Law in Comics & Graphic Novels

Open Law Lab - Law in Comics and Graphic Novels

Here’s an entire special edition of the journal Law Text Culture devoted to Justice Framed: Law in Comics & Graphic Novels.  I’ve linked to an introduction to the volume by Luis Gomez and Ian Dahlman.  It explores how law is integrated into visual narratives.

Thanks to Kristina Brousalis for pointing me toward it.

Open Law Lab - Law Text Culture - Justice Framed - Law in Comics

Here are the other pieces in the volume:

  • Introduction – Justice framed: law in comics and graphic novels
    Luis Gomez Romero and Ian Dahlman
  • Krazy Kat (review)
    K N Llewellyn
  • The legal surrealism of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat
    Ian Dahlman
  • ‘What had been many became one’: continuity, the common law, and Crisis on Infinite Earths
    Benjamin Authers
  • Justice in the gutter: representing everyday trauma in the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman
    Karen Crawley and Honni van Rijswijk
  • ‘Sakaarson the World Breaker’: violence and différance in the political and legal theory of Marvel’s sovereign
    Chris Lloyd
  • Chewing in the name of justice: the taste of law in action
    Anita Lam
  • Magic and modernity in Tintin au Congo (1930) and the Sierra Leone Special Court
    René Provost
  • Spider-Man, the question and the meta-zone: exception, objectivism and the comics of Steve Ditko
    Jason Bainbridge

  • Comic book mythology: Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and the grounding of good in evil
    Timothy D Peters
  • ‘Come a Day there Won’t be Room for Naughty Men Like Us to Slip About at All’: the multi-media outlaws of Serenity and the possibilities of post-literate justice
    Kieran Tranter
  • The aesthetics of supervillainy
    Jack Fennell
  • The punisher and the politics of retributive justice
    Kent Worcester
  • ‘Riddle me this…?’ Would the world need superheroes if the law could actually deliver ‘justice’?
    Cassandra Sharp
  • Noir justice: Law, crime and morality in Díaz Canales and Guarnido’s Blacksad: Somewhere within the shadows and Arctic-nation
    Jane Hanley
  • The story of Bohemia or, why there is nothing to rebel against anymore
    John Hanamy