Comics is sometimes described as a democratic medium, and the same holds for comics criticism. A few academics may try to convince themselves that only academic criticism matters, but they are whistling Dixie. In particular, the number of cartoonists who have written with insight on comics history and theory is mind-boggling. Indeed, it is difficult to think of another art form whose practitioners have played such a prominent role in conceptualizing their own activity.
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