Composition has a vested interest in exploring how comics studies can inform our teaching of writing, multimodal literacies, and visual rhetoric. Composition and rhetoric has already demonstrated a growing interest in comics (including graphic literatures, graphic novels, graphic narratives, digital storytelling) as complex sites of literacy and as spaces to theorize and practice multimodal composing. Comics also provide opportunities to explore the rhetorical choices and transactions that must be negotiated between composers and readers. However, despite composition scholars’ interest in multiliteracies, multimodal composing, and visual rhetoric, the interdependent and fluid connections between images and words remain largely disengaged. For example, in Embodied Literacies, Kristie Fleckenstein coined the term “imageword” to disrupt the binary that often exists between word and image and to revitalize the use of images in the composing process.
Kennedy, Tammie M.; Thomsen, Jessi; and Trabold, Erica, "Comics and Composition, Comics as Composition: Navigating Production and Consumption" (2015). English Faculty Publications. 67.