New online project explores the impact of comics on everyday life

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MediaCommons’ The New Everyday has announced the publication of a cluster on The Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life, curated by Ernesto Priego of City University London and David N. Wright of Douglas College.

The cluster includes Harriet Kennedy’s article, Superheroes and Referendums in Quebec and Scotland, discussing the background to the new Scottish hero featured in Saltire, created by John Ferguson and comparing him with Quebecian superhero characters.

The New Everyday is a MediaCommons Project, powered by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services. The New Everyday investigates the mundane, the quotidian, the habitual, and the routine, focusing in particular on the roles that media and technology play in their construction. Building upon the work of pioneers in the field – Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau among them – the group wonder about new formulations of the everyday in this age of seemingly universal digitization and mobilization. How have the times changed?

The Multimodality of Comics in Everyday Life is a collection of short articles exploring how comics infiltrate everyday cultural representations in ways that go beyond extensions of the printed page.

Architecture, design, sex, web browsers, current politics, celebrity magazines, fandom, cities and advertising: the articles in this cluster explore just a few examples of comics not as a fixed paradigm, but as multimodality itself.

As an international, multidisciplinary, collaborative online project, featuring a diverse range of scholarly timbre, this cluster is an experiment in online comics scholarship that offers a different kind of output than what might normally be expected from journal articles.

If comics are to move off the page, then this cluster actively resists such associations as it strives for a kind of liminal, fragmentary scholarship that suggests offerings in search of responses.


The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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