Studying Together with Readers Studying Digital Comics


This can be a visitor put up by Linda Berube, an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scholar primarily based on the British Library and Metropolis, College of London. If you want to know extra about Linda’s analysis, please electronic mail her at [email protected].

In my final weblog put up, I spoke of my PhD analysis into UK digital comics creation to consumption practices. I’ve interviewed comics creators concerning the inventive course of and the extent to which digital expertise has knowledgeable it, in addition to with publishers who mentioned the impression of digital expertise on workflows producing each print and digital.  

I additionally talked a few UK comics mapping train that exposed “the visibility of digital comics throughout sectors together with well being, economics, training [for example Figure 1 on legal deposit], literacy, and even the laborious sciences”, in addition to autobiography (see Determine 2), superheroes, horror, and science fiction.

Comic drawing of two people surrounded by lots of comics and zines

Determine 1: Panel from ‘The Authorized Deposit and You‘, by Olivia Hicks (British Library, 2018). Reproduced with permission from the British Library.


In writer and creator interviews for this analysis, it must be admitted that print comics loomed massive in discussions. This attachment to print even prolonged to some webcomics creators who, whereas firmly grounded within the digital atmosphere, harboured aspirations of print variations someplace down the road.

Nonetheless, one webcomic creator interviewed introduced a quite balanced view:

“There are issues digital can try this print cannot do…Hyper linking I feel is fascinating. There’s various things that you are able to do with web page layouts and the way in which that info is introduced on the web page. The place it is one thing that goes in a brand new path or totally different path from print, I feel that is fascinating, there’s robust potential there”.


Comic drawing of two people, one is examing the other person's scalp


Readers Studying Digital Comics

What sort of impression do totally different web page layouts and hypertext have on readers studying digital comics? To know whether or not these “new instructions” are really distinctive affordances that solely digital comics can present requires extending the analysis to the one other main participant within the creation to consumption course of: the buyer or digital comics reader.

For the third part of knowledge assortment, UK-based digital comics readers might be consulted via semi-structured interviews, studying observations and assume aloud periods. Emphasis might be positioned on figuring out not simply how readers discover and eat comics, however what their response is, how it may be outlined, from passive to transactional to performative.  Goals and targets embrace:

  • To know the reader position within the publishing and communication technique of UK digital comics, their response to digital comics, and the way that response contributes to digital comics narratives.
  • To find out about how readers uncover new comics and share their studying preferences and experiences with others.
  • To know how comics portals, gadgets and so forth. contribute to the reader’s expertise of and response to the textual content.
  • To make use of HCI/HII strategies and perceive the worth of those approaches in gathering information about readers of digital comics.

It is very important notice that the analysis will not be about assessing the useability of digital comics platforms (though readers won’t be discouraged from speaking about them), however how readers learn digital comics, which might embrace the gadgets they use, the platforms they use to learn from, and their transactional behaviour with the texts themselves.

Calling All UK-Primarily based Digital Comics Readers

In fact, with the intention to obtain these goals, I would like readers to speak to me about their studying. If you’re a UK-based digital comics reader, I’d like to talk to you whether or not you learn comics through apps or net platforms in your telephone, laptop computer, pill and so forth., and even via PDF downloads. I’d additionally like to listen to about the way you find out about new comics and share the comics you like with others.

Proper now, I’m in search of expressions of curiosity. If you want to take part on this analysis, please contact me at [email protected].


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