New Publication: Children’s Comics in Hungary

In my essay I provide a background on the history of children’s comics in Hungary and also of the prevailing stereotypes about comics. The heritage of having ONLY adaptations of literary works during state socialism has not benefited the reputation of comics. I also write about the sudden change in the 1980s when comics reading children suddenly found themselves in a true transmedial environment. Continue reading New Publication: Children’s Comics in Hungary

Video: Discussing Comics with Frederick Luis Aldama

I talk about my personal journey as a comics scholar with Frederick Luis Aldama. I also talk about what I think of drawing, how comics and the body are related, and what my latest publications are about. It is an honor to be part of this videocast series. Continue reading Video: Discussing Comics with Frederick Luis Aldama

Why is vulnerability so important in Le Guin’s Earthsea? – Patreon News

I am happy to share with you my first finished Patreon project. Patreon projects help me keep on academic work in the circumstances I do not want to waste time on describing now, I have done so here, in the general introduction of my Patreon endeavor. Patreon projects are academic investigations that create a bridge between what I do in English and what I do … Continue reading Why is vulnerability so important in Le Guin’s Earthsea? – Patreon News

My Review of Nimona and Women in Battle is Out

… in Hungarian. The literary journal “Alföld” kindly commissioned comics reviews for its May issue (link). The plan was to sync these with the International Comics Festival Budapest. The festival was cancelled, and the journal ran out of funding so it only publishes online instead of print and cannot pay the authors for an indefinite amount of time. Culture is in a terrible position in … Continue reading My Review of Nimona and Women in Battle is Out

“Lines and Bodies” – Academic Comic @ Sequentialsjournal.net

I am happy and proud to show you the first academic comic I co-created: Lines and Bodies. This is an argumentative piece on some of the ways in which our bodies are involved in reading comics. It draws on theories by Laura U Marks, Robert Vischer, and James Elkins. The text and the art together show that there is more to comics than what meets … Continue reading “Lines and Bodies” – Academic Comic @ Sequentialsjournal.net

The Cover of My Book is Here

I am totally thrilled and mesmerized. I feel flattered by the care and attention of the editors and designers at the Ohio State University Press, and I am particularly grateful to Amanda Weiss, who drew the cover. The cover of my book represents everything that this book is about: first, the vulnerability of bodies, which includes that the onlooker can also experience the vulnerability of … Continue reading The Cover of My Book is Here

Drawing and Transforming the Body in Ken Dahl’s Monsters – Abstract for Transitions 9

This is my abstract for Transitions 9: New Directions in Comics Studies 2020 (Birkbeck, University of London, 21 March 2020). Ken Dahl, in his graphic narrative on living with the sexually transmitted disease of herpes, represents his avatar and personifies the illness of the avatar with cunning visual inventiveness. Dahl’s dynamic visualizations freely transform the bodies of the characters, which, I argue, emphasize drawing as … Continue reading Drawing and Transforming the Body in Ken Dahl’s Monsters – Abstract for Transitions 9

Animals and other beasts in fantasy

I am really happy to share that I will be one of the participants of ViTa. What is ViTa? ViTa is a day devoted to talking about all things science fiction, fantasy, weird, horror, and gaming. The acronym comes from “Meeting of Worlds” (Világok Találkozása) in Hungarian. This is now the third year that we have ViTa. I have enjoyed the first two as a … Continue reading Animals and other beasts in fantasy