Labarre, Nicolas: "Reading the 2016 US presidential election through Transmetropolitan." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2018), S. 1–13.
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Keywords: "Transmetropolitan", Caricature, Ellis. Warren, Politics, Robertson. Darick, Satire, Science Fiction, United Kingdom, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
On the day of Donald Trump’s election, Google recorded a spike in searches for Transmetropolitan, the science fiction series by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson published 15 years before. This article identifies possible reasons for this renewed interest by examining Transmetropolitan’s link to political satire and its use of American political history, building its narrative on canonical events which still serve to frame current events. The article then examines the nature of the online discourses tying the series to the 2016 US presidential election and to Donald Trump in particular, arguing that we can understand the difference between Transmetropolitan and political cartoons, and thus the specific appeal of the series, by taking into account the phenomenon of the ‘case memorable’.
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