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The fast and the playful : children and transport in early Spanish TBO

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Transport and turn-of-the-century speed culture entailed a “new corporeal regime,” coordinating machine, body and vision in a promise of agentive control on speed. Comics simultaneously embraced and decried this new technology through the explosive and widely circulated ‘speed gag.’ This paper analyses the speed gag in early Spanish TBO magazine , taking kids’ perspective seriously: how are children supposed to interact with a speed technology that is not meant for their use? If audiences and users participate in the social construction of technology, how did “kid comics” introduce them to cars at the emergence of the automobile industry? This case study looks at the roles Spanish TBO envisioned for children in their relationship to modern speed technologies, beyond that of future consumers. Child characters from 1922 until 1931 appropriate travel technologies in diverse ways, either traditionally playing tricks with cars on their adult owners or fascinatingly interacting with transport through playful cut-outs and wondrous inventions. I argue Spanish TBO portrayed a playful, inventive child and had a very specific “humour of ingenuity” and thus reflects the fascination rather than the anxiety associated with travel technology.
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comics, children, cut outs, travel, (auto)mobile mechanics, playfulness

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Van de Wiele, Eva. “The Fast and the Playful : Children and Transport in Early Spanish TBO.” Moving Images : Comics & Travel, Abstracts, 2019.
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Van de Wiele, E. (2019). The fast and the playful : children and transport in early Spanish TBO. In Moving images : comics & travel, Abstracts. Oxford.
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Van de Wiele, Eva. 2019. “The Fast and the Playful : Children and Transport in Early Spanish TBO.” In Moving Images : Comics & Travel, Abstracts.
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Van de Wiele, Eva. 2019. “The Fast and the Playful : Children and Transport in Early Spanish TBO.” In Moving Images : Comics & Travel, Abstracts.
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Van de Wiele E. The fast and the playful : children and transport in early Spanish TBO. In: Moving images : comics & travel, Abstracts. 2019.
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E. Van de Wiele, “The fast and the playful : children and transport in early Spanish TBO,” in Moving images : comics & travel, Abstracts, Oxford, 2019.
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  abstract     = {{Transport and turn-of-the-century speed culture entailed a “new corporeal regime,” coordinating machine, body and vision in a promise of agentive control on speed.  Comics simultaneously embraced and decried this new technology through the explosive and widely circulated ‘speed gag.’  This paper analyses the speed gag in early Spanish TBO magazine , taking kids’ perspective seriously: how are children supposed to interact with a speed technology that is not meant for their use? If audiences and users participate in the social construction of technology, how did “kid comics” introduce them to cars at the emergence of the automobile industry?  This case study looks at the roles Spanish TBO envisioned for children in their relationship to modern speed technologies, beyond that of future consumers. Child characters from 1922 until 1931 appropriate travel technologies in diverse ways, either traditionally playing tricks with cars on their adult owners or fascinatingly interacting with transport through playful cut-outs and wondrous inventions. I argue Spanish TBO portrayed a playful, inventive child and had a very specific “humour of ingenuity”  and thus reflects the fascination rather than the anxiety associated with travel technology.}},
  author       = {{Van de Wiele, Eva}},
  booktitle    = {{Moving images : comics & travel, Abstracts}},
  keywords     = {{comics,children,cut outs,travel,(auto)mobile mechanics,playfulness}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Oxford}},
  pages        = {{1}},
  title        = {{The fast and the playful : children and transport in early Spanish TBO}},
  year         = {{2019}},
}