In Spring 2021, I’ll be teaching my Graphic Archives graduate seminar in the Department of English at the University of Florida where we research the visual culture of American progressive grassroots media (1960s-1990s), focusing in on feminist and LGBTQ periodicals. We will examining cover graphics, comics, drawings, photographs, advertisements, typography, layout, and other elements of the periodicals’ visual aesthetics.
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!
Below, you’ll find a list of UF English faculty and graduate students who will be at the upcoming MLA 2020 Conference in Seattle. If I’ve missed your name or if you’re a UF English alum presenting at MLA and wish to be added to the list, please be in contact with Margaret Galvan (margaretgalvan at ufl dot edu).
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.