Author: Andrea Horbinski

Labors of Love: A Review of Manga in America

Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics Casey Brienza Bloomsbury January 2016 For anyone in the U.S. comics and pop culture scene over the past ten or fifteen years, the increasing prominence of manga has been impossible to ignore, and the question of why manga should suddenly have taken off in the States around the turn of the millennium after decades in which it played no appreciable part in either the U.S. comics or book publishing industries, almost immediately became a subject of spirited debate amongst people in the comics, publishing, and academic worlds alike....

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Comics Academe Roundtable: Teaching Bitch Planet

Since the publication of the first issue of Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro in December of 2014, many people, inside and outside of academia, have pointed to the comic, the related backmatter and essays, and even the community that has formed around it–as embodied by the many tattoos of the Non-Compliant symbol women have shared on social media–as an example of an intersectionally feminist text, a text that can be pointed to when an example is needed, both in its successes, and even in its sometimes blunders. But despite the critical acclaim, there is,...

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Book Review: Wide Awake in Slumberland

Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay Katherine Roeder University Press of Mississippi January 1, 2013 Given the current situation of newspaper comics, it’s sometimes hard to believe that a century ago they were big business, wildly popular, and the source of some of the most innovative comics art in the medium’s history. Recapturing that lost world can be a challenge, but Katherine Roeder’s Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay, a book on the art and career of the creator of one of...

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