digital archive

The selection of Conceptual comics, hosted in the digital collection Monoskop presents works that are unaffiliated with the commonly accepted history of the comics medium.These works examine how social and economic forces and their related sets of activities and commercial, communicative and other routines compose the media’s meaning-signifying trajectory. The rainforest of pulp production, the printer’s studio, the readers’ column and the landfill are not simply the industry’s geographies but are technologies of inscription in their own right but the integral elements of a material language that actively shapes the medium. Follow us in an archival adventure where we equally embrace the real, the unclaimed, the anticipated and the fictional in artistic practices in contemporary comics.