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Professor Julian Chambliss On the Communicative Potential of Comics in Academia

From our upcoming interview with Professor Chambliss:

Comic books are complex cultural artifacts that facilitate analysis of social, political, and economic issues through the content on the page, the production process, and the creative environment. Comic narratives are historically grounded and the people creating them directly and indirectly reflecting the philosophy, views, and mindsets at the time they were created. Finding the narrative that crystalizes the complexity of that story is a great challenge.

As a result, I find an article on comics that captures that complexity can penetrate to a wide audience. I sometimes get notes from students and everyday people saying, “Thank you for writing this essay.”

You might remember Professor Chambliss from his TEDxOrlando talk on superheroes: