Asking the question “Why Comics Studies?” is like asking the question “Why Cinema, Television, Game, or Media Studies?”.
There’s a reason that when people wear DC Comics on their T-shirts, it’s not the characters but symbols on their shirt. That’s because the DC Comics characters represent something.
While the “graphic novel” offers the opportunity for artistic endeavors, superhero comics are still immature. The schism is a cultural quirk, but an important truth. Even as the comic medium has grown to encompass every literary genre, the superhero remains its iconic face. Idyllic and fantastic, the superhero has endured to emerge as the fuel for a multibillion-dollar media convergence.
When you draw, you can always capture that moment. You can always have that exact, precise moment when someone’s got the club raised, when someone’s going down. I realize now there’s a lot of power in that.