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Caron, Tim. "“Black and White and Read All Over”: Representing race in mat johnson and warren pleece’s incognegro: a graphic mystery." Comics and the U.S. South. Eds. Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012. 138–60. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.001.0001
BibTeX citation key: Caron2012
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Keywords: "Incognegro", Crime comics, Ethnicity, Johnson. Mat, Pleece. Warren, USA
Creators: Caron, Costello, Whitted
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Comics and the U.S. South
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A crucial paradox of racial categories can be identified in Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery, a comic book written by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece which shows that the color line is both unreal and deadly real, a metaphorical construct with lethal ramifications. By eliminating all color from their book, Johnson and Pleece seem to have intervened in the history of racist representations of African Americans in comics, in addition to destabilizing the white South’s attempts to “read” categories of black and white in the physiognomy of its citizens. This chapter examines narratives of passing and lynching in Incognegro to demonstrate how the comic critiques socially constructed ideas of race during Jim Crow.
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