Nick Sousanis: Unflattening

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It’s hard to look at pictures without saying ‘oh that’s just a picture’ and not think about all the kinds of connections that are being made...I’m using this other mode of thinking, which has different affordances and it allowed me to think about things in different ways.
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By Nick Sousanis

Nick Sousanis discusses his book Unflattening with Chris Richardson. Sousanis is an Eisner-winning comics author and an assistant professor in Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is starting an interdisciplinary Comics Studies program. He is the author of Unflattening, originally his doctoral dissertation, which he wrote and drew entirely in comics form. Published by Harvard University Press in 2015, Unflattening received the 2016 American Publishers Association Humanities award for Scholarly Excellence and the 2016 Lynd Ward prize for Best Graphic Novel. Sousanis’s comics have appeared in NatureThe Boston Globe, and Columbia Magazine. More at


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