Asian American Graphic Narratives
Monica Chiu (University of New Hampshire) and Tim Gruenewald (The University of Hong Kong) are editing a collection on Asian American graphic narratives to be submitted to HKU/Columbia UP in 2013. We are searching for original, unpublished essays on the work of Derek Kirk Kim (especially) as well as Jason Shiga, Hellen Jo, and Lynda Barry. Works by Gene Yang are well covered. Other pending contributions examine Tamaki & Tamaki's Skim; narratives by Shaun Tan; Japanese manga in a U.S. context (including the Japanese Canadian Skim read by a Japanese audience); Fleming's Long Tack Sam; Tomine's Shortcomings; and The Last Avatar (tv, film, and the graphic novel adaptation). This volume, the first of its kind in its exclusive focus on Asian American graphic narratives, investiages reading race and ethnicity in both image and text, transnationalism (including reception of texts from one country to another), the influence of audiences and publication houses (particularly for manga), memory and image, authorial self-Orientalizing, music and rhythm in graphic narratives, among other issues.