The Canadian alternative : cartoonists, comics, and graphic novels from the North /
edited by Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]
xix, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
1496815114, 9781496815118, 9781496815125, 9781496815132, 9781496815149, 9781496815156
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Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018]
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Part 1. Alternative history. Alternatives within an alternative form : Canadian wartime creators Bus Griffiths, Avrom Yanovsky, "Ab Normal," Tedd Steele, and Jack Tremblay / Ivan Kocmarek -- The state as alternative : conceptualizing the historical role of government comics in Canada / Mark J. McLaughlin -- Gene day : the man who never slowed down / Jason Sacks -- Part 2. Alternative world. Paul "Moose" Mackinnon and an alternative Cape Breton / Ian Brodie -- Michel gets a comics job : cartooning, labor, and notions of the alternative in the comics of Michel Rabagliati / Paddy Johnston -- Vicky : young, rich, popular, sexy, gay, and unhappy / Annick Pellegrin -- Nowadays and the free will Zombie apocalypse / Judith Leggatt -- "Once upon a time this was a true story" : Indigenous peoples graphic novels and orature / Jessica Langston -- Part 3. Alternative comics. Cerebus the Canadian : frontier survivalism and victimhood in Sim and Gerhard's epic / Eric Hoffman -- Seth's It's a good life, if you don't weaken as anti-nostalgia / Dominick Grace -- Louis Riel, super-history hero : the politics of representation in Chester Brown's Louis Riel : a comic-strip biography / Jordan Bolay -- Hark! Anachronism : Kate Beaton's historiographic metafiction / Daniel Marrone -- Ray Fawkes's formal and stylistic shifts in the field of comic book production / Ruth-Ellen St. Onge -- Part 4. Alternative perspectives. "To dream of birds" : autobiography, photography, and memory in Nina Bunjevac's "August, 1977" and fatherland / Mihaela Precup -- Alternative paradoxes in heartless : the bound and transcultural catwoman in Nina Bunjevac's "Bitter Tears of Zorka Petrovic" / Laura A. Pearson -- The postcolonial enterprise of trillium : maps, language, histories, and multilateral consciousness / Joan Ormrod -- Making space for making spce : Jeff Lemire's Essex County and the Canadian alternative / Jocelyn Sakal Froese.
"Contributions by Jordan Bolay, Ian Brodie, Jocelyn Sakal Froese, Dominick Grace, Eric Hoffman, Paddy Johnston, Ivan Kocmarek, Jessica Langston, Judith Leggatt, Daniel Marrone, Mark J. McLaughlin, Joan Ormrod, Laura A. Pearson, Annick Pellegrin, Mihaela Precup, Jason Sacks, and Ruth-Ellen St. Onge. This overview of the history of Canadian comics explores acclaimed as well as unfamiliar artists. Contributors look at the myriad ways that English-language, Francophone, indigenous, and queer Canadian comics and cartoonists pose alternatives to American comics, to dominant perceptions, even to gender and racial categories. In contrast to the United States' melting pot, Canada has been understood to comprise a social, cultural, and ethnic mosaic, with distinct cultural variation as part of its identity. This volume reveals differences that often reflect in highly regional and localized comics such as Paul MacKinnon's Cape Breton--specific Old Trout Funnies, Michel Rabagliati's Montreal-based Paul comics, and Kurt Martell and Christopher Merkley's Thunder Bay--specific zombie apocalypse. The collection also considers some of the conventionally "alternative" cartoonists, namely Seth, Dave Sim, and Chester Brown. It offers alternate views of the diverse and engaging work of two very different Canadian cartoonists who bring their own alternatives into play: Jeff Lemire in his bridging of Canadian/US and mainstream/alternative sensibilities and Nina Bunjevac in her own blending of realism and fantasy as well as of insider/outsider status. Despite an upsurge in research on Canadian comics, there is still remarkably little written about most major and all minor Canadian cartoonists. This volume provides insight into some of the lesser-known Canadian alternatives still awaiting full exploration."--
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