“Neil Cohn’s new book is the result of over twenty years of researching and writing about global comics–what they are, their underlying structure, and cultural variations in their development. With academic interest in global comics at an all-time high, it will delight serious students of a powerful visual medium.”
– Frederik L. Schodt, award-winning author of Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics

New lab members!

This Fall we welcome our visiting PhD student Maki Miyamoto to work on onomatopoeia in our TINTIN Project!

Upcoming Events

September 13-15 2023. Keynote talk. Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association. Krosno, Poland

September 28-30 2023. Keynote talk. IGEL Conference in Monopoli, Italy

Organizations to support

Hero Initiative

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Reading with Pictures

Latest Blog Post

  • 2022: My publications in review

    I’m a little late to post it, but in keeping with my annual tradition, here’s a rundown of all the papers I published in 2022. There were a lot of […]

Recent papers

Coderre, Emily L. and Neil Cohn. 2023. Individual differences in the neural dynamics of visual narrative comprehensionPsychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Cohn, Neil, Bruno Cardoso, Bien Klomberg, and Irmak Hacımusaoğlu. 2023. The Visual Language Research Corpus (VLRC): An annotated corpus of comics from Asia, Europe, and the United StatesLanguage Resources and Evaluation.

Patrick, Morgan, Neil Cohn, John Mertus, and Sheila Blumstein. 2023. Sequences in harmony: Cognitive interactions between musical and visual narrative structureActa Psychologia. 238:103981

Books on Visual Language

The Patterns of Comics
Coming November 2023!

Who Understands Comics? Book
2021 Eisner Award Nominee
The Visual Narrative Reader
The Visual Language of Comics