Sugar, Spice, and the Not So Nice offers an innovative, wide-ranging and geographically diverse book-length treatment of girlhood in comics. The various contributing authors and artists provide novel insights into established themes within comic studies, children’s comics, graphic medicine and comics by and about refugees and marginalised ethnic or cultural groups. The book enriches traditional historical, narratological and aesthetic approaches to studying girlhood in comics with practice-based research, discussion and conversation. This re-examination of girls, gender and identity in comics connects with contemporary discourse on gender identity politics. Through examples from both within Europe and the anglophone world and beyond, and including visual essays and practice-based research alongside critical theory, the volume furthermore engages with new developments in contemporary comics scholarship. It will therefore appeal to students and scholars of childhood studies, comics scholars and creators, and those interested in addressing gender identity through the prism of comics.
Dona Pursall is PhD student on the ERC project Children in Comics of Prof. Maaheen Ahmed at Ghent University and co-supervisor Prof. Jan Baetens at KU Leuven. Eva Van de Wiele is PhD student on the ERC project Children in Comics of Prof. Maaheen Ahmed at Ghent University and co-supervisor Prof. Jan Baetens at KU Leuven.