Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas and Australasia

Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas and Australasia

by Frederick Luis Aldama

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Overview

Contributions by Joshua T. Anderson, Chad A. Barbour, Susan Bernardin, Mike Borkent, Jeremy M. Carnes, Philip Cass, Jordan Clapper, James J. Donahue, Dennin Ellis, Jessica Fontaine, Jonathan Ford, Lee Francis IV, Enrique García, Javier García Liendo, Brenna Clarke Gray, Brian Montes, Arij Ouweneel, Kevin Patrick, Candida Rifkind, Jessica Rutherford, and Jorge Santos

Cultural works by and about Indigenous identities, histories, and experiences circulate far and wide. However, not all films, animation, television shows, and comic books lead to a nuanced understanding of Indigenous realities.

Acclaimed comics scholar Frederick Luis Aldama shines light on how mainstream comics have clumsily distilled and reconstructed Indigenous identities and experiences. He and contributors emphasize how Indigenous comic artists are themselves clearing new visual-verbal narrative spaces for articulating more complex histories, cultures, experiences, and narratives of self.

To that end, Aldama brings together scholarship that explores both the representation and misrepresentation of Indigenous subjects and experiences as well as research that analyzes and highlights the extraordinary work of Indigenous comic artists. Among others, the book examines Daniel Parada’s Zotz, Puerto Rican comics Turey el Taíno and La Borinqueña, and Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection.

This volume’s wide-armed embrace of comics by and about Indigenous peoples of the Americas and Australasia is a first step to understanding how the histories of colonial and imperial domination connect the violent wounds that still haunt across continents. Aldama and contributors resound this message: Indigeneity in comics is an important, powerful force within our visual-verbal narrative arts writ large.

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ISBN-13: 9781496828033
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 06/04/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 66 MB
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About the Author

Frederick Luis Aldama is Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University. He is the award-winning author, coauthor, and editor of forty books, including the Eisner Award–winning Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is editor and coeditor of eight academic press book series as well as editor of Latinographix. He is creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes in comics and cofounder and director of SÕL-CON: Brown&Black Comix Expo. He is founder and director of the Obama White House Hispanic Bright Spot–winning LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment&Research as well as founder and codirector of the Humanities&Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. His children’s book, The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie, will be published by OSU Press in 2020.
Frederick Luis Aldama is Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University. He is the award-winning author, coauthor, and editor of forty books, including the Eisner Award-winning Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics. He is editor and coeditor of eight academic press book series as well as editor of Latinographix, a trade-press series that publishes Latinx graphic fiction and nonfiction. He is creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes in comics (Amazon Prime) and cofounder and director of SÕL-CON: Brown&Black Comix Expo. He is founder and director of the Obama White House award-winning LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment&Research as well as founder and codirector of the Humanities&Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. He has a joint appointment in Spanish&Portuguese as well as faculty affiliation in film studies and the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. His children’s book, The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie, will be published by OSU Press in 2020.

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