I’ve little to no use for any writing about comics that doesn’t engage with the fact that it is, before and after all, a comic that’s being examined and not a short story, movie, or TV show. This is true of all media—I’m unrepentantly dedicated to the specifics of a given medium—but has a heightened relevance when it comes to comics, where formal properties are so evidently on display. To be clear, the “form” of a comic is composed of elements of individual style (visual and literary) and the materiality of the comics object (whether physical or digital).

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