Randy Duncan and Matthew Smith have published a second edition of their essential textbook on the history and business of comics — and this time, they’re joined by a new author: Paul Levitz.

 At San Diego Comic Con one tends to see so many promotional flyers that they quickly become background noise, but there was one that immediately leapt up off the table and grabbed my attention: the announcement that February 2015 would bring a second edition of The Power of Comics. And now, as of yesterday, it’s here.

If you’re teaching a course in comics, cramming for one, or just want to become fluent with what has become the lingua franca of today’s mass media, there is not a better place to start. To see what’s new and get a copy for yourself, check out the publisher’s overview and the authors’ website,powerofcomics.com.