My current projects include:
?Comics vs. Art. This book is the result of a SSHRC-funded project. It examines the place of comics within the institutional frameworks of art history, including the art gallery, the auction house, the museum and the university. This book is currently being copy-edited and will be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011.
?The Salem Encyclopedia of Graphic Novels. This three-volume reference work will contain more than five hundred articles on important works and artists that have defined the evolution of the graphic novel. Dozens of historical and analytic essays by leading scholars will make this an important reference work for comics studies. The encyclopedia will be published in Fall 2011 by Salem Press.
?The Birth of Comics, from William Hogarth to Winsor McCay. This is a translation of Thierry Smolderen's excellent history of proto- and early-comics, published in 2009 by Les Impressions Nouvelles. This will be the third translation that I have co-authored with Nick Nguyen for University Press of Mississippi. It will be published in Spring 2012.
?Untitled Jules Feiffer Project. Based on research already concluded, I am authoring a monograph on the work of Jules Feiffer that will examine his comics career in relation to his playwriting, screenwriting, novels, and children's books. This project is not yet contracted to a publisher.
?Comics Off the Page. I have recently begun researching a monograph on intermedial - or non-print - comics. This work will be my major focus for the next several years.
The portrait of Bart is by German cartoonist Martin tom Dieck, about whom Bart has written in The Comics Journal, Top Shelf Asks the Big Questions, and in his book: Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s.