compiled by Mike Rhode
This listing is certainly not comprehensive, and does not include monograph publishers such as Fantagraphics and TwoMorrows who publish valuable histories and biographies, but not usually academic works. Different university presses not listed here occasionally publish academic books about comics, such as the presses of the Universities of Manchester, Pennsylvania and California, Berkeley. The list is arranged by seniority with the oldest publishing line at the top.
University Press of Mississippi
o Series: Comics Studies (1989-)
o Series: Conversations with Comic Artists Series (2000-)
· Acquisitions editor: Mary Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Brief description: Volumes in this series include interviews with groundbreaking creators of comic books and comic strips. Founding series editor: M. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College.
o Series: Critical Approaches to Comics Artists Series (2015-)
· Editor: David M. Ball, independent comics scholar and coauthor of The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing Is a Way of Thinking.
· Acquisitions editor: Katie E. Keene (email@example.com )
· Brief description: Books in this series are edited, multi-author, scholarly volumes exploring a single major comics artist, creator, or graphic novelist from any period, genre, or country. Interdisciplinary, comparative, and multicultural approaches to understanding comics are particularly welcome, and the series highlights a wide range of disciplinary, methodological, and theoretical approaches to comics scholarship.
o Series: Great Comics Artists
· Acquisitions editor: Katie E. Keene (firstname.lastname@example.org )
· Brief description: Monographs in this series critically assess a comics creator’s achievement and artistry. Founding series editor: M. Thomas Inge, Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College.
o Series: Comics (1993-) [there is no dedicated comics series]
· Acquisitions editor: email@example.com
· Brief description: A leading independent publisher of academic nonfiction, McFarland is recognized for noteworthy books about pop culture, sports, military history, transportation, body & mind, literature, history and medieval studies, among other topics. McFarland currently offers nearly 7000 books in print. Meeting high library standards has always been a major focus, and many McFarland books have received awards from the academic-oriented (e.g., Choice Outstanding Academic Title, ALA Outstanding Reference Work) to the mainstream (Hugo, Edgar, Stoker, and Eisner, among others).
o Series: Comics and Graphic Novels (2001-)
o Series: Bloomsbury Comics Studies
· Editor: Chris Gavaler
· Brief description: Covering major genres, creators and themes, the Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies series consists of accessible, authoritative and comprehensive introductions to key topics in the field. Providing historical overviews, guides to key texts and important critical approaches, each book in the series includes annotated guides to further reading and online resources, discussion questions and glossaries of key terms to help students and fans navigate the diverse world of comic books and graphic novels today. The series was edited by Derek Parker Royal until his sad passing in 2019.
University of Texas Press
o Series: Film, Media, and Popular Culture / Comics (2009-)
o Series: World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series (2016-_
· Editorial team: Frederick Luis Aldama, Christopher González, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley
· Acquisitions editor: Jim Burr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Brief description: The World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series includes monographs and edited volumes that focus on the analysis and interpretation of comic books and graphic nonfiction from around the world. The books published in the series use analytical approaches from literature, art history, cultural studies, communication studies, media studies, and film studies, among other fields, to help define the comic book studies field at a time of great vitality and growth.
o Series: Routledge Advances in Comics Studies (2015-)
· Editors: Randy Duncan, Matthew J. Smith
o Series: Routledge Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Comics
· Editor: Frederik Byrn Køhlert
· Acquisitions editor: Alexandra.McGregor@tandf.co.uk
· Brief description: Routledge Studies in Gender, Sexuality and Comics publishes original research in the areas of gender and sexuality studies as they relate to comics cultures past and present. Topics in the series cover printed as well as digital media, mainstream and alternative comics industries, transmedia adaptions, comics consumption, and various comics-associated cultural fields and forms of expression. Gendered and sexual identities are considered as intersectional and always in conversation with issues concerning race, ethnicity, ability, class, age, nationality, and religion. Books in the series are between 60,000 and 90,000 words and can be single-authored, co-authored, or edited collections. For shorter works, the companion series Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics publishes shorter-form books between 25,000 and 45,000 words.
o Series: Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics (2021-
· Editor: Frederik Byrn Køhlert
· Acquisitions editor: Alexandra.McGregor@tandf.co.uk
· Brief description: Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics publishes original short-form research in the areas of gender and sexuality studies as they relate to comics cultures past and present. Topics in the series cover printed as well as digital media, mainstream and alternative comics industries, transmedia adaptions, comics consumption, and various comics-associated cultural fields and forms of expression. Gendered and sexual identities are considered as intersectional and always in conversation with issues concerning race, ethnicity, ability, class, age, nationality, and religion. Books in the series are between 25,000 and 45,000 words and can be single-authored, co-authored, or edited collections. For longer works, the companion series Routledge Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Comics publishes full-length books between 60,000 to 90,000 words.
o Series: Global Perspectives in Comics Studies (2022-
· Editor: Harriet E.H. Earle (H.Earle@shu.ac.uk)
· Brief description: This series focuses on comics as a narrative form and academic field that exists in a global context. The comics form tackles rich, complex narratives that span a broad range of societies and cultures. In recent years, the field has experienced an upward surge in scholarship and academic engagement, interrogating pre-conceived ideas about society, culture, politics, and history. Contemporary Comics Studies is concerned with offering fresh perspectives on established concepts and theories through the comics form. The primary objective of this series is to bring together original scholarship on a wide range of themes and theoretical concerns, foregrounding bold interventions into existing scholarly conversations and giving space for rigorous theoretical engagement to come together with visual analysis. In addition, the series’ thematic focus will allow contributors the freedom to collocate works by creators from different national and analytical traditions, as well as genres within the form, to forge links across the field and give attention to comics in all their various guises. Submissions are especially welcome from scholars who are either working on texts or authors from the Global South, or who are located in this geographic region. This series does not seek to exclude any voice, and aims to provide a platform for those who are not as strongly represented elsewhere
Ø Editor’s note – The company has been publishing on animation, usually practical texts but not completely so, since 2001 and on comic books since at least 2011, but never with a unified series or imprint. See https://www.taylorfrancis.com/search?key=comics or https://www.taylorfrancis.com/search?key=animation for texts.
o Series: Sequart Books (2011-
· Acquisitions editor: email@example.com
· Brief description: Sequart Organization publishes scholarly non-fiction books on subjects related to the medium of sequential art. Our books attempt to be scholarly but accessible to a general audience. We specialize in literary analysis that avoids the insularity that can typify academic writing, trying instead to open critical discourse on comics to a wider, intelligent audience. We maintain an open pitch policy and are always looking for new authors and ideas.
· Website: http://sequart.org/books/
Ø Editor’s note – This is not exactly academic publishing, but something adjacent to it.
Ohio State University Press
o Series: Studies in Comics and Cartoons (2013-)
· Editorial team: Jared Gardner, Charles Hatfield, Rebecca Wanzo
· Acquisitions editor: Ana Jimenez-Moreno (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Brief Description: Books published in Studies in Comics and Cartoons focus exclusively on comics and graphic literature, highlighting their relation to literary studies. It includes monographs and edited collections that cover the history of comics and cartoons from the editorial cartoon and early sequential comics of the 19th century through webcomics of the 21st. Studies that focus on international comics are also considered.
Leuven University Press
o Series: Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels (2014-
· Editorial team: Hugo Frey, Editor in Chief, Jan Baetens, Bart Beaty, Christopher Pizzino, Ann Miller
· Brief description: Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels presents state-of-the-art contributions on comics and graphic novels. The series publishes research on European comics and graphic novels and aims at stimulating scholarship on European BDs. It includes titles from scholars working in different disciplines, such as history, literary criticism, literary theory, art history, and visual studies. Typical themes to be addressed will comprise European graphic novels and comics in historical context; gender and other social identity analysis; theorizations; and detailed case studies or wider surveys. The series publishes monographs and collections for university-level researchers and ambitions to advance knowledge of this still relatively under-discussed subject. All volumes will be published in English, but the comics and graphic novels under investigation will be of any European language and from any European culture. Like graphic novels and comics, Europe itself is hard to define, and the approach for the series will be open and not overly prescriptive.
Penn State University Press
o Series: Graphic Medicine (2015-)
· Editorial team: Susan Merrill Squier, Juliet McMullin, Brian Callender
· Acquisitions editor: Kendra Boileau (email@example.com )
· Brief description: Books in the Graphic Medicine series reflect the value of comics as a resource for communicating about medicine and health. For healthcare practitioners, patients, family members, and caregivers dealing with illness and disability, graphic narratives enlighten complicated or difficult experiences. They can also communicate the scaled meanings of health, from the molecular to the human and to the planetary, including works addressing climate change, environmental pollution, zoonotic diseases, and other complex problems not commonly conceptualized as “medical.” For scholars in literary, cultural, and comics studies, the medium articulates a complex and powerful rethinking of the boundaries of medicine and the expansive meanings of health. Originally founded by Ian Williams as part of a broader editorial collective, the Graphic Medicine series focused on the publication of self-reflective “graphic pathographies.” A newly appointed trio of series editors that includes Susan Merrill Squier, Juliet McMullin, and Brian Callender will focus their acquisitions on scholarly monographs and edited collections by researchers in the health humanities, activists, and medical practitioners analyzing the ways in which comics address the scaled meanings of health. The series editors are interested, too, in considering works that incorporate original comics, whether that be for comics-based research or for medical training and education, thus providing a creative way to learn and teach.
Rutgers University Press
o Series: Comics Studies (2015-)
o Series: Comics Culture (2016-)
· Editorial team: Corey K. Creekmur, Craig Fischer, Jeet Heer, Ana Merino
· Acquisitions editor: Nicole Solano (firstname.lastname@example.org )
· Brief description: Volumes in the Comics Culture series explore the artistic, historical, social, and cultural significance of newspaper comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels, with individual titles devoted to focused studies of key titles, characters, writers, and artists throughout the history of comics; additional books in the series address major themes or topics in comics studies, including prominent genres, national traditions, and significant historical and theoretical issues. The series recognizes comics of all varieties, from mainstream comic books to graphic non-fiction, produced between the late 19th-century and the present. The books in the series are intended to contribute significantly to the rapidly expanding field of comics studies, but are also designed to appeal to comics fans and casual readers who seek smart critical engagement with the best examples of the form.
o Series: Critical Graphics (2021-)
· Editor: Frederick Luis Aldama
· Acquisitions editor: Nicole Solano (email@example.com )
· Brief description: Volumes in the Critical Graphics series bring scholarly insight to single authors and their creator-owned graphic fiction and nonfiction works. Books in the series provide context and critical insight into a given creator’s work, with an especial interest in social and political issues. Each book is organized as a series of reader friendly scholarly chapters that precede the reprinting of short graphic fiction or nonfictional works—or excerpts of longer works. The critical insight and commentary alongside the creative works provide a gateway for lay-readers, students, and specialists to understand a given creator’s work and life within larger social and political contexts as well as within comics history. Authors of these books situate the work of their subject within the creator’s larger body of work and within the history of comics; and bring an engaged perspective to their analysis, drawing on a variety of disciplines, including medical humanities, environmental studies, disability studies, critical race studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
o Series: Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels (2016-)
· Editor: Roger Sabin
· Acquisitions editor: Camille Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Brief Description: This series concerns Comics Studies—with a capital “c” and a capital “s.” It feels good to write it that way. From emerging as a fringe interest within Literature and Media/Cultural Studies departments, to becoming a minor field, to maturing into the fastest growing field in the Humanities, to becoming a nascent discipline, the journey has been a hard but spectacular one. Those capital letters have been earned. Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels covers all aspects of the comic strip, comic book, and graphic novel, explored through clear and informative texts offering expansive coverage and theoretical sophistication. It is international in scope and provides a space in which scholars from all backgrounds can present new thinking about politics, history, aesthetics, production, distribution, and reception as well as the digital realm. Books appear in one of two forms: traditional monographs of 60,000 to 90,000 words and shorter works (Palgrave Pivots) of 20,000 to 50,000 words. All are rigorously peer-reviewed. Palgrave Pivots include new takes on theory, concise histories, and—not least—considered provocations. After all, Comics Studies may have come a long way, but it can't progress without a little prodding.
· Website: https://link.springer.com/series/14643
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
o Series: Crossing The Lines: Transnational/Transcultural Comics Studies
· Editorial team: Barbara Postema, Candida Rifkind, Nhora Lucia Serrano
· Acquisitions editor: Siobhan McMenemy (email@example.com )
· Brief description: Crossing the Lines focuses on interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism, and globalism research in comics and graphic narrative studies. Headed by three women in
· Canada, the United States, and New Zealand - a first in the field of comics - from diverse backgrounds, different countries, and various research agendas, Crossing the Lines welcomes groundbreaking books that recalibrate and re-envision the disciplines of gender and feminist studies, art history and visual studies, and postcolonial and diaspora studies within a twenty-first century scholarly framework of comics studies. Criss-crossing national and regional boundaries as well as ethnic and linguistic comics traditions, Crossing the Lines will foster and promote comparative research and direct attention to under-studied regions, diasporas, art historical trends, digital and new media platforms, and literary/ theoretical trends. Crossing the Lines invites submissions from different countries and locations and from a variety of disciplines across the humanities. Monographs and edited collections in this series may focus on a specific artist/cartoonist, tradition, movement, genre, form, or theme. As well, they may explore historical, geographical, cultural, and aesthetic confluences and connections in comics production, dissemination, and reception regionally or globally. Ultimately, this series will produce accessible, engaging, and affordable books for students and scholars alike in comics studies and related fields such as art history, cultural studies, comparative literature, digital humanities, gender and sexuality studies, media and communications, and postcolonial and diaspora studies.
· Website: https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/
o Series: Comics Studies – Aesthetics, Histories, and Practices (2021-
· Editorial team: Jaqueline Berndt, Patrick Noonan, Karin Kukkonen, Stephan Packard
· Acquisitions Editor: Myrto Aspioti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Brief description: This new international series expands the field of comics studies with research from around the world and across disciplines. It explores the aesthetics, histories, and practices of comics in order to bring different academic traditions engaged in the study of all forms of sequential art and graphic narrative into dialogue with one another. The series covers formal, semiotic, media and cognitive studies approaches to the artistic, graphic, and media formation of comics. It seeks to illuminate the varied historical contexts, developments and differences between styles, schools, and genres of comic books; and to bring into focus the various practices, uses, functions, politics, and the conditions for production and reception of comics, including production studies as well as fan and participation studies. In other words, it addresses questions such as, What makes a comic book? What are the effects of lines, panels, and page-layouts? How are comics produced, distributed, and read? We specifically aim to further the emerging global discourse on comics by making truly groundbreaking work in the field accessible to a broader community of critics and scholars. We promote both innovative work and the internationalization of existing schools of comics studies from various languages that have hitherto been inaccessible to an international academic community. The series editors want to prioritize Gold Open Access publications and will work with authors to acquire financial backing to make this possible.
University of Nebraska Press
o Series: Encapsulations: Critical Comics Studies (2022-
· Editors: Martin Lund, Julia Round
· Acquisitions editor: Heather Stauffer (email@example.com )
· Brief description: In the creation of comics or graphic novels, encapsulation refers to the artistic and cognitive process whereby panels, images, words, and page layout create meaning and engage the reader. These connotations of selection and design underpin the aims of Encapsulations. This series of short monographs offers close readings of carefully delineated bodies of comics work with an emphasis on expanding the critical range and depth of comics studies. By looking at understudied and overlooked texts, artists, and publishers, Encapsulations facilitates a move away from the same “big” and oft-examined texts. Instead the series uses more diverse case studies to explore new and existing critical theories in tune with an interdisciplinary, intersectional, and global approach to comics scholarship. With an eye to breaking established patterns and forging new opportunities for scholarship, books in the series advance the theoretical grounding of comics scholarship and broaden critical knowledge of global comics. By showcasing new interdisciplinary perspectives and addressing emerging conceptual, formal, and methodological problems, Encapsulations promotes new approaches, contributes to the diversity of comics scholarship, and delves into uncharted sections of the comics archive. Compact, affordable, and accessibly written, books in the Encapsulations series are addressed to the interested general reader as well as scholars and students. These volumes provide teachable, critical texts for comics studies as well as myriad classes beyond including history, literature, cultural studies, semiotics, media studies, and many others, fostering a deeper general understanding of comics’ cultural and historical impact, promoting critical public literacy, and enriching comics-based teaching while expanding notions of what’s worthy of academic study.