How long before universities commence courses in graphic novel studies?*

Charles McGrath argues that the graphic novel may be the literary form of the future, and at the Guardian Shirley Hughes, who’s just won the Kate Greenaway Medal, calls for more illustrated novels for adults. I can’t find it now, but a wire story I read some months ago reported that kids in France are reading comics, not novels. I wonder if that U.S. study about the decline in reading took graphic novels into account.

* Actually, it looks like U.F.’s English Department is on top of it. In May, Professor Donald Ault put out the first issue of ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, which includes academic essays and transcripts of lectures from and interviews with Daniel Clowes, Kim Deitch, Will Eisner, and Joe Sacco.


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