Month: June 2019

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The Same Old Same Old: Rogue and Representations of the South

Chris Claremont and Michael Golden created Rogue in 1981, and she made her debut in Avengers Annual #10. What makes Rogue interesting to me is her place of origin, the fictional Caldecott County in Mississippi. Speaking with the Clarion Ledger in 2016, Claremont told Jacob Threadgill, “I felt, why should Louisiana get all the fun? … (Mississippi) was a place where the racial divisions … Read More The Same Old Same Old: Rogue and Representations of the South

David Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity: Part II

Last post, I started looking at David Walker’s Cyborg, and I noted that his arc, “Unplugged,” is not an origin story about how Victor Stone became Cyborg. Instead, it is an arc chronicling how Victor Stone, as Cyborg, becomes Victor Stone. It’s an arc tracing how Victor Stone becomes visible to his family and society. It’s an arc that, at its core, encapsulates the … Read More David Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity: Part II

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David F. Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity

Last January, I posted a syllabus for a “Comics and Race” course that I constructed. At that time, I had not read any of David F. Walker’s work. A few months later, I read Nighthawk, and I was blown away. Nighthawk led me to other series by Walker such as Shaft, Luke Cage, Power Man and Iron Fist, and his recent work Bitter Root. … Read More David F. Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity

Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to visit countless museums in Norway, Poland, France, and Austria. Today, I want to take a moment and share with you some of my favorite pieces from right here in Bergen, Norway. The KODE museums have a large collection of artworks from various ages, but the ones that stuck out to me are from the … Read More Norwegian Art: Dahl, Astrup, and Munch

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Connections in Lucy Knisley’s “An Age of License”

Last post, I wrote about Lucy Knisley’s An Age of License (2014). Today, I want to continue looking at Knisley’s book, specifically as it relates to my continuing thoughts on the ways that travel and place connect us. Edvard Grieg once said, “Min mening er, at på samme måte som mennesket er individuelt og sosialt, slik er kunstneren både nasjonal og kosmopolitt!” (“My opinion … Read More Connections in Lucy Knisley’s “An Age of License”