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This chapter focuses on Manouach’s incitations to re-read and think with comics and about comics-making through the lens of childness or a critical construction of the implied child reader. It argues that Manouach’s comics, Riki Fermier and Cascao, function on three superposed levels: a) they activate the possibility of rethinking the notion of childness and childishness through comics, a medium often occupying the uncomfortable status of presumably being for children (and other ‘others’ incapable of appreciating grown-up culture) while being prohibited for children; b) they offer childish re-readings of the comics through their free reworking of the material, playing the game of pretend or what if (Riki Fermier) or spilling bleach on the pages (Cascao); c) they ultimately encourage a de-constrained reading, nudging readers to listen to voices often silenced or ignored (such as Riki, as a secondary character) or listen to the silence itself by glossing over the dominant voices (Cascao). Reading childly, as a result, is exemplified as both method and critical practice.
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comics, conceptual comics, childness, silences, childishness

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MLA
Ahmed, Maaheen. “Reading Childly : Manouach’s Riki Fermier and Cascao.” Ilan Manouach in Review : Critical Approaches to His Conceptual Comics, edited by Pedro Moura, Routledge, 2023.
APA
Ahmed, M. (2023). Reading childly : Manouach’s Riki Fermier and Cascao. In P. Moura (Ed.), Ilan Manouach in review : critical approaches to his conceptual comics. Routledge.
Chicago author-date
Ahmed, Maaheen. 2023. “Reading Childly : Manouach’s Riki Fermier and Cascao.” In Ilan Manouach in Review : Critical Approaches to His Conceptual Comics, edited by Pedro Moura. Routledge.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Ahmed, Maaheen. 2023. “Reading Childly : Manouach’s Riki Fermier and Cascao.” In Ilan Manouach in Review : Critical Approaches to His Conceptual Comics, ed by. Pedro Moura. Routledge.
Vancouver
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Ahmed M. Reading childly : Manouach’s Riki Fermier and Cascao. In: Moura P, editor. Ilan Manouach in review : critical approaches to his conceptual comics. Routledge; 2023.
IEEE
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M. Ahmed, “Reading childly : Manouach’s Riki Fermier and Cascao,” in Ilan Manouach in review : critical approaches to his conceptual comics, P. Moura, Ed. Routledge, 2023.
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  booktitle    = {{Ilan Manouach in review : critical approaches to his conceptual comics}},
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