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Krista S. Gehring and Michael R. Batista

Publication Date - 15 August 2023

ISBN: 9780190207137

32 pages
7 x 10 inches

CrimComics helps today's students understand challenging criminological theories with comics that are fun, engaging, and pedagogically sound


CrimComics offers a new way to approach criminological theory by engaging students with impactful, highly visual illustrated texts. Each CrimComics Issue traces the development of the theory--placing it in social and political context--and demonstrates its application to the real world. The last page of each Issue features review questions and key terms.


  • The visual nature of the project, along with its focus on real-world relevance, should be appealing to students while still conveying the key concepts that instructors need to impart.
  • The last page will feature review questions and key terms but drawn to resemble the advertisements often found in the backs of comics.
  • Addressing the core challenges of getting students to read the text, CrimComics is highly engaging and informative, with 12 Issues in total covering the broad range of Criminological Theories.
  • The selling price models are compelling: The first Issue, when bundled with an OUP text, is free! The second issue, when part of the bundle, is only $5.

About the Author(s)

Krista S. Gehring is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Michael R. Batista is a professional freelance illustrator.


“This comic book clearly explains the basic concepts of conflict and critical criminology in a fun and visually appealing way.” -ELLEN G. COHN, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

“CrimComics is an engaging tool to teach students about the origins of Conflict and Critical Theories. The author takes the student on a journey, introducing them to the development of the theories, humanizing the theorists, and most importantly, allowing the reader to see practical application of the theory.” -ELIZABETH B. PERKINS, MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY

“CrimComics is fascinating, riveting, innovative. I think students will love it.” -WILLIAM CALATHES, NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY

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