British Comics: A Cultural History Hardcover – 1 Oct 2011
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'an invaluable resource for even the most laissez-faire of fans.' - Seven Magazine, Sunday Telegraph 'a valuable contribution to British comics history' - Comicbitsonline
About the Author
James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. He is the author of many books, including Cinemas of the World: Film and Society from 1895 to the Present (Reaktion Books, 2004) and War and Film (Reaktion Books, 2008).
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Other comics such as 2000AD and `V for Vendetta' mark the rise of the new right in Britain (exemplified by Margaret Thatcher) and the increase in the Law and Order/ Surveillance society which developed during this period. (Chapman makes the important point that Judge Dredd displays both pro-right and pro-left/libertarian leanings depending on the story arc, marking the breakdown, post-1979, of the demarcations between the old Left and Right and of the development of a new, more centrist-right political settlement.)
This is therefore a book for comic and graphic novel aficionados, rather a book for those interested in how British culture has informed (and been informed by) comics and graphic novels. Thus it receives only 3 stars: five for its writing, which is clear and lucid; but only one for its content and lack of proper analysis/ analytical method on culture