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'In this volume, ably edited by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith, some of the brightest and best international comics critics have joined forces to apply a variety of theoretical approaches to selected major texts to elucidate their appeal for the modern reader. The result is a user-friendly guide for professors, students, and general readers alike. Criticism has seldom been more fun.'M. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of Humanities, Randolph-Macon College

'The strength of this overview is in its truly admirable breadth—the broad range of objects it analyzes along with the various methodologies it brings to bear on comics. This volume is a valuable introduction to the lexicon of what many are now calling ‘comics studies’ that usefully seeks to enlarge the emerging field as opposed to fixing it down.'Hillary Chute, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, English, University of Chicago

'Despite the increasingly broad academic interest in and published studies of comic books, until now there has not been a single-volume handbook to methods in the field... If there is to be a discipline of 'comics studies,' this is the sort of book necessary for the conversation.' - D. Orcutt, CHOICE magazine

'Editors Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan deserve applause for their meticulous editing of Critical Approaches to Comics.' - Kirsten Mollegaard, University of Hawai'i at Hilo

About the Author

Matthew J. Smith is Professor of Communication at Wittenberg University. He regularly teaches "Graphic Storytelling" and leads an annual field study at Comic-Con International. Recent books include The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (with Randy Duncan) and Online Communication: Linking Technology, Culture, and Identity (with Andrew F. Wood).

Randy Duncan is Professor of Communication at Henderson State University. He is co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (with Matthew J. Smith). Duncan is a co-founder (with Peter Coogan) of the Comics Arts Conference, and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Comic Art and the Board of Directors of the Institute for Comics Studies. He was recently presented the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comic Arts during the Pioneers of Comics Scholarship panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415885558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415885553
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randy Duncan teaches communication, including Comics as Communication and Graphic Novel. Seminar, at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is a co-founder of the Comics Arts Conference. In 2010 he won the Inge Award for excellence in comics scholarship. In 2012 Critical Approaches to Comics was nominated for an Eisner Comics Industry Award. The same year Duncan received an Inkpot Award for contributions to comics studies. He has presented his research on comic books at international conferences in Scotland, Greece, France, and Germany.

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on March 17, 2012
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When I read "Critical Approaches to Comics" as a title, I expect a pretty thorough investigation of the topic of critical approaches to comics. That's not really the case here. Instead, a handful of methods are included in an article format. It's still useful as the number of critical books about comics is still dreadfully low, but it's not really all that it signifies.
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