The University of Florida is known for being the first institution in the US to offer comics studies as a course of study, and it continues to be one of the premier places to study comics. The late Dr. Donald Ault was responsible for developing UF as an important hub of comics studies, but many faculty and students have further built that tradition in the decades since. The following list gives you a sense of the many and varied opportunities for engaging comics that move beyond the department and the university.
My essay, “Servants to What Cause: Illustrating Queer Movement Culture through Grassroots Periodicals,” has been published in the collection, The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). The University Press of Mississippi chose this chapter as the free excerpt to represent the book, so you can enjoy my chapter through the free PDF on the UPM website!
It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Gina Gagliano and Alison Wilgus about comics and academia on their Graphic Novel TK podcast. They had great Qs that really got me thinking! Check out other episodes of their podcast; it encourages comics artists to think about different aspects of comic book publishing.
Article: Adjacent Genealogies, Alternate Geographies: The Outliers of Underground Comix & World War 3 Illustrated
My article, “Adjacent Genealogies, Alternate Geographies: The Outliers of Underground Comix & World War 3 Illustrated,” has been published in “The Counterpublics of Underground Comics” issue of iNKS (2019) that Leah Misemer and I co-edited.
Leah Misemer and I co-edited issue 3.1 of iNKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society! Thanks to Jared Gardner, Qiana Whitted, and all of the iNKS folks for making this happen.
My essay, “From Julie Doucet to Gabrielle Bell: Feminist Genealogies of Comics Anthologies,” has been published in the collection, The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place Inside Yourself (University Press of Mississippi, 2019). The volume won the 2019 CSS Prize for best edited collection!
My essay, “‘The Lesbian Norman Rockwell’: Alison Bechdel & Queer Grassroots Networks,” has been published in the “Queer about Comics” issue of American Literature 90.2 (2018). It was awarded the 2017 Crompton-Noll Essay Prize of the GLQ Caucus of the MLA, was named runner-up in the Norman Foerster Prize contest for best essay published annually in American Literature, and received an honorable mention from the Research Society for American Periodicals for their 2018-19 Article Prize. Additionally, the whole issue of the journal also won best special issue of the year from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
My essay, “Making Space: Jennifer Camper, LGBTQ Anthologies, and Queer Comics Communities,” has been published in the “Lesbians and Comics” special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies 22.4 (2018).
My essay, “Archiving Wimmen: Collectives, Networks, & Comix,” has been published in Australian Feminist Studies 32.91-92 (2017). This special double issue focuses on “Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research.” This article received the Florence Howe Award for feminist scholarship in the field of English by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages (http://www.wcml.org/). The article is permanently available open-access.