By Casey Brienza, Paddy Johnston (eds.)

This anthology explores tensions among the individualistic inventive beliefs and the collective commercial realities of latest cultural creation with eighteen all-new chapters providing pioneering empirical examine at the complexities and controversies of comics work.

Art Spiegelman. Alan Moore. Osamu Tezuka. Neil Gaiman. Names similar to those became synonymous with the medium of comics. in the meantime, the massive numbers of individuals with out whose collective motion no comedian booklet may ever exist within the first position are usually missed. Cultures of Comics Work unveils this hidden, worldwide commercial hard work of writers, illustrators, picture designers, letterers, editors, printers, typesetters, publicists, publishers, vendors, translators, outlets, and numerous others either without delay and in some way desirous about the artistic creation of what's mostly regarded as the comedian ebook. Drawing upon varied theoretical and methodological views, a world and interdisciplinary cohort of state-of-the-art researchers and practitioners intervenes in debates approximately cultural paintings and paves cutting edge instructions for comics scholarship.

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STOLL on establishing a mainstream, albeit mainly through mythological, superhero, and most recently genre comics created through corporate models of creativity. Companies like Liquid Comics (formerly Virgin Comics) and Vimanika Comics share a focus on reinterpreting epic narratives and developing profitable film, television, video game, and other projects. Both also associate the publisher/editor’s name with many products, with Deepak Chopra’s or Karan Vir Arora’s names, respectively, often being placed above any title or author credits on a book cover.

2012. In Search of the Great Australian (Graphic) Novel. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 1(1): 51–66. Ryan, John. 1979. Panel by Panel: An Illustrated History of Australian Comics. Stanmore: Cassell Australia Limited. Taylor, Stephanie, and Karen Littleton. 2008. Art, Work or Money: Conflicts in the Construction of a Creative Identity. Sociological Review 56(2): 275–292. Wang, An-Chih, and Bor-Shiuan Cheng. 2010. When Does Benevolent Leadership Lead to Creativity? The Moderating Role of Creative Role Identity and Job Autonomy.

Art Worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press. Bourdieu, Pierre. 1993. The Field of Cultural Production. Cambridge: Polity Press. Brienza, Casey. 2010. Producing Comics Culture: A Sociological Approach to the Study of Comics. Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics 1(2): 105–119. ———. 2012. A Reply to Simon Locke. Comics Forum (blog), January 20. org/2012/01/20/a-reply-to-simon-locke-by-casey-brienza/ ———, ed. 2013. Comics and Cultural Work, special series. Comics Forum (blog), December. org/comics-forum-archives/website-archive/ comics-and-cultural-work ———.

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