Column -- "Pluto And Doubling"

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ph.D.. Craig Fischer, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Welcome to the first installment of “Monsters Eat Critics,” a monthly column I’ll be writing for I hope that “Monsters Eat Critics” sounds like the title of a Z-grade science-fiction movie, because I plan to write about genre comics, including science-fiction comics, rather than the alt-, art- and mini-comics so ably covered by other TCJ critics. Let me make clear, though, that I’ll be saying little about contemporary superhero comics, because I’m bored by the ones I’ve read and have nothing to express about them beyond a shrug and an annoyance that hype like “The New 52” gets so much attention, even negative attention, on comics blogs. Even though future columns will discuss creators who simultaneously labored in and transcended the superhero genre—we’ll trot Kirby out for obligatory analysis, if only to rile Pat Ford—I don’t care about superheroes or the superhero-driven business of American mainstream comics. I’m looking for art in other genres, and I’ll begin with one of the most artistically accomplished genre comics of the last ten years, Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto (2003-2009). Specifically, my argument is that Urasawa builds Pluto on overlapping, complex systems of doubling, and in reading closely to uncover these systems, I’ll be giving away all of Pluto’s major plot points, so beware. We spoil to dissect here.

Additional Information

Fischer, C. (2011). "Pluto And Doubling" The Comics Journal (TCJ), October 3, 2011. Version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2011
Naoki Urasawa, Osamu Tezuka, Genre Comics, Doubling

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