This website is dedicated to a discussion of sacred texts and comics: the ways in which these texts interact, merge, create, inform, and dynamically negotiate conceptions of religion. A group of diverse scholars have joined to produce the volume, Sacred Texts and Comics: Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives, edited by Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm. This site will host various discussions related to that text (to be published by University Press of Mississippi in 2017) by the authors and interested participants in the broader discussion of the sacred and comics.
Sacred Texts and Comics: Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives explores how visual mediums and notions of the sacred interweave to produce robust accounts of the religious imaginary. The creative texts explored within this edited volume are diverse in content and form, but all share an expressive interest in modes of seeing the sacred in graphic structures. The essays pursue a critical vigilance to uncover the rhetorical play of image and text that occurs when comics engage religious literature. We have gathered a diverse group of nineteen scholars, with varying methodological and disciplinary expertise, to examine the productive intersections between religion and comics in ways that critically expand our ability to think well about religious landscapes, rhetorical practices, pictorial representation, and the everyday experiences of the uncanny. Please see the Table of Contents for a more detailed picture of the book’s contents