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Monitor 53: 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:
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The World of DC Comics

Andrew Friedenthal
108 pages
April 2019
Publisher’s website

“The first sustained study of the DC Comics Multiverse, this book explores its history, meanings, and lasting influence. The multiverse is a unique exercise in world-building: a series of parallel and interactive worlds with a cohesive cosmology, developed by various creators over more than 50 years.
In examining DC’s unique worlds and characters, the book illustrates the expansive potential of a multiverse, full of characters, histories, geographies, religions, ethnographies, and more, and allowing for expressions of legacy, multiplicity, and play that have defined much of DC Comics’ output. It shows how a multiverse can be a vital, energizing part of any imaginary world, and argues that students and creators of such worlds would do well to explore the implications and complexities of this world-building technique.
Andrew J. Friedenthal has crafted a groundbreaking, engaging, and thoughtful examination of the multiverse, of interest to scholars and enthusiasts of not just comics studies, but also the fields of media studies and imaginary world studies.”


Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels

Golnar Nabizadeh
198 pages
April 2019
Publisher’s website

“This book analyses the relationship between comics and cultural memory. By focussing on a range of landmark comics from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the discussion draws attention to the ongoing role of visual culture in framing testimony, particularly in relation to underprivileged subjects such as migrants and refugees, individuals dealing with war and oppressive regimes and individuals living with particular health conditions. The discussion is influenced by literary and cultural debates on the intersections between ethics, testimony, trauma, and human rights, reflected in its three overarching questions: ‘How do comics usually complicate the production of cultural memory in local contents and global mediascapes?’, ‘How do comics engage with, and generate, new forms of testimonial address?’, and ‘How do the comics function as mnemonic structures?’
The author highlights that the power of comics is that they allow both creators and readers to visualise the fracturing power of violence and oppression – at the level of the individual, domestic, communal, national and international – in powerful and creative ways. Comics do not stand outside of literature, cinema, or any of the other arts, but rather enliven the reciprocal relationship between the verbal and the visual language that informs all of these media. As such, the discussion demonstrates how fields such as graphic medicine, graphic justice, and comics journalism contribute to existing theoretical and analytics debates, including critical visual theory, trauma and memory studies, by offering a broad ranging, yet cohesive, analysis of cultural memory and its representation in print and digital comics.”


Rewriting Humour in Comic Books: Cultural Transfer and Translation of Aristophanic Adaptations

Dimitris Asimakoulas
Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting
189 pages
July 2019
Publisher’s website

“This book examines comic book adaptations of Aristophanes’ plays in order to shed light on how and why humour travels across cultures and time. Forging links between modern languages, translation and the study of comics, it analyses the Greek originals and their English translations and offers a unique, language-led research agenda for cultural flows, and the systematic analysis of textual norms in a multimodal environment. It will appeal to students and scholars of Modern Languages, Translation Studies, Comics Studies, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.”


Writing Queer Women of Color: Representation and Misdirection in Contemporary Fiction and Graphic Narratives

Monalesia Earle
248 pages
July 2019
Publisher’s website

“Queer women of color have historically been underrepresented or excluded completely in fiction and comics. When present, they are depicted as “less than” the white, Eurocentric norm. Drawing on semiotics, queer theory, and gender studies, this book addresses the imbalanced representation of queer women of color in graphic narratives and fiction and explores ways of rewriting queer women of color back into the frame. The author interrogates what it means to be “Other” and how “Othering” can be more creatively resisted.”

Journal Monitor 03: 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:
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European Comic Art 12.1 (2019)

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  • Maaheen Ahmed: Instrumentalising Media Memories – The Second World War According to Achtung Zelig!
  • Yaakova Sacerdoti: A Transtextual Hermeneutic Journey – Horst Rosenthal’s Mickey au camp de Gurs (1942)
  • Sean A. McPhail: Fall-Out and the German People – The Political Climate in Pausewang’s Novel Die Wolke (1987) and Anike Hage’s Manga Adaptation (2013)
  • David Leishman: Drawing National Boundaries in Barr’s Ba-Bru Comic Strip Advertising
  • David Morgan: Looking Awry at Georgian Caricature – Lacan and the Satirists


Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 3.1 (Spring 2019)

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  • Margaret Galvan, Leah Misemer: Introduction – The Counterpublics of Underground Comics
  • Leah Misemer: Serial Critique – The Counterpublic of Wimmen’s Comix
  • Joshua Abraham Kopin: “With Apologies to The Old Masters” – Jack Jackson’s Citational Practice and the History of Comic Book History
  • Aaron Kashtan: Christmas Card from a Cat Dancer in Mipple City: Omaha the Cat Dancer and Midwestern Counterpublics
  • Lara Saguisag: X-Rated – Childhood and the “Adults Only” World of Underground Comix
  • Margaret Galvan: Adjacent Genealogies, Alternate Geographies – The Outliers of Underground Comix & World War 3 Illustrated


ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 10.3 (2018/19)

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  • Vincent M. Basso: The Poverty of the Kid – Visualizing the Ragamuffin in R.F. Outcault’s Hogan’s Alley
  • Mary J. Henderson: Representation Matters – Post-Racial Tensions in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
  • Emily Lauer: Fun (Mobile) Home
  • Debraghya Sanyal: Krazy Kolors – Exploring Identities and Ambiguities in George Harriman’s Krazy Kat
  • Rikke Platz Cortsen: Kverneland and Fiske in the Footsteps of Great Artists – Re-tracing as a Tool for Artist Biographies in Comics Form
  •  Jean-Matthieu Méon: Comics in Museums and at their Periphery – Hierarchical Reaffirmation and Domination Adjustments in French Art Museums
  • Elizabeth Nijdam: The Expressionist Aesthetics of Anke Feuchtenberger’s Graphic Narrative
  • Małgorzata Olsza: Collage Technique in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic


Studies in Comics 10.1 (2019)

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    • Alice Vernon: Graphic Wales: Exploring identity, landscape and language in Carol Swain’s Gast
    • David Miranda-Barreiro: Invoking the past in graphic biographies: The life, death and ghostly return of Alexandre Bóveda
    • Guillem Colom-Montero: Mass tourism as cultural trauma: An analysis of the Majorcan comics Els darrers dies de l’Imperi Mallorquí (2014) and Un infern a Mallorca (La decadència de l’Imperi Mallorquí) (2018)
    • Armelle Blin-Rolland: ‘Tu te décolonises’: Comics re-framings of the Breton Liberation Front (FLB)
    • Edward A. Shannon: Good grief, Comrade Brown! Woody Guthrie, Charles Schulz and the little cartoon book that was a big lie
    • Paul Humphrey: ‘Yo soy Groot’: Afro-Caribbean religions and transnational identity in the comic metropolis


Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings 19.1 (2019)

Special Issue: Comics Fiction
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  • Iwan Gunawan: Indonesian Comic Strips – Localities in a Global Medium
  • Nicolas Verstappen: When Popeye and Mickey Mouse became Siamese – The Birth of Thai Comics Art and its Early Borrowings
  • Chong Lingying: My Mother, the Comic Book Publisher
  • Emma Hayley: ‘Comic Books aren’t just about latex-clad Superheroes’ – Indie Publisher Emma Hayley Reflects on her Company, SelfMadeHero
  • Monica Chiu: Inter-visuality in Kawaguchi’s Manga Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President and its Translation into an American Series
  • Weihsin Gui: Braiding Stories and Affordances in the Graphic Novels of Sonny Liew and Koh Hong Teng

Monitor 52: 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:
See previous Monitor posts.

The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets

Kevin Haworth
University Press of Mississippi
194 pages
March 2019
Publisher’s website

“Best known for her Eisner Award-winning graphic novels, Exit Wounds and The Property, Rutu Modan’s richly colored compositions invite readers into complex Israeli society, opening up a world too often defined only by news headlines. Her strong female protagonists stick out in a comics scene still too dominated by men, as she combines a mystery novelist’s plotting with a memoirist’s insights into psychology and trauma.
The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets conducts a close reading of her work and examines her role in creating a comics arts scene in Israel. Drawing upon archival research, Kevin Haworth traces the history of Israeli comics from its beginning as 1930s cheap children’s stories, through the counterculture movement of the 1970s, to the burst of creativity that began in the 1990s and continues full force today.
Based on new interviews with Modan (b. 1966) and other comics artists, Haworth indicates the key role of Actus Tragicus, the collective that changed Israeli comics forever and launched her career. Haworth shows how Modan’s work grew from experimental mini-comics to critically acclaimed graphic novels, delving into the creative process behind Exit Wounds and The Property. He analyzes how the recurring themes of family secrets and absence weave through her stories, and how she adapts the famous clear line illustration style to her morally complex tales.”


Shōjo Across Media: Exploring “Girl” Practices in Contemporary Japan

Jaqueline Berndt, Kazumi Nagaike und Fusami Ogi (eds.)
East Asian Popular Culture
397 pages
March 2019
Publisher’s website

“Since the 2000s, the Japanese word shōjo has gained global currency, accompanying the transcultural spread of other popular Japanese media such as manga and anime. The term refers to both a character type specifically, as well as commercial genres marketed to female audiences more generally. Through its diverse chapters this edited collection introduces the two main currents of shōjo research: on the one hand, historical investigations of Japan’s modern girl culture and its representations, informed by Japanese-studies and gender-studies concerns; on the other hand, explorations of the transcultural performativity of shōjo as a crafted concept and affect-prone code, shaped by media studies, genre theory, and fan-culture research.
While acknowledging that shōjo has mediated multiple discourses throughout the twentieth century—discourses on Japan and its modernity, consumption and consumerism, non-hegemonic gender, and also technology—this volume shifts the focus to shōjo mediations, stretching from media by and for actual girls, to shōjo as media. As a result, the Japan-derived concept, while still situated, begins to offer possibilities for broader conceptualizations of girlness within the contemporary global digital mediascape.”


Lessons Drawn: Essays on the Pedagogy of Comics and Graphic Novels

David D. Seelow (ed.)
258 pages
Publisher’s website

“Imagine a classroom where students put away their smart phones and enthusiastically participate in learning activities that unleash creativity and refine critical thinking. Students today live and learn in a transmedia environment that demands multi-modal writing skills and multiple literacies. This collection brings together 17 new essays on using comics and graphic novels to provide both a learning framework and hands-on strategies that transform students’ learning experiences through literary forms they respond to.”


Politics in Gotham: The Batman Universe and Political Thought

Damien K. Picariello (ed.)
237 pages
March 2019
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“In Politics in Gotham, scholars from a variety of fields—political science, philosophy, law, and others—provide answers to the question: “What does Batman have to do with politics?” Contributors use the Batman canon, from the comics to the feature films, to explore a broad range of issues in politics and political thought. What can Batman’s role in Gotham City teach us about democracy? How do Batman’s vigilantism and his violence fit within a society committed to the rule of law? What’s the relationship between politics in Gotham and politics in our own communities? From Machiavelli to the fake news phenomenon, this book provides a compelling introduction to the politics behind one of the world’s most enduring pop culture figures.”


Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities

Fusami Ogi, et al. (eds.)
366 pages
March 2019
Publisher’s website

Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond offers a variety of perspectives on women’s manga and the nature, scope, and significance of the relationship between women and comics/manga, both globally as well as locally. Based on the activities since 2009 of the Women’s MANGA Research Project in Asia (WMRPA), the edited volume elucidates social and historical aspects of the Asian wave of manga from ever-broader perspectives of transnationalization and glocalization. With a specific focus on women’s direct roles in manga creation, it illustrates how the globalization of manga has united different cultures and identities, focusing on networks of women creators and readerships.
Taking an Asian regional approach combined with investigations of non-Asian cultures which have felt manga’s impact, the book details manga’s shift to a global medium, developing, uniting, and involving increasing numbers of participants worldwide. Unveiling diverse Asian identities and showing ways to unite them, the contributors to this volume recognize the overlaps and unique trends that emerge as a result.”

Monitor 51: 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:
See previous Monitor posts.


Peanuts and American Culture: Essays on Charles M. Schulz’s Iconic Comic Strip

Peter W. Y. Lee
211 pages
March 2019
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Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz insisted good ol’ Charlie Brown and his friends were neither “great art” nor “significant.” Yet Schulz’s acclaimed daily comic strip—syndicated in thousands of newspapers over five decades—brilliantly mirrored tensions in American society during the second half of the 20th century.
Focusing on the strip’s Cold War roots, this collection of new essays explores existentialism, the reshaping of the nuclear family, the Civil Rights Movement, 1960s counterculture, feminism, psychiatry and fear of the bomb. Chapters focus on the development of Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Franklin, Shermy, Snoopy and the other characters that became American icons.”


Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics

Frederik Byrn Køhlert
Rutgers University Press
242 pages
March 2019
Publisher’s website

“Autobiography is one of the most dynamic and quickly-growing genres in contemporary comics and graphic narratives. In Serial Selves, Frederik Byrn Køhlert examines the genre’s potential for representing lives and perspectives that have been socially marginalized or excluded. With a focus on the comics form’s ability to produce alternative and challenging autobiographical narratives, thematic chapters investigate the work of artists writing from perspectives of marginality including gender, sexuality, disability, and race, as well as trauma. Interdisciplinary in scope and attuned to theories and methods from both literary and visual studies, the book provides detailed formal analysis to show that the highly personal and hand-drawn aesthetics of comics can help artists push against established narrative and visual conventions, and in the process invent new ways of seeing and being seen.
As the first comparative study of how comics artists from a wide range of backgrounds use the form to write and draw themselves into cultural visibility, Serial Selves will be of interest to anyone interested in the current boom in autobiographical comics, as well as issues of representation in comics and visual culture more broadly.”


The Ages of The Flash: Essays on the Fastest Man Alive

Joseph J. Darowski (ed.)
194 pages
April 2019
Publisher’s website

“While many American superheroes have multiple powers and complex gadgets, the Flash is simply fast. This simplicity makes his character easily comprehendible for all audiences, whether they are avid comic fans or newcomers to the genre, and in turn he has become one of the most iconic figures in the comic-book industry. This collection of new essays serves as a stepping-stone to an even greater understanding of the Flash, examining various iterations of his character—including those of Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart Allen—and what they reveal about the era in which they were written.”


The Artistry of Neil Gaiman: Finding Light in the Shadows

Joseph Michael Sommers and Kyle Eveleth (eds.)
University Press of Mississippi
300 pages
April 2019
Publisher’s website

“Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) reigns as one of the most critically decorated and popular authors of the last fifty years. Perhaps best known as the writer of the Harvey, Eisner, and World Fantasy-award winning series The Sandman, Gaiman quickly became equally renowned in literary circles for Neverwhere, Coraline, and award-winning American Gods, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning The Graveyard Book. For adults, children, comics readers, and viewers of the BBC’s Doctor Who, Gaiman’s writing has crossed the borders of virtually all media, making him a celebrity around the world.
Despite Gaiman’s incredible contributions to comics, his work remains underrepresented in sustained fashion in comics studies. The thirteen essays and two interviews with Gaiman and his frequent collaborator, artist P. Craig Russell, examine the work of Gaiman and his many illustrators. The essays discuss Gaiman’s oeuvre regarding the qualities that make his work unique in his eschewing of typical categories, his proclamations to “make good art,” and his own constant efforts to do so however the genres and audiences may slip into one another.
The Artistry of Neil Gaiman forms a complicated picture of a man who always seems fully assembled virtually from the start of his career, but only came to feel comfortable in his own voice far later in life. “

Monitor 50: 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:
See previous Monitor posts.


Young People, Comics and Reading: Exploring a Complex Reading Experience

Lucia Cedeira Serantes
Elements in Publishing and Book Culture
Cambridge University Press
110 pages
February 2019
Publisher’s website

“Scholars and professionals interested in the study and engagement with young people will find this project relevant to deepening their understanding of reading practices with comics and graphic novels. Comics reading has been an understudied experience despite its potential to enrich our exploration of reading in our currently saturated media landscape. This Element is based on seventeen in-depth interviews with teens and young adults who describe themselves as readers of comics for pleasure. These interviews provide insights about how comics reading evolves with the readers and what they consider a good or bad reading experience. Special attention is paid to the place of female readers in the comics community and material aspects of reading. From these readers, one begins to understand why comics reading is something that young people do not ‘grow out of’ but an experience that they ‘grow with’.”


Perspectives on Digital Comics: Theoretical, Critical and Pedagogical Essays

Jeffrey S.J. Kirchoff, Mike P. Cook (eds.)
257 pages
February 2019
Publisher’s website

“This collection of new essays explores various ways of reading, interpreting and using digital comics. Contributors discuss comics made specifically for web consumption, and also digital reproductions of print-comics. Written for those who may not be familiar with digital comics or digital comic scholarship, the essays cover perspectives on reading, criticism and analysis of specific titles, the global reach of digital comics, and how they can be used in educational settings.”


“I’m Just a Comic Book Boy”: Essays on the Intersection of Comics and Punk

Christopher B. Field, et al. (eds.)
240 pages
February 2019
Publisher’s website

“Comics and the punk movement are inextricably linked—each has a foundational do-it-yourself ethos and a nonconformist spirit defiant of authority. This collection of new essays provides for the first time a thorough analysis of the intersections between comics and punk. The contributors expand the discussion beyond the familiar U.S. and UK scenes to include the influence punk has had on comics produced in other countries, such as Spain and Turkey.”


Urban Comics: Infrastructure and the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives

Dominic Davies
274 pages
March 2019
Publisher’s website

Urban Comics: Infrastructure and the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives makes an important and timely contribution both to comics studies and urban studies, offering a decolonisation and reconfiguration of both of these already interdisciplinary fields. With chapter-length discussions of comics from cities such as Cairo, Cape Town, New Orleans, Delhi and Beirut, this book shows how artistic collectives and urban social movements working across the global South are producing some of the most exciting and formally innovative graphic narratives of the contemporary moment.
Throughout, the author reads an expansive range of graphic narratives through the vocabulary of urban studies to argue that these formal innovations should be thought of as a kind of infrastructure. This ‘infrastructural form’ allows urban comics to reveal that the built environments of our cities are not static, banal, or depoliticised, but rather highly charged material spaces that allow some forms of social life to exist while also prohibiting others. Built from a formal infrastructure of grids, gutters and panels, and capable of volumetric, multi-scalar perspectives, this book shows how urban comics are able to represent, repair and even rebuild contemporary global cities toward more socially just and sustainable ends.
Operating at the intersection of comics studies and urban studies, and offering large global surveys alongside close textual and visual analyses, this book explores and opens up the fascinating relationship between comics and graphic narratives, on the one hand, and cities and urban spaces, on the other.”


EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest

Qiana Whitted
Rutger’s University Press
196 pages
March 2019
Publisher’s website

“Entertaining Comics Group (EC Comics) is perhaps best-known today for lurid horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and for a publication that long outlived the company’s other titles, Mad magazine. But during its heyday in the early 1950s, EC was also an early innovator in another genre of comics: the so-called “preachies,” socially conscious stories that boldly challenged the conservatism and conformity of Eisenhower-era America.
EC Comics examines a selection of these works—sensationally-titled comics such as “Hate!,” “The Guilty!,” and “Judgment Day!”—and explores how they grappled with the civil rights struggle, antisemitism, and other forms of prejudice in America. Putting these socially aware stories into conversation with EC’s better-known horror stories, Qiana Whitted discovers surprising similarities between their narrative, aesthetic, and marketing strategies. She also recounts the controversy that these stories inspired and the central role they played in congressional hearings about offensive content in comics.
The first serious critical study of EC’s social issues comics, this book will give readers a greater appreciation of their legacy. They not only served to inspire future comics creators, but also introduced a generation of young readers to provocative ideas and progressive ideals that pointed the way to a better America.”

Journal Monitor 02: 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: → See previous Monitor posts.

IJOCA (International Journal of Comic Art) 20.2 (2018)

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  • John A. Lent: A 20-Year Harvest of Comic Art Scholarship: International Journal of Comic Art 1999-2018
  • Rob Rogers: Six in a Row? That Has to Be Some Kind of Record!
  • Haydon Manning, Robert Phiddian: The Editorial Cartoon’s Fading Impact – The State of Play in Australia at the Federal Election of 2016 and Beyond
  • John A. Lent: The New Wave of Investigative Cartooning in South Korea
  • Benjamin Wai-ming Ng: Drawing Chinese Political Cartoons in Japan: Blessing in Disguise or Trade-off?
  • Leonard Rifas: The Politics of Underground Comix and the Environmental Crisis
  • Richard Scully: Mark Knight vs Serena Williams – Crossing the Line: Offensive and Controversial Cartoons in the 21st Century – “The View from Australia” – Part Two
  • Lim Cheng Tju: Morgan Chua (1949-2018) and Political Cartooning in Singapore
  • Sara S. Elmaghraby: Cartooning Poverty: Are Cartoonists Helping Sustainable Development in Egypt?
  • Jose Alaniz: “Hippies” and Pacifism in Igor Kolgarev’s Militariisk Comics
  • Milind Ranade: Discovering Tom Browne and His Postcards
  • Jeffrey SJ Kirchoff: Beyond the Printed Page: Dementia, Graphic Medicine, and Digital Comics
  • Janis Breckenridge, Maia Watkins: Reading Between the Lines: Drawing on the Horrors of Disappearance in “Un asesino anda suelto”
  • Mike Rhode: A Chat with Izar Lunacek of Slovenia
  • Izar Lunacek: A Brief History of Slovenian Comics
  • Melanie Hernandez: Currier & Ives’s Darktown Series: Recovering White Social Capital through Violent Satire
  • Tomasz Zaglewski: Superhero Sentimentalism. Analyzing the Social Media Nostalgia for the First Wave of American Comics in Poland
  • Jean Braithwaite: Navigating Jimmy Corrigan: Time, Space, and Puzzles, Including Pagination
  • Marlene Pohle: A Cartoonist Chronicler of Cartoonists’ Confabs
  • William H. Foster III: March Graphic Novel: “American History Lives Again”
  • Steve Danziger: Malice, Metaphysics, and Mengele – Holocaust Motifs and the Renunciation of Evil in EC Horror Comics
  • Robyn Johnson: Bishie Man or Woman, It Matters Not: Grotesque Resistance to Heteronormative Love in Yu Wo’s 1/2 Prince
  • Citlaly Aguilar Campos: Liminality and Meta-fiction in Comics: The Ayotzinapa Case by Augusto Mora
  • Joilo Batista Freitas Cardoso, Caio Mattos Moreira Cardoso: The V Mask in Translation: From Commercial to Subversive Systems
  • Ken Junior Lipenga: Intersections of Sex and Violence in Preacher
  • Ignacio Fernandez Sarasola: Crime News: Blaming Comic Books for Crimes Committed During the “Golden Age”
  • J.T.H. Connor: Behind the Scenes of the “War in Comics” Exhibit: An Interview with Canada’s Andrew Loman and Irene Velentzas
  • Paola Moreno Izaguirre: Art Toy as Anatomical Sketch
  • Northrop Davis: Legendary Hollywood Designer Syd Mead’s Important Contributions to Landmark Anime
  • Barry Pearl: Charles M. Schulz: Cartoons Without Peanuts

Studies in Comics 9.2 (2018)

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  • Joshua Gowdy: Meaning from Movement: Blurring the Temporal Border between Animation and Comics
  • Carolina Martins: Unfolding and Crossing the Augmented Space: Metaleptic Tools and Processes within Graphic Narrative Installations
  • Tara McInerney: Doujinshi and Comiket: A Day of ‘Hare’
  • J. B. O’Ready: Exploring the Borders between American, Muslim, Female and Superhero Identities with Kamala Khan
  • Stella Oh: Colonial Hauntings in Lynda Barry’s One Hundred Demons
  • Paul Fisher Davies: Goffman’s Frame Analysis, Modality and Comics
  • Nancy Pedri: Breaking Out of Panels: Formal Expressions of Subjectivity in Ellen Forney’s Marbles and Una’s Becoming Unbecoming
  • Lauranne Poharec: Focalized Split Panels: Bridging the Borders in Comics Form
  • Golnar Nabizadeh: An Interview with Shaun Tan

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9 (2018)

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  • Esther De Bruijn, Kelsey Hughes: Millennial Capitalism’s Vampires: The South African Graphic Novel Rebirth
  • Tomasz Żaglewski: ‘A Joke less Killing’. Animated Remediation of a Comic Book as an Extra-mediation
  • Cord A. Scott: Cold War Politics, Cuba, and Spy vs. Spy
  • Dominic Davies: Graphic Katrina: Disaster Capitalism, Tourism Gentrification and the Affect Economy in Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge (2009)
  • Olivia Albiero: Between Free Movement and Confinement: Overcoming Boundaries in Simon Schwartz’s Drüben! and Colleen Frakes’s Prison Island
  • William Schulte, Nathaniel Frederick: Black Panther and Black Agency: Constructing Cultural Nationalism in Comic Books Featuring Black Panther, 1973–1979
  • Francesca Battaglia: Gender Boundaries in Saiyūki by Kazuya Minekura: The Queer Family as a Model of Leadership
  • Buket Akgün: Mythology Moe-ified: Classical Witches, Warriors, and Monsters in Japanese Manga
  • A. J. Paylor: “Hello World!” Gwenpool: Marvel’s Camusian Absurd Hero
  • Francesco-Alessio Ursini: ‘Alla Ricerca dei Plumcake Perduti’: Visual Metaphors, Satire, and Intertextuality in Zero Calcare’s fumetti
  • Vera J. Camden, Valentino L. Zullo: Wonder Woman and the Public Humanities: A Reflection on the 2016 Wonder Woman Symposium
  • Vera J. Camden, Valentino L. Zullo: Truth, Justice, and the Amazonian Way: An Interview with Greg Rucka
  • Phil Jimenez: Wonder Woman, Feminist Icon? Queer Icon? No, Love Icon
  • Trina Robbins: Babes in Arms
  • Melanie Elizabeth Gibson: Rising from the Ashes: Making Spaces for new Children’s Comics Cultures in Britain in the 21st Century
  • Genevieve Valentine: Empire of a Wicked Woman: Catwoman, Royalty, and the Making of a Comics Icon
  • Vera J. Camden, Valentino L. Zullo: Wonder Woman Symposium Roundtable
  • Chris Gavaler, Leigh Ann Beavers: Clarifying Closure

ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 10.2 (2018-2019)

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  • Jon Holt: What You See Is What You Get: Visualizing Hypocrisy in Umezu Kazuo’s Manga Cat-Eyed Boy
  • Rui Lopes: “must we all remain helpless?”: Superman vs. the Nuclear Threat in the Late Cold War
  • Russell McConnell: Historical Avant-Garde: How Marcia Williams Recreates Shakespeare’s Theater in the Comics Medium
  • Kai Mikkonen, Olli Philippe Lautenbacher: Global Attention in Reading Comics: Eye-movement Indications of Interplay between Narrative Content and Layout
  • Nicholas Wirtz: Beyond Words: The Visual Demands of Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde
  • Asuka Yamazaki: “Only the Winner is Allowed to Live”: The Concept of Cannibalism in Attack on Titan

The Comics Grid 9 (2019)

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  • Ken Junior Lipenga: The New Normal: Enfreakment in Saga
  • Paul Fisher Davies: New Choices of the Comics Creator
  • Pat Grant: The Board and the Body: Material Constraints and Style in Graphic Narrative
  • Enrique del Rey Cabero: Beyond Linearity: Holistic, Multidirectional, Multilinear and Translinear Reading in Comics
  • Melanie McGovern, Martin Paul Eve: Information Labour and Shame in Farmer and Chevli’s Abortion Eve
  • Ian Hornsby: …Comic Books, Möbius Strips, Philosophy and…

Monitor 49: 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: → See previous Monitor posts.

Teaching Comics Through Multiple Lenses: Critical Perspectives

Crag Hill (Ed.)
186 pages
December 2018
Publisher’s website

“Building off the argument that comics succeed as literature—rich, complex narratives filled with compelling characters interrogating the thought-provoking issues of our time—this book argues that comics are an expressive medium whose moves (structural and aesthetic) may be shared by literature, the visual arts, and film, but beyond this are a unique art form possessing qualities these other mediums do not. Drawing from a range of current comics scholarship demonstrating this point, this book explores the unique intelligence/s of comics and how they expand the ways readers engage with the world in ways different than prose, or film, or other visual arts. Written by teachers and scholars of comics for instructors, this book bridges research and pedagogy, providing instructors with models of critical readings around a variety of comics.”

Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics

Michelle Ann Abate
University Press of Mississippi
286 pages
December 2018
Publisher’s website

“For several generations, comics were regarded as a boy’s club — created by, for, and about men and boys. In the twenty-first century, however, comics have seen a rise of female creators, characters, and readers.
Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the medium was enjoyed equally by both sexes, and girls were the protagonists of some of the earliest, most successful, and most influential comics. In Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics, Michelle Ann Abate examines the important but long-overlooked cadre of young female protagonists in US comics during the first half of the twentieth century. She treats characters ranging from Little Orphan Annie and Nancy to Little Lulu, Little Audrey of the Harvey Girls, and Li’l Tomboy — a group that collectively forms a tradition of funny girls in American comics.
Abate demonstrates the massive popularity these funny girls enjoyed, revealing their unexplored narrative richness, aesthetic complexity, and critical possibility. Much of the humor in these comics arose from questioning gender roles, challenging social manners, and defying the status quo. Further, they embodied powerful points of collection about both the construction and intersection of race, class, gender, and age, as well as popular perceptions about children, representations of girlhood, and changing attitudes regarding youth. Finally, but just as importantly, these strips shed light on another major phenomenon within comics: branding, licensing, and merchandising. Collectively, these comics did far more than provide amusement — they were serious agents for cultural commentary and sociopolitical change.”

Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies

Marc Singer
World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series
University of Texas Press
312 pages
January 2019
Publisher’s website

“Comics studies has reached a crossroads. Graphic novels have never received more attention and legitimation from scholars, but new canons and new critical discourses have created tensions within a field built on the populist rhetoric of cultural studies. As a result, comics studies has begun to cleave into distinct camps — based primarily in cultural or literary studies — that attempt to dictate the boundaries of the discipline or else resist disciplinarity itself. The consequence is a growing disconnect in the ways that comics scholars talk to each other — or, more frequently, do not talk to each other or even acknowledge each other’s work.
Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies surveys the current state of comics scholarship, interrogating its dominant schools, questioning their mutual estrangement, and challenging their propensity to champion the comics they study. Marc Singer advocates for greater disciplinary diversity and methodological rigor in comics studies, making the case for a field that can embrace more critical and oppositional perspectives. Working through extended readings of some of the most acclaimed comics creators — including Marjane Satrapi, Alan Moore, Kyle Baker, and Chris Ware — Singer demonstrates how comics studies can break out of the celebratory frameworks and restrictive canons that currently define the field to produce new scholarship that expands our understanding of comics and their critics.”

The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place inside Yourself

Tahneer Oksman und Seamus O’Malley (Eds.)
Critical Approaches to Comics Artists Series
University Press of Mississippi
240 pages
January 2019
Publisher’s website

“In a self-reflexive way, Julie Doucet’s and Gabrielle Bell’s comics defy easy categorization. In this volume, editors Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O’Malley regard Doucet’s and Bell’s art as actively feminist, not only because they offer women’s perspectives, but because they do so by provocatively bringing up the complicated, multivalent frameworks of such engagements. While each artist has a unique perspective, style, and worldview, the essays in this book investigate their shared investments in formal innovation and experimentation, and in playing with questions of the autobiographical, the fantastic, and the spaces in between.
Doucet is a Canadian underground cartoonist, known for her autobiographical works such as Dirty Plotte and My New York Diary. Meanwhile, Bell is a British American cartoonist best known for her intensely introspective semiautobiographical comics and graphic memoirs, such as the Lucky series and Cecil and Jordan in New York. By pairing Doucet alongside Bell, the book recognizes the significance of female networks, and the social and cultural connections, associations, and conditions that shape every work of art. ”

The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels: Considering the Role of Kitsch

Laurike in’t Veld
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Palgrave Macmillan
240 pages
January 2019
Publisher’s website

“This book mobilises the concept of kitsch to investigate the tensions around the representation of genocide in international graphic novels that focus on the Holocaust and the genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. In response to the predominantly negative readings of kitsch as meaningless or inappropriate, this book offers a fresh approach that considers how some of the kitsch strategies employed in these works facilitate an affective interaction with the genocide narrative. These productive strategies include the use of the visual metaphors of the animal and the doll figure and the explicit and excessive depictions of mass violence. The book also analyses where kitsch still produces problems as it critically examines depictions of perpetrators and the visual and verbal representations of sexual violence. Furthermore, it explores how graphic novels employ anti-kitsch strategies to avoid the dangers of excess in dealing with genocide. The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels will appeal to those working in comics-graphic novel studies, popular culture studies, and Holocaust and genocide studies.”

Journal Monitor 01: New Publications on Comic Books

With this post, the ComFor website introduces a new category: the Journal Monitor, 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: → See previous Monitor posts.

European Comic Art 11.2 (Sep 2018)

Focus on: Spanish Comics, part II
print & online by subscription

  • Anne Magnussen: Introduction
  • Louie Dean Valencia-García: Tintin in the Movida Madrileña: Gender and Sexuality in the Punk Comic Book Zine Scene
  • Gerardo Vilches: Satirical Panels against Censorship: A Battle That Raged during the Spanish Transition
  • Juan Carlos Pérez García: The Representation of Traumatic Memory in Spanish Comics: Remembering the Civil War and Francoism in Panels
  • Sarah D. Harris: They Tried To Bury Us; They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds’: Intergenerational Memory and La casa
  • Agatha Mohring: Therapeutic Journeys in Contemporary Spanish Graphic Novels

Comicalités: Études de culture graphique (17.11.2018)

online, open access

  • Frédéric Ducarme: Are nekketsu shōnen manga sports manga? The example of Dragon Ball
  • Élise Awaïda Carton and Stéphane Carpentier: Monde sportif et univers des super-héros de bandes dessinées: Quelles remises en cause des normes corporelles?
  • Sylvain Aquatias: Genre et légitimité dans l’édition de bande dessinée: pt. 1: Le poids de la légitimité, des revues aux collections; pt. 2: Le roman graphique ou la négation du genre

Image [&] Narrative 19.3 (Nov. 2018)

Focus on: Lewis Trondheim
online, open access

  • Chris Reyns-Chikuma, David Pinho Barros: Introduction «Lewis Trondheim, un artiste-orchestre dans le monde de la bande dessinée»
  • Chantal Cointot: Approximate Author-ity: Self-Crafting “Le Bec” and Other Trondheimian Masks
  • Côme Martin: Monumentaux inachèvements : Lapinot et les carottes de Patagonie et Capharnaüm
  • Fabrice Leroy: Quand les lapins volent : Onirisme, minimalisme et abstraction dans Lapinot et les carottes de Patagonie de Lewis Trondheim
  • Ann Miller: Trondheim, artist of the supermodern city and interstitial travel through the non-lieux
  • Jérôme Dutel: D’une mouche « expérimentale » à plusieurs mouches « commerciales »? Passages d’une bande dessinée (1995) à une série d’animation (1999-2001)


allmende: Zeitschrift für Literatur 38.102 (Dez. 2018)

Focus on: Graphic Novel
print, 12,00 €

“Was versteht man unter einer Graphic Novel? Und vor allem: Warum erfährt sie in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur solche Aufmerksamkeit? Neben aktuellen Tendenzen innerhalb der Szene, ob autobiografischer, zeitkritischer oder feministischer Natur, wird die Graphic Novel als Literaturgattung ins Auge gefasst. Wer waren die Initiatoren dieses Genres? Welche Impulsgeber gestalten die Szene heute aktiv mit? Wir wollen einen Beitrag leisten zur Vorstellung der »neunten Kunst« und ihren Vertreterinnen und Vertretern.
Mit Beiträgen von Titus Ackermann, Stefanie Diekmann, Tim Dinter, Matthias Gnehm, Nora Krug, Yi Luo, Ulli Lust, Nicolas Mahler, Uli Oesterle, Andreas Platthaus, Thomas Pletzinger, Kati Rickenbach, Jan Soeken, Thomas von Steinaecker, Tina Stolt, Mara Stuhlfauth-Trabert, Florian Trabert.”

Monitor 48: 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: → See previous Monitor posts.

Adventure Comics and Youth Cultures in India

Raminder Kaur and Saif Eqbal
226 pages
ISBN 978-1138358683 (Paperback)
October 2018
Publisher’s website

“This pioneering book presents a history and ethnography of adventure comic books for young people in India with a particular focus on vernacular superheroism. It chronicles popular and youth culture in the subcontinent from the mid-twentieth century to the contemporary era dominated by creative audio-video-digital outlets.
The authors highlight early precedents in adventures set by the avuncular detective Chacha Chaudhary with his ‘faster than a computer brain’, the forays of the film veteran Amitabh Bachchan’s superheroic alter ego called Supremo, the Protectors of Earth and Mankind (P.O.E.M.), along with the exploits of key comic book characters, such as Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruv, Parmanu, Doga, Shakti and Chandika. The book considers how pulp literature, western comics, television programmes, technological developments and major space ventures sparked a thirst for extraterrestrial action and how these laid the grounds for vernacular ventures in the Indian superhero comics genre. It contains descriptions, textual and contextual analyses, excerpts of interviews with comic book creators, producers, retailers and distributers, together with the views, dreams and fantasies of young readers of adventure comics. These narratives touch upon special powers, super-intelligence, phenomenal technologies, justice, vengeance, geopolitics, romance, sex and the amazing potentials of masked identities enabled by navigation of the internet.”

The Disappearance of Hong Kong in Comics, Advertising and Graphic Design

Wendy Wong
245 pages
ISBN 978-3-319-92095-5 (Hardcover)
November 2018
Publisher’s website

“This book examines Hong Kong’s struggle against the disappearance of its unique identity under the historical challenges of colonialism, in addition to the more recent reimposition of Chinese authoritarian government control, as reflected in three under-researched forms of visual media: comics, advertising and graphic design. Each section of the book focuses on one of these three forms, and each chapter focuses on one stage of Hong Kong’s changing cultural identity. The articulative position of this book is on studies of visual cultural history and media communication. Its case studies will broaden readers’ own cultural knowledge for a more international understanding. The Disappearance of Hong Kong in Comics, Advertising and Graphic Design advances the development of its three key subjects in terms of identity, communication and cultural politics, aiming to reach a wide range of multidisciplinary readers.”

Superhero Bodies: Identity, Materiality, Transformation

Wendy Haslem, Elizabeth MacFarlane and Sarah Richardson (eds.)
196 pages
ISBN 978-1138389892 (Hardcover)
November 2018
Publisher’s website

“Throughout the history of the genre, the superhero has been characterised primarily by physical transformation and physical difference. Superhero Bodies: Identity, Materiality, Transformation explores the transformation of the superhero body across multiple media forms including comics, film, television, literature and the graphic novel. How does the body of the hero offer new ways to imagine identities?  How does it represent or subvert cultural ideals? How are ideologies of race, gender and disability signified or destabilised in the physicality of the superhero? How are superhero bodies drawn, written and filmed across diverse forms of media and across histories?
This volume collects essays that attend to the physicality of superheroes: the transformative bodies of superheroes, the superhero’s position in urban and natural spaces, the dialectic between the superhero’s physical and metaphysical self, and the superhero body’s relationship with violence. This will be the first collection of scholarly research specifically dedicated to investigating the diversity of superhero bodies, their emergence, their powers, their secrets, their histories and their transformations.”

Comics: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven aus Theorie und Praxis auf ein Stiefkind der Medienpädagogik

Christine Dallmann, Anja Hartung, Alfons Aigner and Kai-Thorsten Buchele (eds.)
280 pages
ISBN 978-3-86736-495-9 (Paperback)
December 2018
Publisher’s website

“Comics standen lange im Verruf, simpler Unterhaltungsstoff zu sein, der nur mehr von der Lektüre anspruchsvoller, ja bildungswertvoller Literatur abzuhalten suche. Bereits die bewahrpädagogische Debatte im frühen 20. Jahrhundert verurteilte Comics als „Schmutz und Schund“ und damit als schädlich für die moralische und geistige Entwicklung von Kindern und Jugendlichen. Wenngleich bewahrpädagogische Positionen sich gegenwärtig eher gegen andere Medien richten, haben sich viele Vorbehalte gegen Comics bis heute gehalten. Zu Unrecht, meint Ralf Vollbrecht, und dem stimmen die Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber dieses Bandes zu und unternehmen den Versuch einer medienpädagogisch motivierten Annäherung. Dabei werden Bezüge sowohl zum wissenschaftlichen Werk und Wirken von Ralf Vollbrecht als auch zu seinen Comic-Präferenzen hergestellt. Mit diesem durchaus unkonventionellen Ansatz möge der Band hier und da bereichernde Einblicke gewähren, in seiner bebilderten Form auch unterhalten und möglicherweise sogar eine weitere Beschäftigung mit dem Themenfeld Comics aus medienpädagogischer Perspektive anregen.”

Batman and the Multiplicity of Identity: The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero as Cultural Nexus

Jeffrey A. Brown
226 pages
ISBN 978-1138302853 (Hardcover)
December 2018
Publisher’s website

“Concentrating primarily on contemporary depictions of Batman in the comic books, this book analyzes why Batman is so immensely popular right now in America and globally, and how the fictional Dark Knight reveals both new cultural concerns and longstanding beliefs about American values. The organizing premise is that while Batman is perceived as a very clearly defined character, he is open to a wide range of interpretations and depictions in the comics (what Henry Jenkins refers to as “multiplicities”), each of which allows access to different cultural issues. The idea of Batman functions as an anchoring point out of which multiple Batmen, or Batman-like characters, can occupy different positions: Grim Batman, Gay Batman, Female Batman, Black Batman, Cute Batman, and so on. Each iteration opens up a discussion of different cultural issues pertinent to modern society, such as sexuality, ethnicity, feminism and familial relationships.”

Monitor 47: 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: → See previous Monitor posts.

The Politics of Race, Gender and Sexuality in The Walking Dead: Essays on the Television Series and Comics

Elizabeth L. Erwin und Dawn Keetley (Eds.)
200 pages
ISBN 978-1476668499 (Paperback)
August 2018
Publisher’s website

“From the beginning, both Robert Kirkman’s comics and AMC’s series of The Walking Dead have brought controversy in their presentations of race, gender and sexuality. Critics and fans have contended that the show’s identity politics have veered toward the decidedly conservative, offering up traditional understandings of masculinity, femininity, heterosexuality, racial hierarchy and white supremacy.
This collection of new essays explores the complicated nature of relationships among the story’s survivors. In the end, characters demonstrate often-surprising shifts that consistently comment on identity politics. Whether agreeing or disagreeing with critics, these essays offer a rich view of how gender, race, class and sexuality intersect in complex new ways in the TV series and comics.”

Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Michael Goodrum und Tara Prescott (Eds.)
University Press of Mississippi
306 pages
ISBN 978-1496821102 (Paperback)
~$ 30,00
October 2018
Publisher’s website

“The explosive popularity of San Diego’s Comic-Con, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and Netflix’s Jessica Jones and Luke Cage all signal the tidal change in superhero narratives and mainstreaming of what were once considered niche interests.
Yet just as these areas have become more openly inclusive to an audience beyond heterosexual white men, there has also been an intense backlash, most famously in 2015’s Gamergate controversy, when the tension between feminist bloggers, misogynistic gamers, and internet journalists came to a head. The place for gender in superhero narratives now represents a sort of battleground, with important changes in the industry at stake. These seismic shift s–both in the creation of superhero media and in their critical and reader reception–need reassessment not only of the role of women in comics, but also of how American society conceives of masculinity.
Gender and the Superhero Narrative launches ten essays that explore the point where social justice meets the Justice League. Ranging from comics such as Ms. Marvel, Batwoman: Elegy, and Bitch Planet to video games, Netflix, and cosplay, this volume builds a platform for important voices in comics research, engaging with controversy and community to provide deeper insight and thus inspire change.”

Incorrigibles and Innocents: Constructing Childhood and Citizenship in Progressive Era Comics

Lara Saguisag
Rutgers University Press
252 pages
ISBN 978-0-8135-9176-6 (Paperback)
October 2018
Publisher’s website

“Histories and criticism of comics note that comic strips published in the Progressive Era were dynamic spaces in which anxieties about race, ethnicity, class, and gender were expressed, perpetuated, and alleviated. The proliferation of comic strip children—white and nonwhite, middle-class and lower class, male and female—suggests that childhood was a subject that fascinated and preoccupied Americans at the turn of the century. Many of these strips, including R.F. Outcault’s Hogan’s Alley and Buster Brown, Rudolph Dirks’s The Katzenjammer Kids and Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland were headlined by child characters. Yet no major study has explored the significance of these verbal-visual representations of childhood. Incorrigibles and Innocents addresses this gap in scholarship, examining the ways childhood was depicted and theorized in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century comic strips. Drawing from and building on histories and theories of childhood, comics, and Progressive Era conceptualizations of citizenship and nationhood, Lara Saguisag demonstrates that child characters in comic strips expressed and complicated contemporary notions of who had a right to claim membership in a modernizing, expanding nation.”

Serials to Graphic Novels: The Evolution of the Victorian Illustrated Book

Lara Saguisag
University Press of Florida
318 pages
ISBN 978-0813064987 (Paperback)
October 2018
Publisher’s website

“The Victorian illustrated book came into being, flourished, and evolved during the long nineteenth century. While existing scholarship on Victorian illustrators largely centers on the realist artists of the “Sixties,” this volume examines the entire lifetime of the Victorian illustrated book. Catherine Golden offers a new framework for viewing the arc of this vibrant genre, arguing that it arose from and continually built on the creative vision of the caricature-style illustrators of the 1830s. She surveys the fluidity of illustration styles across serial installments, British and American periodicals, adult and children’s literature, and–more recently–graphic novels.
Serials to Graphic Novels examines widely recognized illustrated texts, such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit, and Trilby. Golden explores factors that contributed to the early popularity of the illustrated book—the growth of commodity culture, a rise in literacy, new printing technologies—and that ultimately created a mass market for illustrated fiction.
Golden identifies present-day visual adaptations of the works of Austen, Dickens, and Trollope as well as original Neo-Victorian graphic novels like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Victorian-themed novels like Batman: Noël as the heirs to the Victorian illustrated book. With these adaptations and additions, the Victorian canon has been refashioned and repurposed visually for new generations of readers.”

Comics and Sacred Texts Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives

Assaf Gamzou und Ken Koltun-Fromm (Eds.)
University Press of Mississippi
322 pages
ISBN 978-1496819475 (Paperback)
November 2018
Publisher’s website

“Comics and Sacred Texts explores how comics and notions of the sacred interweave new modes of seeing and understanding the sacral. Comics and graphic narratives help readers see religion in the everyday and in depictions of God, in transfigured, heroic selves as much as in the lives of saints and the meters of holy languages. Coeditors Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm reveal the graphic character of sacred narratives, imagining new vistas for both comics and religious texts.
In both visual and linguistic forms, graphic narratives reveal representational strategies to encounter the sacred in all its ambivalence. Through close readings and critical inquiry, these essays contemplate the intersections between religion and comics in ways that critically expand our ability to think about religious landscapes, rhetorical practices, pictorial representation, and the everyday experiences of the uncanny.
Organized into four sections–Seeing the Sacred in Comics; Reimagining Sacred Texts through Comics; Transfigured Comic Selves, Monsters, and the Body; and The Everyday Sacred in Comics–the essays explore comics and graphic novels ranging from Craig Thompson’s Habibi and Marvel’s X-Men and Captain America to graphic adaptions of religious texts such as 1 Samuel and the Gospel of Mark.”