This will be the landing page for a look at my spring 2017 introductory comics course at SFSU – Comics & Culture. I’m in the process of updating it to include syllabus, week-by-week breakdown of what we did, example student work…

Comics and Culture Syllabus (PDF)

OVERVIEW: This course will introduce the scholarly study of comic books and graphic novels, with a particular focus on the formal elements that differentiate comics from other forms including prose, film, and poetry, and the history of the comic book format from its inception in the 1830s to today. The different ways that meaning is made in comics form will be demonstrated through close readings and discussion of significant global texts alongside readings of comics scholarship. Students will also get a first-hand understanding of what it means to make comics through various in-class and homework activities.