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“My Heart Goes Boom Boom!”: Understanding the Experience of Reading Digital Comics

Berube, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1046-8569, Priego, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4418-369X, Cooke, I. , Wisdom, S. & Makri, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-5817-4893 (2022). “My Heart Goes Boom Boom!”: Understanding the Experience of Reading Digital Comics. Paper presented at the On the Margins: Hypertext, Electronic Literature, Digital Humanities, 15-16 Dec 2022, London, UK.


The experience of reading print and digital comics differs from that of other reading in that it involves the interplay between text and art, both ‘on the page’, for example, in traditional comic books, or ‘off the page’ as in webcomic xkcd’s Alt Text of information related to the comic. This interplay and placement can communicate movement, stillness, suspense, bringing the reader along not only through content or story arc but also through the material affordances, the physical reality of the text itself. The findings of this exploratory study reveal both the varied reading experiences of digital comics among a cohort of British Library readers as well as the shared experiences of haptic interactions and emotional perception and reaction through the use of devices, comics platforms and apps, and social media.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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