August 6, 2020
Dr. Hatfield, and co-editor Bart Beaty, have been working on his book for many years, and now it has been published!
The description on Amazon states, "In the twenty-first century, the field of comics studies has exploded. Scholarship on graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, webcomics, manga, and all forms of comic art has grown at a dizzying pace, with new publications, institutions, and courses springing up everywhere. The field crosses disciplinary and cultural borders and brings together myriad traditions. Comics Studies: A Guidebook offers a rich but concise introduction to this multifaceted field, authored by leading experts in multiple disciplines. It opens diverse entryways to comics studies, including history, form, audiences, genre, and cultural, industrial, and economic contexts. An invaluable one-stop resource for veteran and new comics scholars alike, this guidebook represents the state of the art in contemporary comics scholarship."
Dr. Hatfield has taught at CSUN since 2001. He has both designed and taught various courses, including (but not limited to) comics, pop culture, cultural studies, and young adult literature. Additionally, he designed and launched the Department of English's Pop Culture Minor.