Sedurre a tavola: confini mutati tra pubblicità e fumetti per bambini = Seducing with panels: changing boundaries between advertising and children's comics


This article aims to investigate how advertising in Italy and in children's comics has evolved. In postmodern times when goods have become messages (Klein, 2001), comics' characters are progressively morphing into products. The intensification of the relationship between cultural and economic production (Jameson, 1998) led to different outcomes. On the part of the industry, similar appropriations – although they may seem either innovative or antiquated operations - testify to the persistent idea of a deep-rooted link between childhood and the medium itself (one of the childhood geographies studied by Ahmed 2020). These appropriations also show a relationship that has been established in comics since its origins: the bond between children and consumption in the comics published in Corriere dei Piccoli. This paper discusses the survival of paper comics for educational purposes as well as its strategies to retain the reader (International Kids). These are contrasted with pure entertainment comics which present various hybrid forms on social media such as Instagram and TikTok. Finally, the boundaries between the cartoonist- marketeer and international companies that create or deny the use of testimonials in advertising are also changing. The hybrid forms of comics activate the multimedia skills of the child consumer.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i22840753n18p265

Keywords: advertising; Italy; consumption; children; Corriere dei Piccoli; Internazionale Kids; Instagram; TikTok; Sio; Pera Toons

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