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
Lynda Takes the Line for A Walk: Attitudes and Philosophies of Drawing in Lynda Barry’s Comics Transitions 8, 10 November, Birkbeck, University of London (detailed program) Lynda Barry’s What It Is (2008), Picture This (2009), and Syllabus (2014) are not simply educational or self-help books on making comics, they reveal Barry’s theory about drawing and about creation. In my presentation I examine what Barry’s explanatory … Continue reading Lynda Takes the Line for A Walk — Abstract for the Transitions 8 Conference
Here is the abstract of the paper I’m going to present at the Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference, Retro! Time, Memory, Nostalgia, @Bournemouth University, UK, 27-29 June 2018 “Postmortemistical” Look: The Memory of Things and the Traces of Personhood in Roz Chast and Ben Katchor The paper investigates the ways personal relationships and memories are organized around objects and things, and how these are rearranged once … Continue reading “Postmortemistical” Look: The Memory of Things and the Traces of Personhood in Roz Chast and Ben Katchor — Abstract
Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory A Symposium hosted by the TORCH Network University of Oxford, 22.06.2017 Joe Sacco’s reportage has often been studied in ethical frameworks, as his comics have shed light on both the background of journalistic work and on the creation of narratives in the comics form. Sacco’s comics contribute to human rights discourse and the narratives have played important … Continue reading The Ethical Stakes of Style: Crosshatching and Testimony in Joe Sacco’s Comics. Abstract.
I’ll be talking at a panel at the 7th International Comics and Medicine Conference in Dundee in a couple of days (link). The topic of this year’s conf is “Stages and Pages”, and here is my abstract: Presence and Disappearance – The surface of the page and narrating sexual abuse in the works of Debbie Drechsler and Katie Green The paper focuses on autobiographically … Continue reading Abstract – Presence and Disappearance: The surface of the page and narrating sexual abuse in the works of Debbie Drechsler and Katie Green