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Description - Comic Books Incorporated: How the Business of Comics Became the Business of Hollywood by Shawna Kidman

Comic Books Incorporated tells the story of the US comic book business, reframing the history of the medium through an industrial and transmedial lens. Comic books wielded their influence from the margins and in-between spaces of the entertainment business for half a century before moving to the center of mainstream film and television production. This extraordinary history begins at the medium's origin in the 1930s, when comics were a reviled, disorganized, and lowbrow mass medium, and surveys critical moments along the way-market crashes, corporate takeovers, upheavals in distribution, and financial transformations. Shawna Kidman concludes this revisionist history in the early 2000s, when Hollywood had fully incorporated comic book properties and strategies into its business models and transformed the medium into the heavily exploited, exceedingly corporate, and yet highly esteemed niche art form we know so well today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520297562
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2019
Country of Publication: United States

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