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Chao, Tien-yi: "Features of hybridization in In These Words." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.1 (2013), S. 9–29.
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Keywords: "In These Words", Gender, Japan, Kriminalcomics, Manga, Neko. Kichiku, TogaQ
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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In These Words (ITW) is a comic created through a collaboration between writer Kichiku Neko and illustrator TogaQ, issued by Guilt | Pleasure since 2010. The comic presents a Japanese psychiatrist and a Japanese serial killer grappling with their tangled relationship. I argue that ITW significantly exemplifies Boys’ Love (BL) comics through its hybridization of cultures, national identities, artistic styles and genres. Using textual analyses and interviews, I study ITW as a case of ‘gloBLization’ (in Dru Pagliassotti’s words) and hybridization, by exploring issues such as cross-cultural and transnational representations in the work’s characterization, plot, visual representation and use of language, as well as its hybridity between BL and gay comics. The findings indicate that ITW achieves a breakthrough in the conventions of gender and genre. ITW’s hybridization and ‘in-between-ness’ makes it a rare and significant work in the global BL market.