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Defining digital comics: a British Library perspective

Aggleton, Jen (2019). Defining digital comics: a British Library perspective. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 10(4) pp. 393–409.

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This article presents a working definition of digital comics for the specific context of the British Library. It explores formal and sociocultural characteristics of digital comics as well as the sociocultural issues surrounding comic collections at national libraries. This article argues for the value of flexible working definitions over formal definitions and explores the problematic issue of definitional authority at a national institution such as the British Library. This article defines what distinguishes a digital comic from a print comic and explores visual, functional, and sociocultural features of digital comics before presenting a flexible, composite working definition of a digital comic. This definition is presented in the spirit of an instrumental case study with the aim of helping to inform other context-specific working definitions of digital comics.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 2150-4857
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Collecting and Preserving Digital ComicsNot SetESRC
Keywords: Digital comics; webcomics; comic apps; comic definitions; library collections
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 62475
Depositing User: Jen Aggleton
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 09:05
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2019 16:10
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