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The objective of ImageTexT is to advance the academic study of an emerging and diverse canon of imagetexts. Chief among these are comic books, comic strips, and animations, but also represented are illustrated fiction, children’s picture books, digital-concrete poetic forms, visual rhetoric, etc. Any work or works, tradition, school of thought, or critical method that foregrounds the intersections, interrelations, and disjunctions between text and image is an appropriate subject for inquiry and debate in these pages. Under the guidance of an editorial board of scholars from a variety of disciplines, ImageTexT publishes solicited and peer-reviewed papers that investigate the material, historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of visual textuality. ImageTexT welcomes essays emphasizing (but not limited to) the aesthetics, cognition, production, reception, distribution and dissemination of imagetexts, along with translations of previously existing research in the field of visual culture.

Exploring all periods and all countries and languages, and deploying a wide range of disciplinary approaches, ImageTexT is designed to foster innovative discussions of the political and social implications of imagetexts, to generate original formal aesthetic analyses of these works, and to broaden theoretical discussions of genre, period, narrative, and complex image/text relationships in visual media. ImageTexT will include reviews of current scholarship in the field, announcements regarding relevant conferences and upcoming publications, and links to other theoretical projects of interest to readers. ImageTexT will also provide currently unavailable English-language translations of seminal essays of comics theory. ImageTexT is listed in the MLA Bibliography, beginning summer 2005.


Unsolicited articles submitted to ImageTexT will appear in the journal only after passing a blind peer-review process and having been reformatted as needed to match the journal’s in-house requirements with regard to structure and online presentation.


ImageTexT is a web-based journal with free and full public access to all articles. Authors publishing in ImageTexT have the opportunity to use a wider range and number of images, including those in full-color, than would be possible in a print journal. ImagTexT’s web format also allows authors to use links within their essays to other Internet content.

ImageTexT will publish both unsolicited articles in areas relevant to the journal’s focus, and guest-edited “forums,” including solicited articles on specified themes. We will also publish translations of essays previously unavailable in English. ImageTexT will maintain a complete archive of previous issues.

Editorial Board and Production Staff

Information about the Editorial Board and our Production Staff is available on our Staff page.

ImageTexT is indexed in the MLA Bibliography.

* Permission for use of “imagetext” granted by W.J.T. Mitchell.