When: For 7 weeks starting Tuesday March 12 at 7pm to 9pm Eastern
Where: Online via Zoom
Level: All experience and interests welcome
Materials: All required reading supplied
Starting Tuesday March 12, 2024.
- Week 1 - Tuesday March 12, 7 - 9 pm Eastern
- Week 2 - Tuesday March 19, 7 - 9 pm Eastern
- Week 3 - Tuesday March 26, 7 - 9 pm Eastern
- Week 4 - Tuesday April 2, 7 - 9 pm Eastern
- Week 5 - Tuesday April 9, 7 - 9 pm Eastern
- Week 6 - Tuesday April 16, 7 - 9 pm Eastern
- Week 7 - Tuesday April 23, 7 - 9 pm Eastern
Calls will include live lectures with Rob and live discussion time.
An additional Mighty Network component is included for asynchronous dialogue for this course. Class videos, audios, chats, transcripts will be saved and archived there as well for the duration of the course and 4 weeks afterwards.
The combination of words and images can tell any kind of story, from intimately personal autobiography to incisive journalism to high fantasy. Many people tend to think of the history of comics as being one and the same as the history of super-hero comic books. However, the history of comics goes much wider and deeper than just one genre.
In The Hidden History Of Comics, each week we will look at the development of comics through a different lens and ask how and why one genre became so dominant. We will look at the history of comics distribution and how it affected who could have access to comics. We will examine the parallel history of queer and straight underground comics. We will look at comics' place in the zine revolution of the '80s and '90s and the continuing importance of self-publishing. Some of the topics we will explore include: the rise of comics aimed at children, the gendering of comics, the near exclusion of girls' comics, the role of political and journalistic comics, the importance of memoir comics, and the role of formal innovation in changing our understanding of what comics can be.
Rob will provide ample images and samples for the class, as well as a suggested reading list for each week. The aim is to allow the class to discover not only the rich tapestry of diverse possibilities present in today's comics scene but also how this was true, yet hidden, for much of the art form's history.
The entire purpose of the course is to question existing structures and evolving structures with regard to comics publishing and distribution. As such, there will be discussion periods built into class time for students to reflect and react to each lecture, as well as react to supplementary material.
Each week will begin with a brief reaction to assigned supplementary material from the previous week, then an ~30 minute lecture, then a discussion period, then a break, then a second 30 minute lecture, and then a second discussion period.
Comics are expensive and the purpose of this course is not close readings of particular texts. Each lecture will include images to give you a flavor of the subject matter, and students will have access to them after each lecture so that they may discuss them more later. Supplementary readings will be provided each time, with time to discuss them in class.
Please feel free to purchase or borrow from your libraries any or all of them, but it will not be required to enjoy and understand the course itself.
Note: this class is based on the 'Hidden History of Comics' unit built into the SAW Comics Certificate program (one of nine stand alone units built to give folks the skills and comics to participate in contemporary comics making).
20% Discount available for existing SAW members (search in FLOW + PUBLISH, Graphic Memoir + Medicine, or Alumni group)
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