Happy Birthday to Hughes
I run into people who seem to think that literature is all words and that those words should preferably be a little stuffy. Who knows what literature is? The literature of the Cro Magnon is painted on the walls of the caves of Altamira. Who knows but that the literature of the future will be projected on clouds? 1
John Steinbeck in his introduction to The World of Li'l Abner comic strip collection
The history of literature and the philosophy of criticism, and the theory of criticism ignores what I call "transient, esthetic states," namely, esthetic experiences which are not recoverable by future generations, or even by yourself even several years later, but which are, at the time, extremely important. All of us can remember movies that we're embarrassed to look at on television now, or other things that we say we've outgrown that were important once. Those comic stories, for a great many people, were important experiences.
ACG editor, writer, and professor of Romantic literature, Norman Fruman
Comic strips and comic books are the most popular art form on earth. It is estimated that the Japanese alone buy one billion comic