Sektion 9

Section 9: Panel Discussion

Textbooks, Handbooks, Anthologies: Are We Legitimating Comics to Death?

It’s a truism that academic approaches to comics have finally gained a seat at the table of established disciplines. But it remains unclear which methods and perspectives are best suited for the serial sprawl and the proliferating diversity that have characterized comics ever since their inception. The recent wave of textbooks, handbooks, and anthologies on graphic storytelling raises questions about the role of legitimating discourses of the artwork and streamlined, teachable accounts of comics history in the study of popular serialities.

Chair: Daniel Stein (Siegen)

Format: Five 5-minute statements followed by a moderated discussion.


Will Brooker (Kingston)

Susan Squier (Penn State)

Lukas Etter (Siegen)

Jared Gardner (Ohio State)

Christina Meyer (Hannover)