[Featured image “Inc Comics Presents Captain Paiute in Stereotypical Saturday Night” by Theo Tso of Warpaint Studios] As we in the United States gather with our families to overeat and watch football and reflect on how grateful we are for things, I thought I’d take some time to elevate the voices of some of the…… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day Comics Roundup: Telling the stories of indigenous people
It’s almost upon us! San Diego Comic Con 2016! I’ve been trying to draft up posts to leave while I’m gone but I’ll be honest: this week I’ve been too excited, stressed, busy, and nervous to really make coherent blog posts! If you’re going to be around SDCC I would love to meet you! I’ll probably be…… Continue reading San Diego Comic Con!
So, a friend of mine pointed out that the idea of “comic studies” or a “comic scholar” is kind of a weird thing that isn’t really understood, and that got me further thinking that I never really explained what makes a good comic (or, rather, an effective one) and maybe some of my audience is…… Continue reading The super-duper-basics of comic studies
What a week, what a week! As the end of the semester gets closer, I become less and less active here because of work and projects (apologies). On top of that, however, I had the IMMENSE pleasure of getting to talk to not one, not two, but three esteemed comic creators in the past week. Andy Warner visited…… Continue reading Visiting comic artists!
This is as much a personal post as it is a post about research, nerd culture, comics, or anything else. Carry on. — Listen. It shouldn’t come as any surprise to people that nerd culture and those most vocal in it can be a bit…touchy. (And yes, here, I’m totally talking about male nerds.) It’s…… Continue reading Nerd Culture and criticism: “if you don’t like it, leave”
My research side of my SDCC project is for the most part (97% done, just a few tweaks here and there) and the results are being compiled, analyzed, put into pretty color-coded charts and what have you. While doing my research and creating my coding sheets, however, I ran into some thought-provoking questions about my…… Continue reading Operational definitions, drawing lines, and what really counts as “objectification”
The past few weeks I’ve been finding a few great resources from everything from comics creation to comics journalism and collections. Now you can enjoy them too! Comics Journalism: Cartoon Movement Comics Journalism Dot Net Cartoon Picayune (a semi-annual magazine anthology of nonfiction comics) Drawing The Times Josh Kramer’s Top Nonfiction Comics of 2015 The Nib (which…… Continue reading Link round-up: February 15
That’s the title of my research project, almost a year in the making now. It was inspired by the Bechdel test for film and other tests that have since spawned. For those who don’t know, the Bechdel test is a (somewhat joke) of a test proposed by two characters in Alison Bechdel’s “Dykes to Watch…… Continue reading Dames, damsels, debutantes: An empirical analysis of women’s representation in superhero comics