1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Comics

Edited By Frank Bramlett, Roy T Cook, Aaron Meskin Copyright 2017
    472 Pages
    by Routledge

    472 Pages
    by Routledge

     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.

    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).