Dr. Dale Jacobs


B.A. M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Nebraska) 

Contact                                Dr. Dale Jacobs

CHN Rm 2114
519 253 3000 ext. 2309

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • Comics Studies
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Multimodal Rhetorics
  • Sophistic Rhetoric
  • The Literary Prize
  • Popular Music
  • Baseball Fiction and Nonfiction


Dale Jacobs is the author of Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) and, with Heidi LM Jacobs, 100 Miles of Baseball: 50 Games, One Summer (Biblioasis, 2021). His essays have appeared in English Journal, College Composition and Communication, Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Biography, ImageText, Journal of Comics and Culture, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Studies in Comics, Composition Studies, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, and Journal of Teaching Writing. With Jay Dolmage, he has published chapters on comics and disability in The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives. He is the editor of The Myles Horton Reader (University of Tennessee Press, 2003), Jeff Lemire: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi, 2021), and the co-editor (with Laura Micciche) of A Way to Move: Rhetorics of Emotion and Composition Studies (Boynton Cook/Heinemann, 2003). His latest book, The 1976 Project: On Comics and Grief, is under contract with Wilfred Laurier University Press.

100 Miles of Baseball. With Heidi LM Jacobs. Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2021.

Jeff Lemire: Conversations. Oxford, MI: University Press of Mississippi, 2021.

“Comics and Public History: The True Story of the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars.” With Heidi LM Jacobs.  Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 4.1 (Spring 2020):101-21.

“Text, Object, Transaction: Reconciling Approaches to the Teaching of Comics.”  With Great Power Comes Great Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Comic Books. Eds. Susan Kirtley, Peter Carlson, and Antero Garcia. Oxford, MI: University Press of Mississippi. 2020. 23-37.

“Comic Book Studies as Interdiscipline.”  The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies. Ed. Frederick Aldama. New York, Oxford University Press, 2020. 656-70.

Guest Editor. Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics 3.1 (Spring 2019). Special Issue on Comics as/and Rhetoric.

“Accessible Articulations: Comics and Disability Rhetorics in Hawkeye #19.”  With Jay Dolmage. Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 2.3 (Fall 2018): 353-68.

“"Piece it all together and it's barely a quarter of the puzzle": Design, Arthrology, and Transtextuality in Seth's It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken.”  Journal of Comics and Culture 1.1 (2016):1-24.

“The Chance of Life: Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy, Canadian Identity, and the Mythos of Hockey.” With Greg Paziuk. Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 43.1 (2016): 75-86.

“Mutable Articulations: Disability Rhetorics and the Comics Medium.” With Jay Dolmange. Feats of Clay: Disability and Graphic Narrative. Eds. Chris Foss, Jonathan Gray, and Zach Whelan. Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2016. 14-28.

Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 2013.

“Design, Arthrology, and Transtextuality in Seagle’s and Kristiansen’s It’s a Bird.” Studies in Comics 5.2 (2014).

“’There are no rules. And here they are’: Scott McCloud’s Making Comics as a Multimodal Rhetoric.” Journal of Teaching Writing 29.1 (2014): 1-20.

“Webcomics, Multimodality, and Information Literacy.” Imagetext 7.3 (2014).

“What’s Hope Got to Do With It?: Theorizing Hope in Education.” Education as Civic Engagement: Toward a More Democratic Society. Eds. Lynn Worsham and Gary Olson. New York: Palgrave, 2012.

“Difficult Articulations: Comics Autobiography, Trauma, and Disability.” With Jay Dolmage. The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures. Eds. Ofra Amihay and Lauren Walsh. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 67-87.

Editor. Composition Studies 43.1 (Spring 2015). Special Issue on Comics, Multimodality, and Composition. Editor. Sunday with the Tigers. Black Moss Press, 2015.