The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books (2016)
DescriptionBart Beaty and Benjamin Woo work to historicize why it is that certain works or creators have come to define the notion of a "quality comic book," while other works and creators have been left at the fringes of critical analysis.
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About the Author
Benjamin Woo is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Canada. His research examines contemporary geek media cultures, with a particular focus on the producers, institutions, and audiences oriented to comics and graphic novels.
"I would unhesitatingly recommend The Greatest Comic Book of All Time as one of the most important recent publications in comics studies. ... professional comics scholars of every stripe should read it. ... no one has done a better job than Beaty and Woo of showing us just how much bigger our playground could be." (Ben Saunders, Inks The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Vol. 1 (2), 2017)