The Journal of the Comics Studies Society


The Journal of the Comics Studies Society

  • Volume 4 Issue 3
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    Lateral Moves and Ghostly Gay Children: Queer Spatial Metaphors in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home 
    Jocelyn Sakal Froese 
    “Bacon Tho”: Richard Watts’ Vegan Sidekick Comics as Social Media Activism 
    Dru Jeffries 
    George Pérez and the Classical Narrative Style  
    Marc Singer 
    “A Good Place Where to Be”: Un-placing Mobilities in Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary   
    Lorraine York 


    From the Field  
    “Text messages and ghosts are a JOY”: A Conversation with Cartoonist Marnie Galloway 
    Shiamin Kwa 
    Seldes Prize Essay  
    4 Colorism: the Ashiness of it All  
    Zoë Smith 
    Book Reviews 
    Dreaming the Graphic Novel: The Novelization of Comics. By Paul Williams. 
    Reviewed by Shawn Gilmore 
    Monstrous Imaginaries: The Legacy of Romanticism in Comics. By Maheen Ahmed.  
    Reviewed by Alisia Chase 
    All New, All Different? A History of Race and the American Superhero. By  
    Allan W. Austin and Patrick L. Hamilton.  
    Reviewed by Osvaldo Oyola 
    History of Illustration. Edited by Susan Doyle, Jaleen Grove, and Whitney Sherman. 
    Reviewed by Daniel F. Yezbick    

  • Volume 4 Issue 2
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    The Body of the Nation: Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther and the Black Literary Tradition  
    Eli Boonin-Vail 
     Drawn to Reconcile: The Queer Reparative Journey of ElfQuest 
    Kevin Cooley and Madeline B. Gangnes 
    Rethinking Racial Ontology through McDuffie’s Deathlok 
    Sam Cowling  
    “A Grotesque, Incurable Disease”: Whiteness as Illness in Gabby Schulz’s Sick 
    Frederik Byrn Køhlert 
    From the Archives 
    The Alain Van Passen Collection: At the Crossroads of Comics Collecting and Critique  
    Maaheen Ahmed 
    Book Reviews 
    Superhero Thought Experiment: Comic Book Philosophy. By Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg. 
    Reviewed by Johnathan Flowers. 
    Representations of Islam in United States Comics, 1880-1922. By Maryanne A. Rhett. 
    Reviewed by A. David Lewis. 
    Graphic Memories of the Civil Rights Movement. By Jorge J Santos, Jr.  
    Reviewed by Joanna Davis-McElligatt. 
  • Volume 4 Issue 1
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    The Specters of Captain America: Time and the Haunting of American Politics
    Neal Curtis Neal Curtis

    Watchmen and Speculating on the Future of the Humanities
    J. V. Miranda, Joseph Turner

    No Reclaimed Homeland: Thi Bui's Postcolonial Historiography in The Best We Could Do
    Layli Maria Miron

    The Blue Age of Comic Books
    Adrienne Resha

    Identity Temporalities and American Born Chinese
    Rebecca Wanzo

    Comics and Public History: The True Story of the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars
    Dale Jacobs, Heidi LM Jacobs

    Book Reviews
    Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies by Marc Singer
    Reviewed by Nhora Lucía Serrano

    Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics by Frederik Byrn Køhlert
    Reviewed by Jenny Blenk

    Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future by Aaron Kashtan
    Reviewed by Daniel F. Yezbick

    EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest by Qiana Whitted
    Reviewed by andré carrington

  • Volume 3 Issue 3
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    Drawing Racial Lines: The Aesthetics of Franklin in Peanuts
    Michelle Anne Abate

    Re-Animalating Native Realities: The Funny animals and First Beings of Native Realities Press
    Joshua Anderson

    All-Negro Comics
    and the Birth of Lion Man, the First African American Superhero
    Blair Davis

    Format Codings in Comics – The Elusive Art of Punctuation
    David Gedin

    From the Archives
    The Papa Mfumu’eto Papers: An Urban Vernacular Artist in Congo’s Megacity
    Dan Reboussin

    From the Field
    YA = Young Avengers: Asserting Maturity on the Threshold of Adulthood
    Osvaldo Oyola

    Book Reviews
    Comics and Sacred Texts: Reimagining Religion & Graphic Narratives. Edited by Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm.
    Reviewed by Matthew William Brake

    Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons. By John Etty.
    Reviewed by Bianca Rowlett

    The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels: Considering the Role of Kitsch. By Laurike in ‘t Veld.
    Reviewed by Candida Rifkind

  • Volume 3 Issue 2
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    The Avant-Garde Aesthetic of Vojtěch Mašek
    Martha Kuhlman

    Anarchist Fantasies: A Cognitive Analysis Of Fantasy To Promote Anarchism And Cultural Reformulation In Therefore Repent! A Post-Rapture Graphic Novel
    Mike Borkent

    Worlds Will Live, Worlds Will Die: Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Anxieties and Calamities of the Comic-Book Event
    Sean Guynes

    Anti-Manga: Sasaki Maki, Ishiko Junzō, and Avant-Garde Comics
    Ryan Holmberg

    From the Archives
    The Greatest Team-Up Never Told? Paul Buhle Theorizes the New Left and Underground Comix
    Paul Williams

    Komix Kountermedia (1969)
    Paul Buhle

    From the Field
    “The History and Appreciation of an Art Form”: Comics Studies with M. Thomas Inge
    Jeffery Klaehn

    Book Reviews
    The Expanding Art of Comics: Ten Modern Masterpieces. By Thierry Groensteen. Translated by Ann Miller.
    Reviewed by Colin Beineke

    Incorrigibles and Innocents: Constructing Childhood and Citizenship in Progressive Era Comics. By Lara Saguisag.
    Reviewed by Alexander Beringer

    Gender and the Superhero Narrative.
    Edited by Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, and Philip Smith.
    Reviewed by Sam Langsdale

    Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists.
    By Martha H. Kennedy.
    Reviewed by Rachel R. Miller

  • Volume 3 Issue 1
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    Leah Misemer and Margaret Galvan

    Serial Critique: The Counterpublic of Wimmen’s Comix
    Leah Misemer

    “With Apologies to The Old Masters”: Jack Jackson’s Citational
    Practice and the History of Comic Book History
    Joshua Abraham Kopin

    Christmas Card from a Cat Dancer in Mipple City: Omaha the Cat Dancer and Midwestern Counterpublics
    Aaron Kashtan

    X-Rated: Childhood and the “Adults Only” World of Underground
    Lara Saguisag

    Adjacent Genealogies, Alternate Geographies: The Outliers of Underground Comix & World War 3 Illustrated
    Margaret Galvan

    Book Reviews

    Animal Comics: Multispecies Storyworlds in Graphic Narratives. Edited by David Herman.
    Reviewed by Essi Varis

    Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. By Frederick Luis Aldama.
    Reviewed by Jorge Santos

    Veiled Superheroes: Islam, Feminism, and Popular Culture. By Sophia Rose Arjana with Kim Fox.
    Reviewed by Hussein Rashid

    Alan Moore, Out from the Underground: Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent. By Maggie Gray.
    Reviewed by Jeremy M. Carnes

    Medievalist Comics and the American Century. By Chris Bishop.
    Reviewed by David Sweeten

  • Volume 2 Issue 3
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    Hybridized Popular Literature: Fotoromanzi and Cineromanzi in Postwar Italy and France
    Jan Baetens

    The Phantom Fights Apartheid: New Left Ideology, Solidarity Movements and the Politics of Race
    Robert Aman

    Lynching Iconography: Looking in Graphic Narrative
    Rachel Kunert-Graf

    Demythologizing Honest Abe: Visual Representations of Emotion in Noah Van Sciver’s The Hypo
    Max Bledstein

    Accessible Articulations: Comics and Disability Rhetorics in Hawkeye #19
    Dale Jacobs and Jay Dolmage

    From the Archives: The Queer Zine Archive Project
    Rachel Miller

    Book Reviews

    Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics. By Kate Polak.
    Reviewed by Martha Kuhlman

    Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collection of Critical Essays. Edited by Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox.
    Reviewed by Jan Susina

    The Secret Origins of Comics Studies. Routledge. Edited by Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan.
    Reviewed by Benjamin Woo
  • Volume 2 Issue 2
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    Photography as Narrative, Aesthetic, and Document in Documentary bande dessinée: Emmanuel and François Lepage’s La
    Lune est blanche
    Margaret C. Flinn

    New Energy for Indian Comics: A Qualitative Study at Comic Con India
    Mara L. Thacker

    “It was a Dark and Stormy Night . . .”: Intertextual Metafiction in and About Peanuts
    Roy T. Cook

    What’s Diagnosis Got to Do With it?: Psychiatry, Comics and Batman: The Killing Joke
    Valentino L. Zullo

    Comic Thanatography: Redrawing Agency, Dialogism, and Ethics in Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
    Tanya Kam

    From the Archives: Deathless Deer

    Book Reviews

    Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia. By Brian Cremins.
    Reviewed by Keith McCleary

    A Theory of Narrative Drawing. By Simon Grennan.
    Reviewed by Eszter Szép

    Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation. By Carolyn Cocca.

    Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon. By Ian Gordon.
    Reviewed by Brannon Costello
  • Volume 2 Issue 1
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    Walt Kelly’s Bridgeport
    Brian Cremins

    “If She Be Worthy”: The Illusion of Change in American Superhero Comics
    Zak Roman and Ryan Lizardi

    Rhyming Events: Contested Narratives and “Cli-Fi” in Richard McGuire’s Here
    Philip Smith

    All There Is: Drawings, Diagrams, and Short Essays on Kevin Huizenga’s Ganges: The River at Night
    Andrew White

    From the Classroom
    Comics Skool USA: Selections
    Kevin Huizenga

    From the Archives
    The Petty-Dunn Center for Social Cartooning at Syracuse University
    David L. Prince

    From the Field
    The Way We Get By: Cara Bean

    Book Reviews

    The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear. Edited by Joe Sutliff Sanders.
    Reviewed by Lukas Etter

    Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia. By Brian Cremins.
    Reviewed by Keith McCleary

    Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books During the Blockbuster Era. By Drew Morton.
    Reviewed by Lars Stoltzfus-Brown
  • Volume 1 Issue 3
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    Overwhelmed by a Cloak of Darkness: Steve Ditko’s Dark Karma and Cosmic inner space
    Zack Kruse

    “Good Times are Ahead. Or Behind. Because They Sure Aren’t Here”: Garfield and Negative Space
    Michelle Ann Abate

    Cut-Up and Redrawn: Reading Charles Burns’s Swipe Files
    Benoît Crucifix

    Nobody’s Home: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Its Visual Adaptations
    Alison Halsall

    Asexuality and Its Discontents: Making the ‘Invisible Orientation’ Visible in Comics
    Nicholas E. Miller

    From the Archives
    The Edwina Dumm Collection

    Book Reviews

    What Happens When Nothing Happens: Boredom and Everyday Life in Contemporary Comics. By Greice Schneider.
    Reviewed by Margaret C. Flinn

    “How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs. By Tahneer Oksman.
    Reviewed by Margaret Galvan

    Reading Lessons in Seeing: Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Autobiographical Graphic Novel. By Michael A. Chaney.
    Reviewed by Brian Cremins
  • Volume 1 Issue 2
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    Gilded Age Cartoons: Artistic Antecedents and Descendants
    Julia diLiberti

    After you, my dear fake Frenchmen: Frederick Burr Opper’s
    Alphonse and Gaston—and Leon!
    Mark McKinney

    “The Man Called Lucas”: Luke Cage, Mass Incarceration, and the Stigma of Black Criminality
    Tracy L. Bealer

    “No time to rest, vent or mourn”: Medical Intern Narratives and Graphic Medicine
    Sathyaraj Venkatesan & Anu Mary Peter

    Teaching Hypercomics: Comics as Information Organization in Digital Pegagogy
    Damian Duffy

    On Comicity
    Colin Beineke

    Book Reviews

    The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books. By Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo.
    Reviewed by
    Ben Saunders

    Arresting Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature. By Christopher Pizzino.
    Reviewed by Louie Dean Valencia-García

    Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form. By Hillary L. Chute.
    Reviewed by
    Robyn Warhol.
  • Volume 1 Issue 1
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    Walt Kelly’s Pogo and the Politics of De/Re-racialization in Midcentury Comics
    Kerry Soper

    A Contract with God, The First Kingdom, and the ‘Graphic Novel’: The Will Eisner / Jack Katz Letters
    Andrew J. Kunka

    The Political is Personal: Dual Domesticity in
    Dykes to Watch Out For
    Susan Kirtley

    Roundtable: Comics and Methodology
    Blair Davis, Bart Beaty, Scott Bukatman, Henry Jenkins, Benjamin Woo

    From the Archives
    Before the Underground: Jay Lynch, Art Spiegelman, Skip Williamson and the Fanzine Culture of the Early 1960s

    From the Field
    Comics Professionals on Comics Studies

    Book Reviews
    The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. By Ramzi Fawaz.
    Reviewed by
    Marc Singer

    Michael Tisserand, Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White.
    Reviewed by Christopher Jeansonne
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