Sean Guynes-Vishniac is an editor, critic, and reviewer based in Ann Arbor, MI. He is Journals Coordinator at Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan and a PhD candidate in English at Michigan State University.
His work focuses on sff, horror, comics, and transmedia in postwar America. He is writing a dissertation on how the Korean War—and its echoes in Cold War culture and policy—changed American science fiction.
Edited Collections (2)
Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics. Edited with Martin Lund. The Ohio State UP, forthcoming. New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative.
Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Edited with Dan Hassler-Forest. Amsterdam UP, 2017. Transmedia: Participatory Culture and Media Convergence 3.
Reviewed in Science Fiction Studies
Special Issues (1)
Punking Science Fiction. Special issue of Deletion, no. 14, May 2018.
“Worlds Will Live, Worlds Will Die: Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Anxieties and Calamities of the Comic-Book Event.” Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, forthcoming.
“Fatal Attractions: AIDS and American Superhero Comics, 1988-1994.” International Journal of Comic Art, vol. 17, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2015, pp. 177-216.
Book Chapters (7)
“Candy and Drugs for Dinner: Rat Queens, Genre, and Our Aesthetic Categories.” The Oxford Handbook of Comics Studies, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Oxford UP, forthcoming.
“Lowbrow.” Keywords for Comics Studies, edited by Ramzi Fawaz, Shelley Streeby, and Deborah Whaley, New York UP, forthcoming.
“Introduction: On the Whiteness of the American Superhero.” With Martin Lund. Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics, edited by Sean Guynes-Vishniac and Martin Lund, The Ohio State UP, forthcoming.
“White Plasticity and Black Possibility in Darwyn Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier.” Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics, edited by Sean Guynes-Vishniac and Martin Lund, The Ohio State UP, forthcoming.
“‘Am I Doing the Right Thing?’: Milestone Comics, Black Nationalism, and the Cosmopolitics of Static.” Comics Studies: Here and Now, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Routledge, 2018, pp. 298-316.
“Introduction: ‘What Is This Strange World We’ve Come to?’” With Dan Hassler-Forest. Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, edited by Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest, Amsterdam UP, 2017, pp. 11-13.
“Publishing the New Jedi Order: Media Industries Collaboration and the Franchise Novel.” Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, edited by Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest, Amsterdam UP, 2017, pp. 143-154.
Essays and Reviews (33)
Review of Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times, by Aimee Bahng, Duke UP, 2018. ASAP/J, 21 Feb. 2019.
“Academic-Led Publishing and the Necessity of Open Access; Or, Remembering Aaron Swartz.” Michigan Publishing News, 1 Feb. 2019.
“The Art of Typography and Design in Science Fiction Film.” PopMatters, 30 Jan. 2019.
“On the Queer Millennial Greenlandic Novel.” PopMatters, 22 Jan. 2019.
“Fracturing to Survive in Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth.” PopMatters, 17 Jan. 2019.
“The Zombie and Its Metaphors.” American Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 4, Dec. 2018, pp. 903-912.
“We’re All Dürt Würkers: Grady Hendrix’s Heavy Metal Horror.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 9 Jan. 2019.
“She Would Be King, An Afrofuturist Novel of Nation-Making in Liberia.” PopMatters, 8 Jan. 2019.
Review of Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II, by Steffen Hantke, UP of Mississippi, 2016. Extrapolation, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 307-310.
“Saving Acid Communism: 800 Pages of the Essential Leftist Critic Mark Fisher.” PopMatters, 4 Dec. 2018.
“The One About the One About Friends.” PopMatters, 30 Nov. 2018.
“The Book about Geek Triumph You Probably Don’t Need.” PopMatters, 26 Nov. 2018.
Review of Mecha Samurai Empire, by Peter Tieryas, Ace, 2018. Strange Horizons, 21 Nov. 2018.
“Alyson Hagy’s Scribe Is Gloriously Artful, but Something Is Missing.” PopMatters, 15 Nov. 2018.
“When Sexually Frustrated Angry White Men (Mis)Read the Classics.” PopMatters, 9 Nov. 2018.
Review of Twenty-First-Century Popular Fiction, edited by Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson, Edinburgh UP, 2018. Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018, pp. 66-68.
Review of Unholy Land, by Lavie Tidhar, Tachyon, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 6, Nov. 2018, pp. 69-70.
“‘I’ve Waited for Him’: How Halloween (2018) Turns the Tables on the Slasher.” We Are the Mutants, 31 Oct. 2018.
“Audrey Schulman in the Gutter of Genre.” World Literature Today Blog, 18 Sep. 2018.
Review of Ball Lightning, by Cixin Liu, Tor, 2018. Featured review. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 5, Sep. 2018, pp. 66-67.
“The Cursed Frontier: Ismail Kadare’s Theory of the State.” PopMatters, 7 Aug. 2018.
“Mame Bougouma Diene and the Promise of African Horror.” World Literature Today Blog, 24 July 2018.
Review of Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal, Twelfth Planet Press, 2017. Utopian Studies, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 280-284.
Review of Condomnauts, by Yoss, Restless Books, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 4, July 2018, forthcoming.
“Colonial Hottie: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman, and Brand Israel.” The Middle Spaces, 5 June 2018.
Review of Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico, by David Bowles, Cinco Puntos Press, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 3, May 2018, pp. 89-90.
“Introduction: On Punking Speculative Fiction.” Punking Speculative Fiction, edited by Sean Guynes-Vishniac, special issue of Deletion, vol. 14, May 2018.
“Mutate or Die: Eighty Years of the Futurians’ Vision.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 14 Apr. 2018.
Review of Essays on World Literature: Aeschylus • Dante • Shakespeare, by Ismail Kadare, translated by Ani Kokobobo, Restless Books, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 2, Mar. 2018, pp. 89-90.
Review of A Girl in Exile: Requiem for Linda B., by Ismail Kadare, translated by John Hodgson, Counterpoint, 2018. World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 1, Jan. 2018, p. 66.
Review of Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, by Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, 2017. World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 6, Nov. 2017, pp. 69-70.
Review of Mapping the Interior, by Stephen Graham Jones, Tor, 2017. World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 5, Sep. 2017, pp. 70-71.
Review of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, by Ramzi Fawaz (New York UP, 2016). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 3, Sep. 2017, pp. 532-535.
Review of Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture, by Catherine M. Roach (Indiana UP, 2016). The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 50, no. 4, Aug. 2017, pp. 898-901.
Review of Dissolving Classroom, by Junji Ito (Vertical Comics, 2017). World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 3-4, May-August 2017, pp. 99-100.
Review of The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror, edited by Justin Everett and Jeffrey H. Shanks (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 2, Mar. 2017, pp. 332-334.
Quarterly editorials in SFRA Review since summer 2018.
“Fiftieth Anniversary Best Essays.” Co-written with Ann Larabee, et al. The Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 50, no. 5, Oct. 2017, pp. 919-928.
SFRA Review, 2018-
Editor, SFRA Review, 2018-
Journal of Electronic Publishing, 2018-
Managing Editor, Journal of Electronic Publishing, 2018-
Book Reviews Editor, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 2017-2018
The Journal of Popular Culture, 2016-2017
Editorial Assistant, The Journal of Popular Culture, 2016-2017
CONFERENCES / PRESENTATIONS
Papers Presented (12)
“Afrofuturism’s Specter: Alternate History, Racial Capitalism, and Nisi Shawl’s Everfair.” Worlding SF: Building, Inhabiting, and Understanding Science Fiction Universes, 6-8 Dec. 2018, Graz, Austria.
“Figuring Race in 1950s Meta-Slave Science Fiction: Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Damon Knight.” Futures of American Studies Institute, 18-23 June 2018, Dartmouth College.
“Chalmun’s Cantina: Transmedia Collaboration and the IP Farm in the Star Wars Franchise.” ICFA Annual Conference, 14-18 Mar. 2018, Orlando.
“Supercyberpunk: Genre and Aesthetics in Batman: Digital Justice.” Michigan State University Comics Forum, 23-24 Feb. 2018, Michigan State University.
“A Proposition for the Science Fiction Age: John Michel’s Popular Front.” Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction. MLA Annual Convention, 4-7 Jan. 2018, New York City.
“Punking Science Fiction: Silkpunk and the Aesthetics of Generic Dissent.” Science Fiction as Dissent. ASA Annual Meeting, 9-12 Nov. 2017, Chicago.
“Milestone Comics, Black Nationalism, and the Cosmopolitics of Static.” Michigan State University Comics Forum, 24-25 Feb. 2017, Michigan State University.
“Franchise Anxieties, the Eighties Comic-Book Scene, and Crisis on Infinite Earths.” MPCA Annual Conference, 6-9 Oct. 2016, Hilton Rosemont / Chicago O’Hare, Chicago.
“Trans Narrative and DC Comics’ Camelot 3000 (1982-1985).” Franchises and Economies of Contemporary Media. SCMS Annual Conference, 30 Mar.-3 Apr. 2016, Hilton, Atlanta.
“Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation.” English Graduate Organization Conference, 30-31 Oct. 2015, Ohio State University.
“Toward a Periodization of Queer Visibility in American Comics.” Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies Symposium, 28 Mar. 2015, MIT.
“Green Arrow, Anti-Gay Violence, and Urban Space.” NEPCA Annual Conference, 24-25 Oct. 2014, Providence College. Nominated for Best Graduate Student Paper Prize.
Sessions Organized (5)
Organizer and chair, Stephen King at 45: Horror and the Mass Cultural Genre System. MLA Annual Convention, 3-6 Jan. 2019, Chicago.
Organizer and chair, Cyberpunk Comics. Michigan State University Comics Forum, 23-24 Feb. 2018, Michigan State University.
Organizer and chair, Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction. MLA Annual Convention, 4-7 Jan. 2018, New York City.
Organizer and chair. Science Fiction as Dissent. ASA Annual Meeting, 9-12 Nov. 2017, Chicago.
Organizer and chair, Science Fiction and the Limits of Counterculture. MLA Annual Convention, 5-8 Jan. 2017, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.
Invited Presentations (5)
Session speaker. “Science Fiction-Related Career Pathways in Media Studies.” SFRA Annual Conference, 21-24 June 2019, Honolulu.
“How to Start or Flip and Open Access Journal.” Webinar hosted by Scholastica. 5 Dec. 2018.
Workshop leader. “Teaching the English Major.” Department of English, Michigan State University. Sep. 2018.
Workshop leader. “Discovering Your Writing Process and Your Academic Voice.” Department of English, Michigan State University. 6 Oct. 2017.
“Falling in Love #99: Romance Comics and the Popular Culture Archive.” Reception for the Allan D. MacDougall Popular Culture Archive, University of Massachusetts Boston. 24 April 2015.
Other Participation (2)
Contributor, The Dissent Mixtape, produced by Mike Casiano and Molly Benitez. American Studies Association, 2017-2018.
“Toward a Multiple Afrofuturism: Traditions and Localities of a Global Movement.” Critical Institutions: Absorptions, 24 Feb. 2018, Michigan State University.
Discussant, Demoing unto Death: Smart Cities, Environment, and “Apocalyptic Hope.” Critical Institutions: Machines, 26 Feb. 2016, Michigan State University.