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This chapter looks ahead to the possible trajectories of twenty-first-century Comics studies. Scholars are expanding the disciplinary perspectives and methodologies, from empirical approaches to practice-based research, brought to bear in studying comics. Perhaps more of that research will be done collaboratively, including multidisciplinary and transnational research teams. Comics scholars seem to be maintaining the zeal of a movement as they continue to integrate the field into the institutions of academia, from creating interdisciplinary minors to establishing comics studies divisions and discussion groups in learned societies. While resistance to comics studies might have diminished within the academy, there is still a need for outreach to educate the wider public about the value of comics. More detailed than the ubiquitous “next issue” caption box at the end of a comics magazine, this chapter does nonetheless serve as a preview of coming attractions for the next historical span in the field.
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