While I’m about to finish up Chapter Four – racing towards a spring finish/defense (!), I wanted to share a brief excerpt from that chapter and some other news and musings.
First up, delighted to be featured in the UK’s Varoom illustration magazine, in their Autumn issue. Varoom’s John O’Reilly did a lengthy interview with me on visual scholarship, the challenges of doing this thing in comics form, and more. There’s a teaser online, and folks in the UK can pick up the print edition there. Hoping to see the article soon myself! (For other interviews, click the “interview” tab to the right.)
First up, Jarod Roselló, doing his doctorate at Penn State. Jarod and I have known each other for a while and presented together (at AERA)and have plans for further joint talks. Jarod is a terrific cartoonist and educator, gets his writing students to make comics and runs a cartooning club for students. Jarod shared this about his work:
This dissertation explores the possibilities cartooning presents for re-imagining pedagogy, through the construction of an original, fictional 200-page comic as the primary act of research. The margins of the comic are annotated with classroom narratives, arts-based educational theory, comics theory, and curriculum theory as they intersect with, and diverge from, the comic. I use my own cartooning practices to explore the relationship between making comics and knowing and the ways this process opens new possibilities for teaching and learning.
See Jarod’s site here.
I was struck by a comics theorizing comic by John Miers, doctoral candidate at Central St. Martin College Art & Design, University of the Arts, London and have since gotten to know him and his work a bit. He’s done some really interesting research pieces in comics form and you can see some of his work here. Also check out this interview (with Paul Gravett) on a collaborative comics exhibition he organized and the theoretical framework behind it – very cool.
This dissertation combines Gregory Ulmer’s post-criticism with multimodal composition resulting in a work that critiques the medium of comics in comics format. Six traditional text chapters forge a theoretical and practical foundation; punctuated within and without by occasional visual interludes and three comic sections. I advocate teaching multimodal composition through comics’ interplay of image and text.
There’s an excerpt of Jason’s dissertation online here.
Rachel Marie-Crane Williams is a professor at the University of Iowa presenting much of her research along social justice lines in comics form. You can see her work here. (Rachel and I both contributed articles to the Journal of Visual Arts Research special issue on comics.)
Since posting this, Gareth Morris brought to my attention his collaborative graphic novel “Somewhere Nowhere: Lives without Homes” a research work on homelessness. Learn more here.
I should also mention Roger Whitson and Anastasia Salter’s special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly, with a focus on Comics as Scholarship – which is forthcoming. I’m thinking that will draw out some other people working along these lines.
Likely as I expand this list, I’ll include it on the wiki I have for my comics education course: www.comicsclassroom.wikispaces.com. (And if i’m missing folks – please feel free to put in the comments or email me – see sidebar for address.) On that note, i will be teaching mycourse again at Teachers College in the spring as well as the readings course at Parsons. More on all that later. Ok, back to the drawing board! – Nick