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Comics and Pop Culture: Adaptation from Panel to Frame
edited by Barry Keith Grant and Scott Henderson
University of Texas Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-1-4773-1938-3 | eISBN: 978-1-4773-1940-6 | Paper: 978-1-4773-1939-0
Library of Congress Classification PN1997.85.C636 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.436


It is hard to discuss the current film industry without acknowledging the impact of comic book adaptations, especially considering the blockbuster success of recent superhero movies. Yet transmedial adaptations are part of an evolution that can be traced to the turn of the last century, when comic strips such as “Little Nemo in Slumberland” and “Felix the Cat” were animated for the silver screen. Representing diverse academic fields, including technoculture, film studies, theater, feminist studies, popular culture, and queer studies, Comics and Pop Culture presents more than a dozen perspectives on this rich history and the effects of such adaptations.

Examining current debates and the questions raised by comics adaptations, including those around authorship, style, and textual fidelity, the contributors consider the topic from an array of approaches that take into account representations of sexuality, gender, and race as well as concepts of world-building and cultural appropriation in comics from Modesty Blaise to Black Panther. The result is a fascinating re-imagination of the texts that continue to push the boundaries of panel, frame, and popular culture.

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