Inspired by my colleague and friend Noah Berlatsky, who posted his list of the ten best non-fiction books of the decade, I put together a few lists of my selections of the ten best books of the decade. This list covers the ten (and then some) best books in Comics Studies published between 2010 and … Continue reading Ten (and then Some) Best Books of the Decade, 2010-2019: Comics Studies
Links to university press catalogs for Fall 2019 and to a curated list of my suggested forthcoming books.
TRANSNATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND MEDIA Like the Western, noir, and musical, the science fiction film occupies a well-defined niche of cinema and media studies, complete with its own catalogue of specialized theory and criticism (Calvin 2014). Science fiction is also a category of film that has come to embody an era and its conditions. As Jim Kitses … Continue reading CFP: SCMS 2017 Panel, Transnational SF Film
This timeline includes mainstream comic books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters. The timeline begins after the creation of the 1954 Comics Code Authority and continues half a century to 2004. The timeline takes the form of a bibliography. The timeline was compiled over the course of my master’s thesis research in consultation with … Continue reading A Timeline of LGBT Visibility in Mainstream Comics
Note: This is to be published, eventually, in a Sequart collection of essays on 1970s horror comics “Gone! Gone! -- the form of man -- ! Rise, the demon Etrigan!!” — Jack Kirby, The Demon Vol. 1 #1 (Aug 1972, 24.5) Jack Kirby’s The Demon – a 16-issue comic book series published by DC, cover-dated … Continue reading Gone the Form of Man: The Gothic Tradition and the Abhuman in Jack Kirby’s The Demon (1972-1974)
No Straight Lines: Sexuality and LGBT Identities in Sequence In 2012 Fantagraphics published No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by cartoonist Justin Hall. The collection testifies to the rich heritage of comics by queer creators that address aspects of LGBT lives from the mundane to the fantastic, the superheroic to the quotidian. … Continue reading No Straight Lines: Panel CFP for 2016 MSU Comics Forum
This year I've been working as the Graduate Assistant to the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston. One of my primary tasks has been overseeing the acquisition of the Center's new Allan D. MacDougall Popular Culture Archive, donated by the widow of a man who collected thousands of CDs, records, comic … Continue reading “Falling in Love” in the Archive