Small is the New Big: Reflections on Blogging and Comics

A Graphixia panel at Comics Forum 2013 in which the members of our team discuss the significance of blogging to the comics scene today as an alternative to academic publishing, presenting Graphixia and other grassroots blogs as critical analogues to small press comic publishers. Furthermore, we will talk about our experience in leveraging a small-scale blog into a relatively powerful platform for developing academic activities on the subject of comics. We will also address how the open access model of the blog yields both global conversation and future development that includes an international network of comics scholars, multi-institutional on-line courses on comics, international conferences and student exchanges, and a system of independent yet confederated blogs covering a range of possible academic discussions about comics without excessive overlap or redundancy. Our belief is that simply making comics scholarship one more conventional academic discipline is a mistake; rather, we should harness the DIY, “punk” elements of comics scholarship to create a new kind of academic experience in line with 21st century developments in global society and technology.

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