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Through in-depth analysis, industry interviews, and audience research, this book charts the cause-and-effect of this influential trend. It considers the cultural traumas, business demands, and digital possibilities that Hollywood faced at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The industry managed to meet these challenges by exploiting comics and their existing audiences. However, studios were caught off-guard when these comic book fans, empowered by digital media, began to influence the success of these adaptations. Nonetheless, filmmakers soon developed strategies to take advantage of this intense fanbase, while codifying the trend into a more lucrative genre, the comic book movie, which appealed to an even wider audience. Central to this vibrant trend is a comic aesthetic in which filmmakers utilize digital filmmaking technologies to engage with the language and conventions of comics like never before.
The Comic Book Film Adaptation explores this unique moment in which cinema is stimulated, challenged, and enriched by the once-dismissed medium of comics.
"Liam Burke takes the reader on a compelling journey through this new ‘Golden Age' of adaptation, his argument combining the rigorous, exhaustive research of a committed scholar with the energy and encyclopedic knowledge of a passionate fan. This is a serious book about comic books and their relationship with cinema; it is seriously enjoyable, and also seriously important." - Will Brooker, author of Hunting the Dark Knight and editor of Cinema Journal.
"What is all too often an overlooked form is finally given the seriousness it deserves in The Comic Book Film Adaptation. A most welcome intervention in the field of adaptation studies." - Deborah Cartmell, coauthor of Screen Adaptation: Impure Cinema and coeditor of the journal Adaptation.
"Burke presents a masterly and engaging argument regarding cultural, technological, and industry transformations, which have facilitated a shift in the comic book form - on page and on screen - from the margins to the mainstream. This excellent book is sure to become a key text in the burgeoning field of comics studies, while also having a great deal to offer film and media studies." - Angela Ndalianis, editor of The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero and Super/Heroes: From Hercules to Superman
"a fascinating read, both for aficionados of the comic book and students of modern film trends" - Barry Forshaw, Crime Time & DVD Choice
|Illustrations||262 b&w illustrations|
|Dimensions||229 x 152|
|Date Published||30 Oct 2016|
|Publisher||University Press of Mississippi|
|Subject/s||Anthologies (non-poetry)   Media studies   Popular culture   Humour   Film: styles & genres   Film production: technical & background skills  |