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Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle is the first comprehensive look at comic books by and about race and ethnicity. The thirteen essays tease out for the general reader the nuances of how such multicultural comics skillfully combine visual and verbal elements to tell richly compelling stories that gravitate around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality within and outside the U.S. comic book industry. Among the explorations of mainstream and independent comic books are discussions of the work ...

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Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle is the first comprehensive look at comic books by and about race and ethnicity. The thirteen essays tease out for the general reader the nuances of how such multicultural comics skillfully combine visual and verbal elements to tell richly compelling stories that gravitate around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality within and outside the U.S. comic book industry. Among the explorations of mainstream and independent comic books are discussions of the work of Adrian Tomine, Grant Morrison, and Jessica Abel, as well as Marv Wolf-man and Gene Colan's The Tomb of Dracula; Native American Anishinaabe-related comics; mixed-media forms such as Kerry James Marshall's comic-book/community performance; DJ Spooky's visual remix of classic film; the role of comics in India; and race in the early Underground Comix movement. The collection includes a "one-stop shop" for multicultural comic book resources, such as archives, websites, and scholarly books. Each of the essays shows in a systematic, clear, and precise way how multicultural comic books work in and of themselves and also how they are interconnected with a worldwide tradition of comic-book storytelling.

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Considering race and ethnicity in comics from a broader perspective, 13 chapters address cartooning across diverse traditions, including Latino, Native American, Filipino, African American, Asian, and continental Indian. A final chapter covers conducting research in multicultural comics and finding resources.

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

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  • ISBN-13: 9780292722811
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword; Or Reading within the Gutter Derek Parker Royal Royal, Derek Parker

Multicultural Comics Today: A Brief Introduction Frederick Luis Aldama Aldama, Frederick Luis 1

PART I HISTORY, CONCEPTS, AND METHODS

1 Race and Comix Leonard Rifas Rifas, Leonard 27

2 "Authentic" Latina/os and Queer Characters in Mainstream and Alternative Comics Jonathan Risner Risner, Jonathan 39

3 Native American Narratives from Early Art to Graphic Novels: How We See Stories/Ezhi-g' waabamaanaanig Aadizookaanag Margaret Noori Noori, Margaret 55

4 Liminality and Mestiza Consciousness in Lynda Barry's One Hundred Demons Melinda L. De Jesus De Jesus, Melinda L. 73

5 Black Nationalism, Bunraku, and Beyond: Articulating Black Heroism through Cultural Fusion and Comics Rebecca Wanzo Wanzo, Rebecca 93

6 Birth of a Nation: Representation, Nationhood, and Graphic Revolution in the Works of D. W. Griffith, DJ Spooky, and Aaron McGruder et al. James Braxton Peterson Peterson, James Braxton 105

7 Lost in Translation: Jessica Abel's La Perida, the Bildungsroman, and "That 'Mexican' Feel" Patrick L. Hamilton Hamilton, Patrick L. 120

8 Same Difference: Graphic Alterity in the Work of Gene Luen Yang, Adrian Tomine, and Derek Kirk Kim Jared Gardner Gardner, Jared 132

PART II A MULTICULTURAL COMIC BOOK TOOLBOX

9 "It ain't John Shaft": Marvel Gets Multicultural in The Tomb of Dracula Elizabeth Nixon Nixon, Elizabeth 149

10 Invisible Art, Invisible Planes, Invisible People Evan Thomas Thomas, Evan 157

11 Wondrous Capers: The Graphic Novel in India Suhaan Mehta Mehta, Suhaan 173

12 Chronology, Country, and Consciousness in Wilfred Santiago's In My Darkest Hour Nicholas Hetrick Hetrick, Nicholas 189

13 Finding Archives/Making Archives: Observations on Conducting Multicultural Comics Research Rebecca Wanzo Wanzo, Rebecca 202

Works Cited 221

Contributor Notes 235

Index 239

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2015

    A fantastic collection of essays that will help you better under

    A fantastic collection of essays that will help you better understand the complicated history of race and comics as well as get a better sense of what people are doing today. The book is scholarly, that's for sure, which means it's less of a breeze to read than say Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics" but readers who are willing to put in the work will undoubtably be rewarded with, as the books introduction by Derek Parker Royal states, an enlarged understanding of what multicultural comics are, their importance and their scope.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    BBOOOOOORRIIIIINNGG!!!!!!!!

    It's just a bunch of dumb essays.

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