Archive for Comics News

MARCH receives Coretta Scott King Honor

The American Library Association announced today that our next title, John Lewis’s March: Book One, is one of three Coretta Scott King Book Award’s “Honor Books” for writing. The award is given to African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. The winner this year is Rita Williams-Garcia’s P.S. Be ElevenAlong with March, Walter Dean Myers’ Darius and Twig and Nikki Grimes’s Words With Wings also received honors.  Myers, Williams-Garcia and Grimes are all highly acclaimed writers, so this nomination not only speaks highly of March, but to the depth of quality work produced by African American authors for young adults.

Return from the Dead!

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Forgive our inexcusably long hiatus (attempted excuses: comprehensive exams, prospectuses, the terror of starting our dissertations). We’re back, and dedicated to being better bloggers. Call it a New Year’s resolution.

Despite the absence here, Comics Studies at the University of Oregon has been growing exponentially. In the past two years:

I hope this gives us a little leeway. Here’s to 2014!

Do the Gods Wear Capes?

Another set of congratulations are in order: this summer Ben Saunders’ book, Do the Gods Wear Capes? Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes was published in the UK and US by Continuum BooksSaunders is Associate Professor of English here at UO, curator of the Understanding Superheroes exhibit at the Schnitzer and the accompanying academic conference, the major figure behind the forthcoming Comics Minor here at UO, and an all-around swell guy.

The book itself is academically rigorous and imminently readable (not a common combination). It also has a kickin’ original Mike Allred cover. You can get the book through Amazon, but it is likely available through the campus Duck Store and several local bookshops. Congratulations to Professor Saunders on the new book!

FRIDAY! COMICS! READING!

(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 academia.edu site HERE.

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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Wonder Woman Day 2010

Hello, comics readers.

We all know Wonder Woman is an Important superhero. Some of us (me, at least) will gladly evangelize her awesomeness beyond being “important.” But, did you know? This Sunday, October 24th is Wonder Woman Day!

The Lasso know you want to come to Wonder Woman Day

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