As of this writing in 2019, webcomics are easy to stumble upon: you can follow cartoonists on the image-centric Instagram or Tumblr platforms, friends share them in social media feeds, and excerpts commonly appear in Reddit discussion threads. Internet users commonly convert individual comics panels into sharable memes that morph as they travel the web, blurring the lines between artist and user and between comics and other digital media. Despite this reach, webcomics are one of the most understudied forms of comics, which signifies a disconnect between scholarship and culture.

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