Book analyzes graphic novels

Richard Iadonisi, an affiliate professor of writing, believes that comic books and graphic novels should be considered developed forms of literature.

In 2010, he began compiling academic essays in a book, “Graphic History: Essays on Graphic Novels And/As History.” Cambridge Scholars Publishers published it in 2012.

“Comic books as a whole, with graphic novels in particular, are starting to be taken more seriously as literature, and not just escapist fantasy,” said Iadonisi. “The book is actually a collection of essays that different people wrote on the subject of graphic novels and comic books and history.”

Iadonisi’s personal interest in graphic novels inspired him to write an essay about Frank Miller’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.” After presenting his essay at a convention, his publisher asked him to compile and edit a book of essays on comic books.

Other essays include works on Art Spiegelman’s “Maus,” “Persepolis,” and Chris Ware’s “Jimmy Corrigan.”

“The essays in this book are extremely intellectual,” said Iadonisi. “The authors take very intellectual graphic novels and treat them in critical ways. I think the more we can do with that, the better.

“It’s past time that comic books and graphic novels were treated seriously.”


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