Drawing Digital: Exploring the Subjects and Spaces of Autobiographical Webcomics

  • Shannon Sandford (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Autobiographical works that embrace digital media, mix genres, or otherwise push at the form itself have appeared variously within the discipline of Life Writing. This paper isolates webcomics as a particular example of the ways contemporary ‘autographics’ intersect and interact with increasingly mobile platforms, contexts, and audiences. Once remnants of early Internet culture, webcomics have re-emerged amidst the rise of Web 2.0 as a precise, hybrid mode of visual-verbal-digital display. This paper proposes an interdisciplinary methodology for closely reading webcomics that brings histories of comics studies and graphic narrative into contact with digital and media cultures.

How modern life writing morphs, modulates, and adapts to fast-evolving technologies raises critical questions that set some parameters for this work: what visual and digital literacies do webcomics produce? What are the personal and political stakes of self representation in this form? What kinds of reading/analytical practices are mobilised around webcomics? How can innovations in technology be used to broaden or challenge our understanding of life writing?
Period29 Oct 2021
Event titleIABA Life Narrative Futures
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational