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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.
CHARLES HATFIELD is the author of Alternative Comics and Hand of Fire, and curated the exhibition Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby. He has chaired the International Comic Arts Forum and theMLA 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.
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