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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”

 

New Publication: Studien zur Geschichte des Comic

Studien zur Geschichte
des Comic

Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff, Dietrich Grünewald (eds.)

published by Ch. A. Bachmann
442 pages
numerous illustrations
language: German
ISBN 978-3-96234-069-8
publisher’s website

We are glad to announce that the second volume of the conference proceedings from the  10th Annual ComFor Conference 2015 in Frankfurt is finally available now, edited by honorary ComFor members Dietrich Grünewald and Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff. After the first volume investigated the representation of history in comics, the second volume is focused on the history of comics themselves.

Publisher’s blurb:

“Die hier versammelten Studien zur Geschichte des Comic umfassen unterschiedliche Facetten historisch orientierter Comic-Forschung im weitesten Sinn. Neben Überblicksdarstellungen zu Epochen und längeren Zeiträumen finden sich Beiträge zu einzelnen Autorinnen und Autoren, Werken und Serien. Untersuchungen zu Frühformen haben ihren Platz neben Längsschnitten durch Entwicklungen der jüngsten Zeit. Gattungsent­wicklungen, Thematiken, Medien und Märkte sowie Schnittstellen der sequenziellen Bildgeschichte zu anderen Formen des erzählenden Bildes werden ebenso diskutiert wie Vermarktungsweisen und dezidiert antikommerzielle Tendenzen sowie Positionen der historischen Comic-Forschung selbst.
Die Beiträge bieten sowohl Neuentdeckungen von Werken und Details der Geschichte des Comic, wie die Herstellung von historischen Zusammenhängen. Sie geben Einblicke in neuere Comic-Kulturen – auch osteuropäischer und fernöstlicher Länder – und deren Bezüge zu internationalen Entwicklungen. Der Band bietet Ansichten einer zunehmend vielgestaltigen Welt der Grafischen Literatur, innerhalb derer einige der bislang aus der Sicht der westeuropäischen und US-amerikanischen Forschung eher randständigen Gebiete gegenüber den Zentren hervortreten.”

Contents:

  • Dietrich GRÜNEWALD: “Zur Frühgeschichte des Comic:
    Von der Illustrationsfolge zur autonomen Bildgeschichte”
  • Bernd DOLLE-WEINKAUFF: “Zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte der sequenziellen Bilderzählung in Deutschland 1835–1860”
  • Christian A. BACHMANN: “Transatlantische Motivwanderungen am Beispiel von Traumdarstellungen:Ein Beitrag zur Thematologie des frühen Comics”
  • Benedikt BREBECK: “Beiträge deutscher Zeichner zur Entwicklung des frühen Comic Strip in den USA”
  • Michael F. SCHOLZ: “‘Comics and Their Creators’ (1942) -Zu den Anfängen der amerikanischen Comicforschung”
  • Nicolas SCHILLINGER: “Grenzen des Zeichenbaren: Geschichte und Comic in China nach 1949”
  • Jessica BAUWENS-SUGIMOTO: “A Short Overview of the History of Japanese Boys’ Love and Yaoi Manga”
  • Marie SCHRÖER: “Autobiografie im Comic: Geschichte/n, Varianten, Potentiale”
  • Véronique SINA: “‘It Ain’t Me Babe …’:Zur Geschichte und Entwicklung feministischer Comics”
  • Nina MAHRT: “Mit allen Mitteln: Kriegsreportagen als Comics”
  • Hartmut BECKER: “Werbecomics der 1950er-Jahre: Eine Revue der Konsumwelten der westdeutschen Nachkriegsgesellschaft”
  • Guido WEISSHAHN: “182 Variationen über ein Thema:Die Comicserie Knote und Karli als Beispiel für Zeitungscomics in der DDR”
  • Anna STEMMANN: “‘Der Schrecken, der die Nacht durchflattert’:Darkwing Duck als Superheldenparodie”
  • Elizabeth ‘Biz’ NIJDAM: “From Posters to Panels and Panels to Posters: Fluidity of Form in Feuchtenberger’s Comics and Graphic Art”
  • Arno METELING: “Der Vertigo-Effekt: Melancholie, Horror und Britishness in US-amerikanischen Comics um 2000”
  • Kalina KUPCZYNSKA: “Geschichte des autobiografischen Comics in Polen”
  • Brett E. STERLING: “Jenseits des Mainstreams: Zur Entwicklung der deutschsprachigen Comic-Produktion und ihrer avantgardistischen Strömungen seit 1980”
  • Lehel SATA: “Tendenzen im ungarischen Comic nach der Jahrtausendwende: Themen, Gestaltungstechniken, Wirkung”
  • Marco PELLITTERI: “Abriss einer Geschichte der Etablierung des Manga-Markts in ausgewählten europäischen Ländern”

Members Bibliography 2020 & 2021

To provide an overview of our members’ research, we compile an annual bibliography of monographs and edited volumes by ComFor members. As this is the first time we publish it, also some titles from the previous year are included.

Are you interested in reviewing any of these books? Write an email to redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de and we will forward information on review copies to you. Reviews can be published as guest contribution under the respective reviewer’s name on our website, also those written by non-members!


Ahrens, Jörn (Hg.). Der Comic als Form: Bildsprache, Ästhetik, Narration. Ch. A. Bachmann, 2021.

Domsch, Sebastian, Dan Hassler-Forest und Dirk Vanderbeke (Hgs.). Handbook of Comics and Graphic Narratives. De Gruyter, 2021.

Eckhoff-Heindl, Nina, und Véronique Sina (Hgs.) Spaces Between: Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics. Springer VS, 2020.

Etter, Lukas. Distinctive Styles and Authorship in Alternative Comics. De Gruyter, 2021.

Frahm, Ole, Hans-Joachim Hahn, Markus Streb (Hgs.). Beyond MAUS. The Legacy of Holocaust Comics. Böhlau 2021.

Giesa, Felix und Anna Stemmann (Hgs.). Comics & Archive. Ch. A. Bachmann, 2021.

Giesa, Felix, Markus Engelns und Ulrike Preußner (Hgs.). Comics in der Schule: Theorie und Unterrichtspraxis. Ch. A. Bachmann, 2021.

Grünewald, Dietrich. Abstrakt? Abstrakt! Abstraktion und Bildgeschichte. Ch. A. Bachmann, 2021.

Gundermann, Christine (Hg.). Zwischenräume: Geschlecht und Diversität in Comics. Ch. A. Bachmann, 2021.

Hausmanninger, Thomas. Religion als Kultur: Das Judentum und die jüdische Identität bei Joann Sfar. Ch. A. Bachmann, 2021.

Kupczyńska, Kalina, und Renata Makarska. Handbuch Polnische Comickulturen nach 1989. Ch. A. Bachmann, 2021.

Oppolzer, Markus. Reading Autobiographical Comics: A Framework for Educational Settings. Peter Lang, 2020. Open Access.

Palandt, Ralf (Hg.). Anne Frank im Comic. C.A. Bachmann, 2021.

Pohl-Otto, Karoline. Comics in Schule und Religionsunterricht: Vielfalt adressieren, Kompetenzen fördern, Unterricht verbessern. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021.

Rauscher, Andreas, Daniel Stein, und Jan-Noël Thon (Hgs.). Comics and Videogames: From Hybrid Medialities to Transmedia Expansions. Routledge, 2021.

Stein, Daniel. Authorizing Superhero Comics: On the Evolution of a Popular Serial Genre. Ohio State University Press, 2021.