Justice Framed: Law Text Culture special issue (2012)

Many of you may already be aware of this publication, but it remains a highly useful resource for those of us interested in exploring the intersections of comics and law: the 2012 special issue of Law Text Culture ‘Justice Framed: Law in Comics and Graphic Novels’. This open-access volume contains a wide variety of legal and comics analysis, from the development of a metaphor of ‘eating’ for understanding jurisprudence via Chew, through the significance of comics villains’ aesthetic appearance, to the politics of retribution in the Punisher. Here’s a handy list of contents:.

  • Introduction – Justice framed: law in comics and graphic novels
    Luis Gomez Romero and Ian Dahlman

  • Krazy Kat (review)
    K N Llewellyn

  • The legal surrealism of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat
    Ian Dahlman

  • ‘What had been many became one’: continuity, the common law, and Crisis on Infinite Earths
    Benjamin Authers

  • Justice in the gutter: representing everyday trauma in the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman
    Karen Crawley and Honni van Rijswijk
  • ‘Sakaarson the World Breaker’: violence and différance in the political and legal theory of Marvel’s sovereign
    Chris Lloyd
  • Chewing in the name of justice: the taste of law in action
    Anita Lam

  • Magic and modernity in Tintin au Congo (1930) and the Sierra Leone Special Court
    René Provost

  • Spider-Man, the question and the meta-zone: exception, objectivism and the comics of Steve Ditko
    Jason Bainbridge

  • Comic book mythology: Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and the grounding of good in evil
    Timothy D Peters

  • ‘Come a Day there Won’t be Room for Naughty Men Like Us to Slip About at All’: the multi-media outlaws of Serenity and the possibilities of post-literate justice
    Kieran Tranter

  • The aesthetics of supervillainy
    Jack Fennell

  • The punisher and the politics of retributive justice
    Kent Worcester

  • ‘Riddle me this…?’ Would the world need superheroes if the law could actually deliver ‘justice’?
    Cassandra Sharp

  • Noir justice: Law, crime and morality in Díaz Canales and Guarnido’s Blacksad: Somewhere within the shadows and Arctic-nation
    Jane Hanley

  • The story of Bohemia or, why there is nothing to rebel against anymore
    John Hanamy

Justice Framed: Law in Comics and Graphic Novels (2012 ) Law Text Culture 16(1)

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