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.
Thinking about the bliss of the incomplete comic book serial.
Putting Fear the Walking Dead’s allusion to national zeitgeist regarding police brutality into context.
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 Walking dead trots out the old trope of the racist you love to hate, or maybe that’s (don’t really) hate to love.
Just because the world has gone to hell doesn’t mean that the prejudices and privileges of white people won’t bubble up to betray you.
The zombie apocalypse genre exists in an unending ending, a futureless world that echoes our own relationship to being.