This was 2019 in The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship (Vol. 9)

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It’s that time of the year and at The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship we are closing our 9th volume, corresponding to 2019. We are getting ready for the holidays and next year.

Here’s a listing of the articles we published during 2019 by section:

Research

Lipenga, K.J., 2019. The New Normal: Enfreakment in Saga. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.161

Davies, P.F., 2019. New Choices of the Comics Creator. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.153

Grant, P., 2019. The Board and the Body: Material Constraints and Style in Graphic Narrative. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.145

del Rey Cabero, E., 2019. Beyond Linearity: Holistic, Multidirectional, Multilinear and Translinear Reading in Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.137

McGovern, M. and Eve, M.P., 2019. Information Labour and Shame in Farmer and Chevli’s Abortion Eve. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.158

Hornsby, I., 2019. …Comic Books, Möbius Strips, Philosophy and…. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.151

Pickering, T., 2019. Diabetes Year One. Drawing my Pathography: Comics, Poetry and the Medical Self. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.147

Hagan, R.J., 2019. Touch Me/Don’t Touch Me: Representations of Female Archetypes in Ann Nocenti’s Daredevil. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.148

Misemer, L., 2019. A Historical Approach to Webcomics: Digital Authorship in the Early 2000s. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.162

Tan, X., 2019. Guoxue Comics: Visualising Philosophical Concepts and Cultural Values through Sequential Narratives. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.149

Austin, H.J., 2019. “That Old Black Magic”: Noir and Music in Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido’s Blacksad. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.156

Kottas, L. and Schwarzenbacher, M., 2019. The Comic at the Crossroads: The Semiotics of ‘Voodoo Storytelling’ in The Hole: Consumer Culture Vol. 1. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.150

Dodds, N., 2019. The Practice of Authentication: Adapting Pilgrimage from Nenthead into a Graphic Memoir. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.154

Manouach, I., 2019. Peanuts minus Schulz: Distributed Labor as a Compositional Practice. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.139

D’Arcy, J., 2019. Troubling Boundaries and Negotiating Dominant Culture: Fun Home as a Transmedial Text. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.146

Review

Evans, J., 2019. Challenging Adaptation Studies: A Review of Comics and Adaptation. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.159

Commentary

Christmas, S., 2019. The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ (British Museum, 2019). The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.181

Creating Comics, Creative Comics

As you can see from the list above for us in the journal our 9th volume had a strong focus on the Special Collection: Creating Comics, Creative Comics.

The collection expanded on the themes of the symposium held in June 2018 at the University of South Wales, Cardiff.

Edited by Geraint D’Arcy (University of South Wales), Brian Fagence (University of South Wales) and Yours Truly (City, University of London), this collection sought to explore the dilemmas and potentials of construction and creation, ideology and authorship, philosophies and embodiment, histories and practices. It’s been both a pleasure and an honour to collaborate with Geraint and Brian and all the authors and reviewers. An editorial rounding up the collection is forthcoming next year.

Articles published in this collection were listed at https://www.comicsgrid.com/collections/special/creating-comics-creative-comics/.

Contribute

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship seeks scholarly submissions on the technical, theoretical, cultural, and historical aspects of comics studies that gives vitality to the form and challenges readers’ assumptions about it.

Our current call for papers was published on 30th October 2019 on the journal web site and it is available to download as a PDF from figshare:

Priego, E.; Wilkins, P.; Dunley, K. (2019): The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship: Call for Papers 2019-2020. City, University of London. Online resource. https://doi.org/10.25383/city.10100252.v1

If you are interested in submitting work for review or you just want to find out more about the journal, or catch up with all our previous volumes, please do click on https://www.comicsgrid.com/!

It must be said again: the Journal is only possible because of the work volunteered by our editors, reviewers and authors: thank you all!

I would also like to thank the Open Library of Humanities (https://www.openlibhums.org/) for their ongoing support: without their funding we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

We always need academic reviewers. If you would like to become a peer reviewer, please register, including enough details of your areas of expertise, at https://www.comicsgrid.com/author/register/reviewer/.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and an excellent new year 2020! Looking forward to The Comics Grid’s 10th volume!

Inaugural meeting of the Comics, Games & Media Research Group & First Blog Post

Panel from “Traitors to the Earth”, Captain Science #1, November 150; pencils by Gustav Schrotter, edited by Adolphe Barreaux. Public domain.
Panel from “Traitors to the Earth”, Captain Science #1, November 150; pencils by Gustav Schrotter, edited by Adolphe Barreaux. Public domain.

We had the inaugural meeting of the City HCID Comics, Games & Media Research Group this week!

The Comics, Games & Media Research Group is dedicated to exploring the interconnections between interaction design and narrative media.

The Group’s membership is comprised by academic staff and research students at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design and the City Interaction Lab at City, University of London.

The group is particularly interested in narrative and speculative design activities that employ a variety of comics, games and related media as components of interaction design thinking.

The first session of the Comics, Games & Media Research Group took place on Wednesday 20th November 2019.

I have set up a blog for the group and made a first post to document our first meeting. More updates lined up.

I have copied and pasted the text of our first post below.

Launching the City HCID Comics, Games & Media Research Group

Photo of the inaugural meeting table on 2019-11-20 at 15.15.41

On Wednesday 20th November 2020 we held the inaugural meeting of the Comics, Games & Media Research Group at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London.

This is a busy time of the academic year and we had a quorum of 6 members of HCID, with the membership still being dynamic and open. We took the opportunity to discuss our expectations for the group, our respective backgrounds and interests in the domains relevant to the group and discussed the next steps.

The launching of this group follows the beginning of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Project in partnership with the British Library, “UK Digital Comics: from creation to consumption” last month (there will be updates about that on this site soon).

Founded by Ernesto Priego and Stuart Scott, the Group is particularly interested in narrative and speculative design activities that employ a variety of comics, games and related media as components of interaction design thinking. (There will also be updates about that!)

The Group has clear objectives of research grant capture, developing scholarly outputs, and organising and hosting academic and enterprise events.

Stay tuned, for there will hopefully be more news soon.


 

This was January-August 2019 at The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

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Here’s a listing of the articles we have published so far in 2019 in the journal (our 9th volume!) until the 30th of August 2019.

Research

Lipenga, K.J., 2019. The New Normal: Enfreakment in Saga. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.161

Davies, P.F., 2019. New Choices of the Comics Creator. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.153

Grant, P., 2019. The Board and the Body: Material Constraints and Style in Graphic Narrative. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.145

del Rey Cabero, E., 2019. Beyond Linearity: Holistic, Multidirectional, Multilinear and Translinear Reading in Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.137

McGovern, M. and Eve, M.P., 2019. Information Labour and Shame in Farmer and Chevli’s Abortion Eve. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.158

Hornsby, I., 2019. …Comic Books, Möbius Strips, Philosophy and…. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.151

Pickering, T., 2019. Diabetes Year One. Drawing my Pathography: Comics, Poetry and the Medical Self. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.147

Hagan, R.J., 2019. Touch Me/Don’t Touch Me: Representations of Female Archetypes in Ann Nocenti’s Daredevil. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.148

Misemer, L., 2019. A Historical Approach to Webcomics: Digital Authorship in the Early 2000s. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.162

Tan, X., 2019. Guoxue Comics: Visualising Philosophical Concepts and Cultural Values through Sequential Narratives. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.149

Austin, H.J., 2019. “That Old Black Magic”: Noir and Music in Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido’s Blacksad. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.156

Kottas, L. and Schwarzenbacher, M., 2019. The Comic at the Crossroads: The Semiotics of ‘Voodoo Storytelling’ in The Hole: Consumer Culture Vol. 1. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.150 

Dodds, N., 2019. The Practice of Authentication: Adapting Pilgrimage from Nenthead into a Graphic Memoir. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.154

Review

Evans, J., 2019. Challenging Adaptation Studies: A Review of Comics and Adaptation. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.159

Commentary

Christmas, S., 2019. The Citi Exhibition Manga マンガ (British Museum, 2019). The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.181

Creating Comics, Creative Comics

As you can see from the list above for us in the journal this year has had a strong focus on the Special Collection: Creating Comics, Creative Comics.

The collection expands on the themes of the symposium held in June 2018 at the University of South Wales, Cardiff.

Edited by Geraint D’Arcy (University of South Wales),  Brian Fagence (University of South Wales) and Yours Truly (City, University of London), this collection seeks to explore the dilemmas and potentials of construction and creation, ideology and authorship, philosophies and embodiment, histories and practices. It’s been both a pleasure and an honour to collaborate with Geraint and Brian and all the authors and reviewers.

Articles published in this collection are listed at https://www.comicsgrid.com/collections/special/creating-comics-creative-comics/ .

More articles to come!

Please note that we are currently closed for submissions until 1st November 2019. Please keep an eye on Twitter and our journal web site for news. We are currently working in drafting our new Call for Papers with revised guidelines.

If you are interested in submitting work for review or you just want to find out more about the journal, or catch up with all our previous volumes, please do click on https://www.comicsgrid.com/!

We always need academic reviewers. If you would like to become a peer reviewer, please register, including enough details of your areas of expertise, at https://www.comicsgrid.com/author/register/reviewer/.

 

New Publication: Editorial: Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz and Comics

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Sometimes academic publishing is like London buses. You wait for what it feels like an eternity and then suddenly three appear at the same time.

Yesterday the editorial my colleague Nicolas Pillai and I co-wrote was published on The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship:

Pillai, N. & Priego, E., (2016). Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz and Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 6, p.12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.92

It’s been an absolute honour and pleasure to work on this project with Nic; stay tuned as there might be further collaborations! We were fortunate to get such exciting submissions for the collection.

Like all Comics Grid articles our editorial cited above is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.  You can read it online, and/or download the PDF or XML, openly and without restrictions. You are also free to share it, use it or reuse it without prior permissions as long as you attribute properly. (For more info see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is a peer-reviewed open access journal published by the Open Library of Humanities [OLH].

Unlike many open-access publishers, the OLH does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that their journals do not have costs. Costs are paid by an international library consortium.

If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, you could ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while the OLH cannot function without financial support and they encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish in any of their journals.

 

 

The Technology of Storytelling. Audio of my 1999 interview with Will Eisner now online

m-430 micro-cassette tape recorder - will eisner tape

I interviewed Will Eisner about storytelling in Mexico City on 2 May 1999. I have digitised the original tape recording, edited my questions out and uploaded the mp3 file to figshare.

I interviewed Will Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) on Sunday 2 May 1999 at the Conque Comic Convention in Mexico City.

I recorded the interview using a Sony M-430 microcassette-recorder. Both the tape recorder and the tape were beginning to fail so I digitised the recording as an mp3 file, and edited out my questions (you don’t need them– he says it all).

I have deposited it as an mp3 file on figshare, open access, hoping other comics researchers find it useful, with a Creative Commons – Attribution License:

Priego, Ernesto (2014): “The Technology of Storytelling.” An Interview with Will Eisner. Sunday 2 May 1999, Mexico City. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1257786

For an edited transcription of this interview, see my 2011 HASTAC blog post (3/7/2011).

A belated #Transitions4 Archive, and a post summarising some data about comics scholars on Twitter

 Comics Scholars on Twitter? Yeah, A Few…

A very long title to announce I have finally published an archive of #transitions4 (2013) I collected more than a year ago, and that I have published a post on The Comics Grid blog summarising some data from my archives of tweets from comics conferences this year. Links below.

A #transitions4 Archive. figshare.

http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1252098

“Comics Scholars on Twitter? Yeah, A Few…” The Comics Grid blog, 26 November 2014.

 

A #Transitions5, #ComicsForum14 and #ICAF14 Archive

Figshare archive screenshot

I have created and uploaded a file that contains three archives of Tweets corresponding to the #Transitions5, #ComicsForum14 and #ICAF14 hashtags (case not sensitive).

 I created and shared this file on figshare with a Creative Commons- Attribution license (CC-BY) for academic research and educational use.

The three archives contain 2173 Tweets published publicly and tagged with #Transitions5, #ComicsForum14 and #ICAF14.

It can be accessed and downloaded at

Priego, Ernesto (2014): A #Transitions5, #ComicsForum14 and #ICAF14 Archive. figshare.

http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1250083

The Tweets contained in the file were collected using Martin Hawksey’s TAGS 5.1 and TAGS 6.0

I also included some quick comparative insights from the three archives (Summary sheet).

More information included in the file itself.

As usual please note the data in this file is likely to require further refining and even deduplication. The data reflects the methods and periods of collection and is shared as is.

This dataset is shared to encourage open research into scholarly activity on Twitter.  If you use or refer to this data in any way please cite and link back using the citation information above.

At The New Everyday: The Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life

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I am very happy to announce the publication of a new cluster at MediaCommons’ The New Everyday:

The Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life” edited and curated by David N. Wright and myself.

The New Everyday is a MediaCommons Project, powered by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services.

http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/tne/cluster/multimodality-comics-everyday-life

This is a collection of short articles exploring how comics infiltrate everyday cultural representations in ways that go beyond extensions of the printed page.

Architecture, design, sex, web browsers, current politics, celebrity magazines, fandom, cities and advertising: the articles in this cluster explore just a few examples of comics not as a fixed paradigm, but as multimodality itself.

As an international, multidisciplinary, collaborative online project, featuring a diverse range of scholarly timbre, this cluster is an experiment in online comics scholarship that offers a different kind of output than what might normally be expected from journal articles.

If comics are to move off the page, then this cluster actively resists such associations as it strives for a kind of liminal, fragmentary scholarship that suggests offerings in search of responses.

Contents:

*Ernesto Priego and David N. Wright, Introduction: The Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life

*Damon Herd, It’s All Comics: How Comics Scholars View The World

*Nicole Pacas, Comics—They’re just like Us!: The Yellow Kid and Celebrity Gossip Magazines

*Ludovica Price, Fan Comics: Comics as Fan Sense-Making in the Everyday

*Brenna Clarke Gray, What We (don’t) Talk about When We Talk about Sex

*Peter Wilkins, Life on the Grid: Comics and the Everyday

*Harriet Kennedy, Superheroes and Referendums in Quebec and Scotland

*Ernesto Priego, Popping Up: Cities and Comics as Common Place 

*David N. Wright, Comics are the New Everyday Aesthetic and Socio-Cultural Paradigm

The cluster  licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

With many thanks to all the contributors and Shannon Mattern at School of Media Studies, The New School, and Mark Reilly at New York University.

3 November: Transitions 3, Programme

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Although this event is free to attend, please register your attendance by email at transitions.symposium AT gmail Dot com!

The programme for the Comica Symposium 2012, Transitions 3: Mapping New Directions in Comics Studies is now available:

TRANSITIONS 3 – New Directions in Comics Studies
Birkbeck College
Main building, Torrington Square, London
Saturday 3rd of November 2012
9.30–10.00   REGISTRATION    
10.00 – 10.15 (Room B. 36) WELCOME(S)
10.15 – 11.15  (Room B. 36) KEYNOTE – Julia Round and Chris Murray  – ‘Title TBC
11.15 –11.25  SHORT BREAK
11.25 –12.40 (Room B. 36) 
Panel 1 – Image and narrative; chair: Ann Miller
John Miers: ‘Comics authorship and the relations between visual form and narrative content’
Paul Davies: ‘Animating the narrative in abstract comics’
Federico Pagello: ‘The Cinematic Superhero: comic book imagination and the aesthetic regime’
12.40–13.30   LUNCH  (own arrangements)
13.30 – 14.50 (Room B. 36)
Panel 2 – Contextual convergences; chair: Ernesto Priego
Matthew Freeman:  ‘An historical approach to transmedia storytelling: Superman and the convergence of comics and other media in the classical Hollywood era’
Paul Williams: ‘Art Spiegelman and J. B. Rund: The making and marketing of ‘Adult  Comics’ in the 1970s’
Caroline Dahl: ‘Comics disseminating science’      
13.30 – 14.50 (Room B.02)
Panel 3 – Politics and Representation; chair: Tony Venezia
Louisa Buck: ‘The boulder of Sisyphus in British political cartoons’
Harriet Earle: ‘Traumatic representation and 9/11 in American Widow’
Jonathan W. Gray: “Representing Revolt in Graphic Media: Magdy El Shafee, Martin Luther King, Jr and the Arab Spring”.
14.50 – 15.20       BREAK   (refreshments)
15. 20 – 17pm (Room B. 36)
Panel 4 – Imagined Communities: Culture and Identity; chair: Jason Dittmer
Adam Sherif: ‘The duality of 1940s Wonder Woman comics: the war heroine in whose culture men do not feature’
Bharain Mac an Breithiún: ’The comic strip and the street sign – linguistic landscape and sense of place in Brussels’
Daniel Marrone: ‘Seth’s historiographic metafiction: forging Canadian histories’
Simon Turner: ‘Japan Online: ethnic identity, culture and race in Yaoi manga fan websites’
17pm–18pm (Room B. 36) Respondent’s remarks and round-table discussion
Roger Sabin (UAL), Paul Gravett (Comica), Chris Murray & Julia Round (StiC), Ernesto Priego (Comics Grid), Ian Hague (Comics Forum) and Tony Venezia (Transitions, The Contemporary Fiction Seminar)
18pm –19pm   WINE RECEPTION, in B. 02
Although this event is free to attend, please register your attendance by email at transitions.symposium AT gmail Dot com!

Transitions 3: Mapping New Directions in Comics Studies

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Update: the programme is available here.

On Saturday the 3rd of November 2012 I’ll be at  the Comica Symposium 2012 – Transitions 3: New directions in comic studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. I’ll be chairing the second panel, titled  “Contextual Convergences”, from 13.30 to 14.50 hrs.

Transitions is a one-day symposium promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art, now in its third year. For more information click on the poster below or the link above.

Transitions 3 Poster

Guest Speaker for the Electronic Publishing Module, UCL

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Simon Mahony has kindly invited me to be a guest speaker on Monday 15th October 2012 at the Electronic Publishing module he teaches at University College London (UCL). Simon is a Teaching Fellow in Digital Humanities at the Centre for Digital Humanities and is the Programme Director for the MA/MSc Digital Humanities.

I will be talking about various issues surrounding comics digitisation, encoding, archiving and electronic publishing. The main reading I suggested is

Walsh, J.A. (2012) “Comic Book Markup Language: An Introduction and Rationale”. DH Quarterly, Volume 6, Number 1. <http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/6/1/000117/000117.html/>.

Students might also want to read my post “Surface is Profound: Notes on Comic Book Matter(s)”
<http://hastac.org/blogs/ernesto-priego/surface-profound-notes-comic-book-matters/>.

There are other texts that would help students prepare for this session. A complete bibliography will be available on the module’s web page.

The day will also include a hands-on session where we will be working directly with some comics. No familiarity with XML will be needed at this stage. We will be thinking through the physical characteristics of the publications and the layout/design of the pages, recognising essential elements of comic book textuality as present in specific examples.

One of the objectives will be to make students aware of the practical implications of thinking analytically about content/format.

I’d like to thank Simon Mahony and UCLDIS/DH for this kind invitation. Looking forward to it!

Comics and the Multimodal World. An International Conference

[Note new conference date].

I am very pleased to announce The Comics Grid, Journal of Comics Scholarship is co-sponsoring the international conference “Comics and the Multimodal World”, which will take place in Douglas College, Vancouver, June 13-16 2013 [note new date].

Read all about it here.