Professors' book outlines comics creation

A collaboration between three Henderson State University professors has produced a book outlining the steps to creating a graphic nonfiction story.

Dr. Randy Duncan, Michael Ray Taylor, and David Stoddard combined their talents to write Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction.

The book, which was published in October, provides student journalists, artists, designers, creative writers, and web producers with the tools and techniques they need to tell nonfiction stories visually and graphically.

Duncan, professor of communication, is co-founder of the Comics Arts Conference; co-author of The Power of Comics: History and Culture; and co-editor of the Eisner-nominated Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods. He has received the M. Thomas Inge Award, the Inkpot Award, and a Peter Rollins Book Award for contributions to comics scholarship.

Taylor, professor of communication, is the author of Dark Life, Caves and Cave Passages, as well as a humorous ebook, The Cat Manual. He has written for Sports Illustrated, Audubon, Outside, and many other magazines, newspapers, documentary films and digital media.

Stoddard is a professor of graphic and media design. He illustrates book covers, posters, and other popular culture work. He’s had work in exhibitions from coast to coast, and has presented papers on comics and pop culture at conferences such as Comic-Con San Diego; ComFor Passau, Germany; The College Media Association, New York; and several other conferences.