The Oxford Comics Network, in partnership with TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities have produced a free A Graphic Introduction to Comics Studies in comics format, to assist comics educators teach about the comics form.
The guide is written and drawn by members of the Oxford Comics Network, Enrique Del Rey Cabero, Michael Goodrum and Josean Morlesín Mellado, with an introduction by Paul Williams, and includes an interview with comics artist and educator, Nick Sousanis, who’s also a professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University.
“If you’ve ever designed a module on comics before, you’ll know how difficult it is to decide where to begin, notes Paul Williams, Associate Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of Exeter in his introduction. “Do students need to understand the history before comics theory? Or do you need to talk about comics form before everything else? And where do institutions, politics and readers come in?
“It’s a bit like when a student comes to your office and asks what they need to read in order to start writing an essay on graphic novels. What’s the first book or article they need to consult?”
The free guide offers chapters, in comic strip form, on subjects such as the difference between comics and graphic novels, the language of comics, distribution methods and more, providing a very useful too for academics and others seeking to introduce students to the Ninth Art.