The Art of Pere Joan

The Art of Pere Joan : Space, Landscape, and Comics Form

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Born in Mallorca, Pere Joan Riera (known professionally as Pere Joan) thrived in the underground comics world, beginning in the mid-1970s with the self-published collections Baladas Urbanas and MuZrdago, both of which were released almost immediately after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco and Spain's transition to democracy. The first monograph in English on a comics artist from Spain, The Art of Pere Joan takes a topographical approach to reading comics, applying theories of cultural and urban geography to Pere Joan's treatment of space and landscape in his singular body of work.

Balancing this goal with an exploration of specific works by Pere Joan, Benjamin Fraser demonstrates that looking at the thematic, structural, and aesthetic originality of the artist's landscape-driven work can help us begin to newly understand the representational properties of comics as a spatial medium. This in-depth examination reveals the resonance between the cultural landscapes of Mallorca and Pere Joan's metaphorical approach to both rural and urban environments in comics that weave emotional, ecological, and artistic strands in revolutionary ways.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30.48mm | 624g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 1477318127
  • 9781477318126

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Selected Artist Chronology
Important Note on Spain for the General Reader
Introduction: Pere Joan's Comics Geographies
Chapter 1. The Comics Landscape of Spain
Chapter 2. Topographies of the Image, Panel, and Page: Comics Narration Three Ways
Chapter 3. Rural Cartographies: Emotion, Ecology, and Subjectivity
Chapter 4. Urban Geographies: Cityscapes, Mobility, and Belonging
Chapter 5. Island Imaginaries: Mallorca's Cultural Landscapes
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Review quote

"The Art of Pere Joan is a valuable contribution...Its historical introduction as well as its balanced blend of theory and close reading makes this book a useful tool for scholars and students interested in comics in general but also Iberian cultural studies in particular." * European Comic Art *
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About Benjamin Fraser

Benjamin Fraser is a professor and head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Toward an Urban Cultural Studies: Henri Lefebvre and the Humanities and Antonio Lopez Garcia's Everyday Urban Worlds. He is also an editor for the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies and the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies.
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