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Comics Studies

A Guidebook

Charles Hatfield (Editor), Bart Beaty (Editor)


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Hardcover (8/14/2020)


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.

Praise For Comics Studies: A Guidebook

"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

"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

Rutgers University Press, 9780813591414, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2020

About the Author

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.