Fall 2019 Books in Comics Studies

With fall quickly setting in, it’s time to take a look at the books in comics studies being published by university and other academic presses. The following list is divided thematically.

Among these books, we are happy to highlight Encapsulations editor Julia Round’s new book on the long-running British girls comic Misty, out in November from University Press of Mississippi.

In addition, editorial board member José Alaniz’s co-edited book on superhero comics and disability will be out in December from Penn State University Press.

For a list of all fall 2019 press catalogs, see here.

Comics around the World

Limb and Olaniyan, eds., Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire, and Culture (MSU)

Historietas Hispanohablantes

Amago and Marr, eds., Consequential Art: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain (Toronto)

Christopher Conway, Heroes of the Borderlands: The Western in Mexican Film, Comics, and Music (New Mexico)

James Scorer, ed., Comics Beyond the Page in Latin America (UCL)

Isabella Cosse, Mafalda: A Social and Political History of Latin America’s Global Comic (Duke)

Critical Horizons

David Herman, eds., Animal Comics: Multispecies Storyworlds in Graphic Narratives (Bloomsbury)

Austin and Hamilton, All New, All Different? A History of Race and the American Superhero (Texas)

Gavaler and Goldberg, Superhero Thought Experiments: Comic Book Philosophy (Iowa)

Comics across Media

Grant and Henderson, eds., Comics and Pop Culture: Adaptation from Panel to Frame (Texas)

Alejo Benedetti, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder: Modern American Superheroes in Contemporary Art (Arkansas)


Adam L. Kern, Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kiboshi of Edo Japan, 2nd ed. paperback release (Harvard)