Comics Studies
336 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
28 color images
Release Date:14 Aug 2020
Release Date:14 Aug 2020
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Comics Studies

A Guidebook

Rutgers University Press
Nominee for the 2021 Eisner Awards Best Academic/Scholarly Work

In the twenty-first century, the field of comics studies has exploded. Scholarship on graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, webcomics, manga, and all forms of comic art has grown at a dizzying pace, with new publications, institutions, and courses springing up everywhere. The field crosses disciplinary and cultural borders and brings together myriad traditions. Comics Studies: A Guidebook offers a rich but concise introduction to this multifaceted field, authored by leading experts in multiple disciplines. It opens diverse entryways to comics studies, including history, form, audiences, genre, and cultural, industrial, and economic contexts. An invaluable one-stop resource for veteran and new comics scholars alike, this guidebook represents the state of the art in contemporary comics scholarship.
With Comic Studies: A Guidebook, Charles Hatfield and Bart Beaty (both top of their game) bring together a dream team of top researchers to produce a foundational collection that is going to be a cornerstone for all future research in this field. Each essay is not only encyclopedic in its synthesis of existing research but expands our knowledge of comics history and our conceptual understanding of how comics operates as an industry, as a set of social practices, as a confluence of genres, as a readership, and as an array of formal practices. Henry Jenkins, author of Comics and Stuff
Very up-to-date and worth a closer look. Using 17 bite-sized articles, each ten to twenty pages long, the authors of the volume introduce the subject of comic studies.
The margins of Hatfield and Beaty’s comics studies are where some of the most interesting and innovative research on and around comics has been or is being conducted by scholars who will not find themselves or their work represented in this edited collection. Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society
CHARLES HATFIELD is the author of Alternative Comics and Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, and curator of the exhibition Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby. He has chaired the International Comic Arts Forum and the MLA Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives, and cofounded the Comics Studies Society.

BART BEATY is the author, editor, and translator of more than twenty books in the field of comics studies, including Twelve-Cent Archie  and Comics versus Art.  He is the general editor of the Critical Survey of Graphic Novels and is the lead researcher on the What Were Comics? project.
Timeline of Selected Events
Jonathan Chau, Bart Beaty, and Charles Hatfield
Bart Beaty and Charles Hatfield
Part I    Histories
Chapter 1  Comic Strips
Ian Gordon
Chapter 2  Comic Books
Charles Hatfield
Chapter 3  Underground and Alternative Comics
Roger Sabin
Chapter 4  European Traditions
Bart Beaty
Chapter 5  Manga
Frenchy Lunning
Chapter 6  The Graphic Novel
Isaac Cates
Part II    Cultures
Chapter 7  Comics Industries
Matthew P. McAllister and Brian MacAuley
Chapter 8   Readers, Audiences, and Fans
Benjamin Woo
Chapter 9    Children and Comics
Philip Nel
Chapter 10  Differences
Theresa Tensuan
Part III    Forms
Chapter 11   Cartooning
Andrei Moltiu
Chapter 12   Design in Comics: Panels and Pages
Martha Kuhlman
Chapter 13   Words and Images
Jan Baetens
Part IV    Genres
Chapter 14  Superheroes
Marc Singer
Chapter 15   Autographics
Gillian Whitlock
Chapter 16   Girls, Women, and Comics
Mel Gibson
Chapter 17   Digiral Comics
Darren Wershler, Kalervo Sinervo, and Shannon Tien
Notes on the Contributors

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