New paper: Visual narrative comprehension: Universal or not?

My latest paper has now been published in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review entitled “Visual Narrative Comprehension: Universal or not?” This paper explores to what degree sequences of images are universally […]

ERC Starting Grant for Visual Language research

I’m very happy to officially announce that I have received an ERC Starting Grant! This is my first major individual research grant (after many many tries), and I’m very excited […]

New paper: The cultural pages of comics

I’m excited to announce that our paper, “The cultural pages of comics: cross-cultural variation in page layouts”, has been published in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics! It actually […]

New paper: A picture is worth more words over time

I’m excited to announce we have another new paper, “A picture is worth more words over time: Multimodality and narrative structure across eight decades of American superhero comics,” now out […]

New paper: Pow, punch, pika, and chu

I’m once again excited to announce the publication of another of my students’ projects. Our paper, “Pow, Punch, Pika, and Chu: The Structure of Sound Effects in Genres of American […]

New paper: The changing pages of comics

Comic page layouts changing over time

I’m excited to announce the publication of our latest paper, “The changing pages of comics: Page layouts across eight decades of American superhero comics” in the latest issue of Studies […]

Dispelling myths about comics page layout

There are many websites and twitter accounts that give advice about how to draw comics, and perhaps no other piece of “advice” arises more than the repeated advocacy to avoid […]

Mayan visual narratives in the BBC!

I’m very happy to say that David Robson over at the BBC has a new article out discussing Jesper Nielsen and Søren Wichmann’s chapter in my new book, The Visual […]

New paper: The vocabulary of manga

Manga Faces

I’m happy to announce that my new article with co-author Sean Ehly, “The vocabulary of manga: Visual morphology in dialects of Japanese Visual Language” is now published in the Journal […]

Dispelling emoji myths

Face emoji

In my recent BBC article and my blog posts about emoji, I have tried to explain how emoji are not an emerging language, but that they do serve important functions that resemble other […]