Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Praise for A Comics Studies Reader


A Comics Studies Reader has just been named winner of the 2009 Peter C. Rollins Book Award by the Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association. This prize is awarded annually for the best book in popular culture studies and/or American culture studies.

Editors, Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester have been honored for their exemplary work in the popular culture field. Designed to reward genuine research and lucid expression, the award bears the name of Peter C. Rollins, Founder of the SWTX organizations.  

A Comics Studies Reader offers the best of the new comics scholarship in nearly thirty essays on a wide variety of such comics forms as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, manga, and graphic novels.

This is Heer and Worcester's second collaboration for UPM. 2004's Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium continues to be well received.

Jeet Heer (along with Chris Ware and Chris Oliveros) is editing a series of volumes reprinting Frank King's Gasoline Alley, three volumes of which have been published. Kent Worcester teaches political theory at Marymount Manhattan College. He is the author of C. L. R. James: A Political Biography and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA).

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