Cleaning up loose ends from the last year and making some announcements about the next.
Looking beyond representation in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and towards the contexts that inform it to consider the narrative structures used to build queer storyworlds.
How the limitations of Jimmy Olsen’s transformations limn the dynamics of superhuman embodiment.
Considering the role of Latinidad in Araña’s comics despite a decreasing representation of of its so-called “authentic” markers.
A crucial interrogation of how Gal Gadot’s Israeli identity and IDF experience are used to sell her authenticity in the role of Wonder Woman.
An overview of the 2017 International Comics Art Forum conference in Seattle, WA.
The fifth in our conversations with comics scholars. This time with Dr. Andrea Gilroy, discussing how the tensions between image and text in comics reflect the messiness of identity, and how Ninja Turles and picture bibles might lead to being a comics scholar.
Thinking through how readers conceptualize a character and the degree to which such a characterization can be independent of how the character acts in the actual stories she appears in.
Marvel Comics hasn’t published a Fantastic Four title in over a year, and its absence marks a serious lack of imagination.
Exploring the limits of diversity in a white supremacist framework through a five-in-one look at 1978’s Marvel Two-in-One.
A recent Marvel story connecting Groot to Puerto Rican culture via a visit with the Thing to Marvel’s Lower East Side analog, Yancy Street got me thinking about place and identity.
Sometimes looking back is the way to move forward, but that isn’t the case here.