Category: comics


The Importance of Layouts in Comics

Whenever I read comics, I always pay attention, of course, to the juxtaposition between the text and images and the ways that they work in tandem to convey meaning. I pay attention to the gutters and the spaces that my mind fills in, either spatially or temporally. Each of these aspects is important, but for me, lately, paying attention to the page layout is … Read More The Importance of Layouts in Comics


The Costs of Graduate School and Healthcare

On January 20, Mat Johnson posted on Twitter about his insulin falling out of the refrigerator and his kid picking it up and placing it in the freezer, thus ruining it. Insurance would not replace the insulin, which costs $800, and Johnson pointed out that luckily he has enough to cover it. However, if he could not cover it, he may actually die, as … Read More The Costs of Graduate School and Healthcare

The Memory Beneath Our Feet

A couple of weeks ago I received my copy of Box of Bones, a project created by Ayize Jama Everett and John Jennings. Book one contains five stories, each written and illustrated by different artists. The overarching connective tissue within Box of Bones is Lindsay Ford, a PhD student in Folklore/African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Ford’s work centers on the Box of Bones, … Read More The Memory Beneath Our Feet


Multicultural American Literature and Pedagogy Syllabus

Every semester, I post the syllabi for the course I am teaching. This semester, I am teaching “Multicultural American Literature,” a graduate level course for education majors. It is an online, asynchronous course, so my approach differs from the face to face classes or online synchronous courses I teach. Since students in this course are education majors, I wanted to focus on things that … Read More Multicultural American Literature and Pedagogy Syllabus


Christian Nationalism and “Incognegro”

Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro focuses on constructions of race and the ways that whites use these constructions in order to maintain power or to even hopefully achieve power. The graphic novel does not detail the intersections between white supremacy and the church, but there are at least two brief moments that cause readers to think about these intersections. Today, I want to … Read More Christian Nationalism and “Incognegro”