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Monitor 70: New Publications on Comic Books

Monitor is an irregularly published overview of publications from the previous six months that may be of relevance to comics studies scholars. The introductory texts are the respective publishers’. Do you have suggestions or information on new releases that have been overlooked and should be introduced on our website? Please let us know via email: redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
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Contagious Imagination: The Work and Art of Lynda Barry

Jane Tolmie (ed.)

University Press of Mississippi
July 2022
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“Lynda Barry (b. 1956) is best known for her distinctive style and unique voice, first popularized in her underground weekly comic Ernie Pook’s Comeek. Since then, she has published prolifically, including numerous comics, illustrated novels, and nonfiction books exploring the creative process. Barry’s work is genre- and form-bending, often using collage to create what she calls “word with drawing” vignettes. Her art, imaginative and self-reflective, allows her to discuss gender, race, relationships, memory, and her personal, everyday lived experience. It is through this experience that Barry examines the creative process and offers to readers ways to record and examine their own lives.
The essays in Contagious Imagination: The Work and Art of Lynda Barry, edited by Jane Tolmie, study the pedagogy of Barry’s work and its application academically and practically. Examining Barry’s career and work from the point of view of research-creation, Contagious Imagination applies Barry’s unique mixture of teaching, art, learning, and creativity to the very form of the volume, exploring Barry’s imaginative praxis and offering readers their own.
With a foreword by Frederick Luis Aldama and an afterword by Glenn Willmott, this volume explores the impact of Barry’s work in and out of the classroom. Divided into four sections—Teaching and Learning, which focuses on critical pedagogy; Comics and Autobiography, which targets various practices of rememorying; Cruddy, a self-explanatory category that offers two extraordinary critical interventions into Barry criticism around a challenging text; and Research-Creation, which offers two creative, synthetic artistic pieces that embody and enact Barry’s own mixed academic and creative investments—this book offers numerous inroads into Barry’s idiosyncratic imagination and what it can teach us about ourselves.”

 

Superheld*innen: Gottheiten der Gegenwart?

Nicolaus Wilder

Kiel University Press
August 2022
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“Superheld*innen fristen trotz ihrer fast 100 Jahre währenden medialen Präsenz ein Nischendasein im wissenschaftlichen Diskurs. Auch wenn dieses aufzubrechen scheint, ist die Perspektive nach wie vor von einer massenkulturkritischen Haltung dominiert, deren Blick notwendigerweise verschlossen bleibt für das Hoffnungsvolle, Orientierende und Bedeutungsvolle ihrer Narrative. Diese überwiegend im Fandiskurs artikulierte Gegenseite erweist sich jedoch als bestens anschlussfähig an eine pädagogische Betrachtungsweise, die durch das Buch eröffnet wird.”

 

Vertigo Comics: British Creators, US Editors, and the Making of a Transformational Imprint

Isabelle Licari-Guillaume

Routledge
August 2022
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“This book explores the so-called “British Invasion” of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, which played an important role in redefining the mainstream comics industry in the US during the early 1990s.
Focusing on British creators within Vertigo, this study traces the evolution of the line from its creation in 1993 to its demise in 2019. Through an approach grounded in cultural history, the book disentangles the imprint’s complex roots, showing how editors channelled the potential of its British writers at a time of deep-seated economic and cultural change within the comics industry, and promoted a sense of cohesion across titles that defied categories. The author also delves into lesser-known aspects of the Invasion, exploring less-canonical periods and creators that are often eclipsed by Vertigo’s early star writers.
An innovative contribution on a key element of comic book history, this volume will appeal both to researchers of Vertigo scholarship and to fans of the imprint. It will also be an essential read for those interested in transatlantic collaborations and exchanges in the entertainment industry, processes of cultural legitimation and cultural hierarchies, and to anyone working on the representation of national and social identities.”

 

Critical Approaches to Horror Comic Books: Red Ink in the Gutter

John Darowski, Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns (eds.)

Routledge
August 2022
Publisher’s website

“This volume explores how horror comic books have negotiated with the social and cultural anxieties framing a specific era and geographical space.
Paying attention to academic gaps in comics’ scholarship, these chapters engage with the study of comics from varying interdisciplinary perspectives, such as Marxism; posthumanism; and theories of adaptation, sociology, existentialism, and psychology. Without neglecting the classical era, the book presents case studies ranging from the mainstream comics to the independents, simultaneously offering new critical insights on zones of vacancy within the study of horror comic books while examining a global selection of horror comics from countries such as India (City of Sorrows), France (Zombillénium), Spain (Creepy), Italy (Dylan Dog), and Japan (Tanabe Gou’s Manga Adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft), as well as the United States.
One of the first books centered exclusively on close readings of an under-studied field, this collection will have an appeal to scholars and students of horror comics studies, visual rhetoric, philosophy, sociology, media studies, pop culture, and film studies. It will also appeal to anyone interested in comic books in general and to those interested in investigating intricacies of the horror genre.”

 

Seeing Comics through Art History: Alternative Approaches to the Form

Maggie Gray, Ian Horton (eds.)

Palgrave
June 2022
Publisher’s website

“This book explores what the methodologies of Art History might offer Comics Studies, in terms of addressing overlooked aspects of aesthetics, form, materiality, perception and visual style. As well as considering what Art History proposes of comic scholarship, including the questioning of some of its deep-rooted categories and procedures, it also appraises what comics and Comics Studies afford and ask of Art History. This book draws together the work of international scholars applying art-historical methodologies to the study of a range of comic strips, books, cartoons, graphic novels and manga, who, as well as being researchers, are also educators, artists, designers, curators, producers, librarians, editors, and writers, with some undertaking practice-based research. Many are trained art historians, but others come from, have migrated into, or straddle other disciplines, such as Comparative Literature, American Literature, Cultural Studies, Visual Studies, and a range of subjects within Art & Design practice.”

 

The DC Comics Universe: Critical Essays

Douglas Brode (ed.)

McFarland
August 2022
Publisher’s website

“As properties of DC comics continue to sprout over the years, narratives that were once kept sacrosanct now spill over into one another, synergizing into one bona fide creative Universe. Intended for both professional pop culture researchers and general interest readers, this collection of essays covers DC Universe multimedia, including graphic novels, video games, movies and TV shows. Each essay is written by a recognized pop culture expert offering a distinct perspective on a wide variety of topics. Even though many of the entries address important social themes like gender and racism, the book is not limited to these topics. Also included are more lighthearted essays for full verisimilitude, including analyses of long forgotten or seemingly marginal aspects of the DC Extended Universe, as well as in-depth and original interpretations of the most beloved characters and their relationships to one another. Highly accessible and approachable, this work provides previously unavailable in-roads that create a richer comprehension of the ever-expanding DC Universe.”

Journal Monitor 14: New Publications on Comic Books

The Journal Monitor is a subcategory of the regular Monitor. It is an irregularly published overview of issues of international journals on comics studies as well as special issues on corresponding topics. The introductory texts and/or tables of contents come from the respective websites.
Do you have suggestions or information on new releases that have been overlooked and should be introduced on our website? Please let us know via email: redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
See previous Monitor posts.


ImageTexT 13.1 & 13.2

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13.2

  • Michelle Ann Abate: The Yellow Kid and The Yellow Peril – R. F. Outcault’s Comics Series, Asian Caricature, and Chinese Exclusion
  • Matthew Holder: Vigilantism and Violent Forms in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns
  • Chester Scoville: Place, Knowledge, and Bodies in This One Summer

13.1

  • Benjamin Fraser: “A Sort of Enchanted Place” – Town and Country Mysticism and the Architectural Façade in Seth’s Clyde Fans
  • Kristy Beers Fägersten, Anna Nordenstam, Margareta Wallin Wictorin: Satirizing the nuclear family in the comic art of Liv Strömquist
  • Alexandra Lampp Berglund : Deconstructing Diana – An Examination of Disability and Gender in Wonder Woman
  • José Alaniz – For Angela Likina (1982-2016): ‘We Are Here’: Queer Comics in Russia
  • Bonnie Cross: Restless Figures – Animated Horror Stories as Hypertext

 

European Comic Art  15.1

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  • Mike Classon Frangos, Anna Nordenstam: Feminist Comics in the Nordic Region — Queer, Humour and the Body
  • Leena Romu: Smashing the Ideals of Docile Femininity – Humoristic Strategies of Feminist Resistance in Finnish Women’s Comics Magazines of the 1990s and 2000s
  • Anna Vuorinne, Ralf Kauranen: Visions of Queer Places – Migration and Utopia in Finnish Queer Comics
  • Maria Margareta Österholm: The Pain and the Creeping Feeling – Skewed Girlhood in Two Graphic Novels by Åsa Grennvall
  • Nina Ernst: Bodily Experience and Visual Metaphor in Two Swedish Trans Graphic Narratives
  • Charlotte Johanne Fabricius: Processual Aesthetics and Feminist Trouble – The Comics of Rikke Villadsen
  • Adriana Margareta Dancus: Childbirth during the COVID-19 Pandemic – An Analysis of Fødselen [The birth] by Norwegian Cartoonist, Blogger, and Nurse Hanne Monge Sigbjørnsen

IJOCA: International Journal of Comic Art  23.1

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  • John A. Lent, Xu Ying: In Support of Their Fathers’ and Mother’s Legacies – 13 Offspring of China’s Prominent Cartoonists Explain
  • William Hamilton: Coping with Conflict: Boxing Heroes and German Comics in the Aftermath of the First World War
  • Michele Ann Abate: “Any Children?” – “The Family Circus” and the Problems of Parenthood
  • José Alaniz: “Fragging” The Afghan War – Red Blood
  • Artur Skweres: “All You Need Is Kill, Not Love – Considering the Romantic Relationship in the Manga and Film Adaptations of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s Novel
  • Mike Rhode: Jason Little Discusses The Vagina, His NSFW Webcomic
  • Aaron Humphrey, Simon Walsh: The Border Separating Us – Autobiographical Comics of an Australian World War I Internment Camp
  • Toby Juliff: Tintin and the Jews (of Contemporary Literature)
  • Shivani Sharma: Within and Between the Visual Metaphoricity of Comics – A Semiotic Approach to the Mahābhārata in Amar Chitra Katha
  • Jeff S. Wilson: Dramatizing Ontology in 18 Days: Grant Morrison’s Mahābhārata and the Battle to Save Eternity
  • Ignacio Fernández Sarasola: The Role of Fox Feature Syndicate in the Implementation of the Comics Code Authority
  • Kirsten Møllegaard: Remembrances of Things Past – Childhood in Graphic Memoirs
  • Kinko Ito: The Social Functions and Impacts of Popular Manga in Contemporary Japan – A Case of GOLDEN KAMUY
  • Chadwick L. Roberts, Anita K. McDaniel: Slaying the Monster – Heroic Lesbian Narratives in World’s Finest
  • Angelo Letizia: Poems, Comics and the Spaces Between: An Examination of the Interplay between Poem and Pag
  • Noran Amin: The Oriental Superheroes: Political Questions in G. Willow Wilson’s Cairo: A Graphic Novel and Ms. Marvel
  • Alisia Grace Chase: The Maternal-Feminine and Matrixial Borderspace in Megan Kelso’s “Watergate Sue”
  • Felipe Rodolfo Hendriksen: Morpheus Aeternorum – Dreams, Androgyny, and Their Characteristics in Sandman (Preludes & Nocturnes) by Neil Gaiman

 

Studies in Comics  12.1

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  • Ivan Pintor Iranzo, Eva Van de Wiele: Out of family, into history – A comparative study of the superchild in Corriere dei Piccoli, TBO and The Adventures of Tintin
  • Michel De Dobbeleer: Can stereotypical housewives in Flemish family comics divorce? The cases of Jommeke and De Kiekeboes
  • Danielle Sutton: The problem with empathy – Justification and appeasement in Hey, Kiddo and Real Friends
  • Lan Dong: Drawing childhood in conflict: Malik Sajad’s Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir

 

Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society  6.1

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  • Brannon Costello: Strange Daddy – Uprooting the Environmentalist Family Romance in Nancy A. Collins’ Swamp Thing
  • Amy Mazowita: Privileged Witnessing and the Graphic Self in Sarah Glidden’s How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
  • Ashley Ecklund: Maus II‘s Emphatic Smoke – The Trace as Graphic Affect

Journal Monitor 13: New Publications on Comic Books

The Journal Monitor is a subcategory of the regular Monitor. It is an irregularly published overview of issues of international journals on comics studies as well as special issues on corresponding topics. The introductory texts and/or tables of contents come from the respective websites.
Do you have suggestions or information on new releases that have been overlooked and should be introduced on our website? Please let us know via email: redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
See previous Monitor posts.


European Comic Art  14.2

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  • Fransiska Louwagie, Simon Lambert: “Introduction: Tradition and Innovation in Franco-Belgian Bande dessinée
  • Annick Pellegrin: “Anchoring Retro Spirou et Fantasio and Spin-off Albums”
  • Cristina Álvares: “Spirou’s Origin Myth and Family Romances: The Domestication of Adventure in the New Adventure Comic”
  • Nicolas Martinez: “Reframing the Western Genre in Bande dessinée, from Hollywood to Ledger Art: An Intermedial Perspective”
  • Ilan Manouach: “Outlining Conceptual Practices in Comics”

Inks  5.3

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  • Jackson Ayres: “Writing for the Trade or Writing for a Trade?”
  • Lan Dong: “Drawing Histories, Documenting Experiences: Clément Baloup’s Vietnamese Memories”
  • Vincent Haddad: “Detroit vs. Everybody (Including Superheroes): Representing Race through Setting in DC Comics”
  • Susan Vanderborg: “’I Tell You I Know Nothing’: Redefining Accessibility in Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón’s The Torture Report
  • Dale Jacobs: “The 1976 Project: On Comics and Grief, or How Our Lives Intersect with What We Study”

 

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 11

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  • Anna Marta Marini: “Discursive (Re)Contruction of Mexican American Identity in J. Gonzo’s La Mano del Destino
  • Johanna Commins: “Composing the Handmaid: From Graphic Novel to Protest Icon”
  • Mike Classon Frangos: “Swedish Norm-Critical Comics and the Comics Pedagogy of Lynda Barry”
  • Chris Reyns-Chikuma: “Beyond the Two Solitudes: Differences in Fluidity in Franco-Canadian BD and Anglo-Canadian Comics Through the Influence of Manga”
  • Alessandro Scanu: “How to Tell a Story without Words: Time and Focalization in Shaun Tan’s The Arrival (2006)”
  • Niels Høegh Madsen, Mathias Stengaard, Maria Jose Schmidt-Kessen: “The Visualized Employment Contract. An Exploratory Study on Contract Visualization in Danish Employment Contracts”

 

Journal of Comics & Culture  6

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  • Joshua A. Kopin: “’A Big Hit Wit’ Each Oter’: Techniques of Belonging and Identification on Hogan’s Alley
  • Mark R. Martell: “From Invisible to Invincible: Asian American Superheroes in Comics”
  • Isabelle Martin: “’The Weight of Their Past’: Reconstructing Memory and History Through Photographs in Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do
  • Ioana Atanassova: “Superman: The Kryptonian-American Immigrant”
  • Matt Reingold: “International Migrations in Asaf Hanuka’s Ha Yehuda Ha Aravi
  • Erika Chung: “Somewhere in Between: Asian Diaspora, Superhero Comics and Identity”

 

Sane: Sequential Art Narrative in Education  2.6

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  • Oliver McGarr, Guillermina Gavaldon, Francisco Manuel Sáez de Adana Herrero: “Using comics as a tool to facilitate critical reflective practice in professional education”
  • Angelo Letizia: “Empirical Drawings: Utilizing Comic Essays in the Social Studies Classroom to Teach Citizenship”

 

IJOCA: International Journal of Comic Art 22.2

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  • José Alaniz: “Survilo and Historical Trauma in Contemporary Russian Comics”
  • Marty Branagan: “Tintin: From Violent Communist-Hating Conservative to Radical Peacenik, Part 2”
  • Annabelle Cone: “The Fez, The Harem Pants, and the Embroidered Tie: Fashion and the Politics of Orientalism in Three Francophone Graphic Novels”
  • John A. Lent, Geisa Fernandes: “Far Out of the Box: The Comics of Chile’s Marcela Trujillo (Maliki)”
  • Natsume Fusanosuke: “The Characteristics of Japanese Manga”
  • Stephen Connor: “Ordinary Enemies: Robert Kanigher, Garth Ennis, and the Myth of the Unblemished Wehrmacht”
  • Pritesh Chakraborty: “Re-invention of Indian Myths in the Superhero Comic Books of Nagraj”
  • Christine Atchison: “Watchmen: An Exploration of Transcendence in Comics”
  • Francisco Saez de Adana, Michel Matly: “The 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War and American Comics”
  • John A. Lent: “Trying Times Require Re-inventiveness: Ways of Coping of Taiwan’s Ling Qun”
  • Brian Cremins: “’Reoccurring Dreams’: Music and the Elegiac Voice in John Porcellino’s Perfect Example
  • Alisia Grace Chase: “The Maternal-Feminine and Matrixial Borderspace in Megan Kelso’s Watergate Sue
  • Kosei Ono: “How Sugiura’s Ninja-Boy Comics Developed after the Asia-Pacific War”
  • Aaron Humphrey: “The Pedagogy and Potential of Educational Comics”
  • Jeffrey O. Segrave: “To Play or Not to Play? That Is the Question: Perspectives on Organized Youth Sports in Comic Strips”
  • Peter Cullen Bryan: “An Expert on Arrow: Critical Fan Activism and Gail Simone’s Twitter”
  • Andrew Edward: “Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? It’s Jack the Ripper!”
  • Safa Al-shammary: “Habibi Worth a Thousand Words, and a Few Words Worth a Thousand Tales”
  • Kyle Eveleth: “Print Is Dead; Long Live Print!: Are Digital Comics Killing the Print Comics Industry?”
  • Angelo J. Letizia: “Comics as a Window into Disposability: Some Thoughts”
  • Mrinal Chatterjee: “Cartoons in the Time of Corona in India”