Projections

Comics and the History of Twenty-First-Century Storytelling

by Jared Gardner

Series: Post*45

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  • 0804781788
  • 9780804771467
  • 9780804781787
When Art Spiegelman's Maus won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, it marked a new era for comics. Comics are now taken seriously by the same academic and cultural institutions that long dismissed the form. And the visibility of comics continues to increase, with alternative cartoonists now published by major presses and more comics-based films arriving on the screen each year. Projections argues that the seemingly sudden visibility of comics is no accident. Beginning with the parallel development of narrative comics at the turn of the 20th century, comics have long been a form that invites—indeed requires—readers to help shape the stories being told. Today, with the rise of interactive media, the creative techniques and the reading practices comics have been experimenting with for a century are now in universal demand. Recounting the history of comics from the nineteenth-century rise of sequential comics to the newspaper strip, through comic books and underground comix, to the graphic novel and webcomics, Gardner shows why they offer the best models for rethinking storytelling in the twenty-first century. In the process, he reminds us of some beloved characters from our past and present, including Happy Hooligan, Krazy Kat, Crypt Keeper, and Mr. Natural.
  • Stanford University Press; January 2012
  • ISBN: 9780804781787
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Projections
  • Series: Post*45
  • Author: Jared Gardner
  • Imprint: Stanford University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0804781788
  • 9780804771467
  • 9780804781787

In The Press

"Gardner's study may prove to be crucial in understanding how the trends and conventions of the past influence the way this distinctive art form tells stories. Projections is a valuable addition to comics studies that can also be useful for scholars and historians of film, literature, and cultural studies in its wide historical scope and interdisciplinary analysis."

About The Author

Jared Gardner is Associate Professor of English and Film at Ohio State University. He is the author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787–1845.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0804781788
  • 9780804771467
  • 9780804781787