ERA

Download the full-sized PDF of Telling stories about storytelling: the metacomics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren EllisDownload the full-sized PDF

Analytics

Share

Permanent link (DOI): https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NM5V

Download

Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley

Communities

This file is in the following communities:

Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of

Collections

This file is in the following collections:

Theses and Dissertations

Telling stories about storytelling: the metacomics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis Open Access

Descriptions

Other title
Subject/Keyword
cultural studies
gonzo journalism
metacomics
underground
denaturalisation
metafiction
arthrology
graphic novel
British
comics
superhero
popular culture
American
postmodernism
sequential art
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kidder, Orion Ussner
Supervisor and department
Brad Bucknell (English and Film Studies)
Doug Barbour (English and Film Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Bart Beaty (Communications and Culture)
Steven Harris (Art and Design)
William Beard (English and Film Studies)
Department
Department of English and Film Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-03-24T14:48:25Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
The Revisionist comics of the 1980s to present represent an effort to literally revise the existing conventions of mainstream comics. The most prominent and common device employed by the Revisionists was self-reflexivity; thus, they created metacomics. The Revisionists make a spectacle of critically interrogating the conventions of mainstream comics, but do so using those same conventions: formal, generic, stylistic, etc. At their most practical level, Revisionist metacomics denaturalise the dominant genres of the American mainstream and therefore also denaturalise the ideological underpinnings of those genres. At their most abstract level, they destabilise the concepts of "fiction," "reality," "realism," and "fantasy," and even collapse them into each other. Chapter 1 explains my methodological approach to metacomics: formal (sequence and hybridity), self-reflexive (metafiction, metapictures, metacomics), and finally denaturalising (articulation and myth). Chapter 2 analyses two metacomic cycles in the mainstream (the Crisis and Squadron Supreme cycles) and surveys the self-reflexive elements of Underground comix (specifically with regard to gender and feminist concerns). Chapter 3 presents three motifs in Revisionist comics by which they denaturalise the superhero: the dictator-hero, postmodern historiography, and fantasy genres. Finally, Chapter 4 analyses three major Revisionist comic-book series—Transmetropolitan, Promethea, and Sandman—all of which comment on contemporary culture and the nature of representation using the dominant genres of American comics (science fiction, superhero, and fantasy, respectively).
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3NM5V
Rights
License granted by Orion Kidder (okidder@ualberta.ca) on 2010-03-23T23:43:59Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
Citation for previous publication

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
2014-04-29T15:43:22.478+00:00
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
Characterization
File format: pdf (PDF/X)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 9639512
Last modified: 2015:10:12 16:30:33-06:00
Filename: Kidder_Fall_2009.pdf
Original checksum: cc5c367926c164d83a8fd59199a989d0
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date