Rome West, a Fantasy of Sameness

It feels like no matter where I turn my gaze for research, there’s a Brian Wood-scripted comic to be considered. I’ve dipped into his New York-set works for my research on the city’s representations in comics, in blog posts, and in published articles (and I have way more to cover before I’m finished with the … Continue reading Rome West, a Fantasy of Sameness

Against Translation: Global Comics History and Memory

Editors: Harriet E.H. Earle and Martin Lund Download the CFP here.   Just as comics is an international narrative form, practiced across the globe, Comics Studies is pursued across international academia. However, while Comics Studies does not insist upon a monolingual research community and neither do comics texts, Anglophone scholarship rarely looks beyond the Anglosphere … Continue reading Against Translation: Global Comics History and Memory

Comics Review: Ted Rall’s “2024”

2024 is often-controversial political cartoonist Ted Rall’s take on George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984. Rall’s version, of course, is updated to fit its own time, so the danger is morphed to focus more on postmodern relativism, Gen X cynicism, deregulation, and securitization. While it is interesting to see how close Rall manages to stick … Continue reading Comics Review: Ted Rall’s “2024”

Book Review: Charles Strozier’s “Until the Fires Stopped Burning”

Historian and psychoanalyst Charles B. Strozier's Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses is an interesting book, one that both comes off seeming incomplete and lacking and is eminently readable and recommendable. As the title suggest, Strozier’s purpose is to tell a story … Continue reading Book Review: Charles Strozier’s “Until the Fires Stopped Burning”

Book Note: Artists Against Police Brutality

About a month or so ago, Maryland-based Rosarium Publishing released APB: Artists against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology, an anthology of comics and flash fiction that, as it was first described to me, was "created in the wake of the recent events surrounding the #BlackLivesMatter movement and heightened awareness of police brutality." The volume … Continue reading Book Note: Artists Against Police Brutality

New post at the Gotham Center blog

Yesterday, Gotham - A Blog for Scholars of New York City History published another post by yours truly, this time on Evangelical comics creator Jack T. Chick's 9/11 comic Who Cares? It starts like this: The story should be familiar to the reader, having been etched into most people’s minds through constant repetition in the … Continue reading New post at the Gotham Center blog

Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art 2:1 out now!

A new issue of Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art (SJoCA), a journal i co-edit, is now out! SJoCA is an online, open-access, peer reviewed academic journal about comics and sequential art. The scope of the journal is interdisciplinary, encouraging a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The journal publishes articles, book reviews and news … Continue reading Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art 2:1 out now!

Part two of my Michael Angelo Woolf piece is up on the Gotham blog!

Michael Angelo Woolf was never primarily a political cartoonist in the common sense of the word. He made “[s]ome vigorous cartoons of Tweed during Nast’s raid on the ring, and some cartoons which alternated with Nast’s in the Hayes-Tilden campaign [in the 1880 Presidential election], [which] are remembered as his best work in this line.” … Continue reading Part two of my Michael Angelo Woolf piece is up on the Gotham blog!