This book is the result of the conference ‘Comics Scenarios: Cultural Analyses of a Picto-Graphical Medium’, organised by the Universities of Berlin and Viadrina, and held in Berlin in 2003. My chapter involves the early British comics character ‘Ally Sloper’, a Victorian anti-hero, and his crossover with other mediums, such as music hall. Specifically, it is an investigation of the various texts which have borne the signifier ‘Ally Sloper’ in the years between 1867 and 1916, in an attempt to reconstruct their context and hence recover the meanings carried by this cultural icon at key moments in his history. It also asks how Sloper’s cross-fertilisation with other mediums constituted the forerunner for modern multinational capitalism in the entertainment business. The approaches taken include a combination of political economy and Cultural Studies methodologies.
|Type of Research:||Book Section|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
1st published in October 2003 in the open access online journal Image and Narrative, Issue 7: History and Theory of the Graphic Novel.
Subsequently published in, ‘The Comics Studies Reader’, Worcester, K and Heer, J (Eds), University of Mississippi Press, 2009. ISBN: 9781604731088
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||Ally Sloper, competitions, marketing, Yellow Kid, music hall, comics|
|Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:||Image and Narrative|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design|
|Deposited By:||Roger Sabin|
|Deposited On:||10 Jul 2008 15:22|
|Last Modified:||03 Nov 2014 16:28|