What Happens When Nothing Happens
Boredom and Everyday Life in Contemporary Comics
Foreword by Raphael Baroni
Contemporary graphic novels show an interesting shift from the extraordinary to the ordinary in slice-of-life stories in which nothing happens. This book brings a historical, aesthetic, and narratological approach to comics in which boredom is not only a topic but also awakens a deliberate affective response in the very experience of reading. This volume brings together close readings of work by Lewis Trondheim, Chris Ware, and Adrian Tomine.
Raphael Baroni is Associate Professor at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).
Prize Winner, Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies (Association for the Study of Nationalities)