Visions of the Future in Comics

International Perspectives

Author: Francesco-Alessio Ursini,Adnan Mahmutovic,Frank Bramlett

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476668019

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 7026

Across generations and genres, comics have imagined different views of the future, from unattainable utopias to worrisome dystopias. These presaging narratives can be read as reflections of their authors’ (and readers’) hopes, fears and beliefs about the present. This collection of new essays explores the creative processes in comics production that bring plausible futures to the page. The contributors investigate portrayals in different stylistic traditions—manga, bande desinées—from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The picture that emerges documents the elaborate storylines and complex universes comics creators have been crafting for decades.

Visions of the Future in Germany and America

Author: Norbert Finzsch,Hermann Wellenreuther

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781859735213

Category: History

Page: 566

View: 310

Predictions about the world have the power to grip whole societies, and shape the actions of many groups whether working in politics, ecology or religion. At the end of epochs and eras humans tend to reflect on the shape of things to come. Most recently, fears about the 'millennium bug' had thousands rushing to stock up on candles and food in the weeks before New Year's Eve. Concerns about the future have been expressed differently throughout history. This book explores the historical context surrounding various debates, decisions and beliefs about the future in recent centuries. Religious, political, literary and ecological visions of the future in America and Germany are addressed comparatively. In particular, scholars from the United States and Germany explore the meaning of eschatological and utopian thoughts pursued during the last three centuries and tackle subjects ranging from science fiction to religious radicalism, utopian social experiments, and visions of race relations. This book delves into the hopes and fears for the future that have shaped the past and will be of interest to comparative historians as well as to historians of Europe and the United States intrigued by the subject of utopias.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Author: Val Staples,James Eatock,Josh DeLioncourt,Danielle Gelehrter

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 1506701426

Category: ART

Page: 512

View: 3255

This is the most comprehensive guide ever published, covering all things Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power from 1982 through today! The universe of He-Man and She-Ra is full of mystery. And thanks to over four thousand individual entries covering characters, beasts, vehicles, locations, weapons and magic, you can learn the secrets of this entire universe!

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium

Author: Various

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 1630086886

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 512

View: 5203

This is the most comprehensive guide ever published, covering all things Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power from 1982 through today! The universe of He-Man and She-Ra is full of mystery. And thanks to over four thousand individual entries covering characters, beasts, vehicles, locations, weapons and magic, you can learn the secrets of this entire universe!

Literacy, technology, and society

confronting the issues

Author: Gail E. Hawisher,Cynthia L. Selfe

Publisher: N.A


Category: Computers

Page: 604

View: 5762

Designed to help readers become critical thinkers about technology not simply consumers of technology. The readings span a broad range of topics and genres (and include alternative readings available on a World Wide Web site connected to the book). An abundance of writing-to-learn and writing-to-communicate assignments provide practice in crafting reflective pieces, thoughtful analyses of issues, argumentative discourse, research proposals, multimedia projects, and other kinds of electronic writing aimed at on-line discussion groups.

Visions of the Future

Why We Need to Teach for Tomorrow

Author: David Hicks,Cathie Holden

Publisher: Trentham Books Limited


Category: Citizenship

Page: 160

View: 7847

IF one of the key roles of education is to prepare young people for the future why is the future a missng dimension in education? This book breaks new ground by bringing together three crucial concerns: the central role that images of the future play in social and cultural change; the nature of young people's hopes and fears for the future; and the need for schools to educate for a future that will be very different from the present. Part 1 looks at the role of education in turbulent tims and how students can be prepared more effectively for life in the 21st century. Part 2 describes recent research on primary and secondary pupils' views of the future and explores how hopes and fears vary by age and gender. Part 3 contains case studies of good curriculum practice and consideration of the wider implications for whole-school policy. This book should be of interest to all who work in primary, secondary and initial teacher education. It should be of particular value in shaping staff development and whole-school policy and for people working in child development, the humanities, personal and social education, citizenship and environmental education.

Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels

A Critical Approach

Author: Julia Round

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476614326

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

View: 4274

This book explores the connections between comics and Gothic from four different angles: historical, formal, cultural and textual. It identifies structures, styles and themes drawn from literary gothic traditions and discusses their presence in British and American comics today, with particular attention to the DC Vertigo imprint. Part One offers an historical approach to British and American comics and Gothic, summarizing the development of both their creative content and critical models, and discussing censorship, allusion and self-awareness. Part Two brings together some of the gothic narrative strategies of comics and reinterprets critical approaches to the comics medium, arguing for an holistic model based around the symbols of the crypt, the spectre and the archive. Part Three then combines cultural and textual analysis, discussing the communities that have built up around comics and gothic artifacts and concluding with case studies of two of the most famous gothic archetypes in comics: the vampire and the zombie.

Visions of a Future

Art and Art History in Changing Contexts

Author: Hans-Jörg Heusser,Kornelia Imesch

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 320

View: 2697

Exploring the Matrix

Visions of the Cyber Present

Author: Karen Haber

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312313593

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 7898

A collection of essays by top cyberpunk, science fiction, and comic book writers--including Pat Cadigan, Alan Dean Foster, Joe Haldeman, Stephen Baxter, David Brin, Kevin Anderson, and others--considers the impact of the Wachowski brother's famous Matrix films have had on popular culture. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Projecting Tomorrow

Science Fiction and Popular Cinema

Author: James Chapman,Nicholas J. Cull

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857721844

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 1656

Cinema and science fiction were made for each other. The science fiction genre has produced some of the most extraordinary films ever made, yet science fiction cinema is about more than just special effects. It has also provided a vehicle for filmmakers and writers to comment on their own societies and cultures. This new exploration of the genre examines landmark science fiction films from the 1930s to the present. They include genre classics such as Things to Come, Forbidden Planet and 2001: A Space Odyssey alongside modern blockbusters Star Wars and Avatar. Chapman and Cull consider both screen originals and adaptations of the work of major science fiction authors. They also range widely across the genre from pulp adventure and space opera to political allegory and speculative documentary – there is even a science fiction musical. Informed throughout by extensive research in US and British archives, the book documents the production histories of each film to show how they made their way to the screen – and why they turned out the way they did.

Graphic Details

Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews

Author: Sarah Lightman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147661590X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

View: 4677

The comics within capture in intimate, often awkward, but always relatable detail the tribulations and triumphs of life. In particular, the lives of 18 Jewish women artists who bare all in their work, which appeared in the internationally acclaimed exhibition “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.” The comics are enhanced by original essays and interviews with the artists that provide further insight into the creation of autobiographical comics that resonate beyond self, beyond gender, and beyond ethnicity.


Author: Michael E. Bragg,Jon M. Bragg

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738593591

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 6589

A selection of photographs from the collection of the Massac County Historical Society that chronicle the history of the city of Metropolis, Illinois.

Creating the Future

Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s

Author: Michael Fallon

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619024047

Category: Art

Page: 400

View: 7974

Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during the 1970s—after the decline of the Ferus Gallery, the scattering of its stable of artists (Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz, Ed Moses, Ed Rusha and others), and the economic struggles throughout the decade—and didn’t resume until sometime around 1984 when Mark Tansey, Alison Saar, Judy Fiskin, Carrie Mae Weems, David Salle, Manuel Ocampo, among others became stars in an exploding art market. However, this is far from the reality of the L.A. art scene in the 1970s. The passing of those fashionable 1960s-era icons, in fact, allowed the development of a chaotic array of outlandish and independent voices, marginalized communities, and energetic, sometimes bizarre visions that thrived during the stagnant 1970s. Fallon’s narrative describes and celebrates, through twelve thematically arranged chapters, the wide range of intriguing artists and the world—not just the objects—they created. He reveals the deeper, more culturally dynamic truth about a significant moment in American art history, presenting an alternative story of stubborn creativity in the face of widespread ignorance and misapprehension among the art cognoscenti, who dismissed the 1970s in Los Angeles as a time of dissipation and decline. Coming into being right before their eyes was an ardent local feminist art movement, which had lasting influence on the direction of art across the nation; an emerging Chicano Art movement, spreading Chicano murals across Los Angeles and to other major cities; a new and more modern vision for the role and look of public art; a slow consolidation of local street sensibilities, car fetishism, gang and punk aesthetics into the earliest version of what would later become the “Lowbrow” art movement; the subversive co-opting, in full view of Pop Art, of the values, aesthetics, and imagery of Tinseltown by a number of young and innovative local artists who would go on to greater national renown; and a number of independent voices who, lacking the support structures of an art movement or artist cohort, pursued their brilliant artistic visions in near-isolation. Despite the lack of attention, these artists would later reemerge as visionary signposts to many later trends in art. Their work would prove more interesting, more lastingly influential, and vastly more important than ever imagined or expected by those who saw it or even by those who created it in 1970’s Los Angeles. Creating the Future is a visionary work that seeks to recapture this important decade and its influence on today’s generation of artists.

21st Century Geography

Author: Joseph P. Stoltman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141297464X

Category: Science

Page: 883

View: 9902

This is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Reading Audiences

Young People and the Media

Author: David Buckingham

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719038709

Category: Great Britain - Popular culture

Page: 223

View: 2206

Realizing the Impossible

Art Against Authority

Author: Josh MacPhee,Erik Reuland

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 9781904859321

Category: Education

Page: 319

View: 1821

Looks at the history of the depiction of anti-authoritarian social movements in art.

Science Fiction and Computing

Essays on Interlinked Domains

Author: David L. Ferro,Eric G. Swedin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786489332

Category: Social Science

Page: 327

View: 4063

The prevalence of science fiction readership among those who create and program computers is so well-known that it has become a cliché, but the phenomenon has remained largely unexplored by scholars. What role has science fiction played in the actual development of computers and computing? And likewise, how has computing (including the related fields of robotics and artificial intelligence) affected the course of science fiction? The 18 essays in this critical work explore the interrelationship of these domains over the span of more than half a century.

Our Gods Wear Spandex

The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes

Author: Chris Knowles

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781609253165

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 5455

Was Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor based on Aleister Crowley? Can Captain Marvel be linked to the Sun gods on antiquity? In Our Gods Wear Spandex, Christopher Knowles answers these questions and brings to light many other intriguing links between superheroes and the enchanted world of estoerica. Occult students and comic-book fans alike will discover countless fascinating connections, from little known facts such as that DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz started his career as H.P. Lovecraft's agent, to the tantalizingly extensive influence of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophy on the birth of comics, to the mystic roots of Superman. The book also traces the rise of the comic superheroes and how they relate to several cultural trends in the late 19th century, specifically the occult explosion in Western Europe and America. Knowles reveals the four basic superhero archetypes--the Messiah, the Golem, the Amazon, and the Brotherhood--and shows how the occult Bohemian underground of the early 20th century provided the inspiration for the modern comic book hero. With the popularity of occult comics writers like Invisibles creator Grant Morrison and V for Vendetta creator Alan Moore, the vast ComiCon audience is poised for someone to seriously introduce them to the esoteric mysteries. Chris Knowles is doing just that in this epic book. Chapters include Ancient of Days, Ascended Masters, God and Gangsters, Mad Scientists and Modern Sorcerers, and many more. From the ghettos of Prague to the halls of Valhalla to the Fortress of Solitude and the aisles of BEA and ComiCon, this is the first book to show the inextricable link between superheroes and the enchanted world of esoterica. * Chris Knowles is associate editor and columnist for the five-time Eisner Award-winning Comic Book Artist magazine, as well as a pop culture writer for UK magazine Classic Rock. * Knowles worked with Robert Smigel on The X Presidents graphic novel, based on the popular Saturday Night Live cartoon, and has created designs and artwork for many of the world's top superheroes and fantasy characters. * Features the art of Joe Linsner, creator of the legendary Dawn series, and more recently a collaborator with comics maestro Stan Lee.

Bite Me

Food in Popular Culture

Author: Fabio Parasecoli

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847886043

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 4921

Food is not only something we eat, it is something we use to define ourselves. Ingestion and incorporation are central to our connection with the world outside our bodies. Food's powerful social, economic, political and symbolic roles cannot be ignored - what we eat is a marker of power, cultural capital, class, ethnic and racial identity. Bite Me considers the ways in which popular culture reveals our relationship with food and our own bodies and how these have become an arena for political and ideological battles. Drawing on an extraordinary range of material - films, books, comics, songs, music videos, websites, slang, performances, advertising and mass-produced objects - Bite Me invites the reader to take a fresh look at today's products and practices to see how much food shapes our lives, perceptions and identities.

Vertigo Visions

Artwork from the Cutting Edge of Comics

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 191

View: 6835

"A selection of cover, trading card, and gallery art from DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, Vertigo Visions showcases the work of seventy-five major artists whose illustrations bring the concepts and storylines of the Vertigo writers to life." "Collectively, the pieces in Vertigo Visions convey a truly astonishing range, in both subject matter and technique: images of surpassing loveliness alongside nightmarish visions of the macabre and grotesque; lighthearted takes on familiar characters next to phantasmagorical landscapes from unnamable worlds; impressionistic watercolors, classical oils, and complex collages; delicate line drawings, stencil art, and sophisticated computer-manipulated creations."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved