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Tinker, Emma: "Manuscript in Print. The Materiality of Alternative Comics." In: Literature Compass 4 (2007), S. 1169–1182. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2007.00478.x
BibTeX citation key: Tinker2007
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Blankets", "Jimmy Corrigan", Alternative Comics, Materialität, Metaisierung, Paratext, Thompson. Craig, USA, Verlagswesen, Ware. Chris, Zine
Creators: Tinker
Collection: Literature Compass
This article argues that the writers and illustrators of alternative comics show a particular interest in the material form of their work, and that this preoccupation is linked to the publication history of these texts. It begins by discussing the changes in publication of alternative comics over the past thirty years, including the shift from single issue to trade paperback or ‘graphic novel’ format, the decline of specialist retailers, and the growth in production of small press comics and fanzines. It then considers some implications of this shift, and examines two texts in which authors have directly addressed the materiality of their comics in the books themselves: Craig Thompson's Blankets and Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan. It argues that comic book authors, who are also readers and collectors, have a strong personal investment in the physical form of comics, and that this interest is also manifest in the content of these texts.
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