Ten (and then Some) Best Books of the Decade, 2010-2019: Comics Studies

Inspired by my colleague and friend Noah Berlatsky, who posted his list of the ten best non-fiction books of the decade, I put together a few lists of my selections of the ten best books of the decade.

This list covers the ten (and then some) best books in Comics Studies published between 2010 and 2019. Of course, this list is 100% subjective, as all such lists are, and represents the scope of my interests, reading, and particular understanding of the field. As with the American Cultural Studies list, I’ve opted to present a longer list of book because (1) there’s been an explosion of work and (2) it seems more appropriate in this case to present a range of inroads into the field, given the many different interests folks bring to comics studies. Other lists cover:

That said, here goes . . .

How Comics Work


Markets, Meaning, Materials

History, Form, Trauma

Identity and Subjectivity

Creator/Series-Based Studies

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