Visiting professor in American Studies, University of Hamburg; American newspaper comics scholar (and fan); I hold a PhD in American Studies and wrote my post-doctoral thesis on one of the first popular, serial comic figures: the Yellow Kid (the manuscript is going to be published with Ohio State UP); co-editor of New Perspectives on American Comic Books and Graphic Novels (a special issue of the scholarly journal Amerikastudien/ American Studies, 2011) and Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads (2013). I am currently working on Palmer Cox’s Brownies stories and on the newspaper serials by various artists, published between 1909 and 1939 (in The American Weekly).


I: Monographies and edited volumes

  • Modern Mass Entertainment: The Serial Unfolding of the Yellow Kid. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2019. 

  • with Shane Denson and Daniel Stein.Transnational Perspectives on Comics and Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads. London et al.: Bloomsbury, 2013.

  • with Daniel Stein and Micha Gerrit Philipp Edlich. American Comics Books and Graphic Novels. Themenheft der Amerikastudien/American Studies 56.4 (2011).

  • War and Trauma Images in Vietnam War Representations. Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Olms, 2008.

II: Articles and book chapters

  • Serial Entertainment / Serial Pleasure. Media of Serial Narratives. Ed. Frank Kelleter. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017. 74-89.

  • Medial Transgressions: Sheet Music – Theater – Advertising.” Mediality and Materiality of Contemporary Comics. Spec. issue of Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics7.3. Guest editors Jan-Noël Thon and Lukas Wilde. (2016):293-305.

  • Popular Culture, Visual Culture – Reading the Brinkley Girls. Approaches to American Studies. Ed. Eva Boesenberg, Martin Klepper, Antje Dallmann. New York: Routledge, 2016. 46-56.

  • Topographien des urbanen Raums in Zeitungscomics der Jahrhundertwende. Sehnsucht suchen? Amerikanische Topographien aus komparatistischer Perspektive. Ed. Christian Bachmann and Simone Sauer-Kretschmer. Bochum: Christian A. Bachmann Verlag, 2014. 169-191.

  • with Jens Bonk. Serializing ‘Gravitational Distortions’: Techniques of Refutation, Digression and Interruption in The Unwritten.TheInternational Journal of Comic Art15.2 (Fall 2013): 682-701.

  • “Patriotic Laughter? World War I in British and American Newspaper and Magazine Comics.” Heroisches Elend/ Misères de l`héroisme/Heroic Memory. Der Erste Weltkrieg im intellektuellen, literarischen und bildnerischen Gedächtnis der europäischen Kulturen/La Première Guerre mondiale dans la mémoire intellectuelle, littéraire et artistique des cultures européennes/The First World War in the Intellectual, Literary and Artistic Memory of the European Cultures. 2 Vols. Ed. Thomas Stauder and Gislinde Seybert, Frankfurt/M.: Lang, 2013. 1525-1552.

  • “Un/taming the Beast, or Graphic Novels (Re)-Considered.” From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative. Ed. Daniel Stein and Jan-Noël Thon. Berlin: De Gruyter,2013. 271-299.

  • with Daniel Stein and Shane Denson. Introduction: Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads. Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. 1-12.

  • Urban America in the Newspaper Comic Strips of the Nineteenth Century: Introducing the Yellow Kid. ImageText6.2 (2012). Web.  Veröffentlicht: 25 Juli 2012. <http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/ archives/v6_2/meyer/>. 

  • George Benjamin Luks and the Comic Weeklies of the 19th Century. Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics 3.1 (2012): 69-83.

  • Teaching Visual Literacy through9/11 Graphic Narratives? Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice. Ed. Lan Dong, Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. 53-65.

  • with Daniel Stein and Micha Edlich. Introduction: American Comic Books and Graphic Novels. American Comics Books and Graphic Novels. Hrsg. Daniel Stein, Christina Meyer und Micha Edlich. Themenheft der Amerikastudien/ American Studies 56.4 (2011): 501-29.

  • “‘Put it into boxes’: Framing Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers. Trauma’s Continuum: September 11th Re-Considered. Spec. issue of Amerikastudien/ American Studies55.3 (2010). Guest editors MaryAnn Snyder-Körber and Andrew Gross. 479-494. 

  • “‘After all disaster is my muse’: Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers. American Studies as Media Studies. Hrsg. Frank Kelleter & Daniel Stein. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2008. 107-117. 

  • “‘It’s a rerun. Nothing is authentic anymore’: Bobbie Ann Mason’s In Country. Literatures of War. Eds. Richard Pine and Eve Patten. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 349-379.

  • Roland Barthes:Fragments d’un discours amoureux. Das Liebeskonzil/Le concile d’amourLiterarische Liebe und metaphorisches Begehren/ Amour littéraire et désir métaphorique. Hrsg. Gislinde Seybert. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2004. 251-274. 

  • The Hardcore and the Gentle.” Translation for the art exhibition catalogue Sixtina Pt.7-03. Hannover: MWK, 2003.

III: Reviews

  • Ann-Katrin Colomb. For Jesus Christ and John Wayne“.US-amerikanische Army Nurses und nationales Selbstverständnis im Vietnamkrieg,Trier: WVT, 2012. Review for Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies25.2 (2014): 198-199.

  • Thomas Becker. Comic: Intermedialität und Legitimität eines popkulturellen Mediums, Bochum: Ch. A. Bachmann, 2011. Review for European Comic Art Journal5.2 (Winter 2012): 121-124.

  • Jean-Paul Gabilliet. Of Comics and Men. A Cultural History of American Comic Books. Übers. Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2010; online review for ComFor <http://www.comicge sellschaft.de/?p=1321>.

  • Dietrich Grünewald, ed. Struktur und Geschichte der Comics: Beiträge zur Comicforschung. Bochum & Essen: Ch. A. Bachmann Verlag, 2010. WLA<http://www.wla-online.de/artikel-detail.php?artikelid=765&gt;. (inactive)

  • Ingo Irsigler and Christoph Jürgensen, ed. Nine Eleven. Ästhetische Verarbeitungen des 11. Septembers 2001(Heidelberg: Winter, 2008). Review for Archiv für das Studium der Neueren Sprachen und Literaturen162 (2010): 206-207.

  • Stephan Ditschke, Katerina Kroucheva, Daniel Stein, ed. Comics: Zur Geschichte und Theorie eines populärkulturellen Mediums. (Bielefeld: transcript, 2009). Online forum: <http://www.transcript-verlag.de/ts1119/ts1119.php&gt;.

IV: Interviews

V: Textbook entries

·       with Felix Brinker. Comics“.Handbuch:Popkultur. Hg. Thomas Hecken und Marcus S. Kleiner, Stuttgart: Metzler, 2017. 198-202.

VI: In preparation / under peer review / forthcoming

  • Richard F. Outcault: Yellow Kid“.Handbook – Comics and Graphic Novels. Hrsg. Sebastian Domsch, Dan Hassler-Forest, und Dirk Vanderbeke. Berlin: De Gruyter. 2018, forthcoming.

  • “‘Noch besser, bunter und mehr davon’: Comicproduktion und Comicästhetik im 19. Jahrhundert“.Zur Ästhetik des Gemachten in Animation und Comic. Hrsg. Jan-Noël Thon und Véronique Sina. De Gruyter, 2018, forthcoming.

  • How to Use 19th Century Newspaper Comic Supplements in the English Classroom.” INKS, under peer review.

  • The Modern American Girl? Visions of Womanhood in Nell Brinkley’s Newspaper Serials, 1918-1937“.The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, in preparation.

  • Palmer Cox’s Little Sprites in Nineteenth Century Children’s Magazines.” In preparation (part of the DFG network publication Narrative Liminality and/in the Formation of American Modernities)

  • Die Anfänge eines Massenmediums: Amerikanische Comics im 19. Jahrhundert.”  In preparation.

Blog Posts


    • Modern Mass Entertainment: The Serial Unfolding of the Yellow Kid (Ohio State UP, forthcoming) 

    • “Expressive Forms on the Juvenile Consumer Market: The Brownies, 1884-1900” (working title; part of the DFG funded network Narrative Liminality in/and the Formation of American Modernities

    • “Middlebrow Publics? Newspaper Serials in The American Weekly, 1909-1929” (working title)

    • “Comparative Histories? Fashion Discourses in the Modernizing World: Women’s Dress, 1830-1910” (working title)


    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    Middlebrow Publics? Reading Gender in the Serial Press, 1910-1930“: Annual Meeting of the German Association of American Studies, J.F.K.-Institute for North American Studies, FU-Berlin, 24-27 May 2018

    “Transmedia Practices, Modernity, and Celebrity Culture in Early 20th-Century America”: NECS, Amsterdam & Utrecht, Netherlands, 27.-29. June 2018

    Genderideologien in den Zeitschriften und Zeitungen, 1880-1920“: Guest lecture in the lecture series Gender Stories at the Center for Gender Studies (in cooperation with the Department of Comparative Literature), Göttingen



    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) 

    European Association of American Studies (EAAS)

    Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Comic-Forschung (ComFor)

    International Comics Scholar Society (CSS)

    European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)

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