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CrimComics Issue 10: Developmental and Life-Course Theories

Tenth Edition

Krista Gehring and Illustrated by Michael Batista

Publication Date - July 2021

ISBN: 9780197545805

32 pages
6 7/8 x 10 1/2 inches

Retail Price to Students: $5.95


Criminological theory is a core component of the CJ/crim curriculum; a least one course on the topic is typically required for a four-year degree. But theory can be a dry subject, disconnected from the real world and hard for students to understand or relate to. The proposed project offers a new way to teach this material, engaging students with brief, highly visual illustrated texts. The authors propose a series of 13 "comic books," each issue on a particular type of criminological theory. Each fully illustrated volume will trace the development of the theory, placing it in social and political context, and explain how it applies to the real world. As noted by reviewers, the visual nature of the project, along with the focus on real-world relevance, should be appealing to students while still conveying the key concepts instructors need to impart.


  • 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 10 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.


I am in love with your CrimComics. The idea and execution are simply amazing. Internalizing theories and their structure is difficult, and remembering them over time is even more so. These graphic novels make it so much more relaxing to remind myself of theoretical concepts I may not have grasped fully while trudging through Vold's Theoretical Criminology. Thank you for CrimComics, they are amazing. I plan to use them for a long time. --Mark A. Speers, Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University

"I think students will be thrilled to have CrimComics, something fresh and original that has been adapted to their generation of learners."--Anna Devita, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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