- xiii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Additional Authors
- Heimermann, Mark,Tullis, Brittany,
- Contents: Putting childhood back into world comics: a foreword / Frederick Luis Aldama -- Introduction: Bridging comics studies and childhood studies / Mark Heimermann and Brittany Tullis -- Little Orphan Annie as streetwalker / Pamela Robertson Wojcik -- Competent children and social cohesion : representations of childhood in home front propaganda comics during World War II in Finland / Ralf Kauranen -- In the minority : constructions of American dream childhood in 1950s-early 1960s Little Audrey comics / Christopher J. Hayton and Janardana D. Hayton -- Comics and Emmett Till / Qiana Whitted -- Out of the mouths of babes : Mafalda's interrogation of the Argentine Angel in the house / Brittany Tullis -- Sex, Comix, and masculinity : the rhetoric of Zap Comix's attack on the American mainstream / Ian Blechschmidt -- RAW and Little Lit : resisting and redefining children's comics / Lara Saguisag -- Lolicon : adolescent fetishization in Osamu Tezuka's Ayako / James G. Nobis -- Wise beyond her years : how Persepolis introjects the adult into the child / Clifford Marks -- Vehlmann, or the end of innocence : lessons in cruelty in Seuls and Jolies ténèbres / Annick Pettegrin -- Zeno, childhood, and The three paradoxes / C.W. Marshall -- Dancing with demons : consciousness and identity in the comics of Lynda Barry / Tamryn Bennett -- The grotesque child : animal-human hybridity in Sweet Tooth / Mark Heimermann.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "Comics and childhood have had a richly intertwined history for nearly a century. From Richard Outcault's yellow kid, Winsor McCay's Little Nemo, and Harold Gray's Little orphan Annie to Hergé's Tintin (Belgium), José Escobar's Zipi and Zape (Spain), and Wilhelm Busch's Max and Moritz (Germany), iconic child characters have given both kids and adults not only hours of entertainment but also an important vehicle for exploring children's lives and the sometimes challenging realities that surround them. Bringing together comic studies and childhood studies, this pioneering collection of essays provides the first wide-ranging account of how children and childhood, as well as the larger cultural forces behind their representations, have been depicted in comics from the 1930s to the present. The authors address issues such as how comics reflect a spectrum of cultural values concerning children, sometimes even resisting dominant cultural constructions of childhood; how sensitive social issues, such as racial discrimination or the construction and enforcement of gender roles, can be explored in comics through the use of child characters; and the ways in which comics use children as metaphors for other issues or concerns. Specific topics discussed in the book include diversity and inclusiveness in Little Audrey comics of the 1950s and 1960s, the fetishization of adolescent girls in Japanese manga, the use of children to build national unity in Finnish wartime comics, and how the animal/child hybrids in Sweet Tooth act as a metaphor for commodification"--Back cover.