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Comics Studies Here and Now





ISBN 9780367590703
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
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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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Editor(s)

Biography

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.

Reviews

'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