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Newsletter Graphische Literatur - 2. Halbjahr 2015

Marvel's The Avengers Encyclopedia

Dorling Kindersley, Oktober 2015, 351 S., Geb., GBP 30.00

"Marvel's The Avengers Encyclopedia" is the most comprehensive volume of Marvel's premier Super Hero team ever. It follows the genesis of the team and the individual heroes - including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk - and their many friends and foes. Including more than 250 Marvel Avengers characters and more than 40 teams and line-ups, explore the characters' Avengers origins and powers, and read about their defining comic book moments. Plus 20 of the most significant comic book storylines in The Avengers history are profiled throughout.

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Julia Abel, Christian Klein (Hg.)

Comics und Graphic Novels

Eine Einführung

Metzler, Dezember 2015, 288 S., kt., EUR 24.95

Diese Einführung liefert einen Überblick über die historisch-kulturellen, theoretischen und analytischen Dimensionen der Beschäftigung mit Comics und Graphic Novels und ist dabei gleichermaßen systematisch wie praxisbezogen ausgerichtet. So informieren ausgewiesene Experten in Einzelbeiträgen etwa über medientheoretische Aspekte, Fragen der besonderen Produktion, Distribution und Rezeption von Comics, über zentrale Genres und ihre Klassiker oder stellen ein handhabbares Instrumentarium zur Comic-Analyse vor. Abgerundet wird der Band durch Ausführungen zu Institutionen der Comic-Forschung, ein Glossar sowie eine kommentierte Auswahlbibliographie.

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Richard Appignanesi, Oscar Zarate

Hysteria

Graphic Freud

SelfMadeHero, Oktober 2015, S., kt., GBP 14.99

"Hysteria" follows the early career of Sigmund Freud, from his training in neurological research to his establishment of a therapeutic practice in Vienna. Taking in the psychoanalyst's earliest clinical experiences, Richard Appignanesi (author) and Oscar Zarate (artist) introduce the characters and case histories that inspired the development of a revolutionary new clinical therapy. Drawing on the case histories of "Anna O.", Fräulein Elisabeth von R. and others, "Hysteria" shows Freud and his contemporaries developing ideas that would transform the intellectual landscape of the Western world. This is a masterful visual guide to the strange and fascinating characters that populate Freud and Breuer's Studies in "Hysteria", the founding text of psychoanalysis.

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Annessa Ann Babic (Hg.)

Comics as History, Comics as Literature

Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, August 2015, 272 S., kt., USD 44.99

This anthology hosts a collection of essays examining the role of comics as portals for historical and academic content, while keeping the approach on an international market versus the American one. Few resources currently exist showing the cross-disciplinary aspects of comics. Some of the chapters examine the use of Wonder Woman during World War II, the development and culture of French comics, and theories of Locke and Hobbs in regards to the state of nature and the bonds of community. More so, the continual use of comics for the retelling of classic tales and current events demonstrates that the genre has long passed the phase of for children’s eyes only. Additionally, this anthology also weaves graphic novels into the dialogue with comics.

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Hugo Ball, Klaus Detjen

Tenderenda der Phantast

Wallstein, August 2015, 104 S., Geb., EUR 29.00

Hugo Balls DADA-Roman »Tenderenda der Phantast« (erstmals 1967 veröffentlicht) ist der Entwurf einer magisch-anarchischen, einer gesetzlosen und darum verzauberten Welt, eines Zustandes der vollkommenen Absurdität und des grenzenlosen Humors. Der schier unerschöpfliche Reichtum seiner Gedanken lässt uns staunend auf das Werk schauen: Da fallen Papyrusrollen, mit Zeichen und Tieren bemalt, von einem Turm herab, fliegt ein Hahn mit »zerfederter Sichel« über die »Fächer der Damen« hinweg, geraten Gasanstalten, Bierbrauereien und Rathauskuppeln ins Wanken, ein »apokalyptischer Glanz« bricht aus, des Teufels Gemahlin tritt auf, eine totes Pferd wird vor eine Begräbniskutsche gespannt. Im graphischen Teil des Buches setzt Klaus Detjen diese Phantastik mit Mischformen der Montagetechnik aus Visuellem und Verbalem um. Typographie und Textgestaltung entfernen sich von einer klassischen Lesestruktur, um sich besonders dem Rhythmus der Sprache zu öffnen.

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Warren Bernard

Cartoons for Victory!

Fantagraphics, Oktober 2015, 258 S., Geb., USD 34.99

See how Superman, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and others helped fight World War II via comic books and strips, single-panel and editorial cartoons, and even ads. Cartoons for Victory showcases wartime work by cartoonists such as Charles Addams ("The Addams Family"), Harold Gray ("Little Orphan Annie"), Harvey Kurtzman ("Mad magazine"), Will Eisner, as well as many other known cartoonists. Over 90% of the cartoons and comics in this book have not been seen since their first publication. Editor Bernard gathered them over years of unstinting research through private collections and the obscure holdings of public sources. This is the most comprehensive collection ever assembled of World War II–era cartoons, reflecting the indefatigable spirit of the Home Front in America.

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Liam Burke

Comic Book Film Adaptation

Roundhouse Publishing, Dezember 2015, S., Geb., USD 60.00

"The Comic Book Film Adaptation" offers the first dedicated study to examine how comic books moved from the fringes of popular culture to the center of mainstream film production. Through in-depth analysis, industry interviews, and audience research, this book charts the cause-and-effect of this influential trend. It considers the cultural traumas, business demands, and digital possibilities that Hollywood faced at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The industry managed to meet these challenges by exploiting comics and their existing audiences. However, studios were caught off-guard when these comic book fans, empowered by digital media, began to influence the success of these adaptations. Central to this vibrant trend is a comic aesthetic in which filmmakers utilize digital filmmaking technologies to engage with the language and conventions of comics like never before.

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Julio Canero, Esther Claudio, Esther Claudio (Hg.)

On the Edge of the Panel

Essays on Comics Criticism

Cambridge Scholars, August 2015, 330 S., Geb., GBP 52.99

This collection of essays offers a space of reflection on the cultural, social, historical, and ideological dimensions of comics. With this in the background, the book focuses on three main areas: the origins and definitions of comics; the formal tools of the medium; and authors and their works. The historical and formal approach to comics, as shown here, is still essential and the debate about the origins and definition is still present, but two thirds of this collection formulate other treatments that scholars had not started to tackle until recently. Does this mean that the study of comics has finally reached the necessary confidence to abandon the artistic legitimization of the medium? Or are they just new self defense mechanisms through alliances with other fields of academic interest?

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David Crow

Visible Signs

An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts

Fairchild Books , November 2015, 3rd, rev. edition, 192 S., kt., GBP 34.99

Basic semiotic theories are taught in most art schools as part of a contextual studies program, but many students find it difficult to understand how these ideas might impact on their own practice. "Visible Signs" tackles this problem by introducing key theories and concepts, such as signs and signifiers, and language and speech, within the framework of visual communication. Each chapter provides an overview of a particular facet of semiotic theory, with inspiring examples from graphic design, typography, illustration, advertising and art to illustrate the ideas discussed in the text. - The third edition of Visible Signs features new material from international designers and new creative exercises to accompany each chapter.

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Randy Duncan, Michael Ray Taylor, David Stoddard

Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction

Routledge, November 2015, 256 S., kt., GBP 29.99

This book provides student journalists, artists, designers, creative writers and web producers with the tools and techniques they need to tell nonfiction stories visually and graphically. Weaving together history, theory, and practical advice, seasoned nonfiction comics professors and scholars "Creating Comics" present a hands-on approach to teach readers from a range of backgrounds how to develop and create a graphic nonfiction story from start to finish. Interviews with well-known nonfiction comics creators and editors discuss best practices and offer readers inspiration to begin creating their own work, and exercises at the end of each chapter encourage students to hone their skills.

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Elisabeth El Refaie

Autobiographical Comics

University Press of Mississippi, Juli 2015, 282 S., kt., GBP 30.00

A troubled childhood in Iran. Living with a disability. Grieving for a dead child. Over the last forty years the comic book has become an increasingly popular way of telling personal stories of considerable complexity and depth. Drawing on concepts from several disciplinary fields - including semiotics, literary and narrative theory, art history, and psychology - El Refaie shows that the traditions and formal features of comics provide new possibilities for autobiographical storytelling. For example, the requirement to produce multiple drawn versions of one's self necessarily involves an intense engagement with physical aspects of identity, as well as with the cultural models that underpin body image. The comics medium also offers memoirists unique ways of representing their experience of time, their memories of past events, and their hopes and dreams for the future.

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Hal Foster

Tarzan

The Sunday Comics 1935-1937

Dark Horse Comics, November 2015, 108 S., Geb., USD 125.00

Celebrate Hal Foster with this deluxe collection of his Tarzan Sunday strips! This final volume compiles dozens of strips on archive-quality paper - expertly restored in gorgeous color at giant size, replicating their original appearance. This astonishing volume is presented in a format that collectors will adore. Collecting every Hal Foster "Tarzan"-Sunday strip from September 1935 through May 1937.

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André Franquin

Der ganze Gaston

Carlsen, November 2015, 1000 S., Geb., EUR 149.00

Der Redaktionsbote Gaston aus der Feder von Franquin hinterlässt mit seinem Erfindungsgeist ein unvergleichliches Chaos. Seit 1957 treibt Gaston sein irrwitzig-komisches Unwesen, nun gibt es alle Strips erstmalig versammelt in einer Kollektion, die darüber hinaus noch redaktionelle Seiten und unveröffentlichtes Material enthält. - André Franquin ist neben Hergé der wichtigste stilprägende Comic-Zeichner Europas. Die wichtigste Neuschöpfung Franquins war sicherlich das Marsupilami, das am 31. Januar 1952 erstmals in Erscheinung trat, bald darauf gefolgt von dem fiktiven Büroboten Gaston, der im Februar 1957 seinen ersten Auftritt in "Spirou" hatte.

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William M. Gaines, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Feldstein

Reddition - Zeitschrift für Graphische Literatur 62

Dossier EC-Comics und MAD

Edition Alfons, August 2015, 60 S., kt., EUR 10.00

Vom verwöhnten Sohn eines Millionärs mit Aussicht auf ein Leben als Chemielehrer zum legendären Verleger von Horror-Comics und Begründer des nicht weniger legendären MAD. William M. Gaines' Karriere allein böte schon genug Stoff für einen Film, aber dass er für die noch heute einflussreichen EC-Comics einige der besten US-amerikanischen Zeichner beschäftigte, macht ihn zum Monument. Neben einem bisher unveröffentlichten Interview mit dem Verleger stellt das EC-Dossier der neuen REDDITION mit Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Graham Ingels oder Bernard Krigstein die wichtigsten EC- und MAD-Zeichner vor und analysiert auch die TV-Adaptionen der EC-Comics sowie die wenigen deutschsprachigen Veröffentlichungen der Kult-Geschichten.

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Ulf S. Graupner, Sascha Wüstefeld

Das UPgrade 2

Pioniernachmittag in Tenochtitlan

Cross Cult, Oktober 2015, 45 S., Geb., EUR 20.00

"Das UPgrade" lässt zusammenwachsen, was nicht zusammengehört. Im Aufeinandertreffen der Gegensätze liegt für Sascha Wüstefeld und Ulf S. Graupner der Reiz ihrer Serie. „Es geht“, wie Wüstefeld erklärt, „nicht nur um die USA und die DDR, sondern auch darum, zwei sehr unterschiedliche Figuren zusammenzubringen: den Star und das Kind, später den alten und den jungen Mann, die lebende Legende und den Loser. Kontraste interessieren uns allgemein sehr, deswegen ist unser Comic so ein wilder Genremix geworden“. Die beiden Künstler, die an Text und Zeichnungen gleichermaßen beteiligt sind, verarbeiten in „Das UPgrade“ Erinnerungen an die eigene Kindheit in der DDR. Nun wird das Werk noch einmal neu herausgebracht in einer großformatigen Ausgabe, die eine bessere Wahrnehmung des Artworks erlaubt. Drei Bände der Serie liegen bereits vor.

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Thierry Groensteen

Un Art en expansion

Dix chefs-d'oeuvre de la bande dessinée moderne

Les Impressions Nouvelles, September, 288 S., kt., EUR 23.00

"Un Art en expansion" propose un retour sur un demi-siècle de création en bandes dessinées, une période qui a vu le 'neuvième art' se diversifier considérablement, aborder de nouveaux domaines, inventer de nouvelles formes, se métisser avec d’autres arts et s’émanciper du format de l’album traditionnel. Dix œuvres-phares de la modernité sont passées au crible d’une relecture attentive qui en détaille les enjeux et en fait ressortir le caractère novateur. Dix jalons essentiels dans l’expansion d’un art qui a progressivement pris conscience de lui-même et de ses potentialités. S’appuyant sur sa connaissance intime de la bande dessinée, Thierry Groensteen les décortique avec gourmandise, cueillant les détails significatifs et les mettant en réseau pour déployer tout l’éventail des significations et des résonances culturelles.

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Tom Gunning, Giovanna Fossati, Joshua Yumibe

Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema

Amsterdam University Press, Juli 2015, 288 S., Geb., EUR 34.95

We normally think of early film as being black and white, but the first color cinematography appeared as early as the first decade of the twentieth century. In this visually stunning book, the editors present a treasure trove of early color film images from the archives of 'EYE Film Institute Netherlands', bringing to life their rich hues and forgotten splendor. Accompanying essays discuss the history of early film and the technical processes that filmmakers employed to capture these fascinating images, while other contributions explore preservation techniques and describe the visual delights that early film has offered audiences, then and now. Featuring more than 300 color illustrations for readers to examine and enjoy, "Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema" will engage scholars and other readers of all ages and backgrounds.

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Gudrun Heidemann, Susanne Kaul (Hg.)

Medienkollisionen und Medienprothesen

Literatur - Comic - Film - Kunst - Fotografie - Musik - Theater - Internet

Lang Verlag, August 2015, 244 S., Geb., EUR 49.95

Mediale Bezugnahmen wie Intertextualität, Metamedialität, Translation, Umschrift oder Umkodierung von Text- und Bildformaten können als Medienprothetik aufgefasst werden: Wenn Marshall McLuhan Medien grundsätzlich als 'extensions of man' versteht, so beinhaltet dies die zunehmende Ausweitung körperlicher oder medialer Begrenztheit mittels technologischer Innovationen. Als derart verstandene Prothesen können Medien Defizite indes nicht nur kompensieren, es kann auch zu Widerständen gegen die mediale Übertragung kommen. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes beleuchten den kulturkritischen Hintergrund der McLuhanschen Medientheorie (Freuds Prothesenlogik) und loten in zahlreichen Fallstudien die Bandbreite der medialen Kollisionsmöglichkeiten an Beispielen aus Literatur, Comic, Film, bildender Kunst, Fotografie, Musik, Theater und Internet aus.

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Margarete Hopp

Sterben, Tod und Trauer im Bilderbuch seit 1945

Lang Verlag, Oktober 2015, 389 S., Geb., EUR 69.95

Die Studie befasst sich mit dem Erzählen vom Tod im Bilderbuch in historischer und gattungstheoretischer Perspektive und bildet anhand eines Textkorpus’ von 287 deutschen bzw. ins Deutsche übersetzten Titeln die Entwicklung von 1945 bis 2011 ab. Entwickelt wird ein narratologisches Modell der Bilderbuchanalyse, das unter Berücksichtigung von Erfahrungswerten der Sterbeforschung in den Einzelanalysen zur Anwendung kommt. Die Untersuchung fächert ein breites Spektrum von Motiven, von realistischen und phantastischen, religiösen und philosophischen Darstellungskonzepten auf. Eine besondere Rolle spielen Bilderbücher über das Sterben und den Tod von Kindern und die daran nachgewiesene Subgattung des psychologischen Bilderbuchs.

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Christian Humberg, Andrea Bottlinger

In 80 Welten durch den Tag

Warum Geeks einfach mehr (vom) Leben haben

Cross Cult, Mai 2015, 237 S., Geb., EUR 15.00

An Weihnachten nach Mittelerde, im Sommer auf die Comic Con – für Geeks und Nerds ist das Leben viel zu bunt, um es auf eine einzige Welt zu beschränken. Warum mit beiden Beinen auf dem Boden der Realität stehen, wenn fantastische Universen stets nur einen Gedankengang weit entfernt sind? In ihrem etwas anderen Reiseführer feiern Andrea Bottlinger und Christian Humberg das All im Alltag, den Fan in der Fantasie. Mit ihrer ebenso humor- wie liebevollen Pilgerreise zu den heiligen Orten und unbestrittenen Kultstätten der Szene präsentieren sie uns nicht weniger als ein flammendes Manifest für mehr Eskapismus im Leben.

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Christopher Irving

Michael Allred

Conversations

University Press of Mississippi, Oktober 2015, 192 S., Geb., GBP 40.00

Michael Allred stands out for his blend of spiritual and philosophical approaches with an art style reminiscent of 1960s era superhero comics, which creates a mixture of both post-modernism and nostalgia. His childhood came during an era where pop art and camp embraced elements of kitsch and pastiche and introduced them into the lexicon of popular culture. Thematically, Allred's work deals heavily with the afterlife as his creations struggle with the grander questions - whether his modern Frankenstein hero "Madman", cosmic rock 'n' roller "Red Rocket 7", the undead heroine of "iZombie" (cocreated with writer Chris Roberson), or the cast of superhero team book "The Atomics". Allred also enjoys a position in the creator-driven generation that informs the current batch of independent cartoonists and has experienced his own brush with a major Hollywood studio's aborted film adaptation of "Madman".

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Chip Kidd

Only What's Necessary

Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts

Abrams Books, Oktober 2015, 304 S., Geb., USD 40.00

Charles M. Schulz believed that the key to cartooning was to take out the extraneous details and leave in only what’s necessary. For 50 years, from October 1950, to February 2000, Schulz wrote and illustrated "Peanuts", the single most popular and influential comic strip in the world. In all, 17,897 strips were published, making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being", according to Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. For this book, renowned designer Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the extraordinary archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Reproducing the best of the Peanuts newspaper strip, all shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, "Only What’s Necessary" also features exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work - much of which has never been seen before.

Paul Levitz

Will Eisner

Champion of the Graphic Novel

Abrams Books, Oktober 2015, 224 S., Geb., USD 40.00

Will Eisner (1917–2005) is universally considered the master of comics storytelling, best known for "The Spirit", his iconic newspaper comic strip, and "A Contract With God", the first significant graphic novel. This seminal work from 1978 ushered in a new era of personal stories in comics form that touched every adult topic from mortality to religion and sexuality, forever changing the way writers and artists approached comics storytelling. Noted historian Paul Levitz celebrates Eisner by showcasing his most famous work along­side unpublished and rare materials from the family archives. Also included are original interviews with creators such as Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, Scott McCloud, Jeff Smith, Denis Kitchen, and Neil Gaiman - all of whom knew Eisner and were inspired by his work to create their own graphic novels for a new generation of readers.

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Stephen J. Lind

A Charlie Brown Religion

Exploring the Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M. Schulz

University Press of Mississippi, November 2015, 316 S., Geb., USD 25.00

For more than half a century, the endearing, witty insights brought to life by Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy have caused newspaper readers and television viewers across the globe to laugh, sigh, gasp, and ponder. Based on new archival research and original interviews with Schulz's family, friends, and colleagues, author Stephen J. Lind offers a new spiritual biography of the life and work of the great comic strip artist. In his lifetime, aficionados and detractors both labeled Schulz as a fundamentalist Christian or as an atheist. Yet his deeply personal views on faith have eluded journalists and biographers for decades. Previously unpublished writings from Schulz will move fans as they begin to see the nuances of the humorist's own complex, intense journey toward understanding God and faith.

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Luz

Katharsis

Fischer, September 2015, 128 S., Geb., EUR 16.99

Weil Luz am 7. Januar noch mit seiner Frau seinen Geburtstag feierte, kam er erst in die Redaktion von Charlie Hebdo, als die Attentäter schon auf der Flucht waren. Zeichnen konnte er erst einmal nicht mehr. Mit ›Katharsis‹ kam aber Luz zum Zeichnen zurück. In Bildern und Texten erzählt er von der Angst und dem Schrecken, von der Zeit danach, als er Charlie Hebdo als Redakteur verließ und herausfinden musste, wie es weitergehen soll: »Ich hatte jetzt das Bedürfnis, zu zeigen, wie es in meiner inneren Welt aussieht.« Dieses Buch ist überwältigend, von einer erschütternden Offenheit und bei allem von einem befreienden Humor.

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Hugo Pratt

Corto Maltese 01 / Farbausgabe

Südseeballade

Schreiber + Leser, August 2015, 197 S., Geb., EUR 32.80

In der "Südseeballade" von 1967 ist Corto Maltese zunächst nur einer von vielen undurchsichtigen Charakteren, die vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs in der Südsee zu schnellem Reichtum kommen wollen. Es war ein Novum, eine solch epische, sich über 163 Seiten erstreckende Comicgeschichte ohne klaren Helden zu erzählen. Die "Südseeballade" entsprach ihrer Struktur nach mehr einem Roman als dem üblichen Comicformat, durch Umfang und narrative Komplexität gilt sie als erster Comic-Roman. - Der Startschuss für die große, aus dem Italienischen komplett neu übersetzte Werkausgabe des Klassikers von Hugo Pratt. Zusätzlich zur regulären Farbausgabe wird es auch eine Edition mit den ursprünglichen Schwarz-Weiß-Zeichnungen geben.

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Aldo J. Regalado

Bending Steel

Modernity and the American Superhero

University Press of Mississippi, September 2015, 288 S., Geb., USD 60.00

The cultural conversation articulated through the nation's early heroic fiction eventually led to a new heroic type - the brightly clad, super-powered, pro-social action heroes that first appeared in American comic books starting in the late 1930s. Although indelibly shaped by the Great Depression and World War II sensibilities of the second-generation immigrants most responsible for their creation, comic book superheroes remain a mainstay of American popular culture. Tracing superhero fiction all the way back to the nineteenth century, Regalado firmly bases his analysis of dime novels, pulp fiction, and comics in historical, biographical, and reader response sources. He explores the roles played by creators, producers, and consumers in crafting superhero fiction, ultimately concluding that these narratives are essential for understanding vital trajectories in American culture.

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Edward Ross

Filmish

A graphic journey through film

SelfMadeHero, November 2015, S., kt., GBP 14.99

In "Filmish", cartoonist Edward Ross takes us on an exhilarating ride through the history of cinema, using comics to uncover the magic and mechanics behind our favourite movies. Exploring everything from censorship to set design, Ross spotlights the films and film-makers that embody this provocative and inventive medium, from the pioneers of early cinema to the innovators shaping the movies of today, from "A Trip to the Moon" to "Inception" and beyond. A witty and insightful reflection on the enduring power of the cinema, "Filmish" is a lucid and lively guide to the stars and stories that have shaped our lives for more than a century.

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Jeffrey Ian Ross (Hg.)

Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art

Routledge, Dezember 2015, 520 S., Geb., GBP 130.00

"The Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art" integrates and reviews current scholarship in the field of graffiti and street art. Thirty-seven original contributions are organized around four sections: History, Types, and Writers/Artists of Graffiti and Street Art; Theoretical Explanations of Graffiti and Street Art/Causes of Graffiti and Street Art; Regional/Municipal Variations/Differences of Graffiti and Street Art; Effects of Graffiti and Street Art. Chapters are written by experts from different countries throughout the world and their expertise spans the fields of American Studies, Art Theory, Criminology, Criminal justice, Ethnography, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Visual Communication.

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Numa Sadoul (Scénario), Jean Giraud (Dessin)

Docteur Mœbius et Mister Gir

Entretiens avec Jean Giraud

Casterman, Oktober, 264 S., kt., EUR 20,00

Cette nouvelle édition couvre l’intégralité de la carrière de Jean Giraud/Moebius : l’enfance, la découverte du jazz, de la drogue, du sexe, les collaborations mythiques avec Charlier et Jodorowsky, l’instinctothérapie... Une inestimable source de découvertes sur un auteur phare, qui nous a quittés en 2012. Numa Sadoul a mené pendant 30 ans (et jusqu’à la toute fin de la vie du dessinateur) des entretiens passionnants avec cet auteur hors norme, considéré par tous comme un dieu du 9e art.

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Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo

The Special Edition

Fantagraphics, November 2015, 1160 S., Geb., USD 74.99

Stan Sakai’s "Usagi Yojimbo" is one of the most iconic modern comics characters of the past quarter century and is a perennial favorite amongst young boys and adult fans. It chronicles the action-packed wanderings of a masterless samurai in feudal Japan — as told with funny-animals. (If PIXAR and the late Akira Kurosawa were to collaborate on a movie, it might very well look like this.) For the first ten years of his career, the battling bunny was published by Fantagraphics Books - with over 1000 pages of story, this is the complete, definitive, early Usagi. This Special Edition will also brims with extra material, including a complete full-color gallery of the more than 50 Usagi covers from that period; preparatory sketches, including Sakai’s original first draft of the “Samurai” story; Introductions by Stan Sakai and Stan Lee; and a feature-length, career-spanning interview with Sakai.

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Alistair D. Swale

Anime Aesthetics

Palgrave, August 2015, 176 S., Geb., GBP 60.00

Japanese animation has been more broadly recognised and given fulsome academic commentary over the last decade. However, there is arguably a need for a more philosophically consistent and theoretically integrated engagement as emphasized by scholars such as Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto. While there are notable exceptions within the current literature, and these works highlight significant issues when considered as presenting an aesthetic theory of animation, "Anime Aesthetics" covers the key thinkers of contemporary aesthetic theory commonly adopted in relation to media (Deleuze, Ranciere, Zizek) and aims to reground reflection on anime within a more specifically aesthetic philosophical tradition, particularly drawing on recent scholarship on the art theory of R.G. Collingwood.

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Deborah Elizabeth Whaley

Black Women in Sequence

Re-Inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime

University of Washington Press, November 2015, 288 S., kt., USD 30.00

From the 1971 appearance of the Skywald Publications character "The Butterfly" - the first Black female superheroine in a comic book - to contemporary comic books, graphic novels, film, manga, and video gaming, a growing number of Black women are becoming producers, viewers, and subjects of sequential art. As the first detailed investigation of Black women's participation in comic art, "Black Women in Sequence" examines the representation, production, and transnational circulation of women of African descent in the sequential art world. In this groundbreaking study, which includes interviews with artists and writers, Deborah Whaley suggests that the treatment of the Black female subject in sequential art says much about the place of people of African descent in national ideology in the United States and abroad.

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Daniel Worden (Hg.)

The Comics of Joe Sacco

Journalism in a Visual World

University Press of Mississippi, September 2015, 298 S., Geb., USD 60.00

First in the new series "Critical Approaches to Comics Artists", this edited volume explores Sacco's comics journalism, and features established and emerging scholars from comics studies, cultural studies, geography, literary studies, political science, and communication studies. Sacco's work has already found a place in some of the foundational scholarship in comics studies, and this book solidifies his role as one of the most important comics artists today. Sections focus on how Sacco's comics journalism critiques and employs the 'standard of objectivity# in mainstream reporting, what aesthetic principles and approaches to lived experience can be found in his comics, how Sacco employs the space of the comics page to map history and war, and the ways that his comics function in the classroom and as human rights activism.

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Masao Yokota, Tze-yue G. Hu

Japanese Animation

East Asian Perspectives

University Press of Mississippi, Juli 2015, 320 S., kt., USD 30.00

"Japanese Animation" makes available a selection of viewpoints from media practitioners, designers, educators, and scholars working in the East Asian Pacific. This collection not only engages a multidisciplinary approach in understanding the subject of Japanese animation but also shows ways to research, teach, and more fully explore this multidimensional world. Presented in six sections, the collection adopts a wide range of critical, historical, practical, and experimental approaches.

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