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From Pioneer of Comics to Cultural Myth

Castelao in Galician Graphic Biography

David Miranda-Barreiro

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The multifaceted Galician artist, writer and politician Alfonso Daniel Rodríguez Castelao (1886–1950) has been considered a pioneer of Galician comics, or banda deseñada. This is because of his key role in the development of the medium from his early comic strips in the magazine Vida gallega [Galician life] (1909), to the cartoons that he published in the press in the 1920s and 1930s. Furthermore, Castelao has become a comics character in several graphic biographies since the end of the 1970s. This article not only addresses the reasons for the recurrent presence of Castelao in Galician comics, but it also looks at how the latter have contributed to the mythologisation of this important figure of Galician culture. In aesthetic terms, it will reveal the overlaps between adaptation, biography and comics by analysing all three of them as networks.

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Intermediality and Transmedial Thanatography in Jacobo Fernández Serrano's Lois Pereiro: Breve encontro

David Miranda-Barreiro

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In 2011, the poet Lois Pereiro (1958–1996) was honoured at the annual Día das Letras Galegas (Galician Literature Day). The Galician publishing industry released a plethora of texts about Pereiro, including Jacobo Fernández Serrano's comics biography Lois Pereiro: Breve encontro. This article examines the comic as an intermedial text that captures the influence of literature, films, music and comics in Pereiro's own writing. Furthermore, it is analysed as part of a transmedial network, together with other biographies published around the Día das Letras. These texts address the role played by death in the poet's life and work (as he died at an early age of rapeseed oil poisoning and AIDS), and they can therefore be understood as ‘thanatographies’ as much as life writing.

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Book Reviews

Gert Meesters, David Miranda-Barreiro, and Jakob Dittmar

Philippe Delisle and Benoît Glaude, Jijé: L'Autre père de la BD franco-belge (Montrouge, France: PLG, 2019). 180 pp. ISBN: 9782917837337 (€15)

Nhora Lucía Serrano, ed., Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis (New York: Routledge, 2021). 268 pp. ISBN: 9781138186156 (Hardback: £120; e-book: £27.74)

Johannes C. P. Schmid, Frames and Framing in Documentary Comics (London: Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels, 2021). 292 pp. ISBN: 9783030633035 (e-book: £43.99)

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David Miranda-Barreiro, Michelle Herte, Joe Sutliff Sanders, and Mark McKinney

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Mark McKinney, Jennifer Howell, Ross William Smith, and David Miranda Barreiro

David Kunzle, Cham: The Best Comic Strips and Graphic Novelettes, 1839–1862 (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2019). 566 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4968-1618-4 ($90)

Tatiana Prorokova and Nimrod Tal, eds, Cultures of War in Graphic Novels: Violence, Trauma, and Memory (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2018). 237 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8135-9095-0 ($29.95)

Stephen E. Tabachnick, ed., The Cambridge Companion to The Graphic Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). 244 pp. ISBN: 978-1-107-51971-8 (£21.99)

Louie Dean Valencia-García, Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). 248 pp. ISBN: 978-1-350-03847-9 ($114)