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The Routledge Companion to Comics

1st Edition

Edited by Frank Bramlett, Roy T Cook, Aaron Meskin


456 pages

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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.

Essays examine:

  • 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 - Aaron Meskin, Roy T Cook, and Frank Bramlett

Section I History and Traditions

Origins of Early Comics and Proto-Comics - M. Thomas Inge

Newspaper Strips - Pascal Lefèvre

Comics Code - Amy Kiste Nyberg

Alternative/Independent Comics - Roy T Cook

British Comics - Christopher Murray

French and Belgian Comics - Mark McKinney

Canadian Comics: A Brief History - Brenna Clarke Gray

Comics in Latin America - Ana Merino

A Brief History of Comics in Italy and Spain - Simone Castaldi

Comics in India - Jeremy Stoll

Eastern/Central European Comics - José Alaniz

East Asian Comix: Intermingling Japanese - Adam L. Kern

Section II Comics Genres

Art Comics - Andrei Molotiu

Superhero Comics - Matthew J. Smith

Journalistic Comics - Kent Worcester

Funny Animals - Brian Cremins

Erotic Comics - Justin Hall

Western Comics - William Grady

Horror Comics - David Annwn Jones

War Comics - Leonard Rifas

Autobiographical Comics - Michael Johnson

Silent Comics - Barbara Postema

Editorial Comics: From "Boss" Tweed to "Dubya" - Mark Long & Bush Chris Lamb

Section III Issues and Concepts

Defining Comics - Aaron Meskin

Comics and Adaptation - Henry John Pratt

Comics and Authorship - Adrielle Mitchell

Comics and Seriality - Christy Mag Uidhir

Metacomics - Roy T Cook

Comics and Fandom - Matthew Pustz

Comics, Race, and Ethnicity - Andrew J. Kunka

Comics and Gender - Mel Gibson

LGBTQ Representation in Comics - Ajuan Mance

Comics and Time - Jan Baetens and Charlotte Pylyser

Comics and Ethics - Jon Robson

Comics and Translation - Jonathan Evans

Comics and Criticism - Darren Hudson Hick

Section IV Other Media and Other Disciplines

Comics and Film - Craig Fischer

Comics and Art - Anastasia Salter

Teaching and Learning with Comics - Carol L. Tilley and Robert G. Weiner

Caricature and Comics - John Holbo

Comics and Linguistics - Frank Bramlett

Comics and Literature - Hannah Miodrag

Comics in Libraries - Richard Graham

Comics and Rhetoric - Randy Duncan

Comics and Politics - Michael Goodrum

Comics and Cultural Studies - Ian Hague

Comics, Children’s Literature, and Childhood Studies - Lara Saguisag

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions

Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions offer thorough, high-quality surveys and assessments of the major topics in the fields of media and cultural studies. All entries in each companion are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible, and cutting-edge, these companions are the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students, and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies