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“Webcomics Archive? Now I’m Interested”: Comics Readers Seeking Information in Web Archives

Berube, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1046-8569, Makri, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-5817-4893, Cooke, I. , Priego, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4418-369X & Wisdom, S. (2023). “Webcomics Archive? Now I’m Interested”: Comics Readers Seeking Information in Web Archives. In: CHIIR '23: Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. CHIIR '23: ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, 19-23 Mar 2023, Austin, USA. doi: 10.1145/3576840.3578325


There is a longstanding tradition of understanding information needs and interaction behavior across different user groups to inform the design of digital products and services. There is a gap in such research of comics readers, specifically how they seek and interact with the information and interfaces of web-based archives provided by cultural institutions. For example, while information interaction research has now recognized that information-seeking for leisure and pleasure are important domains of study - consuming information based in fiction can help us escape to exciting worlds by captivating narratives - and while there have been studies of how people find fiction to read, there have to our knowledge been no user-centered studies on how people find and consume digital comics. This exploratory study provides an enriched understanding of the information needs and interaction behaviors of digital comics readers and how that understanding can inform the design of digital platforms to better support them.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © The authors | ACM 2023. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ACM,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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