CFP: [Film] CFP: Comic Book Films and the Adaptation of Aesthetics

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Drew Morton
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Comic Book Films and the Adaptation of Aesthetics

Organizer: Drew Morton, UCLA (

Type: SCMS Panel

Deadline: August 10th

Conference: May 21-24th 2009, Tokyo, Japan.

Since the release of Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989), adaptations of comic
books and graphic novels have become more and more prevalent throughout
the cinemas of the world. The past three years has seen critically
acclaimed and financially successful adaptations of a broad range of
texts ranging from rather conventional sources like superheroes and the
franchises) to more sophisticated subject matter (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE,
SIN CITY, 300, and PERSEPOLIS). Moreover, adaptations of manga have
become more and more prevalent and are often overlooked in such

While previous panels have explored the capital of comic books and comic
book culture in general, I would like to propose a panel with a focused
discussion on issues of aesthetic adaptation. While some filmmakers
engage with this form of adaptation more so than others, this
transference of aesthetics can take place at the level of the frame, the
use of color, the utilization of abstraction, and other methods.

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