Comics and Stuff


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New York University Press
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7.0 X 10.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.95 pounds

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About the Author

Henry Jenkins is the Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California. He is the author or editor of 20 books including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Society, and By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activists. He blogs at and co-hosts the podcast How Do You Like It So Far?


"For nearly a century, comic books have been an integral part of 'the stuff' of our collective fantasies, both a wildly successful form of entertainment and a visual archive of our developing identities. In Henry Jenkins's Comics and Stuff, one of our greatest cultural critics offers an expansive and exuberant study of the ways that contemporary comics and graphic novels document the material life of American culture, from collecting to artistic curation and hoarding to archiving. Jenkins introduces readers to aesthetically innovative, yet largely understudied, comics and graphic novels to show us how this enduring medium provides a visual map of our most cherished object worlds."--Ramzi Fawaz, author of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics
"A major book from a major contemporary thinker. Comics and Stuff models a rigorous but supple interdisciplinarity that the hybrid form of comics itself inspires; its range is wide and enlivening. A lucid, brilliant, and important book."--Hillary Chute, author of Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere