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Seeking Reviewers for VCQ Book Reviews

Print is clearly NOT DEAD! Every year dozens of books are published specifically about the visual and hundreds more on subjects related to the visual or of interest to visual communication scholars.

Visual Communication Quarterly features book reviews of published works of interest to the Visual Communication community. As the number of pages that can be given over to reviews is limited, the new editor of VCQ, xtine burroughs, and I have talked about an online book review section in the VCQuarterly website. This will have the same standards of quality and attention that the print version gets, however, we will be able to publish reviews of many more books… perhaps one or two a month! That would at least quadruple what we are doing now. In addition, we will be able to use color images of the covers and, if permissions are obtainable, additional images from those books that warrant it. In addition, with the proper tags, these book reviews will likely get better search engine results and, therefore increase reach — good news for both publishers and reviewers. I am even thinking about retro-reviews… books that are being rediscovered.

So this is a call for Reviewers for a list of books that have been published in the last 12-18 months that are on my desk waiting to be reviewed (Ok, some have been on my desk a little longer… but still worth reviewing!) Some of these will be published in VCQ PRINT and some will be published ONLINE.

If you are interested in reviewing a book, fill out the form at the bottom of this post. As more than one person might want to review the same book, be sure to help me by answering the question, “Why would you be a good reviewer for this book?” If you are selected to review a book, I will send it on to you or request that the publisher do so. In exchange, I ask that you send me your review in 90 days. You get to keep the book 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: If you are selected to review a book, I will send it on to you or request that the publisher do so. In exchange, I ask that you send me your review in 90 days. You get to keep the book 🙂 Please note… I will be traveling a good deal this summer. Here is the mailing schedule:

Books for review will be posted via USPS with a tracker code by:

  • May 19, 2017 Review offers accepted by May 18
  • July 3, 2017 Review offers accepted before or during the VisCom Conference (June 21-25)
  • Aug 21, 2017 Review offers accepted after July 3
Title Year Publisher Authors/Editors
Fire Signs: A Semiotic Theory for Graphic Design 2017 The MIT Press Skaggs, Steven
Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea 2016 University of Hawai’i Press Kang, Jiyeon
Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media 2016  The MIT Press Kyong Chun, Wendy Hui
Missed Information: Better Information for Building a Wealthier, More Sustainable Future 2016 The MIT Press Sarokin, David and Schulkin, Jay
The 10¢ War: Comic Books, Propaganda and World War II 2016 University Press of Mississippi Goodnow, Trischa and Kimble, James (Eds.)
Indians Illustrated: The Image of the Native American in the Pictorial Press 2016 University of Illinois Press Coward, John M.
Women, Workers, and Race in LIFE Magazine 2016 Ashgate Flamiano, Dolores
The Truthful Art: Data, charts, and maps for communication 2016 New Riders Cairo, Alberto
Producing New and Digital Media: Your Guide to Savvy Use of the Web 2016 Focal Press Cohen, James and Kenny, Thomas
Adjusted Margin: Xerography, Art, and Activism in the Late Twentieth Century 2016 The MIT Press Eichhorn, Kate
Siam’s New Detectives: Visualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand 2016 University of Hawai’i Press Lim, Samson
De-signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice 2015 Lexington Books Grierson, Edquist, Frichot & Silverman (Eds.)
Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric & Civic Action 2015 Penn State University Press Benson, Thomas W.
Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Control and Emancipation 2015 Rowman & Littlefield Dencik, Lina and Leistert, Oliver (Eds.)
Photography: A Critical Introduction 2015 Routledge Liz Wells (Ed.)
André Bazin’s New Media 2014 University of California Press Andrew, Dudley
Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production 2014 Harvard University Press Drucker, Johanna

Offer to Review a Book

By submitting this offer, you are committing to deliver a comprehensive review of the book within 90 days of receiving the Editor's acknowledgment of your offer and receipt of the book in question. Submitting an offer to review a book using this form does not constitute an acceptance of the offer by the Book Review Editor. Suggested word count for the body of the review is 700-1000 words.
  • Please include any information on knowledge domains (graphic design, photo journalism, data visualization, etc) you consider part of your expertise.


Professor of Communication - Visual Communication and Digital Media
Department of Communication & Graphic Design
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, U.S.
Research interests include web, usability, visual rhetoric, cultural aesthetics, material culture and other modalities and media that deal with the cultural impact of images and music.

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