Latin American Comics in the Twenty-First Century
Transgressing the Frame
272 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 25 b&w illustrations
Sales Date: June 11, 2024
How twenty-first-century Latin American comics transgress social, political, and cultural frontiers.
Given comics’ ability to cross borders, Latin American creators have used the form to transgress the political, social, spatial, and cultural borders that shape the region. A groundbreaking and comprehensive study of twenty-first-century Latin American comics, Latin American Comics in the Twenty-First Century documents how these works move beyond national boundaries and explores new aspects of the form, its subjects, and its creators.
Latin American comics production is arguably more interconnected and more networked across national borders than ever before. Analyzing works from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, James Scorer organizes his study around forms of “transgression,” such as transnationalism, border crossings, transfeminisms, punk bodies, and encounters in the neoliberal city. Scorer examines the feminist comics collective Chicks on Comics; the DIY comics zine world; nonfiction and journalistic comics; contagion and zombie narratives; and more. Drawing from archives across the United States, Europe, and Latin America, Latin American Comics in the Twenty-First Century posits that these comics produce micronarratives of everyday life that speak to sites of social struggle shared across nation states.
A book as provocative and captivating as the comics analyzed within it. Scorer’s prose is propulsive, his insights transgressive and his framework transnational. This is a long-awaited and significant contribution to the study of Latin American comics.~Benjamin Fraser
- Chapter 1. Before the Volcano: Print Magazines and Latin American Comics
- Chapter 2. Traversing Bodies and Borders: Transnational and Transgender Comic Feminisms
- Chapter 3. Punks and Punctured Bodies: Zines and DIY Comics
- Chapter 4. Comic-Stripping the Land: Graphic Neoextractivisms
- Chapter 5. Mobilizing the Comics Archive
- Chapter 6. Comics, Contagion, and the Undead
- Chapter 7. Comics, Encounter, and Enchantment in the Neoliberal City