This cutting-edge handbook brings together an international roster of scholars to examine all facets of comics and graphic novels, including the history of the temporal, geographical, and formal development of comics, including topics like avant garde comics, manga, comix, and the comics code.
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 Lefevre 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 - Jose 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