Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226208466 Published July 2014
E-book $7.00 to $18.00 ISBN: 9780226239088 Published July 2014

Comics & Media

A Special Issue of "Critical Inquiry"

Edited by Hillary L. Chute and Patrick Jagoda

Edited by Hillary L. Chute and Patrick Jagoda

272 pages | 97 color plates, 110 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226208466 Published July 2014
E-book $7.00 to $18.00 ISBN: 9780226239088 Published July 2014
The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors--creators and critics alike--to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium.

Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture.

Hillary Chute and Patrick Jagoda

Comics & Media


Lynda Barry

Car and Batman


W.J.T. Mitchell and Art Spiegelman

Public Conversation: What the %$&# Happened to Comics?


Tom Gunning

The Art of Succession:  Reading, Writing, and Watching Comics


Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel

Bartheses: Barthesian Doubt Edition


Joe Sacco and W.J.T. Mitchell

Public Conversation


Yuri Tsivian

Charlie Chaplin and His Shadows: On Laws of Fortuity in Art


François Mouly

My Life as a Cartoon


Phoebe Gloeckner, Justin Green, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Carol Tyler

Panel: Comics and Autobiography

Moderated by Deborah Nelson


Scott Bukatman

Sculpture, Stasis, the Comics, and Hellboy


Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Kristen Schilt

Public Conversation


Aline Kominsky-Crumb

Of What Use Is an Old Bunch?


Daria Khitrova

“This Is No Longer Dance”:  Media Boundaries and the Politics of Choreography in The Steel Step

Justin Green



Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Seth, Chris Ware

Panel: Graphic Novel Forms Today

Moderated by Hillary Chute


Katalin Orbán

A Language of Scratches and Stitches:  The Graphic Novel between Hyperreading and Print


Phoebe Gloeckner

Arpía and Valiente


Françoise Mouly with Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Chris Ware

Talk on Blown Covers


Garland Martin Taylor

Out of Jest: The Art of Henry Jackson Lewis


Alison Bechdel and Hillary Chute

Public Conversation


N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and Patrick LeMieux

Speculation:  Financial Games and Derivative Worlding in a Transmedia Era


Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti, R. Crumb, Gary Panter

Panel: Lines on Paper

Moderated by Hamza Walker


W.J.T. Mitchell

Comics as Media:  Afterword


Carol Tyler

What’s Newsworthy?




Books of Critical Interest


Foldout:  Chris Ware, conference poster, “Comics: Philosophy and Practice,” May 2012

Foldout Seth, pages from George Sprott, 2009


On the cover: R. Crumb, rejected The New Yorker cover (2009).

Front and back endpapers:  Seth, sketches of conference participants.

Designed by Marieke McClendon.

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