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Pizzino, Christopher. "Comics History and the Question of Delinquency: The case of criminal." Comics Memory. Archives and Styles. Eds. Maaheen Ahmed and Benoît Crucifix. Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 165–85. 
Added by: joachim (9/1/18, 11:14 AM)   
Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-91746-7_9
BibTeX citation key: Pizzino2018
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Keywords: "Criminal", Brubaker. Ed, Crime comics, Metaisierung, Phillips. Sean
Creators: Ahmed, Crucifix, Pizzino
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
Collection: Comics Memory. Archives and Styles
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Contemporary US comics creators are deeply aware of historical links between comics and criminality. In Last of the Innocent, an acclaimed arc of their series Criminal, writer Ed Brubaker and illustrator Sean Phillips explore these links, evoking memories of comics history to critique normative concepts of innocence and legitimacy. A story of a crime that goes unpunished, Last of the Innocent shows how states of legitimacy—including implicitly, the status granted to some comics under the heading of the graphic novel—are unstable, since distinctions between criminality and innocence are enforced with arbitrary violence. Brubaker and Phillips, like many other creators, see the story of comics’ upward mobility in recent decades as a myth; their work recalls the historical power dynamics this myth has obscured.
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