There is a growing body of scholarship that critically engages comic books as an important domain within popular culture. Many of these scholars are fans and even contributors to the genre. Consequently, affixing such a limiting label like “academics” to these people is much more about organizing their links for you rather than framing their contributions in some objective sense (for more on this). Anyway, check their sites. There is some really interesting work being done.

Christian Davenport
J2D2 Arts (John Jennings and Damian Duffy)
James Peterson’s Youtube site
Jeffrey Brown
Jelani Cobb
John Jennings and Black Comix
Julian Chambliss
Marc Singer’s Blog
Mark Anthony Neal’s Blog
Mark Anthony Neal on Twitter
Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua
William Foster, III