Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

Cultures of Comics Work

Editors: Brienza, Casey, Johnston, Paddy (Eds.)

  • Builds upon current inquiries in the comics industry and cultural work
  • Explores problematic tensions between artistic ideal and realities of contemporary cultural production
  • Combines international and interdisciplinary perspectives of eighteen researchers in order to advance comics scholarship
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This anthology explores tensions between the individualistic artistic ideals and the collective industrial realities of contemporary cultural production with eighteen all-new chapters presenting pioneering empirical research on the complexities and controversies of comics work.

Art Spiegelman. Alan Moore. Osamu Tezuka. Neil Gaiman. Names such as these have become synonymous with the medium of comics. Meanwhile, the large numbers of people without whose collective action no comic book would ever exist in the first place are routinely overlooked. Cultures of Comics Work unveils this hidden, global industrial labor of writers, illustrators, graphic designers, letterers, editors, printers, typesetters, publicists, publishers, distributors, translators, retailers, and countless others both directly and indirectly involved in the creative production of what is commonly thought of as the comic book. Drawing upon diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, an international and interdisciplinary cohort of cutting-edge researchers and practitioners intervenes in debates about cultural work and paves innovative directions for comics scholarship.

About the authors

Casey Brienza is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City University London, UK. She is author of Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics and editor of Global Manga: “Japanese” Comics without Japan?.

Paddy Johnston is a comics scholar, cartoonist, and writer, currently working as a Doctoral Researcher in the English department at the University of Sussex, UK. He has published articles on comics in The Comics Grid, Comics Forum, and Networking Knowledge.


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction: Understanding Comics Work

    Brienza, Casey (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • For the Love of the Craft: Industry, Identity, and Australian Comics

    Maynard, Amy Louise

    Pages 21-33

  • Between Art and the Underground: From Corporate to Collaborative Comics in India

    Stoll, Jeremy

    Pages 35-50

  • Making Comics as Artisans: Comic Book Production in Colombia

    Suárez, Fernando (et al.)

    Pages 51-64

  • Nuestro Futuro ¿Hombres Libres, O Esclavos?: Imagining US–Mexican Cooperation against the Axis Powers in a World War II Propaganda Comic

    Hristova, Elena D.

    Pages 65-80

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55090-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55477-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultures of Comics Work
Editors
  • Casey Brienza
  • Paddy Johnston
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55090-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55090-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55477-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 308
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 illustrations in colour
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