Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation

Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation

by Sheena C. Howard
     
 

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Winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.

Bringing together contributors from a wide-range of critical perspectives, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation is an analytic history of the diverse contributions of Black artists to the medium of comics. Covering comic books, superhero

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Winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.

Bringing together contributors from a wide-range of critical perspectives, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation is an analytic history of the diverse contributions of Black artists to the medium of comics. Covering comic books, superhero comics, graphic novels and cartoon strips from the early 20th century to the present, the book explores the ways in which Black comic artists have grappled with such themes as the Black experience, gender identity, politics and social media.

Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation introduces students to such key texts as:
The work of Jackie Ormes
Black women superheroes from Vixen to Black Panther
Aaron McGruder's strip The Boondocks

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“Overall, Black Comics is an extremely well rounded and impressive work of scholarship. Though this book spans a wide breadth of critical perspectives on various Black comic creators, its critical inquiry is focused and sustained. ... Black Comics is as an ambitious, essential text for any comics scholar and should be regarded as a canonical example of American comics scholarship.” —Francesca Lyn, ImageTexT
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Overall, Black Comics is an extremely well rounded and impressive work of scholarship. Though this book spans a wide breadth of critical perspectives on various Black comic creators, its critical inquiry is focused and sustained. ... Black Comics is as an ambitious, essential text for any comics scholar and should be regarded as a canonical example of American comics scholarship.
Library Journal
This edited analytic collection looks historically at the work of Black cartoonists as well as the portrayal of African Americans in comics by a variety of creators. 14 contributions touch on comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, American-authored manga-style stories, and political cartoons, highlighting their unique and collective cultural impact.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441172761
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/14/2013
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sheena C. Howard is Assistant Professor at Rider University, USA.

Ronald L. Jackson II is Dean of McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, USA. His many previous publications include The Negotiation of Identity and Scripting the Black Masculine Body.

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