By Susan Kirtley

About Susan Kirtley

Susan Kirtley is Professor of English, Director of Rhetoric and Composition, and Director of Comics Studies at Portland State University. Her research interests include visual rhetoric and graphic narratives, and she has published pieces on comics for the popular press and academic journals. Her book, Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass, was the 2013 Eisner Award winner for Best Educational/Academic Work.


The Oxford English Dictionary defines creator as “the divine agent which creates all things from nothing,” or the significantly less exalted “person who or thing which creates or brings something into existence.” In the history of comics creation, however, far …

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