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1st Edition

Comics Studies Here and Now

ISBN 9780367590703
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
364 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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