Comics as a Nexus of Cultures

Essays on the Interplay of Media, Disciplines and International Perspectives


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About the Book

These essays from various critical disciplines examine how comic books and graphic narratives move between various media, while merging youth and adult cultures and popular and high art. The articles feature international perspectives on comics and graphic novels published in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, India, and Japan. Topics range from film adaptation, to journalism in comics, to the current manga boom.

About the Author(s)

Mark Berninger teaches in the department of English at Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany. He has published widely on contemporary drama and comics.
Jochen Ecke is a lecturer at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. He has published extensively on popular culture, particularly U.S. and British mainstream comic books.
Gideon Haberkorn is in the department of English and Linguistics British Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat in Mainz, Germany. He has published a number of articles on popular culture topics.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Mark Berninger Jochen Ecke and Gideon Haberkorn. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 308
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, notes, filmographies, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3987-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5587-4
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Table of Contents

Introduction      1


1. Spatializing the Movie Screen: How Mainstream Cinema Is Catching Up on the Formal Potentialities of the Comic Book Page      7

Jochen Ecke

2. The Marvel Universe on Screen: A New Wave of Superhero Movies?      21

Andreas Rauscher

3. From Trauma Victim to Terrorist: Redefining Superheroes in Post–9/11 Hollywood      33

Dan A. Hassler-Forest

4. “Picture This”: Disease and Autobiographic Narration in the Graphic Novels of David B and Julie Doucet      45

Jonas Engelmann

5. Novel-Based Comics      60

Paul Ferstl

6. In the Art of the Beholder: Comics as Political Journalism      70

Dirk Vanderbeke


7. The Carrefour of Practice: Québec BD in Transition      85

Michel Hardy-Vallée

8. The Use of Allusion in Apitz and Kunkel’s Karl Comics      99

Sandra Martina Schwab

9. Cultural Specifics of a Scottish Comic: Oor Wullie      108

Anne Hoyer

10. Memento Mori: A Portuguese Style of Melancholy      116

Mario Gomes and Jan Peuckert

11. Otherness and the European as Villain and Antihero in American Comics      127

Georg Drennig

12. 2000AD: Understanding the “British Invasion” of American Comics      140

Ben Little

13. Whatever Happened to All the Heroes? British Perspectives on Superheroes      153

Karin Kukkonen and Anja Müller-Wood

14. A Cornerstone of Turkish Fantastic Films: From Flash Gordon to Baytekin      164

Meral Özçınar

15. From Capes to Snakes: The Indianization of the American Superhero      175

Suchitra Mathur

16. The Roving Eye Meets Traveling Pictures: The Field of Vision and the Global Rise of Adult Manga      187

Holger Briel

17. Kawaii vs. Rorikon: The Reinvention of the Term Lolita in Modern Japanese Manga      211

Dinah Zank

18. Mangascape Germany: Comics as Intercultural Neutral Ground      223

Paul M. Malone


19. Workshop I: Toward a Toolbox of Comics Studies      237

Karin Kukkonen and Gideon Haberkorn

20. Workshop II: Comics in School      245

Mark Berninger

21. Workshop III: Teaching Comics and Literary Studies—Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”      253

Mark Berninger

22. Workshop IV: Teaching Comics and Film Studies—Ang Lee’s The Hulk (USA 2003)      265

Andreas Rauscher

23. Comic Linguistics: Comics and Cartoons in Academic Teaching      274

Christina Sanchez

About the Contributors      283

Index      287

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Choice; “an extremely informative and useful contribution”—Studies in Comics.