Focus and Scope
This journal’s purpose is to make original and specialised media-specific contributions to the field of comics scholarship and to advance the appreciation of graphic narrative and comic art.
Our focus is inspired by, but not limited to, the following questions:
How are form and format interconnected in comics?
What is the meaning of “content” in comics?
How are page sizes related to what is contained in them?
What is the role of the characteristics of panel layouts and/or page sizes and formats in specific comics texts?
How do different technologies affect the processes of creating and reading a comics page?
How do different panel arrangements work?
What is the media-specificity of a comics page?
What are some of the different possible ways of reading comics pages?
What other cultural practices or artistic forms or phenomena intersect with comics and could benefit from comics-focused critical approaches?
What comics, aspects of comics, disciplines and methodologies are underrepresented in current comics studies?
What are the characteristics of the “user experience” in comics?
In addition, we welcome articles that explore the ways in which comics, narrative drawing, and other graphic means of communication can be used for scholarly purposes, including
- comics as scholarship (like Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening),
- practice-based research (like Simon Grennan’s Dispossession),
- research-based narratives (such as “graphic medicine”)
- and forms of network or data-visualisation (like Nicolas Labarre’s diagram of a research project)
The journal publishes on a continual basis, with new articles coming online as soon as they have passed peer review and been copyedited and typeset. The Comics Grid publishes one issue per year, with publication as soon as articles are ready.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Authors of articles published in The Comics Grid remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the original contents of the article according to the Creative Commons-Attribution license agreement.
Third-party content is included in articles for research and educational purposes only under Academic Fair Dealing/Fair Use. Unless otherwise stated all third-party content is copyright its original owners; all images of and references to characters and comic art presented on this site are ©, ® or ™ their respective owners.
The journal’s publisher, Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.
The Comics Grid is indexed by the following services: CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, SCOPUS and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.
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Motivated by the need to create an open access publishing platform dedicated to comics scholarship that embraced the values of frictionless sharing and public engagement, The Comics Grid was initially conceived and developed in 2009 by comics scholars Roberto Bartual, Esther Claudio, Ernesto Priego, Greice Schneider and Tony Venezia in discussions during comics studies conferences in London, Manchester, Copenhagen and Leeds. It launched in 2010 as an “open access, collaborative peer-reviewed comics studies blog”. Led by Ernesto Priego, The Comics Grid became a full-fledged Open Access peer-reviewed journal in 2013. Since 2015, The Comics Grid is published by Open Library of Humanities.