Dr. Duncan's Recommendations

Randy Duncan is professor of communication at Henderson State University.  He is co-author, with Matthew J. Smith, of The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (Continuum 2009) and co-editor, with Smith, of the Eisner-nominated (and Rollins Book Award winning) Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods (Routledge 2011).  He is co-author, with Michael Ray Taylor and David Stoddard, of Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction (Routledge 2015).  His essays have appeared in The Ages of Superman (2012), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics (2016), The Routledge Companion to Comics and Graphic Novels (2016), Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel (2016), and 9a Arte: Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas sobre Histórias em Quadrinhos (2016).  Duncan is co-editor, with Matthew J. Smith, of the Routledge Advances in Comics Studies series.

Dr. Duncan is co-founder, with Peter Coogan, of the Comics Arts Conference.  Founded in 1992, it was the nation’s first academic conference devoted to the study of comics.  He has presented at international academic conferences in Paris, Dundee, Athens, Passau, Toulouse, and Oxford.

In 2009 Duncan received the Inge Award for Outstanding Comics Scholarship.  In 2012 he received the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comics Arts.  Also in 2012 he was the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts College Teacher of the Year.