Autobiographical Comics

A fruitful reading of the best North American and European autobiographical comics

Author: Elisabeth El Refaie

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617036132

Category: Literary Criticism

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A troubled childhood in Iran. Living with a disability. Grieving for a dead child. Over the last forty years the comic book has become an increasingly popular way of telling personal stories of considerable complexity and depth. In Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures, Elisabeth El Refaie offers a long overdue assessment of the key conventions, formal properties, and narrative patterns of this fascinating genre. The book considers eighty-five works of North American and European provenance, works that cover a broad range of subject matters and employ many different artistic styles. Drawing on concepts from several disciplinary fields--including semiotics, literary and narrative theory, art history, and psychology--El Refaie shows that the traditions and formal features of comics provide new possibilities for autobiographical storytelling. For example, the requirement to produce multiple drawn versions of one's self necessarily involves an intense engagement with physical aspects of identity, as well as with the cultural models that underpin body image. The comics medium also offers memoirists unique ways of representing their experience of time, their memories of past events, and their hopes and dreams for the future. Furthermore, autobiographical comics creators are able to draw on the close association in contemporary Western culture between seeing and believing in order to persuade readers of the authentic nature of their stories.
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Autobiographical Comics

However, readers may also pick out individual sections to read as appropriate to
their research or areas of interest related to autobiographical comics. With this in
mind, the individual sections of the book are heavily cross-referenced.

Author: Andrew J. Kunka

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474227865

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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A complete guide to the history, form and contexts of the genre, Autobiographical Comics helps readers explore the increasingly popular genre of graphic life writing. In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book covers such topics as: · The history and rise of autobiographical comics · Cultural contexts · Key texts – including Maus, Robert Crumb, Persepolis, Fun Home, and American Splendor · Important theoretical and critical approaches to autobiographical comics Autobiographical Comics includes a glossary of crucial critical terms, annotated guides to further reading and online resources and discussion questions to help students and readers develop their understanding of the genre and pursue independent study.
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Serial Selves

With a focus on the comics form’s ability to produce alternative and challenging autobiographical narratives, thematic chapters investigate the work of artists writing from perspectives of marginality including gender, sexuality, ...

Author: Frederik Byrn Køhlert

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813592268

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Autobiography is one of the most dynamic and quickly-growing genres in contemporary comics and graphic narratives. In Serial Selves, Frederik Byrn Køhlert examines the genre’s potential for representing lives and perspectives that have been socially marginalized or excluded. With a focus on the comics form’s ability to produce alternative and challenging autobiographical narratives, thematic chapters investigate the work of artists writing from perspectives of marginality including gender, sexuality, disability, and race, as well as trauma. Interdisciplinary in scope and attuned to theories and methods from both literary and visual studies, the book provides detailed formal analysis to show that the highly personal and hand-drawn aesthetics of comics can help artists push against established narrative and visual conventions, and in the process invent new ways of seeing and being seen. As the first comparative study of how comics artists from a wide range of backgrounds use the form to write and draw themselves into cultural visibility, Serial Selves will be of interest to anyone interested in the current boom in autobiographical comics, as well as issues of representation in comics and visual culture more broadly.
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The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies

the self in the past, but there is more to it than mere cataloging of facts about
occurrences, and memoir in comics offers a unique space for interacting with
autobiographical remembering. Specifically, comics memoir provides the means
to ...

Author: Frederick Luis Aldama

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190917944

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

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The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies examines the history and evolution of the visual narrative genre from a global perspective. The Handbook brings together readable, jargon-free essays written by established and emerging scholars from diverse geographic, institutional, gender, and national backgrounds.
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Graphic Intimacies

In Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale (2011), Yang a Taiwanese born Chinese American artist, tells the story of her father's family in order to heal from the trauma of intimate partner abuse.

Author: Francesca Lyn

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ISBN: OCLC:1110582237

Category: Autobiographical comic books, strips, etc

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Graphic Intimacies: Identity, Humor, and Trauma in Autobiographical Comics by Women of Color examines works of comics art about the lived experience of the comics' creator. These graphic narratives address racialized difference and the construction of identity while also using humor to negotiate their narrations of traumatic events. I argue that these creators employ the structure of comics to replicate the fragmentary nature of memory. Comics allow for the representation of trauma as being intimately linked to corporeality. The comics medium allows creators to make visible and present fractured versions of the self, a product of traumatic fragmentation. Drawing traumatic memories becomes a symbolic enactment of transformation. Comics become a way of coping with the fragmentary nature of traumatic memory, permitting a consolidation of memory even when a totality is impossible. Graphic Intimacies examines representative texts by four autobiographical cartoonists: Lynda Barry, Belle Yang, MariNaomi, and Whit Taylor. Each of these cartoonists engages in critiques of social issues through the negotiation of a multilayered identity. For instance, Barry's One Hundred Demons (2002) explores her identity as a white-passing Filipino American growing up in a low-income neighborhood. In Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale (2011), Yang a Taiwanese born Chinese American artist, tells the story of her father's family in order to heal from the trauma of intimate partner abuse. Biracial Japanese American artist MariNaomi explores her disconnection from her Japanese heritage while chronicling her experiences working in Japanese-style hostess bars in Turning Japanese (2016).
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Graphic Subjects

These essays, accompanied by visual examples, illuminate the new horizons that illustrated autobiographical narrative creates.

Author: Michael A. Chaney

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299251031

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 339

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Some of the most noteworthy graphic novels and comic books of recent years have been entirely autobiographical. In Graphic Subjects, Michael A. Chaney brings together a lively mix of scholars to examine the use of autobiography within graphic novels, including such critically acclaimed examples as Art Spiegelman’s Maus, David Beauchard’s Epileptic, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese. These essays, accompanied by visual examples, illuminate the new horizons that illustrated autobiographical narrative creates. The volume insightfully highlights the ways that graphic novelists and literary cartoonists have incorporated history, experience, and life stories into their work. The result is a challenging and innovative collection that reveals the combined power of autobiography and the graphic novel.
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International Journal of Comic Art

Pekar can certainly be cited as the seminal influence on the “ autobiography of
some putz ” sub - genre from the alt - comics boom of the 1990s . Even after more
than 35 years , Pekar continues to do autobiographical comics and has ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105133536628

Category: Caricatures and cartoons

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The Comics Journal

There's a difference between writing autobiographical comics and writing diary
comics . I think there's maybe a proliferation of the diary comics - side of anything
. I don't know if I can say how much The title page for Little Things . things .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105133526652

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

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Life in Pictures

A visual self-assessment by the creator of A Contract With God and The Plot evaluates his life as a writer, a professional, and an artist, in a collection of autobiographical tales that includes "The Dreamer," "To the Heart of the Storm," ...

Author: Will Eisner

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393061078

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 493

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A visual self-assessment by the creator of A Contract With God and The Plot evaluates his life as a writer, a professional, and an artist, in a collection of autobiographical tales that includes "The Dreamer," "To the Heart of the Storm," and "The Name of the Game." 15,000 first printing.
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Film and Comic Books

In Film and Comic Books contributors analyze the problems of adapting one medium to another; the translation of comics aesthetics into film; audience expectations, reception, and reaction to comic book-based films; and the adaptation of ...

Author: Ian Gordon

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604738094

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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In Film and Comic Books contributors analyze the problems of adapting one medium to another; the translation of comics aesthetics into film; audience expectations, reception, and reaction to comic book-based films; and the adaptation of films into comics. A wide range of comic/film adaptations are explored, including superheroes (Spider-Man), comic strips (Dick Tracy), realist and autobiographical comics (American Splendor, Ghost World), and photo-montage comics (Mexico's El Santo). Essayists discuss films beginning with the 1978 Superman. That success led filmmakers to adapt a multitude of comic books for the screen including Marvel's Uncanny X-Men, the Amazing Spider-Man, Blade, and the Incredible Hulk as well as alternative graphic novels such as From Hell, V for Vendetta, and Road to Perdition. Essayists also discuss recent works from Mexico, France, Germany, and Malaysia. Essays from Timothy P. Barnard, Michael Cohen, Rayna Denison, Martin Flanagan, Sophie Geoffroy-Menoux, Mel Gibson, Kerry Gough, Jonathan Gray, Craig Hight, Derek Johnson, Pascal Lef?vre, Paul M. Malone, Neil Rae, Aldo J. Regalado, Jan van der Putten, and David Wilt Ian Gordon is associate professor of history and convenor of American studies at the National University of Singapore. Mark Jancovich is professor of film and television studies at the University of East Anglia. Matthew P. McAllister is associate professor of film, video, and media studies at Pennsylvania State University.
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The System of Comics

This edition of Thierry Groensteen's The System of Comics makes available in English a groundbreaking work on comics by one of the medium's foremost scholars.

Author: Thierry Groensteen

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604732598

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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This edition of Thierry Groensteen's The System of Comics makes available in English a groundbreaking work on comics by one of the medium's foremost scholars. In this book, originally published in France in 1999, Groensteen explains clearly the subtle, complex workings of the medium and its unique way of combining visual, verbal, spatial, and chronological expressions. The author explores the nineteenth-century pioneer Rodolphe Töpffer, contemporary Japanese creators, George Herriman's Krazy Kat, and modern American autobiographical comics. The System of Comics uses examples from a wide variety of countries including the United States, England, Japan, France, and Argentina. It describes and analyzes the properties and functions of speech and thought balloons, panels, strips, and pages to examine methodically and insightfully the medium's fundamental processes. From this, Groensteen develops his own coherent, overarching theory of comics, a "system" that both builds on existing studies of the "word and image" paradigm and adds innovative approaches of his own. Examining both meaning and appreciation, the book provides a wealth of ideas that will challenge the way scholars approach the study of comics. By emphasizing not simply "storytelling techniques" but also the qualities of the printed page and the reader's engagement, the book's approach is broadly applicable to all forms of interpreting this evolving art. Thierry Groensteen is a comics scholar and translator in Brussels, Belgium. He is the author of La bande dessinée: Une littérature graphique and La construction de la cage, among other books. Bart Beaty is associate professor of communication and culture at the University of Calgary. Nick Nguyen is an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Open Letter

The Compulsion to Confess : Autobiography and the Canadian Underground
Comic nn Crosbie : VE SEES OUR STRIPS JOE ... 5 TREND In a panel from
Peep Show , Joe Matt nervously discusses autobiographical comics with his
friends ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B4581176

Category: Literature

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And Then One Day

Autobiographical comic strips based on everyday experiences.

Author: Ryan Claytor

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1193501043

Category: Fan magazines

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Autobiographical comic strips based on everyday experiences.
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Alternative Comics

He argues that these are fundamentally a literary form and offers an extensive critical study of them both as a literary genre and as a cultural phenomenon.

Author: Charles Hatfield

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604735872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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In the 1980s, a sea change occurred in comics. Fueled by Art Spiegel- man and Françoise Mouly's avant-garde anthology Raw and the launch of the Love & Rockets series by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez, the decade saw a deluge of comics that were more autobiographical, emotionally realistic, and experimental than anything seen before. These alternative comics were not the scatological satires of the 1960s underground, nor were they brightly colored newspaper strips or superhero comic books. In Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature, Charles Hatfield establishes the parameters of alternative comics by closely examining long-form comics, in particular the graphic novel. He argues that these are fundamentally a literary form and offers an extensive critical study of them both as a literary genre and as a cultural phenomenon. Combining sharp-eyed readings and illustrations from particular texts with a larger understanding of the comics as an art form, this book discusses the development of specific genres, such as autobiography and history. Alternative Comics analyzes such seminal works as Spiegelman's Maus, Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories, and Justin Green's Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary. Hatfield explores how issues outside of cartooning-the marketplace, production demands, work schedules-can affect the final work. Using Hernandez's Palomar as an example, he shows how serialization may determine the way a cartoonist structures a narrative. In a close look at Maus, Binky Brown, and Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, Hatfield teases out the complications of creating biography and autobiography in a substantially visual medium, and shows how creators approach these issues in radically different ways.
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A Comics Studies Reader

A survey of the best scholars writing on the form, craft, history, and significance of the comics

Author: Jeet Heer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604731095

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 380

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A survey of the best scholars writing on the form, craft, history, and significance of the comics
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Autobiographix

Autobiographical strips by various comic book artists.

Author: Sergio Aragones

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: UOM:39015058710842

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 98

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Autobiographical strips by various comic book artists.
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Comic Books as History

Describes changing public attitudes towards comic books

Author: Joseph Witek

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878054065

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 164

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Describes changing public attitudes towards comic books
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Art Therapy

A B reach program at the University of Illinois at Chicago advocates that youth
create autobiographical comics ( “ Autobiographical Comics , ” 2002 ) .
Recognizing the strength of this narrative art form , the program , developed by
visiting artist ...

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ISBN: MINN:31951P00950464G

Category: Art therapy

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Diving trips

... in his own comic series “ Yahoo " , he returned to the foundations of his
journalistic training , becoming one of the first to inaugurate a renaissance of the
American comic , particularly the autobiographical comic . What made this now
more or ...

Author: Clemens Krümmel

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015060885566

Category: Artists as reporters

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