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date: 18 May 2021

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While comics studies as a delineated field of academic discourse is relatively new, comics studies as a practice has existed since the earliest days of modern Western notions of the form. This chapter, composed in comics form, explores the author’s own history as a practitioner-scholar, creating both academic metacomics and nonacademic graphic novels. The auto(bio)graphic(al) essay—comics as scholarship—serves as a framing device for explicating the various and evolving roles for comics creation in academia: as a subject of study, as a form of critical making, and as a means of information dissemination. The chapter also employs the conspicuously juxtapositional, multimodal representational affordances of comics-as-design to highlight tensions between the institutional contexts of academia and creative professional practice.

Keywords: metacomics, comics-based research, multimodality, practitioner-scholar

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