The seventh in our series of conversations with comics scholars. Dr. Brannon Costello discusses his new book on Howard Chaykin, serial monomania, and how relatively radical stuff can happen in a What If? comic.
The sixth in our conversations with comics scholars. This time with Dr. Aaron Kashtan, discussing the backlash against diversity, fun comics as worthy of study, and how you shouldn’t be ashamed to love My Little Pony.
The clumsy way superhero comic books of the post-Civil Rights 1970s explicitly address race can provide a site for imagining productive racial consciousness for black characters, while also highlighting the limits of that kind of resistant reading.
The second in our on-going series of interviews with comics scholars.
A voice in the wilderness crying out against superheroic hegemony.
The ways fans of color engage with characters and stories can re-circuit and re-interpret those stories in ways that provide the kind of productive identification that challenges that tired old repetitive and thoughtless representation.
The finest trick humanity ever played was persuading itself that he devil was real.