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Openness of Comics: Generating Meaning within Flexible Structures

Maaheen Ahmed

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496805935
eISBN:
9781496805973
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805935.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Never before have comics seemed so popular or diversified, proliferating across a broad spectrum of genres, experimenting with a variety of techniques, and gaining recognition as a rich form of art. ... More


Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s

Simone Castaldi

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737493
eISBN:
9781604737776
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737493.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Exploring an overlooked era of Italian history roiled by domestic terrorism, political assassination, and student protests, this book shines a new light on what was a dark decade, but an unexpectedly ... More


Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form

Hannah Miodrag

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038044
eISBN:
9781621039556
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038044.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

It has become an axiom in comic studies that “comics is a language, not a genre.” But what exactly does that mean, and how is discourse on the form both aided and hindered by thinking of it in ... More


Chris Ware and the Burden of Art History

Katherine Roeder

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Chris Ware’s comics version of art history and how it reveals his fundamental ambivalence toward high art and the institution of the museum, even when he has been celebrated by ... More


Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art

Jane Tolmie (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039058
eISBN:
9781621039907
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039058.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Autobiography has seen enormous expansions and challenges over the past decades. One of these expansions has been in comics, and it is an expansion that pushes back against any postmodern notion of ... More


Is Comics a Branch of Contemporary Art?

Thierry Groensteen

in Comics and Narration

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037702
eISBN:
9781621039396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037702.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

According to the historian Pierre Couperie, comics had been influenced by the evolution of other art forms. Jean-Christophe Menu, for his part, sees comics as having its own avant-garde movement that ... More


<i>Alph-Art</i>, B-Movies, Cast Corpses: Death-by-Sculpture and Hergé’s Middle Ground

Vanessa Meikle Schulman

in The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807267
eISBN:
9781496807304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807267.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter works through anxieties of representation and authenticity as represented in Hergé’s final work, the incomplete and posthumously published Tintin and Alph-Art (1986). This essay places ... More


External Consecration

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the external consecration of comic books in France and the United States in order to demonstrate the specificity of the legitimizing mechanisms of comics in the North American ... More


Style, Expressivity, and Impressionistic Evaluation

Hannah Miodrag

in Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038044
eISBN:
9781621039556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038044.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Comics consists of four graphic threads: narrative breakdown, panel composition, page layout, and style. According to Robert C. Harvey, style is the “most illusive” and hardest to account for among ... More


Making Comics Respectable: How maus Helped Redefine a Medium

Ian Gordon

in The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737929
eISBN:
9781604737936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The last two decades have witnessed a significant transformation of comic books as far as types and content available are concerned, not to mention their critical reception. This shift can be traced ... More


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