This cutting-edge handbook brings together an international roster of scholars to examine many facets of comics and graphic novels. Contributor essays provide authoritative, up-to-date overviewsof the major topics and questions within comic studies, offering readers a truly global approach to understanding the field.
- the history of the temporal, geographical, and formal development of comics, including topics like art comics, manga, comix, and the comics code;
- issues such as authorship, ethics, adaptation, and translating comics;
- connections between comics and other artistic media (drawing, caricature, film) as well as the linkages between comics and other academic fields like linguistics and philosophy;
- new perspectives on comics genres, from funny animal comics to war comics to romance comics and beyond.
The Routledge Companion to Comics expertly organizes representative work from a range of disciplines, including media and cultural studies, literature, philosophy, and linguistics. More than an introduction to the study of comics, this book will serve as a crucial reference for anyone interested in pursuing research in the area, guiding students, scholars, and comics fans alike.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Section I. History and Traditions 1. Origins of Early Comics and Proto-Comics 2. Newspaper Strips 3. Comics Code 4. Alternative/Independent Comics 5. British Comics 6. French and Belgian Comics 7. Canadian Comics: A Brief History 8. Comics in Latin America 9. A Brief History of Comics in Italy and Spain 10. Comics in India 11. Eastern/Central European Comics 12. East Asian Comix: Intermingling Japanese Manga and Euro-American Comics. Section II. Comics Genres13. Art Comics 14. Superhero Comics 15. Journalistic Comics 16. Funny Animals 17. Erotic Comics 18. Western Comics 19. Horror Comics 20. War Comics 21. Autobiographical Comics 22. Silent Comics 23. Editorial Comics: From "Boss" Tweed to "Dubya" Section III. Issues and Concepts 24. Defining Comics 25. Comics and Adaptation 26. Comics and Authorship 27. Comics and Seriality 28. Metacomics 29. Comics and Fandom 30. Comics, Race, and Ethnicity 31. Comics and Gender 32. LGBTQ Representation in Comics 33. Comics and Time 34. Comics and Ethics 35. Comics and Translation 36. Comics and Criticism. Section IV. Other Media and Other Disciplines 37. Comics and Film 38. Comics and Art 39. Teaching and Learning with Comics 40. Caricature and Comics 41. Comics and Linguistics 42. Comics and Literature 43. Comics in Libraries 44. Comics and Rhetoric 45. Comics and Politics 46. Comics and Cultural Studies 47. Comics, Children’s Literature, and Childhood Studies
Frank Bramlett is a linguist at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is the editor of Linguistics and the Study of Comics (Palgrave 2012) and co-edited a special issue of ImageTexT (8.2) devoted to the works of Grant Morrison.
Roy T Cook is CLA Scholar of the College, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and Resident Fellow of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. He is the co-editor of The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
Aaron Meskin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He is the co-editor of The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind (OUP, 2014), and Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art (CUP, 2014).