Eco-citizenship within contemporary comics for children

Luke Pearson, Hilda and the Black Hound, London: Flying Eye Books, 2017.
New article published by Dona Pursall in the latest issue of Closure, about eco-citizenship in contemporary comics for children, looking at Acquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill and Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson.
“Drawing from the premise that citizenship is an embodied, interactive practice, [the article ] argues that the characters in these comics enact behaviours and make decisions which demonstrate their own awareness of their positions not as humans in an anthropocentric society, but rather as eco-citizens within the whole ecology of the earth. The following analysis will apply an ecocritical, posthuman reading in order to highlight the ways in which the form and style of these comics promote notions of active compassion and complex decision making. It will consider how the works frame multiple perspectives, consequently encouraging a reconsideration of the morals and ethics of the human through the prism of an entangled relationship with non-humans.”