American literature, peepshow, fiction, comic book, autobiographical fiction, self-representation
As we think about autobiography, it becomes necessary to broaden our ways of thinking about texts. In order to do so, we need to consider how creators of autobiographical comics use words and images to produce meanings at the intersection of multiple modal systems—meanings unavailable in either pictures or words alone. Working through the theoretical and practical connections between multimodality and theories of autobiography, this article explores the ways in which questions of autobiography are addressed in the comics form through an examination of Joe Matt's Peepshow, an autobiographical comic that has been published at varying intervals since 1992.
Jacobs, Dale. (2008). Multimodal Constructions of Self: Autobiographical Comics and the Case of Joe Matt's Peepshow. Biography, 31 (1), 59-84.