Documentary Comics: Graphic Truth-Telling in a Skeptical Age

Documentary Comics: Graphic Truth-Telling in a Skeptical Age

by Nina Mickwitz

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Can comics be documentary, and can documentary take the form of, and thus be, comics? Examining comics as documentary, this book challenges the persistent assumption that ties documentary to recording technologies, and instead engages an understanding of the category in terms of narrative, performativity and witnessing. Through a cluster of early twenty-first century comics, Nina Mickwitz argues that these comics share a documentary ambition to visually narrate and represent aspects and events of the real world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349558957
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/09/2015
Series: Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 187
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nina Mickwitz is Lecturer in Contextual Studies at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK.

Table of Contents


1. Non-fiction comics and documentary

2. The truth-claims of images

3. History in the making: comics, history and collective memory

4. The persistence of the travelogue

5. Visibility and voice

6. Short-form documentary webcomics


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"Documentary Comics presents a vital young voice in Comics Studies that brings a welcomed and fresh interdisciplinary approach to the study of graphic narrative." - José Alaniz, author of Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

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