Children, Comics, and Print Culture

2015 – present

This project expands Tilley’s investigation of comics from the perspective of readers, a much-neglected group in both contemporary and historical research. Comics readership among young people peaked in the mid-twentieth century with levels reaching near 100%, yet there has been little scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. Funding for this project will enable archival research trips and hourly research support to complete data collection necessary for a single-author monograph that will provide a coherent examination of the social and cultural role of comics in United States’s children’s print culture throughout the twentieth century.

Children, Comics, and Print Culture


Children, Comics, and Print Culture
Carol Tilley
Principal Investigator (PI)

Funding Agencies

University of Illinois Research Board — 2015 — $19,036

Research Areas

Cultural Informatics and Heritage, History of Information, Youth Literature, Culture, and Services