Working Session: Framing and Cartooning Oceania
This session seeks to investigate how the Pacific has been represented (or objectified) through the visual medium of cartoons. Using examples from the U.S., Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Korea, Japan and others, we seek to understand how cartoons—which we mean to include comics, comic strips, animation and other graphic arts—have shaped and/or reshaped the South Seas myth. We intend to include
historical and contemporary examples and welcome contributions from a broad range of contributors.
Examples we are already including are an examination of the comic strip Terry and the Pirates, by Milton Caniff from the United States, several Franco-Belgian comics series such as the military flying ace Buck Danny stories, which are set against the backdrop of the Pacific War, Lefranc and Blake and Mortimer adventures on Rapa Nui, and the impact of Hugo Pratt's character of Corto Maltese on the Italian construction of the Pacific and Pacific Islands. We would also like to include an analysis of the upcoming Disney movie Moana, currently raising controversy for its hulking, harlequinade depiction of Pacific Islanders.
Interested participants currently include: Louis Bousquet, Lorenzo Brutti, Vilsoni Hereniko, Ryota Nishino, Mark Ombrello, Eric Silverman and Marc Tabani.
Guido Carlo Pigliasco, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Suzanne S. Finney, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa <email@example.com>