In Part Two, Dr. Kevin Cooley examines Frink’s life and other comic strips to provide evidence and context for Lucy and Sophie Say Goodbye queer imagination.
The forgotten cartoonist George O. Frink (1874-1932) laid the groundwork for over a century of queer cartooning, created the comics’ first lesbian couple in 1905, and shared their tragic fate of death in an asylum 27 years later.
In his fourth guest post for The Middle Spaces in two years, Dr. Vincent Haddad explores a less-examined series where issues of Asian-American representation exist at the margins of the Dakotaverse.
How can digital comics help to tell refugee stories without erasing the actual refugees in the process?
In this guest post, Monica Gerrafo examines the designing of Mary Jane Watson’s dress for her 1987 wedding to Spider-Man and the implications of both’s live-action and on-the-page presence.
Dr. Vincent Haddad examines both an issue of the brilliant new The Other History of the DC Universe series and O’Neil and Cowyn’s classic 1980s run on The Question, considering both the limits and promise of revision.
In this essay, guest writer, Tiffany Babb uses the changeable figure of Loki in 2011’s Journey into Mystery to consider the liminality of identity and how it is shaped by expectations
In a guest essay, Ty Matejowsky examines the once ubiquitous and now mostly forgotten movie tie-in music video format through the example of one for a movie that never existed.
Dr. Anna Peppard re-examines a favorite scene from Excalibur #4 a decade after first reading it to consider how its meanings may have changed for her.
Guest writer, Vincent Haddad examines three different comics exploring conspiracies to consider how they represent the hybridity of truth and fiction.
Considering how 1990’s The Flash on CBS was a pivotal development to the television superhero genre through fashion.
The third and final part of our round table on comics paratexts, looking at digital comics and representations of the digital in comics.
Part two of our round table on comics paratexts looks at ads, peritexts, and disruptive backmatter.
Part One in our three part roundtable on comics paratexts focuses on letter columns.
Guest writer Anna Peppard’s meditation on presence and absence of the Vision’s penis – and if it even matters.
Batman: White Knight demonstrates the limitation of the white imaginary regarding a post-police society by simply not being be able to envision one.
Laura Grafton and Andew Deman examine the intersection of Harley Quinn’s three central relationships, with the Joker, Poison Ivy, and her audience.
How the limitations of Jimmy Olsen’s transformations limn the dynamics of superhuman embodiment.
A guest post in the form of a preview of the forthcoming anthology, Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics.
Guest contributor, Tiffany Babb, interviews cartoonist Melanie Gillman about their work and the importance of envisioning queer and trans histories.
Considering the role of Latinidad in Araña’s comics despite a decreasing representation of of its so-called “authentic” markers.