It looks like scholarship is here to stay, as Sequart has announced a new scholarly organization:
An organization has been founded to study and promote comic books as a legitimate artform: Sequart Research & Literacy Organization.
“While comic books and graphic novels have increasingly been taken seriously in recent years,” according to organization founder Julian Darius, “we still have a long way to go. To many people, comics are still silly kids’ stuff or something that spurs hit movies. This organization intends to study the medium and make it accessible to new readers.”
The organization maintains its extensive website, Sequart.org < http://sequart.org/> , and will be launching a line of books on comics later this month.
The organization, based in Edwardsville, Illinois, is the successor to Sequart.com < http://sequart.com/> , a popular website devoted to the study of comic books. That site has been represented at several comic book conventions.
The organization’s initial Board of Directors consists of Julian Darius, Mike Phillips, and Peter Bukalski.
No urther details are available at this time, but we will note that the have announced
a line of books including :
The first book will be Grant Morrison: The Early Years by Timothy Callahan. It studies the popular writer’s revolutionary early period, including Zenith, Arkham Asylum, Animal Man, Batman: Gothic, and Doom Patrol. The book examines all five works in detail, drawing out their running and evolving themes. Using plain language, Callahan opens up Morrison’s sometimes difficult texts and expands the reader’s appreciation of their significance, creating a study accessible to both Grant Morrison aficionados and those new to his work. An extended interview with Morrison on his early career rounds out the volume.
The second book of the line will be Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen by Hollywood insider Thomas J. McLean. The book offers the definitive study of the three X-Men films, directed by Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner. It contains scene-by-scene examinations of all three films, including notes on scenes cut from the films. The book also examines their sometimes controversial development process, their prequel comics (which featured exclusive content), their popular and critical reception, and more.
Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen runs 312 pages and carries a cover price of $22.99. It is scheduled to be available for order in late June.
The line’s third book will be The DC Canon: Classic Stories of the DC Universe by organization founder Julian Darius. It is scheduled to be available in late July.
A fourth volume is planned for the fourth quarter of this year, and work is underway on four volumes for 2008.