Archive for April, 2011


(as a) GROUP!

We will be meeting to discuss Morales and Baker’s Truth: Red, White, and Black and Johnson and Pleece’s Incognegro this coming Friday, April 29th, from 2:30-4:30PM in 448 PLC. Feel free to drop by, even if you can’t make it right or 2:30 or stay the whole time.

Don’t forget Mat Johnson (who wrote Incognegro) will be visiting campus to discuss his novel Pym later this term!

Although, if we were really on the ball, we’d be reading the graphic adaptation of Kate and Wills’ romance in honor of the wedding. I think we missed the boat on that one.

It's a national holiday in the UK. A reading group is the least we could do.


Hey, Comics Scholars! Do you like free stuff?

And I mean the good stuff. Ian Gordon, author of Comics and Consumer Culture, has recently made the whole of the aforementioned book as well as many of his papers and chapters in other books, available for FREE! This is particularly great news as Comics and Consumer Culture has been out of print for quite a while now.

Material are available at Gordon’s site HERE.

Spring Fling


Last week we had a lovely meeting. Veronica, Shaun, Kom, Robert, and I discussed two postcolonial French works–Aya by Margeurite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie and The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane. They are lovely graphic novels and I highly recommend you check them out, even if you couldn’t make it the meeting.

While I’m sorry for the lack of notification for the last meeting, Veronica and I are proud to announce our next meeting!

Thursday, April 28th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Incognegro by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece
Truth: Red, White, and Black by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker

In honor of Mat Johnson’s upcoming visit to the U of O, we decided to focus a few meetings on African American comics creators. We figured it would be great to read one of Johnson’s works, and thought Morales and Baker’s re-imagining of the Captain American origin story was a great pairing.  By telling the stories of two black men in the 1930s and 1940s, these graphic novels address issues of  justice, power, and race in America that unfortunately still plague our culture.