This book examines the ways in whichindividual moments of violence develop, and are presented, in comics and graphic novels. It raises questions about depiction and the act of showing violence, but it also considers the ways in which violence can affect those involved over the long term. The impact of gender on violence, as well as the nature of sexual violence, are both considered here. Contributors discuss the ways in which violent acts can be rendered palatable (for example through humour) but also how they can create enormous trauma and long lasting repercussions for both perpetrators and victims. Together with Contexts of Violence in Comics, it offers a nuanced examination of the ways in which violence in comics is presented in different texts, genres, cultures and contexts.
'This book brings new and wide-ranging perspectives from outstanding scholars to an area of comics that critical discourse has tended to shy away from: violence, whether flamboyantly exaggerated, or painfully recovered and made visible.' -Ann Miller, University Fellow, University of Leicester, UK
Representing Acts of Violence in Comics
Nina Mickwitz, Ian Horton & Ian Hague
Picturing National and personal acts of violence: modes of depiction in Barefoot Gen
Bloody Murder in the Bible: Graphic Representations of the "First Murder"
in Biblical Comics
A Balancing Act: Didactic Spectacle in Jack Jackson’s "Nits Make Lice"
and Slow Death Comix
Laurike in ‘t Veld
Seeing (in) Red: "Thick" Violence in Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’s
Red: A Haida Manga
Laura A. Pearson
Embodied Reading and Performing Vulnerability in Joe Sacco’s The Great War
"Boiled or fried, Dennis?" Violence, play and narrative in ‘Dennis the Menace and Gnasher’
Christopher J. Thompson
Humour as a strategy in communicating sexual and domestic abuse of women in comics
Gendered and Sexual Violence
The risks of representation: making gender and violence visible in The Ballad
of Halo Jones
Unmaking the Apocalypse: Pain, Violence, Torture, and Weaponizing the Black, Female Body
Killgrave, The Purple Man
Jamie Brassett and Richard Reynolds
Routledge Advances in Comics Studies promotes outstanding research on comics and graphic novels from communication theory, rhetorical theory and media studies perspectives. Additionally, the series aims to bring European, Asian, African, and Latin American comics scholarship to the English speaking world. The series includes monographs and themed anthologies. Comics Studies is a recently established and rapidly evolving field with much exciting research still to be done, and Routledge Advances in Comics Studies is dedicated to furthering the understanding of comics as an art form and a medium of communication.