Comics Theory Bibliography

We have been reading and discussing works of graphic narrative theory on a monthly basis since 2011. A bibliography of the works we’ve discussed follows:

  • Ball, David, and Martha B. Kuhlman. 2010. The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing Is a Way of Thinking. Edited by David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Barry, Lynda. 2014. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor. Montréal: Drawn and Quarterly.
  • Beaty, Bart. 2012. Comics versus Art. Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press.
  • Carrier, David. 2000. The Aesthetics of Comics. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Chute, Hillary L. 2010. Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Cohn, Neil. 2013. The Visual Language of Comics: Introduction to the Structure and Cognition of Sequential Images. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • ———. 2016. The Visual Narrative Reader. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Duncan, Randy, and Matthew J. Smith. 2009. The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture. New York: Continuum.
  • Eisner, Will. 2008a. Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ———. 2008b. Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist. First Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ———. 2008c. Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Groensteen, Thierry. 2009. The System of Comics. Translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • ———. 2013. Comics and narration. Translated by Ann Miller. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Hague, Ian. 2014. Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels. New York: Routledge.
  • Harvey, Robert C. 1996. The Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Heer, Jeet, and Kent Worcester. 2009. A Comics Studies Reader. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Horrocks, Dylan. 2001. “Inventing Comics: Scott McCloud’s Definition of Comics.” Hicksville. http://www.hicksville.co.nz/Inventing%20Comics.htm.
  • ———. 2003. “THE PERFECT PLANET: Comics, Games and World-Building.” Hicksville. http://www.hicksville.co.nz/PerfectPlanet.htm.
  • Kress, Gunther, and Theo van Leeuwen. 2006. Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
  • Lightman, Sarah, ed. 2014. Graphic Details: Essays on Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co  Inc.
  • McCloud, Scott. 1993. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. New York: HarperPerennial.
  • ———. 2000. Reinventing Comics: [how Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form]. New York: Perennial.
  • ———. 2006. Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels. New York: Harper.
  • Meskin, Aaron, and Roy T Cook. 2012. The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Miller, Ann, and Bart Beaty, eds. 2014. The French Comics Theory Reader. 1 edition. Leuven: Leuven University Press.
  • Miodrag, Hannah. 2013. Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Moore, Alan, and Eddie Campbell. 2010. Disease of Language, A. London: KNOCKABOUT.
  • Parille, Ken, and Daniel Clowes. 2013. The Daniel Clowes Reader: A Critical Edition of Ghost World and Other Stories, with Essays, Interviews, and Annotations. 1 edition. Seattle, Wash: Fantagraphics.
  • Postema, Barbara. 2013. Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments. New York: RIT Press.
  • Refaie, Elisabeth El. 2012. Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • Saraceni, Mario. 2003. The Language of Comics. New York: Routledge.
  • Smith, Matthew J., and Randy Duncan, eds. 2011. Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods. New York: Routledge.
  • Sousanis, Nick. 2015. Unflattening. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Spiegelman, Art. 2011. MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus. Har/Dvdr edition. New York: Pantheon.
  • Wertham, Fredric. 1954. Seduction of the Innocent. First Edition. New York: Rinehart.

Updated Feb 2016.

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