With the year closing, now's as good a time as any to survey some of the things going on around here…
Now that The Visual Language of Comics is out in the UK/Europe, I am eagerly awaiting its release in the US at the end of January. For those of you who are reading it, I hope you're enjoying it, and I encourage you to post a review of it on its Amazon page. I am of course always welcoming of feedback directly or posted here in the blog comments as well.
For those of you who speak German, the article about my work in the magazine Der Spiegel has now appeared online in full.
For those of you who speak Spanish, my articles have continued to be translated each month in the online magazine Revista Exégisis. The latest issue translated my article on "natural" visual language poetry (English article), and also includes example strips from my friends Alexander Danner and Tym Godek's Two for No.
This coming year looks to be an exciting one. Beyond the full book release, I continue to work on a few exciting studies here at UC San Diego that are currently underway. I should have several papers appearing in journals within the coming months, and have plans to submit several more soon. Among these projects is actually my next book, which will be an edited volume combining the work of several researchers who have contributed to this broader field that I'm working to establish (most all of whom are cited in The Visual Language of Comics). More on this as it develops...
Finally, I am very much looking forward to this coming school year here at UC San Diego. I'll be teaching a "Language of Comics" class for the linguistics department in Winter Quarter, which will focus on the structural aspects of visual language. This class builds off of the one I taught several years ago at Tufts, but now with the added bonus of having a coherent textbook in my book! Then, in Spring Quarter we'll be moving on to a class on the "Cognition of Comics" for the cognitive science department. There the emphasis will be on the experimental and corpus research analyzing visual languages, and students will be guided through doing their own research projects on visual language. I'm really excited about this class!
Here's looking forward to 2014!