Comics as a Nexus of Cultures

Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Book 22
McFarland
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These essays from various critical disciplines examine how comic books and graphic narratives move between various media, while merging youth and adult cultures and popular and high art. The articles feature international perspectives on comics and graphic novels published in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, India, and Japan. Topics range from film adaptation, to journalism in comics, to the current manga boom.
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Mark Berninger teaches in the department of English at Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany. He has published widely on contemporary drama and comics. Jochen Ecke is a lecturer at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. He has published extensively on popular culture, particularly U.S. and British mainstream comic books. Gideon Haberkorn is in the department of English and Linguistics British Studies at Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat in Mainz, Germany. He has published a number of articles on popular culture topics.
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McFarland
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Published on
Mar 10, 2010
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Pages
308
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ISBN
9780786455874
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Criticism / Comics & Graphic Novels
Social Science / Popular Culture
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