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vii Acknowledgments It is not possible to mention everyone who has contributed, either directly or indirectly, to the creation of this book, but a few people deserve special thanks. My colleagues at Cardiff University have been unfailingly encouraging. I am especially grateful to Alison Wray and Adam Jaworski for all their support and advice, as well as to Nik Coupland for suggesting several useful readings on the theme of authenticity. The original idea for this book was conceived during my research leave in the spring of 2009, part of which I spent as a visiting scholar at the University of Technology Sydney, supported by Theo van Leeuwen and funded by a Cardiff University International Collaboration Award. I would also like to express my thanks to the friendly community of European comics scholars, especially Martin Barker, Roger Sabin, Paul Gravett, and Charles Forceville, whose work greatly inspired me. I am indebted to Thierry Groensteen for his generous assistance and helpful feedback on one of the chapters. The staff at University Press of Mississippi were exceptionally efficient and supportive at all stages in the development of the book. I would also like to pay tribute to the three anonymous reviewers for UPM, from whose expert opinions I benefitted greatly. This book would not have been possible without the support of family and friends, particularly Tanja Nause, Susan Wood, and Thomas Spielhofer, who read parts of the manuscript and offered many invaluable comments, and Sheila Spielhofer, who is the most viii Acknowledgments patient and perceptive reader anyone could hope for. Finally, I must thank Amr, who kept me going with his encouragement and thousands of cups of tea. Autobiographical Comics This page intentionally left blank ...


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