forms, Movie Comics gives readers a new appreciation for the unique qualities of the illustrated page and the cinematic moving image.

Deutsche Comicforschung 2017

Jahrbuch Deutsche Comicforschung 2017

Eckart Sackmann (Hrsg.)
Patrimonium
144 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-89474-293-5 (Hardcover)
~€ 39,00
Dezember 2016

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Inhalt:
– Comics – vom Schimpfwort zum Lehnwort
– Rinaldo Rinaldini als Comic-Held
– Lothar Meggendorfer – der Verwandlungskünstler
– Antisemitische Bildergeschichte der Kaiserzeit: „Das Lied vom Levi“
– Johannes Thiel – Geschichten aus dem Zwergenland
– Die Wespe und die Schwaben von der Donau
– Gerhard Brinkmann: „Mickey Mouse“ von 1942
– KASCH – Kurt Ludwig Schmidt
– Wie es knallt und wie es pufft! „Gaby, das Atommädchen“
– „Die spannendste Geschichte unserer Zeit“ – die Adenauer-PR
– „Asterix“ – ein unbesiegbarer Gallier kommt über den Rhein
– Der 1. Deutsche Comic-Congress Berlin 1973

Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

Brian Cremins
University Press of MIssissippi
256 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4968-0876-9 (Hardcover)
~$ 65,00
Dezember 2016

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The saga of Captain Marvel is also that of artist C. C. Beck and writer Otto Binder, one of the most innovative and prolific creative teams working during the Golden Age of comics in the United States. While Beck was the technician and meticulous craftsman, Binder contributed the still, human voice at the heart of Billy’s adventures. Later in his career, Beck, like his friend and colleague Will Eisner, developed a theory of comic art expressed in numerous articles, essays, and interviews. A decade after Fawcett Publications settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with Superman’s publisher, Beck and Binder became legendary, celebrated figures in comic book fandom of the 1960s. What Beck, Binder, and their readers share in common is a fascination with nostalgia, which has shaped the history of comics and comics scholarship in the United States. Billy Batson’s America, with its cartoon villains and talking tigers, remains a living archive of childhood memories, so precious but elusive, as strange and mysterious as the boy’s first visit to the subway tunnel. Taking cues from Beck’s theories of art and from the growing field of memory studies, Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia explains why we read comics and, more significantly, how we remember them and the America that dreamed them up in the first place.

A Brief History of Comic Book Movies

A Brief History of Comic Book Movies

Wheeler Winston Dixon und Richard Graham
Springer
118 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-319-47183-9 (Hardcover)
~€ 53,49
Dezember 2016

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A Brief History of Comic Book Movies traces the meteoric rise of the hybrid art form of the comic book film. These films trace their origins back to the early 1940s, when the first Batman and Superman serials were made. The serials, and later television shows in the 1950s and 60s, were for the most part designed for children. But today, with the continuing rise of Comic-Con, they seem to be more a part of the mainstream than ever, appealing to adults as well as younger fans. This book examines comic book movies from the past and present, exploring how these films shaped American culture from the post-World War II era to the present day, and how they adapted to the changing tastes and mores of succeeding generations.

Comic!-Jahrbuch 2017 erschienen

comic-jahrbuch_2017Im November 2016 ist das neue Comic!-Jahrbuch des Interessenverbands Comic e.V. (ICOM) erschienen. Alle Beiträge können online in Ausschnitten angelesen werden. Redaktionsangaben: „Die siebzehnte Ausgabe enthält einen Schwerpunkt zu den Verlagen Bocola und Splitter sowie zum Comic-Salon Erlangen und zur Comiciade in Aachen. Darüber hinaus wieder zahlreiche Interviews und Berichte über Comic und Trickfilm und Marktberichte über die USA, Japan und die Niederlande.“

Inhaltsverzeichnis:

  • Burkhard Ihme – Vorwort
  • Burkhard Ihme und Christian Muschweck – Pflegekur für Klassiker: Interview mit Bocola-Chef Achim Dressler
  • Burkhard Ihme – Zehn Jahre Splitter Verlag: Interview mit Horst Gotta
  • Björn Bischoff – Schlechtes Benehmen und all der übliche Rest: Bericht über den 17. Internationalen Comic-Salon in Erlangen
  • Björn Bischoff – Von Möglichkeitscocktails und Pinselakrobaten: Interview mit Gabriel DeVue
  • Kristina Auer – Von Brücken und Gräben: Interview mit der Manga-Beraterin des Erlanger Comic-Salons, Martina Peters
  • Ralf Marczinczik – Pop-Art trifft auf Popkultur: Die Comiciade 2016
  • Burkhard Ihme – Zeichnen als Beruf. Der neue Ratgeber von Kristina Gehrmann: Interview mit der Autorin
  • Stefan Neuhaus – Deutscher Comicverein e.V.: Die Aktivitäten 2016
  • Burkhard Ihme – „Wir sind die Laterna Magica der Comic-Kultur im Internet“. Ein Blick durchs Comicoskop: Interview mit Martin Frenzel
  • Heiner Lünstedt – „Hey Klaus, hast du eine Idee für unser neues Album-Cover?“: Klaus Voormanns Comic über das Cover zum Beatles-Album „Revolver“
  • Harald Havas – … tu’ sie gerne rauchen: Eine nachrufähnliche Betrachtung des Lebens und Wirkens von Manfred Deix
  • Burkhard Ihme – Der Mann fürs Komische. Siegener Fabelwesen und Weltraum-Mythen: Interview mit Matthias Kringe
  • Susanne Köhler – Zeichnet … Zeichnet … Zeichnet!!!: Interview mit Björn Pertoft
  • Frank Plein– „Kurz! Ganz kurz!“: Interview mit Uli Stein
  • Christian Endres – Revolverhelden, Mutanten und Fernfahrer: Interview mit Bela Sobottke
  • Rik Sanders – Der niederländische Comicmarkt: Comicverlage entdecken kulturelles Erbe
  • Max Vähling – Der US-Comicmarkt: Filmboom und neue Strategien
  • Enno Berndt – Digitale Expansion? Eine Kurzanalyse zum Mangamarkt in Japan 2015
  • Die ICOM-Preisträger 2016
  • Burkhard Ihme – Nur manchmal komisch: Das 23. Internationale Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart
  • Heiner Lünstedt – Doch irgendwie bewegend: Trickfilm-News

Zur ICOM-Website

Monitor 28: Neue Publikationen 2016

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.

Superwomen

Superwomen:
Gender, Power, and Representation

Carolyn Cocca
Bloomsbury Academic
288 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-5013-1657-9 (Paperback)
~$ 29,95
September 2016

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Over the last 75 years, superheroes have been portrayed most often as male, heterosexual, white, and able-bodied. Today, a time when many of these characters are billion-dollar global commodities, there are more female superheroes, more queer superheroes, more superheroes of color, and more disabled superheroes–but not many more. Superwomen investigates how and why female superhero characters have become more numerous but are still not-at-all close to parity with their male counterparts; how and why they have become a flashpoint for struggles over gender, sexuality, race, and disability; what has changed over time and why in terms of how these characters have been written, drawn, marketed, purchased, read, and reacted to; and how and why representations of superheroes matter, particularly to historically underrepresented and stereotyped groups.

The Child Savage, 1890–2010

The Child Savage, 1890–2010:
From Comics to Games

Elisabeth Wesseling (Hrsg.)
Routledge
258 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-1382-4728-4 (Paperback)
~£ 34,99
September 2016

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Taking up the understudied relationship between the cultural history of childhood and media studies, this volume traces twentieth-century migrations of the child-savage analogy from colonial into postcolonial discourse across a wide range of old and new media. Older and newer media such as films, textbooks, children’s literature, periodicals, comic strips, children’s radio, and toys are deeply implicated in each other through ongoing ‚remediation‘, meaning that they continually mimic, absorb and transform each other’s representational formats, stylistic features, and content. Media theory thus confronts the cultural history of childhood with the challenge of re-thinking change in childhood imaginaries as transformation-through-repetition patterns, rather than as rise-shine-decline sequences. This volume takes up this challenge, demonstrating that one historical epoch may well accommodate diverging childhood repertoires, which are recycled again and again as they are played out across a whole gamut of different media formats in the course of time.

Latinx Comic Book Storytelling

Latinx Comic Book Storytelling:
An Odyssey by Interview

Frederick Luis Aldama (Hrsg.)
San Diego State University Press
270 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-9385-3792-9 (Paperback)
~$ 24,95
Oktober 2016

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The US comic’s scene is evolving-along with the rest of the culture-slowly, sometimes painfully, but inexorably towards a greater diversity of readers & creators, of new styles & stories. This book gives us a series of intimate conversations with several generations of Latin@ cartoonists (diverse themselves in their backgrounds and interests) juggling craft and art with heritage and language. These pioneers have their noses to their drawing boards and tablets but they keep their eyes on the larger significance of their work. In this timely and transformative collection of interviews, Aldama brings to life the stories, achievements, and creative process of 29 Latino-and Latina!-comic book artists. Jettisoned to new heights of exploration, this vertiginous journey opens us to a world of breathtaking visual-verbal creativity and the embrace of a resplendently diverse and eager community of readers. Latino comic book storytelling, its characters, and wondrous world-makings vitally transform, renew, and replenish the comic’s field. They are the revolution-and Aldama’s at the frontlines to capture it all.

The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comic

The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics:
Human, Superhuman, Transhuman, Post/Human

Scott Jeffery
Palgrave MacMillan
264 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-137-57822-8 (Hardcover)
~€ 85,59
Oktober 2016

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This book examines the concepts of Post/Humanism and Transhumanism as depicted in superhero comics. Recent decades have seen mainstream audiences embrace the comic book Superhuman. Meanwhile there has been increasing concern surrounding human enhancement technologies, with the techno-scientific movement of Transhumanism arguing that it is time humans took active control of their evolution. Utilising Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of the rhizome as a non-hierarchical system of knowledge to conceptualize the superhero narrative in terms of its political, social and aesthetic relations to the history of human technological enhancement, this book draws upon a diverse range of texts to explore the way in which the posthuman has been represented in superhero comics, while simultaneously highlighting its shared historical development with Post/Humanist critical theory and the material techno-scientific practices of Transhumanism.

El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond

El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond:
Graphic Narrative in Argentina and Brazil

David William Foster
University of Texas Press
174 Seiten
ISBN 978-1-4773-1085-4 (Hardcover)
~$ 16,72
Oktober 2016

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El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond examines the graphic narrative tradition in the two South American countries that have produced the medium’s most significant and copious output. Argentine graphic narrative emerged in the 1980s, awakened by Héctor Oesterheld’s groundbreaking 1950s serial El Eternauta. After Oesterheld was “disappeared” under the military dictatorship, El Eternauta became one of the most important cultural texts of turbulent mid-twentieth-century Argentina. Today its story, set in motion by an extraterrestrial invasion of Buenos Aires, is read as a parable foretelling the “invasion” of Argentine society by a murderous tyranny. Because of El Eternauta, graphic narrative became a major platform for the country’s cultural redemocratization. In contrast, Brazil, which returned to democracy in 1985 after decades of dictatorship, produced considerably less analysis of the period of repression in its graphic narratives. In Brazil, serious graphic narratives such as Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Daytripper, which explores issues of modernity, globalization, and cross-cultural identity, developed only in recent decades, reflecting Brazilian society’s current and ongoing challenges. Besides discussing El Eternauta and Daytripper, David William Foster utilizes case studies of influential works—such as Alberto Breccia and Juan Sasturain’s Perramus series, Angélica Freitas and Odyr Bernardi’s Guadalupe, and others—to compare the role of graphic narratives in the cultures of both countries, highlighting the importance of Argentina and Brazil as anchors of the production of world-class graphic narrative.

Re-Constructing the Man of Steel

Re-Constructing the Man of Steel:
Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection

Martin Lund
Palgrave MacMillan
215 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-319-42959-5 (Hardcover)
~€ 94,94
November 2016

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In this book, Martin Lund challenges contemporary claims about the original Superman’s supposed Jewishness and offers a critical re-reading of the earliest Superman comics. Engaging in critical dialogue with extant writing on the subject, Lund argues that much of recent popular and scholarly writing on Superman as a Jewish character is a product of the ethnic revival, rather than critical investigations of the past, and as such does not stand up to historical scrutiny. In place of these readings, this book offers a new understanding of the Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the mid-1930s, presenting him as an authentically Jewish American character in his own time, for good and ill.