Comics are suddenly everywhere. Sure, they’re in comic books and the funny pages, but now they’re on movie
screens and TV screens and the computer screens, too. Millions of people attend conventions around the world
dedicated to comics, many of them wearing comic-inspired costumes. If a costume is too much for you, you can
find a comic book t-shirt at Target or the local mall wherever you live. But it’s not just pop culture stuff; graphic
novels are in serious bookstores. Graphic novelists win major book awards and MacArthur “Genius” grants.
Comics of all kinds are finding their way onto the syllabi of courses in colleges across the country. So, what’s the
deal with comics?
Comics Studies Minor courses present students with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of editorial cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels, and how these forms communicate, inform, and emotionally engage their audiences. Students will be required to think outside of accustomed disciplinary boundaries, and to analyze and experiment with the interaction of both visual and linguistic systems of meaning.