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The Comics Grid : Journal of Comics Scholarship
63 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • Traumatic Analepsis and Ligne Claire in GB Tran’s Vietnamerica

    The use of analepsis in representations of traumatic experience is not a new phenomenon in traumatic art in general or comics in particular. However, in GB Tran’s family narrative of the Vietnam War, Vietnamerica (2011), this trope is used in a particular fashion. While discussing his father’s imprisonment at the hands of the Vietnamese Government, Tran uses heavy black art before ‘flashing back’ into his father’s past, all of which is drawn in a style highly reminiscent of Ligne Claire.The h...

    Comic Con Goes Country Life: On British Economy, Society and Culture

    This commentary explores the impact of a recent comic art festival through questions of gender, labour and taste. The article suggests a redefinition of the meaning of legitimate culture, with its associated aesthetic hierarchies, may be the platform for the emergence of a new economy in parts of the UK.


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    Colonial Connections: A Review of Redrawing French Empire in Comics

    The consequences of France's colonial past and wars in Algeria and Indochina are still very relevant in modern, multicultural France. 'Redrawing French Empire In Comics '(2013) examines how this colonial history is depicted in the francophone comic or 'bande dessinée', by authors with links to both the colonised population and the French colonisers and military forces, and how their depictions of events reinforces or diminishes barriers between those on both sides.

    A Readers’ History of Girls’ Comics: A Review of Remembered Reading

    In her monograph 'Remembered Reading' (2015), Mel Gibson builds on her field work, interviews and meetings with readers of girls’ comics to recover the history and memory of this forgotten genre. Drawing on these shared memories and recollections, Gibson presents a readers’ history of British girls’ comics that reveals how these readings were part of identity constructions and personal histories, tied up to public factors of gender, age and class. In doing so, Gibson revises many stereotypes ...
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