9780813572338-0813572339-The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art

The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art

ISBN-13: 9780813572338
ISBN-10: 0813572339
Edition: Illustrated
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Format: Paperback 356 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780813572338
ISBN-10: 0813572339
Edition: Illustrated
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Format: Paperback 356 pages

Summary

Acknowledged author wrote The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art comprising 356 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0813572339 and 9780813572338. Since then The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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When many think of comic books the first thing that comes to mind are caped crusaders and spandex-wearing super-heroes. Perhaps, inevitably, these images are of white men (and more rarely, women). It was not until the 1970s that African American superheroes such as Luke Cage, Blade, and others emerged. But as this exciting new collection reveals, these superhero comics are only one small component in a wealth of representations of black characters within comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels over the past century.

The Blacker the Ink is the first book to explore not only the diverse range of black characters in comics, but also the multitude of ways that black artists, writers, and publishers have made a mark on the industry. Organized thematically into “panels” in tribute to sequential art published in the funny pages of newspapers, the fifteen original essays take us on a journey that reaches from the African American newspaper comics of the 1930s to the Francophone graphic novels of the 2000s. Even as it demonstrates the wide spectrum of images of African Americans in comics and sequential art, the collection also identifies common character types and themes running through everything from the strip The Boondocks to the graphic novel Nat Turner.

Though it does not shy away from examining the legacy of racial stereotypes in comics and racial biases in the industry, The Blacker the Ink also offers inspiring stories of trailblazing African American artists and writers. Whether you are a diehard comic book fan or a casual reader of the funny pages, these essays will give you a new appreciation for how black characters and creators have brought a vibrant splash of color to the world of comics.

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