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Friedlander, Keith. "The editor, the author function, and the social function: A methodological survey." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9. (2018): 157–72. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2017.1355819
BibTeX citation key: Friedlander2018
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Categories: General
Keywords: Authorship, Berger. Karen, Collaboration, Comic book industry, Production, Publishing, USA
Creators: Friedlander
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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In order to better study comics as the product of collaborative creative efforts and commercial concerns, it is essential to recognise the role played by editors. However, this presents a number of challenges, as the nature of editors’ work can vary widely and the production process obscures their contributions. This article outlines the challenges of assessing the influence of editors and provides a methodological survey of existing approaches and best practices, establishing the theoretical groundwork for further research into the production culture surrounding the comic industry. Drawing upon the career of Karen Berger as a case study, this article argues that creative agency must be understood not just in terms of the authorial vision of creative staff, but also in terms of the social labour and coordinative efforts undertaken by production staff.
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