Purdue Sequential Art Narratives

A Reading, Discussion and Pedagogy Collective

Meeting on Thursday later this semester

This is the CCC related meeting with the Tippecanoe Public Library’s graphic novel specialist.
What times/dates work for you?


Spanish comic author Paco Roca portrays Haiti’s disaster in his “¿Que cómo me va?” (“How am I doing, you ask?”)

2008 Spanish National Comic Prize winner Paco Roca takes a look at Haiti’s recent earthquake in newspaper EL PAIS’s web comic-strip ¿Que cómo me va? (How am I doing, you ask?)

Incredibly talented Paco Roca has won a bunch of national prizes, is published in Spain, France and Italy and is the author of critically-acclaimed Arrugas (Wrinkles), which we expect to have soon translated into English and distributed in the USA.

Paco Roca's Arrugas

Next meeting on 2/5

Joins us on Friday,  2/5 at 2:30 at Grey House to discuss Love and Rockets. Steve will be leading our discussion of this underground and underrated comic.

Meeting this Friday (1/22)

We will be meeting this Friday at 2:30 at Greyhouse to discuss David B.’s Epileptic. Don’t miss what is sure to be a groundbreaking meeting of epic proportions. Go Comics!

Super Emo Friends

It’s not the newest thing on the internets but if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth checking out

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First comic of 2010

To start off the new year and the new semester we will be reading David B.’s Epileptic, a lovely comic that deals with love, madness, and the overwelming urge to create. Our first meeting is tentatively set for January 22 at 1pm at Greyhouse. As everyone’s schedule is still a bit up in the air, it is possible this date will change. We hope to have a large group for our first meeting of the year!

Start your typewriters…

Check out this seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association’s 2010 Conference:
Comics Boundaries: Graphic Narratives through a Cosmopolitan Lens

* Seminar Organizer: Giuseppe Gazzola, SUNY Stony Brook; David M. Ball, Dickinson College

Comics are heralded as a putatively “universal” language, one that can be intuitively seen and read across cultural boundaries. They have nonetheless been shaped by specific social and national locations, and as such, are particularly illustrative of the promises and limitations of intellectual cosmopolitanism. The popularity and production of comics around the world have generated a keen heterogeneity of forms, idioms, and graphic geographies, a heterogeneity that remains largely unaccounted for in contemporary comics criticism and theory.

The recent critical interest in graphic narratives in the past few years has motivated renewed attention to long-held and long-unanswered questions about the medium. Most centrally, foundational questions about comics continue to frame as well as generate conversations among critics: What are comics? Do they represent a hybrid medium or a unique field of study? How do they define generic expectations, or rather are they confined by those expectations?

The goal of this seminar is to reframe these longstanding debates through a cosmopolitan lens; we believe that such critical impasses can be productively addressed through a multinational and multicultural approach to graphic narratives. Achieving a cosmopolitan turn in comics criticism allows for new approaches to many of these topics, including:

* How is cosmopolitanism represented in comics, and is this cosmopolitanism the main current or an undertow in the production of graphic narratives?
* Do national identities shape genre expectations and formal innovations, or are such boundaries being transgressed by contemporary graphic authors?
* How are visual grammars and compositional languages formed in different cultural locations? Are universal vocabularies or comics creoles establishing themselves?

Proposals are due November 13