An exploration of presymbolic rhetoricity across comics and other media in an innovative, interactive form
Comics, Jason Helms argues, are post-critical, reflexive, and figural, in that they combine image/text and visual/verbal elements in ways that illuminate a third, nonsymbolic rhetoric more appropriate for digital and heterotopic spaces. Blurring the line between form and content, Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition offers readers a unique opportunity to engage in a rhizomatic alt-scholarship, in which the medium is the message. Rhizcomics manifests this ambitious concept by bringing together a variety of disciplinary traditions, from familiar continental theorists to ancient, modern, and postmodern rhetoricians, to comics and contemporary composition theorists. Helms calls for a decentering of typical binaries to form a rhizomatic approach to visual and multimedia rhetorics and uses comics as the main exemplar for the type of decentered writing for which he advocates.
Jason Helms is Associate Professor of English at Texas Christian University.
“Helms pushes the boundaries of scholarly publishing, bringing together many different disciplinary traditions, from familiar continental theorists to ancient, modern, and postmodern rhetoricians, to comics and contemporary composition theorists . . . I haven’t seen an online project like this that tackles difficult theoretical concepts in an engaging way, and invites audience participation.”
—Sarah Arroyo, Associate Professor of English, California State University, Long Beach
“Ambitious in its scope, this project will have an important impact both on the field of rhetorical studies, and more broadly.”
—Collin Brooke, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University, and author of Lingua Fracta: Toward a Rhetoric of New Media (Hampton, 2009)
Read: Rhizcomics in Chronicle for Higher Education Link | 2/27/2017