Black Comics

Black Comics : Politics of Race and Representation

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Winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work

Bringing together contributors from a wide-range of critical perspectives, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation is an analytic history of the diverse contributions of Black artists to the medium of comics. Covering comic books, superhero comics, graphic novels and cartoon strips from the early 20th century to the present, the book explores the ways in which Black comic artists have grappled with such themes as the Black experience, gender identity, politics and social media.

Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation introduces students to such key texts as:
The work of Jackie Ormes
Black women superheroes from Vixen to Black Panther
Aaron McGruder's strip The Boondocks
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 408g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 6 illus
  • 1441135286
  • 9781441135285
  • 55,551

Table of contents

Foreword, William Foster III
Introduction, Sheena Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II
Part I: Comics Then & Now
1. Brief History of The Black Comic Strip: Past and Present, Sheena C. Howard
2. The Trouble With Romance in Jackie Ormes's Comics, Nancy Goldstein
3. Contemporary Representations of Black Females in Newspaper Comic Strips, Tia C. M. Tyree
4. Black Comics and Social Media, Derek Lackaff and Michael Sales
5. Beyond B&W? The Global Manga of Felipe Smith, Casey Brienza
Part II: Representing Race & Gender
6. Studying Black Comic Strips: Popular Culture, African American Repertoire, and Discourses of Race, Angela M. Nelson
7. Blowing Flames into the Souls of Black Folk: Ollie Harrington and his Bombs from Berlin to Harlem, Christian Davenport
8. Panthers and Vixens: Black Superheroines and Sexuality in Contemporary Comic Books, Jeffrey A. Brown
9. Gender, Race and The Boondocks, Sheena C. Howard
10. From Sexual Siren to Race Traitor: Condoleeza Rice in Political Cartoons, Clariza Ruiz De Castilla and Zazil Reyes Garcia
Part III: Comics as Political Commentary
11. "There's a Revolutionary Messiah in Our Mist": A Pentadic Analysis of Birth of a Nation: A Comic Novel , Carlos D. Morrison and Ronald L. Jackson II
12. Inappropriate Political Content: Serialized Comic Strips at the Intersection of Visual Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Humor, Elizabeth Sills
13. Will the "Real" Black Super Heroes Please Stand Up?!, Kenneth Ghee
14. Culturally Gatekeeping the Black Comic Strip, David DeIuliis
Afterword, Jeet Heer
Bibliography
Index
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Review Text

Overall, Black Comics is an extremely well rounded and impressive work of scholarship. Though this book spans a wide breadth of critical perspectives on various Black comic creators, its critical inquiry is focused and sustained. . Black Comics is as an ambitious, essential text for any comics scholar and should be regarded as a canonical example of American comics scholarship. Francesca Lyn ImageTexT
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Overall, Black Comics is an extremely well rounded and impressive work of scholarship. Though this book spans a wide breadth of critical perspectives on various Black comic creators, its critical inquiry is focused and sustained. ... Black Comics is as an ambitious, essential text for any comics scholar and should be regarded as a canonical example of American comics scholarship. -- Francesca Lyn * ImageTexT * Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation" (Bloomsbury), edited by Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II, is an especially essential work because it not only holds a clear and illuminating mirror up to the faces we see on paper, but it also attaches faces and personal back-stories to black writers and artists - pioneers who are all too overlooked, who faced struggles all too forgotten. * Michael Cavna, Washington Post *
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About Sheena C. Howard

Sheena C. Howard is Assistant Professor at Rider University, USA.

Ronald L. Jackson II is Professor of Communication at the University of Cincinnati, USA, and Past Editor of the academic journal Critical Studies in Media Communication. His many previous publications include Scripting the Black Masculine Body and Interpreting Tyler Perry
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3.75 out of 5 stars
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4 46% (11)
3 33% (8)
2 4% (1)
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