The Epilogue, Cats, and the Future of Comics Studies

Sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Recorded on 04/24/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 377

On Comics and Grief book cover

In the final episode of this four-part series, Dale Jacobs, author of On Comics and Grief, discusses the title’s epilogue and the future of comics studies. First, Dale walks through the feedback he received from peer reviewers that encouraged him to conclude on a more hopeful note. Highlighting the benefits of peer review, he chats about his decision to include reviewer comments in the epilogue. Next, Dale tells the tale (or tail?) of a key figure that showed up in the text, Dale and his wife Heidi’s cat, Klaus. A stray that eventually found a permanent home with Dale and Heidi, Klaus helped Dale through a time of loss and overall burnout, earning a shoutout in the epilogue. Finally, Dale looks ahead to topics in comics scholarship still left untapped, including “typical comics” outside the superhero genre and the overarching aim to keep the personal within academic work.


About the guest:

Dale Jacobs headshot

Dr. Dale Jacobs
Professor, English
University of Windsor

Dale Jacobs is the author of Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy (2013) and the co-author (with Heidi LM Jacobs) of 100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer (2021). His essays on comics have appeared in journals such as InksEnglish JournalCCCBiography, and Studies in Comics. He lives in Windsor, Ontario.


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Check out our previous series with Wilfrid Laurier University Press:
– The Contemporary Leonard Cohen
– Creative Disruption in Scholarship
– Performing Female Blackness
– Canadian Poetry Today
– Animal Studies, Postcolonial Literature, and Multispecies Modernity


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