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How Comics Work

Sabin, Roger (2008) How Comics Work. In: Comics Conference, May 2008, University of Dundee, UK. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Sabin, Roger

The conference was a university event, but tied to the 2008 Dundee Literary Festival. My paper concerned the mechanics of sequential art, and in particular how the American theorist Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) has been influential in generating a new wave of formalist scholarship. I concluded by highlighting the contribution of European scholars such as Pascal Lefevre and Thierry Groensteen to the debate, and calling for the translation of further theoretical work from both Europe and the Far East (particularly Japan and Korea).

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Roger Sabin

Research Interests

Cultural history, cultural studies, subcultural studies, film and television studies. Specialisms: comics, graphic novels, manga; punk and counterculture; 19th century entertainment; television crime drama. Cultural theory, especially postmodernism in history.
Current Research

Currently completing one book and co-authoring two others. The sole-authored book is about 19th century ‘funny papers’/comics, and in particular the character 'Ally Sloper', the first comics superstar. The other two concern TV crime drama: one is about The Wire, and one about the history of the genre. Also, various smaller-scale projects involving comics, graphic novels, manga and other areas listed above.

Previous books include: As Author: Comics, Comics and Graphic Novels (Phaidon); Adult Comics: An Introduction (Routledge); The Lasting of the Mohicans (University Press of Mississippi – co-authored with Martin Barker). As Editor: Punk Rock: So What? (Routledge); Below Critical Radar: Fanzines and Alternative Comics 1976-Now (Codex - with Teal Triggs); The Movie Book (Phaidon – with Michael Newton).

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RPE
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: May 2008
Event Location: University of Dundee, UK
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2010 12:17
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2012 09:44
Item ID: 2370
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2370

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