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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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Whether We Want Them or Not: Building an Aesthetic of Children’s Digital Comics

Whether We Want Them or Not: Building an Aesthetic of Children’s Digital Comics

(p.332) Coda Whether We Want Them or Not: Building an Aesthetic of Children’s Digital Comics
Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults

Joe Sutliff Sanders

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter provides an overview of the state of the field of digital comics for young readers today, especially in the context of the critical and aesthetic fears and hopes offered in the first reactions to the potential of the field. The central question is simply whether these comics take advantage of the available artistic tools to help their books succeed in their artistic goals or whether they produce stories that might as well have been told in the familiar boxes of paper comics. It is argued that most publishers are still anxious about digital comics because these comics have not yet proved themselves as a commodity at least as reliable as paper comics. And that is the case because consumers are not yet committed to reading comics in any medium other than paper. Creators have made little attempt to seize the artistic potential of digital comics when writing for children, but there is impressive reason to hope that the future holds promise.

Keywords:   digital comics, children's literature, comic books, young readers

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