We added five new books to our collection that that explore different facets of the current state of comic book publishing.

New Books 2014

Comic Book CrimeComic Book Crime

by Nickie D. Philips and Staci Strobl

This work explores the ways in which meanings about crime and justice are negotiated and contested in comic books and the way these imaginings form part of a broader cultural context in which readers absorb, reproduce, and resist notions of justice.

Bound by LawBound by Law

by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins

Bound by Law looks at why we have copyrights and what constitutes “fair use.” The work provides a commentary on the most pressing issues facing law, art, property, and an increasingly digital world of remixed culture. Bound by Law was produced by Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain, which focuses on the balance between intellectual property and the public domain.

Wonder Woman UnboundWonder Woman Unbound

by Tim Hanley

This work explores the history of Wonder Woman. When she debuted in 1941, she portrayed the benefits of a matriarchal society and demonstrated her superiority to male superheroes. As women asserted more rights during the 1950s and ’60s, Wonder Woman deferred more and more with her acting as a secretary for the Justice League and giving up her role when her boyfriend died.

Understanding ComicsUnderstanding Comics

by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud’s first major work was one of the earliest examinations of how comics work. It starts by defining what comics are. Further chapters examine how comics manipulate time and space through the use of discrete images within borders (panels) and with the space between the panels. Also, it looks at symbols and how the symbols are used to create meaning and narrative.

Reinventing ComicsReinventing Comics

by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud’s second major work examining comic arts focuses on twelve revolutions and how they can or will change the comic arts industry. This work looks at 9 revolutions that were ongoing when it was published in 2000 and 3 that McCloud thought would have dramatic effects in the near future. Interesting to look back and see how the revolutions have developed over the past 14 years.