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Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle

Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle


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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 Wolfman 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292737433
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Series: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture Series
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University. He is the author and editor of nine books, including Postethnic Narrative Criticism, Brown on Brown: Chicano/a Representations of Gender, Sexuality,

Table of Contents

Foreword; Or Reading within the GutterDerek Parker RoyalMulticultural Comics Today: A Brief IntroductionFrederick Luis AldamaPart I. History, Concepts, and MethodsOne. Race and ComixLeonard RifasTwo. "Authentic" Latinas/os and Queer Characters in Mainstream and Alternative ComicsJonathan RisnerThree. Native American Narratives from Early Art to Graphic Novels: How We See Stories / Ezhi-g'waabmaananig AadizookaanagMargaret NooriFour. Liminality and Mestiza Consciousness in Lynda Barry's One Hundred DemonsMelinda L. de JesúsFive. Black Nationalism, Bunraku, and Beyond: Articulating Black Heroism through Cultural Fusion and ComicsRebecca WanzoSix. 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 PetersonSeven. Lost in Translation: Jessica Abel's La Perdida, the Bildungsroman, and "That 'Mexican' Feel"Patrick L. HamiltonEight. Same Difference: Graphic Alterity in the Work of Gene Luen Yang, Adrian Tomine, and Derek Kirk KimJared GardnerPart II. A Multicultural Comic Book ToolboxNine. "It ain't John Shaft": Marvel Gets Multicultural in The Tomb of DraculaElizabeth NixonTen. Invisible Art, Invisible Planes, Invisible PeopleEvan ThomasEleven. Wondrous Capers: The Graphic Novel in IndiaSuhaan MehtaTwelve. Chronology, Country, and Consciousness in Wilfred Santiago's In My Darkest HourNicholas HetrickThirteen. Finding Archives/Making Archives: Observations on Conducting Multicultural Comics ResearchJenny E. Robb and Rebecca WanzoWorks CitedContributor NotesIndex

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