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The Art of Pere Joan

The Art of Pere Joan
Space, Landscape, and Comics Form

A close reading of the innovative, distinctive vision of Pere Joan, who has pushed boundaries in Spain's comics scene for more than four decades and stoked a new understanding of the nature of reading comics.

Series: World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series

April 2019
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288 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 b&w illus. |
ISBN: 
978-1-4773-1812-6
Description: 

Born in Mallorca, Pere Joan Riera (known professionally as Pere Joan) thrived in the underground comics world, beginning in the mid-1970s with the self-published collections Baladas Urbanas and MuŽrdago, both of which were released almost immediately after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco and Spain's transition to democracy. The first monograph in English on a comics artist from the Spain, The Art of Pere Joan takes a topographical approach to reading comics, applying theories of cultural and urban geography to Pere Joan’s treament of space and landscape in his singular body of work.

Balancing this goal with an exploration of specific works by Pere Joan, Benjamin Fraser demonstrates that looking at the thematic, structural, and aesthetic originality of the artist's landscape-driven work can help us begin to newly understand the representational properties of comics as a spatial medium. This in-depth examination reveals the resonance between the cultural landscapes of Mallorca and Pere Joan's metaphorical approach to both rural and urban environments in comics that weave emotional, ecological, and artistic strands in revolutionary ways.

Contents: 
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Selected Artist Chronology
  • Important Note on Spain for the General Reader
  • Introduction: Pere Joan’s Comics Geographies
  • Chapter 1. The Comics Landscape of Spain
  • Chapter 2. Topographies of the Image, Panel, and Page: Comics Narration Three Ways
  • Chapter 3. Rural Cartographies: Emotion, Ecology, and Subjectivity
  • Chapter 4. Urban Geographies: Cityscapes, Mobility, and Belonging
  • Chapter 5. Island Imaginaries: Mallorca’s Cultural Landscapes
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Author: 

Benjamin Fraser
Tucson, Arizona

Fraser is a professor and head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Toward an Urban Cultural Studies: Henri Lefebvre and the Humanities and Antonio L—pez Garc’a's Everyday Urban Worlds. He is also an editor for the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies and the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies.

Reviews: 

“This book is an immensely valuable model of how to conduct interdisciplinary research in a way that appeals to a broad audience. It performs a difficult task with authority and elegant writing--that is, laying out a history of the intersection of geography and comics and using these insights to plumb the depths of the art of Pere Joan.”
Susan Larson, Texas Tech University