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The Parallel Universe: A Review of Webcomics

Berube, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1046-8569 (2022). The Parallel Universe: A Review of Webcomics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 12(1), doi: 10.16995/cg.9733


The review considers Webcomics, by Sean Kleefeld (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). This volume, ranging over broad themes in sections titled Historical Overview, Social and Cultural Impact, Key Texts, and Critical Uses, is an essential text in the under-studied area of webcomics. While Webcomics provides a fresh consideration of the form’s place in digital history, historical and current works, and promoting diverse creator voices, this review maintains that an opportunity has been missed to place webcomics in the wider social and cultural context of communication and publishing. This consideration, and that of digital comics readers’ ‘lived experience’ with webcomics, points to a gap in empirical research.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See
Publisher Keywords: Creators, Readers, Self-publishing, Webcomics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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