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Routledge Advances in Comics Studies


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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.

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Precarious Youth in Contemporary Graphic Narratives Young Lives in Crisis

Precarious Youth in Contemporary Graphic Narratives: Young Lives in Crisis

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By María Porras Sánchez, Gerardo Vilches Fuentes
September 16, 2022

This volume explores comics as examples of moral outrage in the face of a reality in which precariousness has become an inherent part of young lives. Taking a thematic approach, the chapters devote attention to the expression and representation of precarious subjectivities, as well as to the ...

Vertigo Comics British Creators, US Editors, and the Making of a Transformational Imprint

Vertigo Comics: British Creators, US Editors, and the Making of a Transformational Imprint

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Isabelle Licari-Guillaume
August 30, 2022

This book explores the so-called "British Invasion" of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, which played an important role in redefining the mainstream comics industry in the US during the early 1990s. Focusing on British creators within Vertigo, this study traces the evolution of the line from its creation...

Critical Approaches to Horror Comic Books Red Ink in the Gutter

Critical Approaches to Horror Comic Books: Red Ink in the Gutter

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By John Darowski, Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns
August 16, 2022

This volume explores how horror comic books have negotiated with the social and cultural anxieties framing a specific era and geographical space. Paying attention to academic gaps in comics’ scholarship, these chapters engage with the study of comics from varying interdisciplinary perspectives, ...

Superheroes and Excess A Philosophical Adventure

Superheroes and Excess: A Philosophical Adventure

1st Edition

Edited By Jamie Brassett, Richard Reynolds
November 30, 2021

Finding the superhero genre in need of further investigation from philosophical standpoints that value excess as a creative drive, rather than denigrate it as a problem to be resolved, this book opens up discussions that highlight different approaches to ‘the creative excess of being’ as expressed ...

Immigrants and Comics Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis

Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis

1st Edition

Edited By Nhora Lucía Serrano
March 10, 2021

Immigrants and Comics is an interdisciplinary, themed anthology that focuses on how comics have played a crucial role in representing, constructing, and reifying the immigrant subject and the immigrant experience in popular global culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Nhora Lucía ...

Performativity, Cultural Construction, and the Graphic Narrative

Performativity, Cultural Construction, and the Graphic Narrative

1st Edition

Edited By Leigh Anne Howard, Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw
September 18, 2019

Performativity, Cultural Construction, and the Graphic Narrative draws on performance studies scholarship to understand the social impact of graphic novels and their sociopolitical function. Addressing issues of race, gender, ethnicity, race, war, mental illness, and the environment, the volume ...

Representing Acts of Violence in Comics

Representing Acts of Violence in Comics

1st Edition

Edited By Nina Mickwitz, Ian Horton, Ian Hague
August 19, 2019

This book is part of a nuanced two-volume examination of the ways in which violence in comics is presented in different texts, genres, cultures and contexts. Representing Acts of Violence in Comics raises questions about depiction and the act of showing violence, and discusses the ways in which ...

Contexts of Violence in Comics

Contexts of Violence in Comics

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Hague, Ian Horton, Nina Mickwitz
August 06, 2019

This book is part of a nuanced two-volume examination of the ways in which violence in comics is presented in different texts, genres, cultures and contexts. Contexts of Violence in Comics asks the reader to consider the ways in which violence and its representations may be enabled or restricted ...

Urban Comics Infrastructure and the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives

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

1st Edition

By Dominic Davies
March 05, 2019

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 ...

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

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

1st Edition

By Jeffrey A. Brown
December 11, 2018

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 ...

Superhero Bodies Identity, Materiality, Transformation

Superhero Bodies: Identity, Materiality, Transformation

1st Edition

Edited By Wendy Haslem, Elizabeth MacFarlane, Sarah Richardson
November 20, 2018

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, ...

Superman and Comic Book Brand Continuity

Superman and Comic Book Brand Continuity

1st Edition

By Phillip Bevin
July 26, 2018

Superman and Comic Book Brand Continuity traces the development of comic book continuity through the case study of Superman, examining the character’s own evolution across several media, including comics, radio, television, and film. Superman’s relationship with continuity illustrates a key feature...

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