Early American Graphic Narrative


Panel organizer: Jared Gardner, Ohio State University  gardner.236@osu.edu


The traditional account of the rise of the graphic narrative form in the United States focuses on the emergence of sequential comics first in illustrated magazines and then in the colored newspaper supplements in the second half of the nineteenth century. This panel seeks to push back the origins of graphic narrative in the early republic, turning to understudied sources, including juvenile fiction, readers, newspaper and periodicals, almanacs and print series and history painting. The panel seeks papers that explore the different ways in which stories were told using image/text hybrids in the early republic at a time when Lessing's segregation of word and image was unevenly enforced in the cacophonous print and visual culture of the era.  

Send your 250-word paper abstract to Jared Gardner at gardner.236@osu.edu by Friday, September 7, 2012.