Category: image comics


The Power of Myths

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass stood in Corinthian Hall in Rochester, NY, in front of the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society and told the crowd, “Feeling themselves too harshly and unjustly treated by the home government, your fathers, like men of honesty, and men of spirit, earnestly sought redress.” The British denied the redress, and thus the “fathers” fought the American Revolution. Douglass says … Read More The Power of Myths


Memory Creates Life: Part II

While Ram V and Anand RK’s Blue in Green, as I discussed in my previous post, examines the ways that we use memories to create life, it also looks at the ways that pain and suffering impact creativity and the ways that the pain that the artist uses to produce a work of art remains, long after the artist’s passing. This is a theme I’ve been … Read More Memory Creates Life: Part II


Aging, Womanhood, and Golden Rage

Since my comic book shop is about an hour away, I usually go every few weeks to pick up my pull list. This past Friday, I made the trek down to get my pulls for the past couple of weeks. While there, I wanted to find some new books to check out, and I asked someone if they had any suggestions. They pointed me … Read More Aging, Womanhood, and Golden Rage

Conversation with Rodney Barnes about “Killadelphia”

For my “Monsters, Race, and Comics” class I’m teaching the first two volumes of Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander’s Killadelphia. Recently, I spoke with Barnes about the series. We talked about the ways that the gothic works as both a “politically conservative” for and as a revolutionary form, the role that history plays within the series, the ways that the powerful weaponize fear to … Read More Conversation with Rodney Barnes about “Killadelphia”


The Narratives of History in “Killadelphia”: Part V

Over the past few posts, I’ve been examining Jupiter Evans’ and Sally Hemings’ narrative arcs in Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander’s Killadelphia. Specifically, I’ve been looking at the ways that the histories of Jupiter and Sally get filtered through white perspectives and the counters to the white perspective through Jupiter’s telling of his own history. We do not see Sally’s perspective directly, and we do … Read More The Narratives of History in “Killadelphia”: Part V