Laura Grafton and Andew Deman examine the intersection of Harley Quinn’s three central relationships, with the Joker, Poison Ivy, and her audience.
In the 10th installment of our series of talks with comics scholars and teachers, we talk to Dr. Margaret Galvan about comics archives, keeping a spreadsheet of a comics collection, and the importance of research into grassroots periodicals in the study of queer comics.
Young Avengers provides a fun and thoughtful exploration of the contradictions inherent to the transformation from adolescence to adulthood.
Dazzler the Movie as an important fictional prehistory to the #MeToo movement and stories about abusive media figures.
The intimacy between Batman and the Joker calls for imagining a different “last Batman story.”
Luchadoras and the elasticity of gender in queered spaces.
The assumption of video games as a masculine space goes way back.
Why is She-Hulk to blame for the “signal” she supposedly puts out?
The heteronormative values these romance comics reinforce are really friggin’ queer.
The shock of the queer in Oglaf undermines a genre where uber-masculine hyper-hetero adventures are the norm.
At the heart of Dan Slott’s run on She-Hulk is a alternately critical and nostalgic concern with continuity and rupture in serialized superhero comic books.
The very idea of a traditional family is a delusion.
Black Goliath is a title that never got a chance to really develop and it suffers from the problems of a lot of early attempts to bring ethnic characters into the limelight.
The “scariness” of black sexuality made palatable.
The very act of singing what he is singing is the woman’s work he sings about.