• Academic Conference Asks: What Makes Women Monstrous?

    Academic Conference Asks: What Makes Women Monstrous?1

    Women are often called monsters. Even before the internet made trolling a favorite misogynist past time, women’s bodies, functions, and perceptions have been fair game for name calling. I joined a wonderful group of scholars to discuss what after all is so “monstrous” about women at the Monstrous Women Conference this last May in at

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  • Interview: Sequentials, a New “Comics” Journal

    Interview: Sequentials, a New “Comics” Journal0

    As part of Comics Academe, one of the things I want to do is to promote what’s happening in academia and comics studies–especially when what’s happening is something that is innovative, or challenges what academic “scholarship” can be. When I first heard about Sequentials, a new comics “journal” being put out by the incredible English

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  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (in Comics Academia)

    The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (in Comics Academia)2

    June 2015. The run-up to my first conference abroad as an official comics scholar — and I don’t want to go. I’m panic-crying after reading a chain of emails which, on the face of it, have little to do with me. Short background: we were supposed to have a panel on Charlie Hebdo. A month before

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  • Comics Academe: Teaching Ms. Marvel – Part One

    Comics Academe: Teaching Ms. Marvel – Part One9

    Last semester I taught the first volume of Ms. Marvel in my honor’s multicultural literature class. Ms. Marvel was perfect for my class, which centered on how minorities used fantastic fiction to show disfranchisement and how old tropes become new when filtered through a different perspective. Superman and Batman are iconic, and that’s a lot

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  • Comics Academe: How To Write a Comics Dissertation

    Comics Academe: How To Write a Comics Dissertation0

    Out there, somewhere, is a woman who writes about comics who wants to turn that writing to a comics dissertation or thesis, or at least I sure hope there is! The field is wide open and ready for more. For the uninitiated, a dissertation or thesis is the long essay or project that serves as

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  • A (Re) Introduction to Comics Academe and Call for Submissions

    A (Re) Introduction to Comics Academe and Call for Submissions0

    A little over six months ago, I was approached by the fantastic WWAC editorial team about bringing back Comics Academe. Comics Academe was how I came to be a part of this amazing team of women writing about comics, and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to invite more women who are or have been

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