Comics Studies: Introduction

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"Some people are worried about the future of comics and some people are busy building it. That latter group are my heroes."--Gail Simone

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What is Comics Studies?

Comics studies is a field of academic research focused on comics and sequential art, including comic books, comic strips, cartoons, graphic novels, animation, digital media, and film.

Comics studies can include the theory, history, philosophy, aesthetics, or cultural relevance of comics, as well as the industrial production, marketing, and collection of comics or comic art. It may draw on scholarship from a broad range of disciplines including history, literary studies, media and communication studies, art & art history, sociology, linguistics, philosophy, business & marketing, library & information science, or legal studies (particularly in regard to first amendment & censorship issues).

Since the 1990s, comics studies has developed into an active field of scholarly research, with a number of books, journals, conferences, and programs devoted to the topic.

On the following pages, you'll find resources for scholars, students, librarians, comic creators or collectors, and others interested in the study of comics and related art forms.

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The videos below offer some examples of different approaches to comics studies:

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