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The Comics Grid : Journal of Comics Scholarship
60 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...

    A Review of Threadbare: Clothes, Sex and Trafficking

    This review offers an account of journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore’s short comics, co-authored with the Ladydrawers collective, relating to the fashion industry and global apparel and sex trades, and that have been recently collected together in book form. The review argues that the resulting book, Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking (2016), is evidence of the ability of the comics form to document social justice issues with nuance, yet without losing sight of the politically imperative ...

    The Cult of Krazy Kat: Memory and Recollection in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

    George Herriman’s comic strip Krazy Kat has been discussed in mythic terms for more than half a century. This article argues that much of this ‘mythology’ has not been founded on the material itself, but rather on memories and recollections of readers and critics. Using Walter Benjamin’s notions of cult value and exhibition value, this article investigates the historical circumstances that shaped the most prominent of these recollections to show how writers like Gilbert Seldes and E. E. Cummi...


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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.
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