Thinking Critically About Media: Comic Books & Graphic Novels

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Empire of the Superheroes: America's Comic Book Creators and the Making of a Billion-Dollar Industry

Mark Cotta Vaz

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A detailed look at the evolution of superhero comics from cheap pulp products to a billion-dollar film and publishing industry, and the artists' battles for their intellectual property and financial freedom.

All New, All Different?: A History of Race and the American Superhero

Patrick L. Hamilton and Allan W. Austin


An eye-opening exploration of the relationship between racial attitudes and the evolution of the superhero in America, from Superman’s debut in 1938 through the Civil Rights era and contemporary reinventions.

Graphic Borders: Latino Comic Books Past, Present, and Future


The first volume in a trailblazing series on world comics and graphic nonfiction, this book presents a comprehensive array of historical, formal, and cognitive approaches to Latino comics—an exciting popular culture space that captures the distinctive and wide-ranging experiences of US Latinos

Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez

Frederick Luis Aldama


The first comprehensive exploration of Latino representations in comics, from Marvel superheroes to creations by Latino masters such as Richard Dominguez.

El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond: Graphic Narrative in Argentina and Brazil

David William Foster


The first study in English of Latin American graphic narrative, this book explores the genre’s Argentine and Brazilian traditions, illuminating the different social, political, and historical conditions from which they emerged.

Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero


From Superman and Batman to the X-Men and Young Avengers, Supersex interrogates the relationship between heroism and sexuality, shedding new light on our fantasies of both.

Make Ours Marvel: Media Convergence and a Comics Universe


Tracing the rise of the Marvel Comics brand from the creation of the Fantastic Four to the development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this volume of original essays considers how a comic book publisher became a transmedia empire.

Graphic Memories of the Civil Rights Movement: Reframing History in Comics

Jorge Santos


A study of five graphic novels or memoirs that have reshaped the narrative of civil rights in America—and an examination of the format’s power to allow readers to participate in the memory-making process.

The Art of Pere Joan: Space, Landscape, and Comics Form

Benjamin Fraser


A close reading of the innovative, distinctive vision of Pere Joan, who has pushed boundaries in Spain's comics scene for more than four decades and stoked a new understanding of the nature of reading comics.

Picturing Childhood: Youth in Transnational Comics


Uniting the perspectives of comics studies and childhood studies, this pioneering collection is the first book devoted to representations of childhood in iconic US and international comics from the 1930s to the present.

Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies

Marc Singer


Challenging common critical practices and offering new interpretations of canonical texts by Marjane Satrapi, Alan Moore, Kyle Baker, Chris Ware, and others, this volume offers the first major critique of the field of comics studies.

Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature

Christopher Pizzino


Contrary to the idea that comics have naturally matured into respectability, Arresting Development offers a new understanding of comics’ history that connects the genre’s difficult past to its unstable present and uncertain future.

Comics and Pop Culture: Adaptation from Panel to Frame


This engaging collection explores the multi-media intersections of comics, film, television, and popular culture over the last century, ranging from Felix the Cat to Black Panther.

Good White Queers?: Racism and Whiteness in Queer U.S. Comics

Kai Linke


How do white queer people portray our own whiteness? Can we, in the stories we tell about ourselves, face the uncomfortable fact that, while queer, we might still be racist? If we cannot, what does that say about us as potential allies in intersectional struggles? A careful analysis of Dykes To Watch Out For and Stuck Rubber Baby by queer comic icons Alison Bechdel and Howard Cruse traces the intersections of queerness and racism in the neglected medium of queer comics, while a close reading of Jaime Cortez's striking graphic novel Sexile/Sexilio offers glimpses of the complexities and difficult truths that lie beyond the limits of where white queer self-representations dare to tread.