Comics and Graphic Novels

Comics and Graphic Novels

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Alex Beringer, "Lost Literacies: Experiments in the Nineteenth-Century US Comic Strip" (Ohio State UP, 2024)

May 22, 2024

Lost Literacies

Alex Beringer
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Lost Literacies: Experiments in the Nineteenth-Century US Comic Strip (Ohio State UP, 2024) is the first full-length study of US comic strips from the…

Adam Kabat, "The River Imp and the Stinky Jewel and Other Tales: Monster Comics from Edo Japan" (Columbia UP, 2023)

April 14, 2024

The River Imp and the Stinky Jewel and Other Tales

Adam Kabat
Hosted by Nathan Hopson

Adam Kabat’s The River Imp and the Stinky Jewel and Other Tales: Monster Comics from Edo Japan (Columbia UP, 2023) is an in-depth introduction to the …

Stephen R. O'Sullivan, "The Comic Book as Research Tool: Creative Visual Research for the Social Sciences" (de Gruyter, 2023)

April 13, 2024

The Comic Book as Research Tool

Stephen R. O'Sullivan
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

The Comic Book as Research Tool: Creative Visual Research for the Social Sciences (de Gruyter, 2023) contributes to a growing body of work celebrating…

Paul Williams, "The US Graphic Novel" (Edinburgh UP, 2022)

April 12, 2024

The US Graphic Novel

Paul Williams
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

This book analyses the way that changes in the comics industry, book trade and webcomics distribution have shaped the publication of long-form comics.…

Maaheen Ahmed, "Openness of Comics: Generating Meaning within Flexible Structures" (UP of Mississippi, 2016)

April 10, 2024

Openness of Comics

Maaheen Ahmed
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Never before have comics seemed so popular or diversified, proliferating across a broad spectrum of genres, experimenting with a variety of techniques…

Shiamin Kwa, "Perfect Copies: Reproduction and the Contemporary Comic" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

April 9, 2024

Perfect Copies

Shiamin Kwa
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Analyzing the way that recent works of graphic narrative use the comics form to engage with the “problem” of reproduction, Shiamin Kwa’s Perfect Copie…

Benoît Crucifix, "Drawing from the Archives: Comics Memory in the Contemporary Graphic Novel" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

April 8, 2024

Drawing from the Archives

Benoît Crucifix
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Following Art Spiegelman's declaration that 'the future of comics is in the past, Drawing from the Archives: Comics Memory in the Contemporary Graphic…

Esra Mirze Santesso, "Muslim Comics and Warscape Witnessing" (Ohio State UP, 2023)

April 6, 2024

Muslim Comics and Warscape Witnessing

Esra Mirze Santesso
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Recent decades have seen an unprecedented number of comics by and about Muslim people enter the global market. Now, Muslim Comics and Warscape Witness…

Jinying Li, "Anime's Knowledge Cultures: Geek, Otaku, Zhai" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

March 3, 2024

Anime's Knowledge Cultures

Jinying Li
Hosted by Anthony Kao

With comics franchises getting turned into multi-billion dollar revenue opportunities and consumer technology companies dominating daily headlines — t…

Eve Benhamou, "Contemporary Disney Animation: Genre, Gender and Hollywood" (Edinburgh UP, 2022)

February 27, 2024

Contemporary Disney Animation

Eve Benhamou
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Eve Benhamou's book Contemporary Disney Animation: Genre, Gender and Hollywood (Edinburgh UP, 2022) is the first in-depth study of Disney’s latest ani…

Comics Journalism in Taiwan: The Reporter File

January 13, 2024

Comics Journalism in Taiwan: The Reporter File

Sherry Lee
Hosted by Taiwan on Air

This episode’s host, Adina Zemanek, invited Sherry Lee, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of the non-profit, independent media organization The R…

Walter Greason and Tim Fielder, "The Graphic History of Hip Hop" (NYC Department of Education, 2023)

December 27, 2023

The Graphic History of Hip Hop

Walter Greason and Tim Fielder
Hosted by Michael Vann

Hip Hop turned 50 this year. It has been five decades since DJ Cool Herc played a party in the Bronx that gave birth to a global cultural revolution. …

Karina Shor, "Silence, Full Stop" (Street Noise Books, 2023)

December 17, 2023

Silence, Full Stop

Karina Shor
Hosted by Mel Rosenberg

Alina Gorban is an illustrator of 22 children's books, a cartoonist, and a teaching artist. In our interview we celebrate her new graphic novel entitl…

Paul Fisher Davies, "Comics as Communication: A Functional Approach" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019)

December 8, 2023

Comics as Communication

Paul Fisher Davies
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Dr. Paul Fisher Davies' book Comics As Communication: A Functional Approach (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019) explores how comics function to make meanings i…

Amy Matthewson, "Cartooning China: Punch, Power, & Politics in the Victorian Era" (Routledge, 2022)

December 6, 2023

Cartooning China

Amy Matthewson
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Dr. Amy Matthewson's Cartooning China: Punch, Power, & Politics in the Victorian Era (Routledge, 2022) explores the series of cartoons of China and th…

Alison Halsall, "Growing Up Graphic: The Comics of Children in Crisis" (Ohio State UP, 2023)

November 12, 2023

Growing Up Graphic

Alison Halsall
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Dr. Halsall’s Growing Up Graphic: The Comics of Children in Crisis (Ohio State UP, 2023) has four primary objectives. One, it explores this visual a…

Eszter Szép, "Comics and the Body: Drawing, Reading, and Vulnerability" (Ohio State UP, 2020)

November 10, 2023

Comics and the Body

Eszter Szép
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Dr. Eszter Szép's book Comics and the Body: Drawing, Reading, and Vulnerability (Ohio State UP, 2020) is the first book to examine the roles of the bo…

Coastlines, Climate, and Comics: In Conversation with Dr. V. Chitra

November 5, 2023

Coastlines, Climate, and Comics: In conversation with Dr. V. Chitra

V. Chitra
Hosted by Sneha Annavarapu

How can we use comics to present ethnographic research in new and unique ways? In this episode, we talk with Dr. V. Chitra about the fieldwork and com…

Maaheen Ahmed, "The Cambridge Companion to Comics" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

November 4, 2023

The Cambridge Companion to Comics

Maaheen Ahmed
Hosted by John Yargo

Today’s guest is Maaheen Ahmed, who has edited a new collection of essays, The Cambridge Companion to Comics (Cambridge University Press, 2023). This …

Neil Cohn, "Who Understands Comics?: Questioning the Universality of Visual Language Comprehension" (Bloomsbury, 2020)

October 30, 2023

Who Understands Comics?

Neil Cohn
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock
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Drawings and sequential images are so pervasive in contemporary society that we may take their understanding for granted. But how transparent are they…