1st Edition

Comics Studies Here and Now

Edited By Frederick Luis Aldama Copyright 2018
    364 Pages
    by Routledge

    364 Pages
    by Routledge

    Comics Studies Here and Now marks the arrival of comics studies scholarship that no longer feels the need to justify itself within or against other fields of study. The essays herein move us forward, some in their re-diggings into comics history and others by analyzing comics—and all its transmedial and fan-fictional offshoots—on its own terms. Comics Studies stakes the flag of our arrival—the arrival of comics studies as a full-fledged discipline that today and tomorrow excavates, examines, discusses, and analyzes all aspects that make up the resplendent planetary republic of comics. This collection of scholarly essays is a testament to the fact that comic book studies have come into their own as an academic discipline; simply and powerfully moving comic studies forward with their critical excavations and theoretical formulas based on the common sense understanding that comics add to the world as unique, transformative cultural phenomena.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    Matt Madden’s Brief Comic Book Odyssey: A Foreword

    Comic Studies Here and Now: An Introduction

    Part I: Words, Pictures, and Borders

    Chapter 1: A Touch of Irony and Pity: Krazy Kat in the Breaks

    Ben Novotny Owen

    Chapter 2: In Love with Magic and Monsters: The Groundbreaking Life and Work of Rose O’Neill

    Richard Graham and Colin Beineke

    Chapter 3: It’s sorta wacky! But, different!: Scribbly, Inkie, and Pre-Underground Autobiographical Comics

    Andrew J. Kunka

    Chapter 4: How Lust Was Lost: Genre, Identity, and the Neglect of a Pioneering Comics Publication

    Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

    Part II Transmedial Forms

    Chapter 5: Comics, Race, and the Political Project of Intermediality in Karen TeiYamashita’s I Hotel

    Jennifer Glaser

    Chapter 6: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window as ‘cineromanzo’

    Jan Baetens

    Chapter 7: Articulate This!: Critical Action Figure Studies and Material Culture

    Jonathan Alexandratos and Daniel F. Yezbick

    Part III Institutions and Movements

    Chapter 8: Singapore cartoons in the anti-comics movement of the 1950s and 1960s

    Lim Cheng Tju

    Chapter 9: The Institutional Support for Hong Kong Independent Comics

    Kin Wai Chu

    Chapter 10: Jirō Taniguchi: France’s Mangaka

    Bart Beaty


    Part IV Resistant Word-Drawn Acts & Transformative Reading Communities

    Chapter 11: The Latina Superheroine: Protecting the Reader from the Comic Book Industry's Racial, Gender, Ethnic, and Nationalist Biases

    Enrique García

    Chapter 12: The Page is Local: Planetarity and Embodied Metaphor in Anglophone Graphic Narratives from South Asia

    Torsa Ghosal

    Chapter 13: Hands Across the Ocean: A 1970s Network of French and American Women Cartoonists

    Leah Misemer

    Chapter 14: Comics as Orientation Devices

    Katherine Kelp-Stebbins

    Chapter 15: Service Dogs, Code Switching, and Interracial Polyamory: Exploring the Reclamation Narratives of Comic Fandom

    Erica Massey

    Part V Margins Transforming Centers

    Chapter 16: Once and Again, Ack!: Epimone, Recursion, and Variation in Guisewite’s Cathy

    Susan Kirtely

    Chapter 17: Transnationality and Textual Mestizaje in Love and Rockets

    Brittany Tullis

    Chapter 18: Only a Chilling Elegy: An Examination of White Bodies, Colonialism, Fascism, Genocide, and Racism in Dragon Ball

    Zachary Michael Lewis Dean

    Chapter 19: From the Inner City to the Interstellar: Brian K. Vaughan’s Comix after 9/11

    James J. Donahue



    Frederick Luis Aldama is the author, co-author, and editor of over 30 books, including recently Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor, University Distinguished Scholar, and Director of the award-winning LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research) at The Ohio State University.

    'Frederick Luis Aldama has put together this finely curated collection featuring the writing talents of some of the leading scholars in Comics Studies. They take us on a journey of rediscovery through often-neglected and seldom-written-about aspects of sequential art. This book brings into focus the diverse nature of Comics Studies, where we have been, where we should be, where the future is going, and obviously where the study of sequential art is right now. A joy to read!' --Robert G. Weiner, Texas Tech University, USA