Doctoral Project

Comics as aesthetic experience using the example of Chris Ware’s ‘Building Stories’ (2012)

In my doctoral project I investigate how comics can generate meaning through strategies that are informed by means of visuality and materiality. To answer this general question, I focus on the works of the comics artist Chris Ware, especially on his ‘comic conglomeration’ Building Stories (2012).
Key aspects of my approach are the entanglement of Ware’s comics with issues of design, games, fine art, visual narration, and Ware’s dealing with deviations from the so-called ‘norm’. Analyzing these aspects, I examine how art historical concepts and methods regarding visuality and materiality contribute to the field of comic studies.