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This page collects links to various resources of interest to those who study or teach comics in the classroom. Another significant collections of links may be found at the web site of the Comics Scholars Discussion List. If you have suggestions for more resources to list here, please contact us.

Entries marked New! or Revised! have been newly added or revised since February 14, 2015.

Comics-Related Dissertations and Theses
Listings of doctoral, masters, and undergraduate works on comics, maintained by Always under


A list of journals 
that specialize in comic art, published by university presses, museums, libraries, etc. See Periodicals for popular/fan magazines. Jornals marked "PR" are peer- reviewed.

9e Art: Les Cahiers du Musée de la bande dessinée: edited by Thierry Groensteen, France. 1996-?.

Comicalités. Études de culture graphique: edited by Berthou Benoît. "entend interroger la spécificité ainsi que l'évolution des modes d’expression, de production et de réception de la bande dessinée, de l'illustration, de la caricature, du dessin animé." 2013-present. PR

Comics Anno Jahrbuch der Forschung zu populär-visuellen Medien: edited by Hans-Jürgen Kagelmann. 1991-1995.

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship: edited by Ernesto Priego. "[This journal’s purpose is to make original, media-specific contributions to the field of comics scholarship and to advance the appreciation of comic art." 2011-present. PR

Deutsche Comicforschung: edited by Eckart Sackmann. 2005-present.

European Comic Art: edited by Laurence Grove, Mark McKinney, and Ann Miller, and published by Liverpool University Press. "The first English-language scholarly publication devoted to the study of European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature." PR

Historietas: Revista de estudios sobre la Historieta: edited by José Joaquín Rodríguez and Manuel Barrero. Universidad de Cádiz, Spain. 2011-present. PR?

ImageText: edited by Donald Ault; published by the University of Florida, USA. Winter 2005-present. PR

inks: cartoon and comic art studies: edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell, and published by Ohio State University, USA. 1994-1997. (contents via MSU) PR

International Journal of Comic Art: edited and published by John Lent, Temple University, USA, Spring 1999-present.

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics: edited by David Huxley and Joan Ormrod, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 2010-present. PR

Mechademia: edited by Frenchy Lunning, and published by University of Minnesota Press. "An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts. Mechademia’s subject area extends from manga and anime to game design, fashion, graphics, packaging, and toy industries, as well as a broad range of fan practices related to popular culture in Japan." 2006-present. PR

Nona Arte: Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas em Histórias em Quadrinhos: edited by Roberto Elisio dos Santos and Waldomiro Vergueiro. "Divulgar artigos científicos sobre histórias em quadrinhos e temas correlatos resultantes de pesquisas acadêmicas desenvolvidas por pesquisadores do Brasil e do exterior, além de dar espaço a resenhas de publicações de caráter científico sobre quadrinhos publicadas no Brasil ou no exterior e de registrar o panorama de atividades (trabalhos acadêmicos, exposições, eventos, etc) sobre histórias em quadrinhos desenvolvidas no país.." Brazil. 2020-present. PR

Revista latinoamericana de estudios sobre la historieta: edited by Irma Armas Fonseca. 2001-present. PR?

SANE journal: edited by James Bucky Carter. "[P]ublishes research- and practioner-based articles covering all intersections of comics and education, from pre-kindergarten to post-secondary studies, from a variety of disciplines." 2010-present. PR

Scandianvian Journal of Comic Art: edited by Ralf Kauranen, Erin La Cour, Rikke Platz Cortsen, and Fredrik Strömberg. "Although global in its scope, publishing high quality research despite national or regional boundaries, the journal is rooted in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and has the ambition to reflect and incite discussion in the field of comics studies in these countries." Spring 2012-present. PR

SIGNs – Studies in Graphic Narratives: edited by Fabio Gadducci. "Focusing on Comics (or, in contemporary jargon, Graphic Novels), from modern times up to the early decades of the 20th century." 2007-1012? PR

Studies in Comics: edited by Julia Round, Chris Murray, Dean Chan, and M. Thomas Inge; published by Intellect. "[A]ims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address the medium’s formal properties." 2010-present. PR

Tebeosfera: edited by Antonio Moreno, Spain. 2001-present

The following journals do not specialize in comic art but have been know to publish articles on this and/or related subjects:

Adaptation: "academic articles, film and book reviews, including both book to screen adaptation, screen to book adaptation, popular and ‘classic’ adaptations, theatre and novel screen adaptations, television, animation, soundtracks, production issues and genres in literature on screen." PR

Animation: edited by Maureen Furniss. "[T]he first peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to animation history and theory.." Fall 1992-present. PR

Image [&] Narrative: edited by Jan Baetens, Belgium. 2000-present. PR

Journal of Popular Culture: See also "Bibliography of Comics Articles in the Journal of Popular Culture" PR

Studies in American Humor: Affiliated with the American Humor Studies Association PR?

textimage: 2007-present. PR?

Transformative Works and Cultures: "the academic arm of the nonprofit fan advocacy group " PR

Word & Image: Affiliated with the International Association for Word & Image Studies / Association Internationale pour l'Etude des Rapports entre Texte et Image (IAWIS/AIERTI) PR

Journals which have published special issues devoted to comic art:

20th Century Studies 13/14 (December 1975): Politics in Cartoon and Caricature.

New! American Periodicals 17.2 (2007): Periodical Comics and Cartoons, edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner.

New! Amerikanstudien/American Studies 56.4 (2011): American Comic Books and Graphic Novels.

Belphégor 4.1 (November 2004): L'étude de la bande dessinée; Belphégor 5.1 (December 2005): L'étude de la bande dessinée II.

New! Biography 31.1 (2008): Autographics, edited by Gillian Whitlock and Anna Poletti.

New! CIRCAV: Cahiers Interdisciplinaires de la Recherche en Communication Audio Visuelle no. 19 (2007): La bande dessinée à l'épreuve du réel, edited by Pierre Alban Delannoy.

New! College Literature 38.3 (2011): Visual Literature.

New! Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 6.1 (2009): Forum.

New! Communications 24 (1976): La Bande dessinée et son discours.

New! Composition Studies 43.1 (Spring 2015): special issue on comics, multimodality, and composition, edited by Dale Jacobs.

New! Critical Engagements 3.1 (2009): Reassessing the Graphic Novel, edited by Lawrence Phillips, Lorna Jowett, Chris Ringrose, Nathan Wiseman-Trowse.

New! Critical Inquiry 40.3 (Spring 2014): Comics & Media, edited by Hillary Chute and Patrick Jagoda.

English Languange Notes 46.2 (Fall/Winter 2008): Graphia: The Graphic Novel and Literary Criticism, edited by William Kuskin.

New! Hermès 54 (2009): La Bande dessinée. Art reconnu et média méconnu, edited by Éric Dacheux.

Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 6 (Spring 2005): Comics, edited by Corey Creekmur and Thomas Keegan.

New! Journal of Popular Culture 12.4 (1979): In Depth Section: The Comics as Culture, edited by M. Thomas Inge.

New! MEI: Médiation & information no. 26 (2007): Poétiques de la bande dessinée, edited by Derek Parker Royal.

New! MELUS 52.4 (2007): Coloring America: Multi-Ethnic Engagements with Graphic Narrative, edited by Pierre Fresnault-Deruelle and Jacques Samson.

New! MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 52.4 (2006): Graphic Narratives, edited by Hillary Chute and Marianne DeKoven.

Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies 6 (Spring 2005): Special Section: Comic-Book Audiences. PR

Print: America's Graphic Design Magazine 42.6 (November/December 1988): Comics: A Special Issue.

Philosophy Now 73 (May / June 2009): Comics & Philosophy issue.

PS: Political Science and Politics 40.2 (April 2007): The State of the Editorial Cartoon.

New! PS: Political Science and Politics 47.1 (Jan. 2014): The Politics of the Superhero, edited by Kent Worcester and Matthew Costello.

New! RELIEF 2.3 (2008): La Bande dessinée, edited by Jan Baetens and Sjef Houppermans.

SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture 5.2 (September 2008): .

New! SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture 6.1 (June 2009): .

New! SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture 9.1 (June 2012): .

New! Shofar 29.2 (2011): on Jewish comics and graphic novels.

The Society of American Archaeology Archaeological Record 5.5 (November 2005): Cartoons in Archaeology (PDF).

New! Studies in American Humor no. 30 (2014): Mad Magazine and its Legacies, edited by Judith Yaross Lee and John Bird.

New! Substance 40.1 (2011): Graphic Narrative & Narrative Theory, edited by Jared Gardner and David Herman.

New! Textyles 36-37 (2010): La Bande dessinée contemporaine, edited by Björn-Olav Dozo and Fabrice Préyat.

Theory, Culture & Society 26.2-3 (2009): Special Issue on Ubiquitous Media (some manga/anime content).

New! Transatlantica 1 (2010): Comic Books, edited by Bart Beaty and Jean-Paul Gabilliet.

Transformative Works and Cultures 13 (2013): .

New! Urgences 32 (1991): Lectures de bande dessinée, edited by Yves Lacroix.

New! Visual Arts Research 38.1 (Summer 2012): Graphic Novels in Art Education, edited by B. Stephen Carpenter II and Kevin Tavin.

New! ZAA: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 59.1 (2011): Beyond Moore, Miller, Maus: Literary Approaches to Contemporary Comics, edited by Tim Lanzendörfer and Matthias Köhler.

Regularly Held Conferences

February: University of Florida's Conference on Graphic Novels (USA)

March/April (Easter/Passover weekend): Comic Art & Comics Area, Popular Culture Association (USA) (movable conference; comics papers also presented in the Asian Popular Culture Area and other Areas)

May: Sequential Art Studies Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia - status uncertain

July: Comic Arts Conference, San Diego Comic-Con International, USA

Summer: International Society for Humor Studies (varies)

September/October: International Comic Arts Forum, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA - formerly the International Comic Arts Festival

October (every three years): Festival of Cartoon Art, Ohio State University, USA

Various: The International Bande Dessinee Society Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Special Conferences (most recent listed first)

January 31, 2009: Graphica in Education: Graphic Novels come out from Under the Desk, Fordham University Graduate School of Education, New York City

May 18-19, 2006: International Conference on Asian Comics, Animation & Gaming, York University, Toronto

November 19-21, 2004: CRLMC Conference: Mythology and Comic Book Art / Mythe et bande dessinée, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France

May 8-9, 2004: La linea inquieta. Emozione e ironia nel fumetto / The Troubled Line: Emotion and Irony in Comics, Bologna, Italy.

May 12-13, 2000: Second International Conference on the Graphic Novel, KU Leuven, Belgium.

May 9-10, 1998: Fumettopolis, Turin, Italy.

Discussion Lists/Organizations

American Humor Studies Association

Anime and Manga Research Circle discussion list

Comics Scholars Discussion List

GNIE-L: "Discussion of graphic novels and comics in educational environments: daycares, pre-schools, elementary, middle and senior high schools up to college and other post-secondary institutions."

International Association of Word and Image Studies

International Bande Dessinée Society (IBDS) - housed at the University of Glasgow

Japan Society for Studies in Cartoons and Comics - with foreign-language information

National Association of Comics Art Educators

Post-Secondary Schools for Studying Comic Art - About Comics
Post-Secondary Schools for Studying Comic Art - Making Comics 

CANADA: Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology: Comic Design and Scripting - Ontario. (More info via instructor Richard Comely)

CANADA: Université du Québec en Outaouais - Arts, design et bande dessinée


USA: Center for Cartoon Studies - Vermont. Read profile from Southwest Airlines' September, 2008 Spirit magazine.

USA: (Boston, MA) -

USA: Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, Inc. - New Jersey; offers the Dave & Paty Cockrum Scholarship for continuing students [].

USA: Minneapolis College of Art and Design - including a major in Comic Art

USA: Rhode Island School of Design - including an undergraduate degree program in illustration

USA: Savannah College of Art & Design - Sequential Art - Georgia

Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities for Students

For Current and Recent Graduate-Level Students

Swann Foundation Fellowships from The Library of Congress' Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon. "To be eligible, one must be a candidate for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in a university in the United States, Canada or Mexico and working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree, or be engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or Ph.D." Annual award.

For University- and College-Level Students

The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship from the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. "Applicants must be college students in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college" during the next academic year.

Comics in Colleges & Universities

Duncan, Randy and Matthew J. Smith. 2009. The Power of Comics: History, Form & Culture. London & New York: Continuum.

Kahan, Jeffrey and Stanley Stewart. Caped Crusaders 101: Composition through Comic Books. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, 2006. 200pp. ISBN 0786425326 (paper).

Comics in Primary, Middle & Secondary Schools

Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel. 2007. Edited by James Bucky Carter. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Cary, Stephen. Going Graphic: Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004. 218pp. ISBN 0325004757 (paper). Buy It!

Rourke, James. 2010. The Comic Book Curriculum: Using Comics to Enhance Learning and Life. Libraries Unlimited.

Thomas, James L. 1983. Cartoons in the Classroom: A Reference for Teachers and Librarians. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited. 181pp. ISBN 0872873579 (cloth). Buy It!

Thomas, Rebecca L. and Catherine Barr. 2005. Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers. Westport, CT & London: Libraries Unlimited. 515pp. ISBN 1591582024 (hc). Buy It!

Thompson, Terry. 2008. Adventures in Graphica: Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Comprehension, 2-6. Stenhouse Publishers. 200pp.

Thurman, Mark and Emily Hearn. 2010. Get Graphic! Using Storyboards to Write and Draw Picture Books, Graphic Novels, and Comic Strips. Pembroke Publishers. 96pp.

Weblink: Cognitive Comics: A Constructivist Approach to Sequential Art - "for the purposes of submission to the the State University of New York College at Buffalo Office of Undergraduate Research."

Weblink: The Comic Book Project - "an arts-based literacy and learning initiative hosted by Teachers College, Columbia University with materials published by Dark Horse Comics."

Weblink: Comics in the Classroom .net - and a Pop Thought interview with's Scott Tingley

Weblink:  Educating with Comics, by Leonard Rifas. AIGA Design Forum, posted June 28, 2005.

Weblink:  The Graphic Classroom, by Chris Wilson. "Promoting the use of high quality comic literature in the elementary, middle school, and high school classroom."

Weblink: The Maryland Comic Book Initiative - see also Industry News via partner Diamond Comics Distributors

Weblink: Teaching with Comics via  

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