AERA17 Analysis

Short post – this week I’m off to San Antonio for the American Education Research Association’s (AERA) annual conference. I’m chairing a session on Arts-Based educational research, and presenting on three panels dealing with comics, drawing, and arts-based research. If you’re attending, come say hello! Among other things, I’ll be presenting with my friend and…

Angoulême

This coming week I’m thrilled to be attending the 44th Annual Angoulême International Comics Festival! This yearly event transforms this town in the west of France into the 3rd largest and one of the most prestigious comics festivals in the world. I’m going as the guest of the French publisher of Unflattening (as Le Déploiement) Actes…

Solstice We Responses

It’s the winter solstice – shortest day of the year, longest night. From here on out we see increasingly longer days as the light returns. My family has always observed the solstice with particular significance – and perhaps it offers a reminder of hope and brighter days to come in dark times. To that end, I wanted…

Comics Studies Penn

This Friday, December 9, I’ll be at at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication to talk on Unflattening and new forms of scholarship. For details see Annenberg site here.This trip signals the close to a full travel schedule of speaking on the book for the fall. Most recently, I was at Davidson College, and prior to that…

WE

My full-on return to comics was for an art show in Detroit around the 2004 US Presidential Election. I’ve made a habit of doing a piece around each election since. For various reasons, this year has been a little tougher than the others – but this is what I’ve come up with. A piece about “We.”…

Image Lab & Next Gen PhD

This week I’m in the air again – first up off to Madison, Wisconsin Thursday, October 20, to do a workshop-talk connected with Lynda Barry‘s Image Lab/Applied Comics Kitchen at UW! Excited for the opportunity to share with them and work alongside Barry and her students. I’ve been sharing a lot from her recent books on…

Lynd Ward Prize

This week, I’m off to Penn State University to receive the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year! The award (which was announced this past spring) is run by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress – and past years include Chris Ware’s Building Stories,…

SFAI talk

As of July, I’ve been a resident of San Francisco where my family and I moved for me to take an assistant professorship at San Francisco State University. I will have more to say on plans for what we plan to do around the study of comics and making comics at SFSU in the coming months. But in the…