Hellboy's World: Comics and Monsters on the Margins by Scott BukatmanHellboy's World: Comics and Monsters on the Margins by Scott Bukatman

Hellboy's World: Comics and Monsters on the Margins

byScott Bukatman

Paperback | April 7, 2016

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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 Worldshows 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. Monsters populate the world ofHellboycomics, but Bukatman argues that comics are themselves little monsters, unruly sites of sensory and cognitive pleasures that exist, happily, on the margins. The book is not only a treat forHellboyfans, but it will entice anyone interested in the medium of comics and the art of reading.
Scott Bukatmanis Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. He is author ofMatters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the 20th Century; Blade Runner,BFI Modern Classics;Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction;andThe Poetics of Slumberland: A...
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Title:Hellboy's World: Comics and Monsters on the MarginsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 7, 2016Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520288041

ISBN - 13:9780520288041

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"Multitasking among such a broad range of texts and media sounds daunting, but Bukatman meets the challenge with energy and grace. . . [he] takes mainstream comics like Hellboy on their own terms for the complex and elusive creatures they are."