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 neurophysiology of event processing in language and visual events

In yet another one of my recent publications, here is a book chapter that’s been awaiting publication for many years. My paper with my dear departed friend, Martin Paczynski, “The […]

New paper: Your brain on comics

I’m very excited to announce the publication of my newest paper,”Your brain on comics: A cognitive model of visual narrative comprehension” in Topics in Cognitive Science. This journal issue is […]

Review: Metaphoricity of Conventionalized Diagetic Images in Comics

MichaƂ Szawerna’s recent book Metaphoricity of Conventionalized Diegetic Images in Comics: A Study in Multimodal Cognitive Linguistics analyzes a variety of structural aspects of the visual languages of comics by […]

Rules of Emoji

A friend passed along this article recently which describes research by Tyler Schnoebelen that explores the rules people use when writing with emoji/emoticons. When people hear that I work on […]

Towards a visual sociolinguistics

I’ve heard some people complain that a “language” approach to drawings and sequential images is overly formal and washes out the ability to talk about socio-cultural issues. I actually think […]

Fluency and dialects in understanding comics

In a recent article at The Comics Journal, Eddie Campbell describes the challenge facing some people who “can’t understand comics,” and offers “rules of comprehension” to help aid readers along […]


Savage Chickens never seems to fail to give me a laugh. This one especially had me chuckling… The reason I liked this one so much is that it plays on a […]

Basic structures of visual language

One of the important basic tasks of doing research on the visual language used in comics is to identify the foundational components that go into our comprehension of sequential images. […]

Sequence vs. Singles in “visual language”

In my last post, I addressed the basic idea for a “visual language” as being a sequence of meaningful images guided by a system of constraints (i.e., a grammar). In […]