What We’ve Read

2006
Primary Texts:
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Astro City: Confession by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
Planetary vol. 1 by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday and the Planetary/Batman crossover
Astro City: “The Nearness of You” and Astro City: Tarnished Angel by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson

Theoretical and Critical Texts:
“Whither the Graphic Novel?” Alternative Comics by Charles Hatfield
Essays from Comics and Culture
How to Read Superhero Comics and Why by Geoff Klock
Virginia Postrel’s “Superhero Worship” from The Atlantic Monthl

2007
Primary Texts:
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Selections from Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror
The R. Crumb Handbook
by R. Crumb and Peter Poplaski
Screening of Terry Zwigoff’s film version of Ghost World
Ghost World
by Daniel Clowes
Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes and Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
La Perdida by Jessica Abel

2008
Primary Texts:
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn
The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine
Blankets and Goodbye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
The Swamp Thing, vol. 1 by Alan Moore and Totleben
Invincible: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 by Kirkman et. al.
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller et. al.
A viewing of the animated “Legends of the Dark Knight” episode of Gotham Knights.
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O’Malley
Runaways, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
Palestine by Joe Sacco

Theoretical and Critical Texts:
“Comics as Literature?” by Hilary Chute
Charles Hatfield on the state of Comics Studies (post-Comic-Con report)

2009
Primary Texts:
Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine
My Troubles with Women by R. Crumb
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
Uzumaki Vol. 1 by Junji Ito
Locas Vol. 7: “The Death of Speedy” by Jaime Hernandez
Cerebus: High Society by Dave Sim
MW by Osamu Tezuka
Mushishi, Vol. 1 and 2 by Yuki Urushibara
Whiteout and Detective Comics #854-856 by Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman: The Hikiteia by Greg Rucka
Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman

2010
Primary Texts:
Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka
Promethea Vols. 1, 2, and 5 by Alan Moore
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
Violent Cases and Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi
Epileptic by David B.
Clover by CLAMP
Moyasimon, volumes 1 & 2 by Masayuki Ishikawa

Theoretical and Critical Texts:
Comics and Sequential Art by Will EisnerWriting For Comics by Alan Moore

2011
Asterix and the Goths and Asterix and the Great Crossing by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
The Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet by Hergé
Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane

2012
Primary Texts:
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Incognegro by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece
Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story by Mat Johnson and Simone Gane
AD: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

2013
Primary Texts:
Heartbreak Soup by Gilbert Hernandez
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel

2014
Primary Texts:
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Theoretical and Critical Texts:
Introduction to Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation

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