Archive for January, 2011

First Meeting of 2011

Veronica and I are pleased to announce our first meeting of 2011! On January 27th (Thursday), we will meet in PLC 448 from 2:00-4:00PM to discuss some classics of the Franco-Belgian tradition!

We’ll be reading two of Herge’s Tintin texts:

The Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet

and two of Goscinny and Uderzo’s Asterix albums:

Asterix and the Goths and Asterix and the Great Crossing

Texts should be available through ILL or Summit, and Veronica has ordered several copies which should arrive in the Duckstore by next Wednesday (Jan 19). Shaun and I will have the Tintin books soon, so we can lend those out as soon as we’ve read them. Please come even if you only get a chance to read one or two of the books!

Venez lire avec nous!

I’ll take this moment to reiterate that the UO Comics Reading group is open to graduate students and faculty members  from any department, regardless of experience with comics. We hope to see you on the 27th!



A Round-Up of Comics, 2010

We all know the criticisms of year-end “Top Ten” or “Best of” lists: they force critics to compare apples and oranges, critical praise and actual quality aren’t necessarily the same thing, and who really knows what makes one thing “better” than another anyway? I know all this. And yet, I read them. All the time. Because despite being flawed, “Top Ten” lists are really useful.

I personally prefer Top 9 3/4 Lists.

Like most of my fellow grad students (and almost everybody these days, it seems) I am busy. I don’t have the time to even keep track of all the titles coming out, let alone the wherewithal to read everything. And yet, as a comics scholar, it’s my job to know what’s out there. So I keep an eye on lists, if for nothing else than to get an idea of what’s making buzz, what titles will be popping up in paper abstracts, and, of course, titles I will add to my Amazon wishlist/ever-expanding reading list.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the UO Comics Reading Group!

We had grand plans to have another reading (of birthday boy (well, grandpa) Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind) before the last term ended. Ends-of-terms being what they are, our plans fell through. My New Year’s resolution is to be better about updating this blog.

Veronica and I are excited about this term’s upcoming meetings! I’ll post an official announcement regarding the date and our readings by the end of this week.

Here's to 2011