The Southwest Popular and American Culture Association recently announced the 2014 Rollins Book Award winners and two UPM titles were among those honored. In an expanded version of the Rollins award, the SWPACA now recognizes outstanding scholarship in three categories: Film/Television, Popular Culture, and Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies
Hip Hop on Film: Performance Culture,Urban Space, and Genre Transformation in the 1980s, written by Kimberley Monteyne in the category of Film and Television. Hip Hop on Film illuminates Hollywood’s fascinating efforts to incorporate urban culture into conventional narrative forms by examining productions such as Breakin’ (1984), Beat Street (1984), and Krush Groove (1985).
The book employs a multidisciplinary and useful approach to the studies of youth culture, musical and choreographic trends, and social/urban conditions, especially in relation to race and class and also includes 25 black and white illustrations, highlighting many points from the text that need visual realization.
Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature, written by Philip Nel was the winning volume in the Sequential Art/Comics and Animation Studies category. Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss is the first biography of either Johnson or Krauss and provides readers with a previously lost chapter in the histories of children’s books, comics, and the American Left. The book also includes over 70 images including several original illustrations.
This book was also nominated for a Eisner award last year in the category of Best Educational/Academic Work.
In 2010, A Comics Studies Reader was named the Rollins Award winner by the SWPACA.