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A Concise Dictionary of Comics

by (author) Nancy Pedri

illustrated by Chuck Howitt

University Press of Mississippi
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Dictionaries, Reference, Comics & Graphic Novels, Popular Culture
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A superb compendium of definitions for over one thousand terms related to comics studies, collecting, and publishing

About the authors

Nancy Pedri is professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), where she has taught since 2006. She edited “Mixing Visual Media in Comics” for ImageText and “The Narrative Functions of Photography in Comics” for Image [&] Narrative; she coedited “Sexuality and Mental Illness in Comics” for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. Her coauthored article on “Focalization in Graphic Narrative” won the 2012 James Phelan Award for the Best Essay in Narrative.

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CHUCK HOWITT was a reporter for the local daily newspaper, the Waterloo Region Record, until his recent retirement. He covered Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry, and other business stories for the newspaper. He lives in Kitchener.

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Editorial Reviews

There has been an undeniable rise in the popularity of graphic novels and superhero movies for a few decades. This increase in awareness has seen a surge in academic studies of, and pedagogical books devoted to, comics. Pedri found a gap in the related literature—a dearth of reference resources dedicated to terms commonly utilized in the study of comic books and its culture. . . . This reference is useful and recommended for most libraries so that they can support the growing interest in comic books within many user groups.

Library Journal

Nancy Pedri's wonderful A Concise Dictionary of Comics provides useful references in a variety of texts for key concepts in comics studies that allows for ready comparison.

Ian Gordon, coeditor of The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life

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