“Invisible” Comics – Graphic Notes

This article contains graphic research notes regarding the existence of “hidden” or “invisible” comics ; graphic novels for young adults which remain outside the boundaries of comics studies and comics criticism. This was conceived as an 8-page mini comic (A4, folded over twice) and is destined to serve as an introduction to an upcoming talk.

[edit: I went back and checked again.This is not accurate. You need three volumes of Dork Diaries to get to the sales of Watchmen]


The mini-comic in physical form

The mini-comic in physical form

A short bibliography of relevant works on the subject:

[I will keep updating this list as I work on the conference]

Abate, Michelle Ann und Gwen Athene Tarbox (ed.): Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults. A Collection of Critical Essays. (Children’s Literature Association Series.) Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2017.

Abate, Michelle und Joe Sutliff Sanders (Hrsg.): Good Grief! Children and Comics. Columbus: Ohio State University Libraries, 2016. (145 p.)   DOI: 10.18061/1811/77539

Beaty, Bart und Benjamin Woo: The Greatest Comic Book of All Time. Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books. (Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels.) New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Bessette, Lee Skallerup. « We’re All YA Now: A Review of Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults ». The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 8, no 1 (30 janvier 2018). https://doi.org/10.16995/cg.124.

Bright, Amy: “Evaluating Text and Image Ratios in Contemporary Young Adult Literature.” In: International Journal of Comic Art 15.1 (2013), p. 146–162.

Carrington, Bridget und Jennifer Harding (Hrsg.): Going Graphic. Comics and Graphic Novels for Young People. (IBBY/NCRCL Conference Papers, 16.) Lichfield: Pied Piper, 2010.

Evans, Janet: “From comics, graphic novels and picturebooks to fusion texts. A new kid on the block!” In: Education 3–13 41.2 (2013), p. 233–248. DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2012.747788

Hatfield, Charles. “Introduction to “Comics and Childhood,” a Special Issue of ImageTexT.” ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, 3.3 (2007), http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v3_3/introduction.shtml.

Hatfield, Charles: “Comic Art, Children’s Literature, and the New Comic Studies.” In: The Lion and the Unicorn 30 (2006), p. 360–382. DOI: 10.1353/uni.2006.0031

Nodelman, Perry: “Picture Book Guy Looks at Comics. Structural Differences in Two Kinds of Visual Narrative.” In: Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 37.4 (2012), p. 436–444.

Postema, Barbara: “Following the pictures. Wordless comics for children.” In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 5.3 (2014), p. 311–322.

Tarbox, Gwen Athene, “Young Adult Comics and the Critics: A Call for New Modes of
Interdisciplinary Close Reading”, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 42.2 (2017), p. 231-243

Wolf, Katherine M. und Marjorie Fiske: “The Children Talk about Comics.” In: Paul F. Lazarsfeld und Frank N. Stanton (ed.): Communications Research. 1948–1949. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949, p. 3–50.


Also, in French, an interesting discussion on ActuaBD, in 2010, regarding the place of children comics : http://www.actuabd.com/Le-difficile-positionnement-de-la

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