Stan Lee, "Spider-Man!" Amazing Fantasy No. 15 (Sept. 1962)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Telefilms from Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network premiered two comic-based telefilms last week.

The first was Firebreather based on the series created by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn and published by Image Comics. The protagonist is a teenaged boy half-dragon and half-human. I append the teaser trailer below; a longer trailer can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApoLKbwU_VQ&feature=channel. The film is not yet available on DVD but can be purchased on iTunes for $9.99

The second telefilm was Young Justice a pilot film for the forthcoming animated series (launching in January 2011) and inspired by the long-running Young Justice series. As was true with the comic, the animated series features the sidekicks, young relatives, and (in the case of Superman) teenaged clones of members of the Justice League.

Recent Scholarship on Stardust

Extrapolation 51.2 (Summer 2010) arrived this week with the following contents of interest to the blog:

Paula Brown, "Stardust as Allegorical Bildungsroman: An Apology For Platonic Idealism," pp. 216-34.

Complete contents and further details on the journal's website.

Monday, November 22, 2010

IJOCA 12.2-3 Contents

As promised, here are the contents for IJOCA 12.2-3:

Vol. 12, No. 2/3, Fall 2010
708 pages / 38 Articles
Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque

John A. Lent  1 Editor’s Note
Fabrice Leroy 2 Yves Chaland and Lue Cornillon’s Rewriting of Classical Belgian Comics in Captivant: From Graphic Homage to Implicit Criticism
Giancarla Unser-Schutz 25 Exploring the Role of Language in Manga: Text Types, Their Usages, and Their Distributions
Rick Marschall 44 Nurturing the Butterfly: My Life in Comic Art Studies
Derik A. Badman 91 Talking, Thinking, and Seeing in Pictures: Narration, Focalization, and Ocularization in Comics Narratives
Enrique Garcia 112 Coon Imagery in Will Eisner’s The Spirit and Yolanda Vargas Dulché’s Memín Pinguín and Its Legacy in the Contemporary United States and Mexican Comic Book Industries
Kerry Soper 125 From Jive Crows in “Dumbo” to Bumbazine and “Pogo”: Walt Kelly and the Conflicted Politics Reracinating African American Types in Mid-20th Century Comics
Robert Furlong and Christophe Cassiau-Haurie 150 Comic Books, Politics, and Manipulation: The Case of Repiblik Zanimo, the First Comic Strip and Book in Creole
Grazyna Gajewsk 159 Between History and Memory – Marzi: Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard Marzena Sowa and Sylvain Savoia
Matthew M. Chew and Lu Chen 171 Media Institutional Contexts of the Emergence and Development of Xinmanhua in China
Jörn Ahrens 192 The Father’s Art of Crime: Igort’s 5 Is the Perfect Number
Marco Pellitteri 209 Comics Reading and Attitudes of Openness toward the Other: The Italian-Speaking Teenagers’ Case in South Tyrol
Iren Ozgur 248 Have You Heard the One about the Islamist Humor Magazine?
Weidan Cao 251 The Mountains and the Moon, the Willows and the Swallows: A Hybrid Semiotic Analysis of Feng Zikai’s “New Paintings for Old Poems”
Candida Rifkind 268 A Stranger in an Strange Land? Guy Delisle Redraws the Travelogue
Daniel Stein 291 The Long Shadow of Wilhelm Busch: “Max & Moritz” and German Comics
Hannah Miodrag 309 Fragmented Text: The Spatial Arrangement of Words in Comics
Christopher Eklund 328 Toward an Ethicoaesthetics of Comics: A Critical Manifesto
Muliyadi Mahamood 336 The Malaysian Humor Magazine Gila-Gila: An Appreciation
Roy Bearden-White 354 Inheriting Trauma in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Philippe Gauthier 367 On “Institutionalization”: From Cinema to Comics
Marc A. Londo 376 Mr. Tap and His African-American Cartoons of the 1940s/1950s
Marcia R. Ristaino 395 Two Linked by Another, Ding Cong: Interviews with Betty McIntosh and Shen Jun
Shelley Drake Hawks 402 Ding Cong’s “True Story of Ah Q” in Art and Life
John A. Lent and Xu Ying 425 Fengjing – The Town That Claimed Ding Cong
Phillip Troutman 432 The Discourse of Comics Scholarship: A Rhetorical Analysis of Research Article Introductions
Ross Murray 445 Referencing Comics: A Comprehensive Citation Guide
Sylvain Rheault 459 Curvy Alterations in “Gaston” by Franquin
Miriam Peña-Pimentel 469 Baroque Features in Japanese Hentai
Yuko Nakamura 487 What Does the “Sky” Say? – Distinctive Characteristics of Manga and What the Sky Represents in It
B.S. Jamuna 509 Strategic Positioning and Re-presentations of Women in Indian Comics
Meena Ahmed 525 Exploring the Dimensions of Political Cartoons: A Case Study of Pakistan
Camila Figueiredo 543 Tunes Across Media: The Intermedial Transposition of Music in Watchmen
Rania M. R. Saleh 552 Making History Come Alive Through Political Cartoons
Bill Kartalopoulos 565 Taking and Making Liberties: Narratives of Comics History
Toni Masdiono 577 An Indonesian Bid for the First Graphic Novel
John A. Lent 581 In Remembrance of Five Major Comic Art Personalities
Perucho Mejia Garcia 588 Ismael Roldan Torres (1964-2009) of Colombia: A Memorial Tribute
Zheng Huagai 598 Tributes to Two Famous, Anti-Japanese War Cartoonists: Zhang Ding and Te Wei
John A. Lent 614 The Printed Word
620 Book Reviews
644 Exhibition and Media Reviews
696 Correction
697 Portfolio

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Green Lantern (2011) Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming film Green Lantern (2011) was released earlier this week and can viewed at the official site as well as file-sharing venues like YouTube. Based on the trailer, the film looks like the origin of GL has been turned into a "hero's journey" film with some comedic moments. Also, villain Hector Hammond looks suitably monstrous, and the aliens members of the GL Corps resemble their comic book originals (which is more than can be said of the recent original video Green Lantern: First Flight.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Book: Shazam! The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal

Now available from Abrams ComicArts (N.B. for Shazam read Captain Marvel, one would have expected the publishers to not have made such a glaring error in the copy):

Shazam! The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal
Authors: By Chip Kidd with photography by Geoff Spear
Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
ISBN: 0-8109-9596-4
EAN: 9780810995963
Availability: In Stock
Price: $35.00
Publishing Date: 12/1/2010
Trim Size: 9 x 12
Page Count: 246
Cover: Hardcover
Illustrations: 300 full-color illustrations; gatefold

About the book

Shazam made his debut in Whiz Comics in 1940, and outsold his biggest competitor, Superman, by 14 million copies a month. It wasn’t long before a variety of merchandise was licensed—secret decoders, figurines, buttons, paper rockets, tin toys, puzzles, costumes—and a fan club was created to keep up with the demand. These collectibles now sell for outrageous prices on eBay or in comic book stores and conventions. Seventy years later, an unprecedented assortment of these collectibles are gathered together by award-winning writer/designer Chip Kidd and photographer Geoff Spear. Join Kidd, Spear, and the World’s Mightiest Mortal in this first, fully authorized celebration of ephemera, artwork, and rare, one-of-a-kind toys, and recapture the magic that was Shazam!

About the authors

Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and writer, and an editor-at-large for Pantheon Books. His books on comics include Bat-Manga!, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. He lives in New York City.

Geoff Spear is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared on numerous book covers. He lives in New York City.

European Comic Art Volumes 1.1-3.1

Contents as follows:

European Comic Art 3.1 (2010)

European Comic Art
Pages 1-1

Introduction: It was a dark and stormy night … Narration in Comics
Pages v-viii

The Monstrator, the Recitant and the Shadow of the Narrator
Pages 1-21
Author Thierry Groensteen

Narrative Techniques in Tardi's Le Der des ders and Voyage au bout de la nuit
Pages 23-36
Author Armelle Blin-Rolland

Comics and Everyday Life: from Ennui to Contemplation
Pages 37-64
Author Greice Schneider
Fire Escapes to Nowhere: Colin and Cilluffo's World Trade Angels
Pages 65-80
Author Lawrence R. Schehr

'C'est pas du tout ce que tu penses': Improvisational Narrative Strategies in Ruppert and Mulot's La Maison close
Pages 81-103
Author Bart Beaty

Between Writing and Image: A Scriptwriter's Way of Working
Pages 105-116
Author Benoît Peeters

Angoulême, 2010
Pages 117-118
Author Bart Beaty

European Comic Art 2.2 (Dec. 2009)

Introduction: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond
Pages v-viii

The Gourary Töpffer Manuscript of Monsieur Jabot: A Question of Authenticity.: With the Dating and Distribution of Rodolphe Töpffer's First Published Picture Story, and the World's First Modern Comic Strip
Pages 173-203
Author David Kunzle
Ally Sloper on Stage
Pages 205-225
Author Roger Sabin

The Conquest of Space: Evolution of Panel Arrangements and Page Layouts in Early Comics Published in Belgium (1880–1929)
Pages 227-252
Author Pascal Lefèvre
The Spanish Tebeo
Pages 253-276
Author Viviane Alary
Pages 277-282

Notes on Contributors
Pages 283-284

Index to Volume 2
Pages 285-286

European Comic Art 2.1 (June 2009)

Introduction: Caricature
Pages v-vii

'I Must Not Draw…'
Pages 1-19
Author Plantu

Graphic Shorthand: From Caricature to Narratology in Twentieth-Century Bande dessinée and Comics
Pages 21-39
Author Harry Morgan

Early French Caricature (1795–1830) and English Influence
Pages 41-64
Author Caroline Rossiter

'From the Land Where the Word Balloons Throw Shadows': An Interview with Anke Feuchtenberger
Pages 65-82
Author Mark David Nevins

Caricaturing 'The Colonial Good Life' in French Indochina
Pages 83-108
Author Michael G. Vann

Bête et méchant: Politics, Editorial Cartoons and Bande dessinée in the French Satirical Newspaper Charlie hebdo
Pages 109-129
Author Jane Weston

Cabu Reporter
Pages 131-151
Author Tanitoc

News and Reviews
Pages 153-168

Notes on Contributors
Pages 169-172

European Comic Art 1.2 (Dec. 2008)

Pages v-viii

North and South in Belgian Comics
Pages 111-126
Author Jan Baetens

'Is There Any Boudin on the Moon?' Depicting Cajun Ethnicity in Bec Doux et ses amis
Pages 127-144
Author Fabrice Leroy

Arthème Fayard's Magazines and the Promotion of Picture Stories 'à la française'
Pages 145-156
Author Annie Renonciat

The Silence of the Page Une trop bruyante solitude: The Graphic Novel Adaptation of Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
Pages 157-174
Author Martha Kuhlman

The Frontier and the Affrontier: French-Language Algerian Comics and Cartoons Confront the Nation
Pages 175-200
Author Mark McKinney

News and Reviews
Pages 201-214

Notes on Contributors
Pages 215-216

Index to Volume 1
Pages 217-218

European Comic Art 1.1 (June 2008)

Pages v-viii
Bande dessinée and the Cinematograph: Visual Narrative in 1895
Pages 1-20
Author Lance Rickman
De Luca and Hamlet: Thinking Outside the Box
Pages 21-36
Author Paul Gravett
Family History and Social History: Étienne Davodeau's Reportage of Reality in Les Mauvaises gens
Pages 37-56
Author Clare Tufts
Autobiographical Innovations: Edmond Baudoin's Éloge de la poussière
Pages 57-86
Author Matthew Screech
A Few Words about The System of Comics and More …
Pages 87-94
Author Thierry Groensteen
News and Reviews
Pages 95-107
Notes on Contributors
Pages 109-110

Recent Comics Journal: European Comic Art

European Comic Art from Liverpool University Press is now into its third year of publication. Here are the details about the journal from its website. I will post the contents separately.

European Comic Art
ISSN 1754-3797

European Comic Art is the first English-language scholarly publication devoted to the study of European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature. Published in association with the American Bande Dessinée Society and the International Bande Dessinée Society, European Comic Art builds on existing scholarship in French-language comic art and is able to draw on the scholarly activities undertaken by both organisations. However, our editorial board and consultative committee bring expertise on a wider European area of comic art production and the journal will emphasise coverage of work from across Europe, including Eastern Europe.

Published twice a year, European Comic Art is available in both print and online form and serves as a forum where different theoretical and critical approaches, as well as national comics traditions, can meet.

We would particularly welcome articles in these areas:

The current 'manga-isation' of the European comics scene by Asian comics
Mutual influences of French and American comics
Feminist comic art and women cartoonists
Comics without words
Hergé and the clear-line school of cartooning
Cartoonist collectives and independent publishers since 1990
Genre and the Industry
Comics and digital media
The cartoonist as reporter
Comics in their historical context
Contributions should be original and should not have been previously published in any form, including all forms of electronic publication. Contributors are required to assign copyright to Liverpool University Press, and not to publish accepted articles or book reviews on web pages before they appear in European Comic Art.

European Comic Art is hosted online by Metapress and is accessible at http://liverpool.metapress.com/content/121625/. Online access is free to existing subscribers.

Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow
Mark McKinney, Miami University, Ohio
Ann Miller, University of Leicester

Book Review Editor
Catherine Labio, University of Colorado at Boulder

Editorial Board
Bart Beaty, University of Calgary
Hugo Frey, University of Chichester
Wendy Michallat, University of Sheffield
Kees Ribbens, Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, Amsterdam
Roger Sabin, University of the Arts, London
Matthew Screech, Manchester Metropolitan University
Clare Tufts, Duke University

Consultative Committee
Jan Baetens, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
Teresa Bridgeman, University of Bristol
Cécile Danehy, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Vittorio Frigerio, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Fabio Gadducci, University of Pisa
Paul Gravett, author and critic
Thierry Groensteen, Editions de l'An 2, Angoulême
Michael Kelly, University of Southampton
David Kunzle, UCLA
Dominique Le Duc, University of Brighton
Pascal Lefèvre, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
Fabrice Leroy, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
John Lent, Temple University, Philadelphia
Anne Magnussen, University of Southern Denmark
Jean-Christophe Menu, Author and Publisher, Founder of L'Association
Pedro Pérez del Solar, University of Texas at El Paso
Murray Pratt, Nottingham Trent University
Thierry Smolderen, l'EESATI (Ecole Supérieure de l'Image), Angoulême
Joost Swarte, Artist and Graphic Designer

Editorial Correspondence
Submission to European Comic Art is via Manuscript Central at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lup-eca

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Any other editorial correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr Laurence Grove email: B.Grove@french.arts.gla.ac.uk

Books Review Editor
All books for review should be addressed to:

Dr Catherine Labio
Department of English
University of Colorado at Boulder
Hellems 118 - UCB 226
Boulder, CO 80309-0226

Ordering Information
European Comic Art(Print ISSN 1754-3739 Online ISSN 1754-3800) is distributed worldwide for Liverpool University Press by Marston Book Services. For details of subscription rates and ordering information, go to www.marston.co.uk or contact:

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Contents Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics 1.1

Here are the contents for Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics 1.1. The issue is free at the publisher's website.

David Huxley; Joan Ormrod
Pages 1 – 4

From Iky Mo to Lord Horror: representations of Jews in British comics
Paul Gravett
Pages 5 – 16

From fan appropriation to industry re-appropriation: the sexual identity of comic superheroes
Gareth Schott
Pages 17 – 29

‘A fistful of dead roses…’. Comics as cultural resistance: Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta
Maggie Gray
Pages 31 – 49

The absence of black supervillains in mainstream comics
Phillip Lamarr Cunningham
Pages 51 – 62

Redrawing nationalism: Chester Brown's Louis Riel: a comic-strip biography
Andrew Lesk
Pages 63 – 81

Book Reviews
Che: a graphic biography, by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
New York, Hill and Wang, 2009, 128pp., US$22 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-8090-9492-9
James Scorer
Pages 83 – 85

Of comics and men: a cultural history of American comic books, by Jean-Paul Gabilliet
translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen, Jackson, University Press of Mississippi, 2010, xx + 390 pp., US$55.00 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-60473-267-2
Tony Venezia
Pages 85 – 88

Art Spiegelman: conversations, edited by Joseph Witek
Jackson, University Press of Mississippi, 2007, xxiii + 318 pp., US$50 (hardback), US$20 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-934110-12-6
Ranen Omer-Sherman
Pages 88 – 90

New Journal: Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics

The Taylor & Francis Group has recently launched its own biannual comics-related journal, Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics. The first issue is available free online, and calls for papers for future issues ("Gender and Superheroes" and "Audiences and Readership") are also online.

Details on the journal are as follows:

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics is a peer reviewed journal covering all aspects of the graphic novel, comic strip and comic book, with the emphasis on comics in their cultural, institutional and creative contexts. Its scope is international, covering not only English language comics but also worldwide comic culture. The journal reflects interdisciplinary research in comics and aims to establish a dialogue between academics, historians, theoreticians and practitioners of comics.  It therefore examines the production and consumption of comics within the contexts of culture: art, cinema, television and new media technologies.

The journal will include all forms of 'sequential imagery' including precursors of the comic but the main emphasis will be on twentieth and twenty-first century examples, reflecting the increasing interest in the modern forms of the comic, its production and cultural consumption.

Editorial Biographies

David Huxley is a Senior Lecturer on the Film and Media Studies BA Hons at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has written widely on comics, including, ‘Naked Aggression: Comic Books and the Vietnam War' in J Walsh (ed) Tell MeLies About Vietnam, Open University Press, 1988, ‘Viz: Class, Gender and Sexuality' in S Wagg (ed) Because I Tell a Joke or Two, Routledge, 1997, and Nasty Tales: Drugs, Sex and Rock'n'Roll in British Underground Comics, Critical Vision Books, 2000. He has also written and drawn for a wide range of comics, including Ally Sloper (1976), Comic Tales (1981), Heavy Metal (1982), Pssst (1982) and Oink (1987-1988).

Joan Ormrod is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies BA Hons at Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching a range of units such as Graphic Novels and Comics, Fantasy in Popular Culture and Science Fiction. Her publications and conference presentations reflect her research interests in subcultural audiences, comics and cult films.  In 2009 she co-edited a book, On the Edge: Leisure, Consumption and the Representation of Adventure Sports.  She has published articles on cult films in Scope, and surfing subcultures in History of Sport, presented papers at comics conferences and co-hosted a conference on comics with David Huxley in September 2007.  In a previous life she published a number of scripts with Marvel UK.

Editorial Board

David Huxley, Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Joan Ormrod, Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Roger Sabin, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK

Rob Weiner
Associate Humanities Librarian
Texas Tech University Libraries
Box 40002
Texas 79403-0002

Jörn Ahrens, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany
Bart Beaty, Calgary University, Canada
Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University , Japan
Will Brooker, Kingston University, UK
Scott Bukatman, Stanford University, USA
Peter Coogan, Washington University, USA
Paul Dawson, Manchester University, UK
Melany Gibson, University of Northumbria , UK
Paul Gravett, Author, UK
Charles Hatfield, California State University, USA
Pascal Lefevre, Belgium
Andrew Lesk, University of Toronto, Canada
Angela Ndalianis, University of Melbourne, Australia
Lance Rickman, Essex University, UK
Derek Royal, Western Illinois University, USA
Gareth Schott, Waikato University, New Zealand
Mathew Screech, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Marni Stanley, Vancouver University, Canada
Fredrik Strömberg, Malmo University, Sweden
Joseph Witek, Stetson University, Florida, USA
Robert G. Weiner, Texas Tech University, USA

IJOCA 12.2-3

The latest issue of The International Journal of Comic Art arrived this weekend. At 711 pages, this issue is double-sized. The complete contents do not yet appear at the journal's website, but the following articles should be of general interest:

Phillip Troutman, "The Discourse of Comics Scholarship: A Rhetorical Analysis of Research Article Introductions."

Ross Murray, "Referencing Comics: A Comprehensive Citation Guide."

Bill Kartalopoulos, "Taking and Making Liberties: Narratives of Comics History."