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: Randy Duncan, author of The Power of Comics

Jul 10, 2009

Fall Semester 2009

Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication

Course Description

: Randy Duncan, author of The Power of Comics

Jul 10, 2009

Randy Duncan
Course Objectives: This course is designed to help the student
Appreciate the diversity and potential of the comic book/graphic novel medium;  Understand comic books/graphic novels as a unique medium of communication;
Discover the governing principles of comic books/graphic novels as an art form;
Apply knowledge of the medium to the creation of comic books/graphic novels;

Interview: Brian Fies, author of Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Jul 1, 2009

“I don’t know if Jack Kirby went to the World’s Fair, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did,” says Brian Fies. He’s talking about the impact the 1939 World’s Fair in New York had on Americans in general and comic creators specifically. In fact, decades after the fair, it would continue to have a place in comics: Readers of Roy Thomas’s All-Star Squardon in the early ’80s may remember the team made its headquarters in the fair’s Trylon and Perisphere.

Interview: Nicole Chaison, author of The Passion of the Hausfrau

Jun 16, 2009

Ah, memories of high school. The people we loved, the people we couldn’t stand, the problems all those people caused for us. Sometimes those problems live on long after the high-school years. Such was the case for Nicole Chaison. When she got the gift of a book by one of her former classmates, she was incensed. It was bad enough that one of her classmates, Bill Romanowski, had gone on to become a very rich and famous football star. But now he had written a book too? (Well, with the help of two cowriters, but still…) Chaison knew what she had to do: She had to finish her own book.

Interview: Jeremy Love, author of Bayou

Jun 2, 2009

At turns gruelingly realistic and dripping with the Southern milieu that flavors its historical roots, Bayou is a rare treat. Fast-paced and gripping, it’s compulsively readable. Dark and foreboding, it’s got an eerie quality that chills the spine. But perhaps most notable is the infuriatingly accurate portrayal of racism and oppression inflicted on its main character, a young girl named Lee, and her father, who is wrongly accused of murdering a little white girl in the Mississippi bayou that gives the series its name.