This introduction to this special issue of European Comic Art on ‘Comics
and Adaptation’ provides a brief overview of the field of adaptation studies,
with a particular focus on its considerable developments and expansion
since the late 1990s, as it has moved beyond a comparative novel-to-film
approach to centre instead around questions of intertextuality and hypertextuality.
This special issue aims to contribute to this field and to the growing
body of works on comics and adaptation. The authors explore questions
of transnational circulation of visual, narrative and generic motifs (Boillat);
heteronormalisation and phallogocentrism (Krauthaker and Connolly);
authenticity of drawn events (Lecomte); identity in a stateless minoritised
culture (Blin-Rolland); ‘high’ and popular culture (Blank); reverence in
comic adaptations of the literary canon (de Rooy); and documentary and
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