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Visions of the Future in Comics

International Perspectives

by Francesco-Alessio Ursini, Editor · Adnan Mahmutovic Editor


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Across generations and genres, comics have imagined different views of the future, from unattainable utopias to worrisome dystopias. These presaging narratives can be read as reflections of their authors' (and readers') hopes, fears and beliefs about the present. This collection of new essays explores the creative processes in comics production that bring plausible futures to the page. The contributors investigate portrayals in different stylistic traditions—manga, bande desinees—from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The picture that emerges documents the elaborate storylines and complex universes comics creators have been crafting for decades.

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McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
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Adnan Mahmutovic (Editor)

Adnan Mahmutovic is a lecturer in English literature and creative writing at Stockholm University.

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Francesco-Alessio Ursini, (Editor)

Francesco-Alessio Ursini is a linguist working on semantic and typology topics and a comics scholar working on cross-cultural aspects of narratives in comics. He lives in Sweden.

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Frank Bramlett (Editor)

Frank Bramlett is a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He researches the linguistic nature of comics and serves on the editorial board of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.

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