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This is a quick update to let you know about a few publications that are either out now or coming soon(ish) based on the research from this blog.
First of all, I'm absolutely delighted to say that I've got a chapter in Comics And Agency, a brand new volume from De Gruyter looking at different aspects of Agency within Comics Studies. The hardback is available to order but you can read it for FREE online, which is amazing! Here's the blurb:
This volume aims to intensify the interdisciplinary dialogue on comics and related popular multimodal forms (including manga, graphic novels, and cartoons) by focusing on the concept of medial, mediated, and mediating agency. To this end, a theoretically and methodologically diverse set of contributions explores the interrelations between individual, collective, and institutional actors within historical and contemporary comics cultures. Agency is at stake when recipients resist hegemonic readings of multimodal texts. In the same manner, “authorship” can be understood as the attribution of agency of and between various medial instances and roles such as writers, artists, colorists, letterers, or editors, as well as with regard to commercial rights holders such as publishing houses or conglomerates and reviewers or fans. From this perspective, aspects of comics production (authorship and institutionalization) can be related to aspects of comics reception (appropriation and discursivation), and circulation (participation and canonization), including their potential for transmedialization and making contributions to the formation of the public sphere.
And yes, I do believe that IS an Ultimate Nullifier on the cover!
I've also recently signed a contract with Palgrave Macmillan to publish a whole book about this project, focussing on the unified catalogue of transmedia components - hopefully this will be out next year, so there'll be more news on that when it happens (and when I've finished it). Meanwhile you can always find the full datasets from this project, including the results of the initial signifier survey, over on the UAL data depository.
Thanks to everyone who's been part of all of the above excitement, hopefully more to come soon!
posted 12/11/2022 by MJ Hibbett
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