Reviews of Comics and the Body

“I daresay it is destined to become a canonical book”

  • Alaniz, José, “Comics and the Body: Drawing, Reading and Vulnerability by Eszter Szép (review)” INKS- The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, 2022, vol. 6, no. 1. DOI: 10.1353/ink.2022.0004

“As such, Comics and the Body lays the foundation for an exciting new path for comics studies, a path that fully plumbs two related aspects of graphic literature that have long been remarked upon, but never thoroughly explored.”

  • Gregory, Chase, “Comics and the body: drawing, reading, and vulnerability. Studies in comics and cartoons by Szép, Eszter, Columbus, Ohio State University Press, 2020. ISBN: 978-0-8142-5772-2”, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 2022,

“Finally, although Szép primarily focuses on the questions of cognition, embodiment, and drawing in non-fictional comics, her research could be a valuable resource for reading fictional comics, which too engage with imagining and imaging the other.”

“As such, it is refreshing that this monograph opens with Szép’s own embodied act of cognition, experiencing a visceral reaction to a moment of bodily vulnerability in Miriam Katin’s autobiographical comic Letting It Go (Katin 2013)”

  • Godfrey-Meers, Andrew, “A/effective Bodies: A Review of Eszter Szép’s Comics and The Body: Drawing, Reading, and Vulnerability (2020)”, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 2021, vol. 11, no. 1. doi:

“Szép’s monograph is a delicate and considerate exploration of vulnerability expressed and experienced through comics, successfully merging comics theories with embodiment theory”

  • Szarvas, Réka, “Review of Comics and the Body: Drawing, Reading, and Vulnerability” Americana E-journal, 2021, vol. 17, no.1. online, link

Published in December 2020 by Ohio State University Press.

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“The exuberance of the prose and lovely phrasing beautifully offset the topic, which is exceptionally well-researched as well as being very clearly elaborated. The book was a pleasure to read and has the potential to reshape scholarly engagements with the material and affective dimensions of comics reading processes.”

—Kate Polak, author of Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics (OSU Press, 2017)

“Eszter Szép’s book provides an analysis of the body that is currently undiscussed in the field, not only filling a gap in existing scholarship but also developing a new lens for analysis that highlights the potential for further research and study.”

—Harriet Earle, comics scholar and lecturer

This is a collection of comics made by my students in 2021, published in 2022. Interview.
Kép-regény-történet: A kilencedik művészet ikonjai Magyarországon

I was the editor if this bilingual catalog accompanying a major exhibition on the history of Hungarian comics at the National Széchényi Library in 2018 that I was co-curator of.

Publisher: National Széchényi Library, Budapest, 2018.

You can order this catalog here.
The catalog was reviewed by Bence Kránicz for Magyar Narancs.

Turning the Page: Gendered Identities in Contemporary Literary and Visual Cultures

Edited by Kata Gyuris, Eszter Szép, and Dóra Vecsernyés. L’Harmattan, Budapest, 2018.

You can download Turning the Page here.

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