Subjective Ramblings and Peripheral Thoughts from the Edges of a Comics Studies Project
It’s been too long since I’ve had an opportunity to post something real here. The past few months have been a flurry of activity in preparation of the New York-comics project to which this blog is, in a sense, a compendium and a companion. January and February mark the height of the spring research grant application season, you see, so I’ve been buried up to my neck in bureaucracy, e-mails, and planning.
Now the waiting begins.
On the bright side, this activity has not only included outlining a research agenda, but also a whole lot of reading and writing, a trip to New York for some archival cartography and meetings, and no small amount of shopping. (Oh, the shopping! The Strand Bookstore is a delicious mix of heaven and hell!) This means both that the project bibliography has swelled significantly from its already impressive size and that the reviewing and commentary on this blog can really begin.
In what little spare time I’ve managed to scrounge together between preparing grant applications and applying for jobs in the effort to become a productive member of society again, in the wake of my dissertation defense and the accompanying end of my university employment, I’ve set up a Twitter account and a Facebook page. I hope to use these to share links of both general, peripheral, and academic interest to the blog’s topic. That means comics, New York, and urban cultural studies stuff (and, most likely, a whole lot of other things).
So, without further ado, I want to thank those of you who have already subscribed to the blog, and I want to welcome any new fellow travelers who have just joined us for our survey of New York City as imagined by the comics. Once more into the breach, dear friends!