#comicsedu Thanks to Mary for sharing this.
As I told Mary, I can see a third wave (is it already fourth, maybe?) wave of comics scholarship, defined by an unapologetic concern for the media specificity of the comic book as a textual/physical artefact and the social construction of meaning by/in/through specialised comics audiences.
I my own research I have attempted to address many of the issues Mary deals with in this project in different terms. I agree unreservedly that
The conception of culture identified with cultural studies requires an analysis of cultural objects which reveals their essentially dialogical character.
The comic book as a cultural object, I argue, can be seen as a cultural interface, not a passive surface but a fully interactive one. This is only magnified and expressed in different ways by digital media, but it’s always been there in printed comic book culture.
I find the shared interest in similar aspects of comic book culture very inspiring, challenging and 100% positive and desirable.This is an amazing project and I hope it finds an academic publisher soon. The University of Mississippi Press maybe?