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It's time to start Giving #Comics back to Children with Professor Laurence Grove
We begin in Galsgow 1954, when a group of 400 children ran amok at the city's Southern Necropolis in pursuit of a vampire - and comics got the blame! A clever segue from Prof. Laurence Grove into the long history of debates around the moral value of #comics for child readers
And thus we move on to the introduction of the Comics Code and the French campaign against Mickey Mouse and his compatriots; Prof. Laurence Grove ponders how to understand this moment in the zeitgeist when #comics we're understood as being for children, but not good for them
Prof. Laurence Grove unpacks the place of Barbarella in the supposed fall into ignominy comics experienced during the 1960s
Prof. Laurence shows us how the "aging up" of comics materialises in the advertising materials of French magazine, Pilote
And what discussion of the moral and educational value of comics could continue without touching on Maus - a turning point in the genre in so many respects
We've now moved to present-day, with Prof. Laurence Grove introducing us to the host of ways in which comics are being introduced into teaching and the curriculum in contemporary Scotland
Are we in the hipsters waiting room? Prof. Laurence Grove ponders the future of comics in a diverse and evolving media ecology
How do we fit manga into discussions of comics history? Why aren't making the connections between the two? An excellent question from current PhD candidate Madison McLeod
Prof. Maria Nikolajeva takes us into questions of definition in regards to Shaun Tan's The Arrival; comic, graphic novel or wordless picturebook?
And that's it for our time with Prof. Laurence Grove! We're all leaving with a lot of thoughts about the future of comics for and by children #kidlit #Childrensbooks #comics #comicsstudies
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