Philosophy Compass 6 (12):854-864 (2011)

Aaron Meskin
University of Georgia
Comics have been around since the 19th century, but it is only just recently that they have begun to receive philosophical attention as an art form in their own right. This essay begins by exploring the reasons for their comparative neglect by philosophers of art and then provides an overview of extant work on the philosophy of comics. The primary issues discussed are the definition of comics, the ontology of comics, the relationship between comics and other art forms, the relationship between text and image in comics, and the connection between comics and cartooning
Keywords comics  aesthetics
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2011.00450.x
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,077
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Categories of Art.Kendall L. Walton - 1970 - Philosophical Review 79 (3):334-367.
Defining Art Historically.Jerrold Levinson - 1979 - British Journal of Aesthetics 19 (3):21-33.

View all 27 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Comics as Literature?Aaron Meskin - 2009 - British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (3):219-239.
Comics & Collective Authorship.Christy Mag Uidhir - 2012 - In Aaron Meskin & Roy T. Cook (eds.), The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 47-67.
Defining Comics?Aaron Meskin - 2007 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 65 (4):369–379.
Comics and Genre.Catharine Abell - 2012 - In Aaron Meskin & Roy T. Cook (eds.), The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach. Blackwell. pp. 68--84.
The Aesthetics of Comics.Aaron Meskin - 2001 - British Journal of Aesthetics 41 (4):446-449.
The Spirit of Comics.Charles Natoli - 2009 - Philosophy Now 73:4-4.
Comics and Philosophy.John Lent - 2009 - Philosophy Now 73:18-18.
The Art of Comics—A Philosophical Approach. [REVIEW]Jon Robson - 2013 - British Journal of Aesthetics 53 (4):ayt001.
Narrative in Comics.Henry John Pratt - 2009 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 67 (1):107-117.
Drawings of Photographs in Comics.Roy T. Cook - 2012 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 70 (1):129-138.
Do Comics Require Pictures? Or Why Batman #663 Is a Comic.Roy T. Cook - 2011 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (3):285-296.


Added to PP index

Total views
107 ( #101,778 of 2,454,537 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #225,727 of 2,454,537 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes