Creative Arts and Design > Theatre studies]
The essay explores the relationship between a comic and another artform – namely Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday and music hall theatre. It concerns how a new template was set for the entertainment business, anticipating the corporate capitalist leisure culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. A subsidiary theme concerns how a fictional character, Ally Sloper, could transcend his origins in print to become a cultural resource for performers – and the general public - to draw upon.
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Paper was originally presented at the ‘Instruction, Amusement and Spectacle’ Conference, University of Exeter, April 2009
Cultural history, cultural studies, subcultural studies, film and television studies. Specialisms: comics, graphic novels, manga; punk and counterculture; 19th century entertainment; television crime drama. Cultural theory, especially postmodernism in history.
Currently completing one book and co-authoring two others. The sole-authored book is about 19th century ‘funny papers’/comics, and in particular the character 'Ally Sloper', the first comics superstar. The other two concern TV crime drama: one is about The Wire, and one about the history of the genre. Also, various smaller-scale projects involving comics, graphic novels, manga and other areas listed above.
Previous books include: As Author: Comics, Comics and Graphic Novels (Phaidon); Adult Comics: An Introduction (Routledge); The Lasting of the Mohicans (University Press of Mississippi – co-authored with Martin Barker). As Editor: Punk Rock: So What? (Routledge); Below Critical Radar: Fanzines and Alternative Comics 1976-Now (Codex - with Teal Triggs); The Movie Book (Phaidon – with Michael Newton).
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|Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:||Liverpool University Press|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design|
|Digital Object Identifier:||10.3828/eca.2009.3|
|Deposited By:||Roger Sabin|
|Deposited On:||29 Sep 2010 11:13|
|Last Modified:||16 Dec 2013 11:17|