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HELLBOY'S WORLD: COMICS AND MONSTERS ON THE MARGINS. Scott Bukatman. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2016. 274 pp. with 71 ills. (64 col.). 21 x 14 cm. LC 2015-32474 ISBN 9780520288041 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 170963. Publisher's description: Hellboy, Mike Mignola's famed comic book demon hunter, wanders through a haunting and horrific world steeped in the history of weird fictions and wide-ranging folklores. Hellboy's World shows how our engagement with Hellboy's world is a highly aestheticized encounter with comics and their materiality. Scott Bukatman's dynamic study explores how comics produce a heightened "adventure of reading" in which syntheses of image and word, image sequences, and serial narratives create compelling worlds for the reader's imagination to inhabit. Drawing upon other media -- including children's books, sculpture, pulp fiction, cinema, graphic design, painting, and illuminated manuscripts -- Bukatman reveals the mechanics of creating a world on the page. He also demonstrates the pleasurable and multiple complexities of the reader's experience, invoking the riotous colors of comics that elude rationality and control and delving into shared fictional universes and occult detection, the horror genre and the evocation of the sublime, and the place of abstraction in Mignola's art.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Drawing and Watercolor, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170964
Paperbound $24.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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