Towards an Ecographics: Ecological Storylines in Bande dessinée

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What role do comics have to play in cultural conversations about and in the face of environmental collapse and mass extinction? This article takes bande dessinée as a case study to propose the concept of ecological storylines as part of an ecographics that recognises the specificities of comics as a drawn and narrative medium as well as its shifting place in culture. This is developed with reference to a range of graphic texts and along three axes. The article first explores drawing as material practice in ecographic engagements with radioactivity, gender and landscape. It then turns to redrawing as a mode of contestation as well as repair on a postcolonial planet, before closing with a discussion of flowlines across panels, pages, human and nonhuman bodies and across cityscapes, seascapes and petroscapes.


  • drawing, ecofeminism, environmental humanities;, petro-culture, trans-corporeality, postcolonial ecocriticism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-131
JournalEuropean Comic Art
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
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