Framescapes: Graphic Narrative Intertexts

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Framescapes: Graphic Narrative Intertexts


Edited by Mikhail Peppas and Sanabelle Ebrahim

Year: 2016

Format: eBook (PDF)

Graphic narrative structures, conceptual innovation, identity and representations are examined in an eclectic volume that presents multimodal approaches to constructing, reading and interpreting graphic novels and comics.

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The graphic narrative – in merging text with image – showcases an experiential panorama of visceral emotions for the users. Central to the format are considerations about the place of the image story in history and location. Both the comic and the graphic novel appropriate and are appropriated by diverse media in the enactment of individual, social and cultural identity. Intermediality morphs literature into pictures, films into graphic fiction, images into frames, and incorporates a host of flexible production values linked to high/low graphic arts. The structure of the graphic novel, city imaging, food fetishes, autographics, parallel worlds, Superhero guises, character patterning and shifting identities are explored in the eclectic volume by a range of authors using multimodal devices to analyse the composition, reading and interpretation of graphic narratives. The unstoppable momentum of holistic literature promises a converged means of expression that transcends the separation of print, digital and screen while transporting the dialogue about comics into a central scenario of popular culture. Throughout, the story stands strong in parallel with the probing of key concepts such as boundary transgression, moral searching, and the predictiveness of ‘frame-casting’ that allows feedback between the comic book frame and the silhouette of the future city.

The Graphic Narrative, Heightened Versatility and Another Literature
Mikhail Peppas and Sanabelle Ebrahim

Part I The Graphic Narrative

More than Simply a Flash of Colour: The True Rhetorical Power of Superhero Style
Jonathan C. Evans

Images in Space: The Challenges of Architectural Spatiality in Comics
Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

S/Z in Panels: Adaptation, Polysemous Textuality and the Graphic Novel
Ryan Cadrette

Defining the British Political Cartoon
Louisa Buck

Bourdieu vs. Batman: Examining the Cultural Capital of the Dark Knight via Graphic Novels
Amy Maynard

M, John J. Muth’s Adaptation of Lang’s Film: An Inference Bridge from Film to Comic
Julio Gutiérrez G-H

Framing the Subconscious: Envisioning the Polysemic Narrative of the Graphic Novel as a Reference Point for Psychoanalytical and Semiotic Discourse
John Harnett

(Re)Interpreting Dante’s Inferno in Gaiman’s Season of Mists
Zainab Younus

Comics on Screen: Pages and Places in the Cloud
Jayms Clifford Nichols

Alternative Graphic Fiction and the Web: Models of Creation and Models of Financial Viability
Finn Harvor

Something Borrowed: Interfigural Characterisation in Anglo-American Fantasy Comics
Essi Varis

DNA (Deco Nouveau Afrique): Futurising Through an African Lens, Approaches to Comic Art
Mikhail Peppas and Sanabelle Ebrahim

From Dashing to Delicious: The Gastrorgasmic Aesthetics of  Contemporary BL Manga
Antonija Cavcic

Part II Tooned In… Identity and Representations

Negotiating Ordinariness and Otherness: Superman, Clark Kent and the Superhero Masquerade
Barbara Brownie and Danny Graydon

Travelling Through Time and Space: Influences of Travel on Identity in Carnet De Voyage and Persepolis
Eliza Albert-Baird

Identity and Idiolect: Code Switching as Identity Marker in Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men and New Mutants
Annie Burman

Maghrebian Diaspora and Immigrant Identity in Farid Boudjellal’s L’Oud: La Trilogie
Tamara El-Hoss

‘This is Chaos’: Boundary Transgressions within Batman: Year One and Arkham Asylum
Marcel Fromme and Nils Zumbansen

Graphic Life Writing in Kaisa Leka’s I Am Not These Feet
Leena Romu

Mikhail Peppas is a Research Associate at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology (University of KwaZulu-Natal).

Sanabelle Ebrahim is a Master’s candidate in Deaf Culture at The Centre for Communication, Media and Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

The editors are eco-media practitioners exploring applied theory at the forefronts of graphic narratives, streets as living texts, comic book production and city identity, Deaf culture, and sustainable living activations.