Taking its cue from selection systems theory, this paper discusses the capabilities of innovative comics artists and publishers to influence their environment in such a way that a certain level of artistic independence can be achieved or sustained. Increased chances of artistic autonomy depend on the artist and/or publisher’s awareness of the different contexts in which s/he can operate. In fact, in endorsing several roles and adapting to their environment, artists and/or publishers can force a change in selection systems (market selection, peer selection, and expert selection) and therefore improve their survival chances. This is illustrated by means of a case study of Joost Swarte and the Dutch publishing company Oog & Blik.
|Title of host publication||Comics in Dissent|
|Subtitle of host publication||Alternative, Independence, Self-Publishing|
|Editors||Christophe Dony , Tanguy Habrand, Gert Meesters|
|Place of Publication||Liège|
|Publisher||Presses Universitaires de Liège|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|