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M. Thomas Inge is the Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of Humanities at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and was a founder of both the Popular Culture Association and the American Humor Studies Association. He has authored or edited over sixty books, including Comics as Culture, which remains a foundational work in the field of comics studies. He is the editor of the "Conversations with Comic Book Artists" series published by the University Press of Mississippi, which features collections of groundbreaking interviews with comic book writers, artists and editors. This interview explores the development of comics studies and his career in mapping the history of comics as an art form.