How to Study Comics & Graphic Novels
Here’s a brilliant free read: How to Study Comics & Graphic Novels: A Graphic Introduction to Comics Studies by Enrique del Rey Cabero, Michael Goodrum, and José Morlesín Mellado, available online at Issuu (found via Ben Towle).
It’s put out by the Oxford Comics Network, part of TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. And it’s wonderful, a comic that’s chock-full of information on how to read comics. It covers terminology (comic or graphic novel?), specialized terms (panel, gutter, etc.), formats, construction methods, art approaches, production methods, traditions, and distribution, all from an inclusive, comprehensive perspective. I found it mind-blowing, and I love the way they use “cartoonist” instead of “penciler”. This is a wonderful introduction, suggesting many varied areas of study to explore elsewhere.