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Brienza, Casey E. and Paddy Johnston, eds. Cultures of Comics Work. Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55090-3
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-137-55477-2
BibTeX citation key: Brienza2016a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Comic book industry, Production
Creators: Brienza, Johnston
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
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This anthology explores tensions between the individualistic artistic ideals and the collective industrial realities of contemporary cultural production with eighteen all-new chapters presenting pioneering empirical research on the complexities and controversies of comics work.
Art Spiegelman. Alan Moore. Osamu Tezuka. Neil Gaiman. Names such as these have become synonymous with the medium of comics. Meanwhile, the large numbers of people without whose collective action no comic book would ever exist in the first place are routinely overlooked. Cultures of Comics Work unveils this hidden, global industrial labor of writers, illustrators, graphic designers, letterers, editors, printers, typesetters, publicists, publishers, distributors, translators, retailers, and countless others both directly and indirectly involved in the creative production of what is commonly thought of as the comic book. Drawing upon diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, an international and interdisciplinary cohort of cutting-edge researchers and practitioners intervenes in debates about cultural work and paves innovative directions for comics scholarship.

Table of Contents

1. Casey Brienza and Paddy Johnston: Introduction: Understanding Comics Work (1)

I. Locating Labor (19)
2. Amy Louise Maynard: For the Love of the Craft: Industry, Identity, and Australian Comics (21)
3. Jeremy Stoll: Between Art and the Underground: From Corporate to Collaborative Comics in India (35)
4. Fernando Suárez and Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed: Making Comics as Artisans: Comic Book Production in Colombia (51)
5. Elena D. Hristova: Nuestro Futuro ¿Hombres Libres, O Esclavos?: Imagining US– Mexican Cooperation against the Axis Powers in a World War II Propaganda Comic (65)
6. Ivan Lima Gomes: Recognizing Comics as Brazilian National Popular Culture: CETPA and the Debates over Comics Professional Identities (1961–1964) (81)
7. Ryan Cadrette: From Turtles to Topatoco: A Brief History of Comic Book Production in the Pioneer Valley (97)

II. Illustrating Workers (113)
8. Brenna Clarke Gray and Peter Wilkins: The Case of the Missing Author: Toward an Anatomy of Collaboration in Comics (115)
9. Roei Davidson: Drawing Fatherhood: The Working Father Figure in the Autobiographical Graphic Novels of Guy Delisle (131)
10. Paddy Johnston: Under the Radar: John Porcellino’s King-Cat Comics and Self-Publishing as Cultural Work (145)
11. Annick Pellegrin: Bearing Witness and Telling It How It Is: Dialogue and Collaboration in the Creation of Dans les griffes de la vipère (161)
12. Ahmed Jameel: Negotiating Artistic Identity in Comics Collaboration (175)
13. Benjamin Woo: To the Studio! Comic Book Artists: The Next Generation and the Occupational Imaginary of Comics Work (189)

III. Pushing the Boundaries (203)
14. Pascal Lefèvre: Gatekeeping in Comics Publishing: A Practical Guide to Gatekeeping Research (205)
15. José Andrés Santiago Iglesias: Toward Maturity: Analyzing the Spanish Comics Industry Through a Comparison of National Graphic Novels and Gafotaku-Oriented Manga (219)
16. David K. Palmer: The Tail That Wags the Dog: The Impact of Distribution on the Development and Direction of the American Comic Book Industry (235)
17. André Pereira de Carvalho: Reconfiguring the Power Structure of the Comic Book Field: Crowdfunding and the Use of Social Networks (251)
18. Alex Valente: “A Fumetto, a Comic, and a BD Walk into a Bar …”: The Translation of Humor in Comics (265)
19. Zoltan Kacsuk: Subcultural Clusters and Blurry Boundaries: Considering Art Worlds and Fields of Cultural Production through Localized Manga Production in Hungary (283)

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