27 March 2014

Isobel Williams draws at the Supreme Court after hours

Isobel Williams, artist and illustrator, is giving an illustrated talk at the Supreme Court's 'twilight hours' event. Her work captures various aspects of the legal drama, beyond what you may see in 'normal' court illustrations such as those on the news, and is evocative of the human dimension of the courtroom.

You can see more of her courtroom work here, alongside her reflections on the cases she observes.

Tickets and information for the twilight hours event  are here.

14 March 2014

Justice Framed: Law Text Culture special issue (2012)

Many of you may already be aware of this publication, but it remains a highly useful resource for those of us interested in exploring the intersections of comics and law: the 2012 special issue of Law Text Culture 'Justice Framed: Law in Comics and Graphic Novels'. This open-access volume contains a wide variety of legal and comics analysis, from the development of a metaphor of 'eating' for understanding jurisprudence via Chew, through the significance of comics villains' aesthetic appearance, to the politics of retribution in the Punisher. Here's a handy list of contents:.
  • Introduction - Justice framed: law in comics and graphic novels
    Luis Gomez Romero and Ian Dahlman
  • Krazy Kat (review)
    K N Llewellyn
  • The legal surrealism of George Herriman's Krazy Kat
    Ian Dahlman
  • 'What had been many became one': continuity, the common law, and Crisis on Infinite Earths
    Benjamin Authers
  • Justice in the gutter: representing everyday trauma in the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman
    Karen Crawley and Honni van Rijswijk
  • 'Sakaarson the World Breaker': violence and différance in the political and legal theory of Marvel's sovereign
    Chris Lloyd
  • Chewing in the name of justice: the taste of law in action
    Anita Lam
  • Magic and modernity in Tintin au Congo (1930) and the Sierra Leone Special Court
    René Provost
  • Spider-Man, the question and the meta-zone: exception, objectivism and the comics of Steve Ditko
    Jason Bainbridge
  • Comic book mythology: Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and the grounding of good in evil
    Timothy D Peters
  • ‘Come a Day there Won’t be Room for Naughty Men Like Us to Slip About at All’: the multi-media outlaws of Serenity and the possibilities of post-literate justice
    Kieran Tranter
  • The aesthetics of supervillainy
    Jack Fennell
  • The punisher and the politics of retributive justice
    Kent Worcester
  • ‘Riddle me this…?’ Would the world need superheroes if the law could actually deliver ‘justice’?
    Cassandra Sharp
  • Noir justice: Law, crime and morality in Díaz Canales and Guarnido’s Blacksad: Somewhere within the shadows and Arctic-nation
    Jane Hanley
  • The story of Bohemia or, why there is nothing to rebel against anymore
    John Hanamy
Justice Framed: Law in Comics and Graphic Novels (2012 ) Law Text Culture 16(1)