Abstract

This essay examines McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Number Thirteen, edited by Chris Ware, and its use of intimacy, shame, and gender melancholy to make a case for the artistic merit of comics. Through readings of contributions to the issue by artists such as Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Joe Matt, John Porcellino, Archer Prewitt, and Chris Ware, the essay finds that the McSweeney's comics issue interpellates readers through "comic shame" and uses modernist tropes to establish comics as high art. Affect is central to contemporary independent comics and the readerly participation they elicit.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-658X
Print ISSN
0026-7724
Pages
pp. 891-917
Launched on MUSE
2007-01-22
Open Access
No
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