Comics and Maps? A CartoGraphic Essay

Giada Peterle


This cartoGraphic essay in the form of a short story in five comic book pages has been inspired by the works of both academic scholars and comics authors, with neither academic nor comics sources playing a prevalent role in the composition of the story. On the contrary, they merged naturally, inspiring the ideation of the panels, the contents of both the texts and the drawings. The essay draws on years of bibliographical research in the interdisciplinary fields of literary geography and cartography and comic book geographies. It is informed by creative approaches to maps and by the post-representational and emergent theories in cartography. Comic book geographies have, indeed, demonstrated how comics can actually become an object of interest for spatial analysis and also  for cartographic theorists. 


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