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See detailThe rewriting ethos of the Vertigo imprint: critical perspectives on memory-making and canon formation in the American comics field
Dony, Christophe ULg

in Comicalités : Études de Culture Graphique (2014)

This essay investigates how and why strategies of rewriting have been central to Vertigo’s poetics and editorial project for over twenty years. Drawing notably on the works of Harold Bloom, Thierry ... [more ▼]

This essay investigates how and why strategies of rewriting have been central to Vertigo’s poetics and editorial project for over twenty years. Drawing notably on the works of Harold Bloom, Thierry Groensteen, and Geoffrey Klock, it first proceeds to establish the relevance of the concept of rewriting as it can be applied to comics (studies), particularly in showing how inter- and hypertextual relations are inherently connected to issues of nostalgia, memory as well as lineage, and therefore to processes of (self-)canonization and discourses of cultural legitimacy. It then moves on to identify some of the label's rewriting trends and discusses how they engage both intro- and retrospectively with the comics form, its history, and its (renewed) perception in the American context. More specifically, in recurrently paying homage to the DC archive, the pulp heritage, as well as to the Gothic tradition, it is my contention that Vertigo has participated in a critical logic of commemoration that distances itself from the mnemonic discourses championed by both the mainstream and alternative poles of the comics industry. In so doing, Vertigo may have attempted to create a canon of its own while certainly challenging Groensteen's claim that comics is an “art without memory”. But perhaps more importantly, the essay concludes that Vertigo's cherishing of specific rewriting strategies has helped it adopt a politics of demarcation in regards to the structuring forces of the American comics field, a politics that not only subverts the field's power relations dynamics but also “writes back” to its practices of domination and exclusion. [less ▲]

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See detailSacralisation et légitimation. Les hors-textes de la revue "L'Éprouvette" : fragments d’une Histoire discriminante
Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in Comicalités : Études de Culture Graphique (2012, September 27)

Between 2006 and 2007, L’Association have published the three issues of L’Éprouvette. These are, among other, illustrated by thirty-four images that are hugely enlarged fragments of comic’s panels. By ... [more ▼]

Between 2006 and 2007, L’Association have published the three issues of L’Éprouvette. These are, among other, illustrated by thirty-four images that are hugely enlarged fragments of comic’s panels. By comparing this with similar realizations (the exhibition Bande dessinée et Figuration narrative, the column « Cases mémorables » of the journal Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée), this paper asks about what it means reproducing comics’ fragments. It also tries to analyze the role played by these images within the journal and the links with the rest of the content. Endlessly, still by putting it in prospect with the realizations here above mentioned, it tries to see in what extent these images reflect a certain view about the history of the comic. [less ▲]

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See detailLa bande dessinée belge avant Hergé. Quelle histoire ?
Paques, Frédéric ULg

in Comicalités : Études de Culture Graphique (2012, April 11)

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