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Cañero, Julio and Esther Claudio, eds. On the Edge of the Panel: Essays on comics criticism. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publ. 2015. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: es: español
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4438-7787-9
BibTeX citation key: Caero2015
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Keywords: Collection of essays
Creators: Cañero, Claudio
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publ. (Newcastle upon Tyne)
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To create a comic is not to illustrate words, but to create narrative diagrams and transform strokes into imaging words. The infinite array of possibilities that the merging of text and pictures provides is a garden of forking paths that critics have just started to explore. This is an art that operates as the crossroads of various disciplines, but whose specifications require a thorough understanding of its unique mechanisms. The explosion of experimental works and the incorporation of previously marginal (or nonexistent) genres and themes in comics have enriched an already fruitful art in ways that continue to surprise both readers and critics.
This collection of essays offers a space of reflection on the cultural, social, historical, and ideological dimensions of comics. With this in the background, the book focuses on three main areas: the origins and definitions of comics; the formal tools of the medium; and authors and their works. The historical and formal approach to comics, as shown here, is still essential and the debate about the origins and definition is still present, but two thirds of this collection formulate other treatments that scholars had not started to tackle until recently. Does this mean that the study of comics has finally reached the necessary confidence to abandon the artistic legitimization of the medium? Or are they just new self defense mechanisms through alliances with other fields of academic interest?
This book will add to the debate on comics, as did the international conference that led to it. It provides a channel of communication with an art, a two-headed medium that, like the god Janus, operates as a hinge, as a meeting point, as a bridge between pictorial and literary expression.

Table of Contents

Introduction (x)
– Julio Cañero: The Conference (x)
– Esther Claudio: About this Collection (xi)

I. What is a Comic? Origins and Definitions
Jordi Canyissá: Orígenes, definiciones y controversias. El debate teórico sobre el nacimiento del cómic (2)
Roberto Bartual Moreno: The Origins of Graphic Narrative in Popular Culture (22)
Manuel Barrero: Luis Mariani and the First Comic Strips in Spain (41)
Breixo Harguindey: The Order of Comics: Dynamics of the Ninth’s Art Devices (65)
Nicholas A. Theisen: Do you Read a Comic? (74)

II. Formal Tools of Comics
Daniel Gómez Salamanca and Josep Rom Rodríguez: The Drama of Caricature: Simplification and Deformation as Avant-garde Rhetorical Devices (94)
Álvaro Nofuentes: La(s) aventura(s) de la forma: La heterogeneidad gráfica como vía de experimentación en el cómic (109)
Iván Pintor: Dream and History, the Cartoon Mirror: The Incorporation of History into the Comic Book (124)
José Manuel Trabado: The Convergence of Graphic-Narrative Discourses: The Picture Book and the Graphic Novel (138)
Mark McHarry: Border Dwellers in Boy’s Love Manga (157)
Joe Sutliff-Sanders: Valentine, Comics for Mobile Devices, and the Limits of Empowerment (174)

III. Authors and their Works
Greice Schneider: The Many Facets of Boredom in the Work of Daniel Clowes (196)
Francisco Sáez de Adana: The Confrontation between the Classic and the Modern Gothic in The Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Alan Moore (206)
Irene Costa Mendia: La memoria como narración en la obra de Seth (220)
Diego Espiña Barros: The (Re)construction of Memory in Antonio Altarriba’s El Arte de Volar (230)
María Jesús Fernández Gil: Sequencing the History of the Third Reich: Art Spiegelman’s Selection of Holocaust Images and Moments (242)
Mihai Iacob: The “Ontological Indeterminacy” in Comics: El Resentido by Juaco Vizuete (256)
Juan Carlos Pérez: Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again: DK2 or How to Make the Revolution within the Palace (274)
Barbara Uhlig: Andrea Pazienza and Lorenzo Mattotti: How the Student Riots of 1977 Shaped Italian Comics (291)

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