Graphic Novels and Narratives for Spring 2011

I always find it difficult to select the texts for my graphic novel courses. Narrowing the choices for my Spring 2011 undergrad class bordered upon an existential crisis. Perhaps it's because so much seems to be at stake when you're likely introducing students for the first time in their lives to the critical study of… Continue reading Graphic Novels and Narratives for Spring 2011

ENGL 685 (Graphic Novels) Reading List

I always agonize over which books to teach during any given semester. It's not for a lack of possibilities. Indeed, there are always too many choices, too many great books to teach in the fields of postmodern literature and experimental literature. And I always want to get the syllabus just right for my students, balancing… Continue reading ENGL 685 (Graphic Novels) Reading List

Amazon.com ending Amazon Associates Program for North Carolina

Amazon.com sent me a message this morning, announcing that the company is has "little choice but to end its relationships with North Carolina-based Associates" because of an "unconstitutional tax collection scheme" due to be passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. Not that I make any significant amount of money from my referrals to Amazon,… Continue reading Amazon.com ending Amazon Associates Program for North Carolina

Reading List for ENGL 493: Graphic Novels (Fall 2009)

I've finalized the reading list for my Fall 2009 course on graphic novels. This is the same super-sized class that I'll be teaching with technologies that may help me preserve my student-centered pedagogy. The syllabus was especially hard to settle on, as there are so many compelling graphic novels worthy of inclusion. I had to… Continue reading Reading List for ENGL 493: Graphic Novels (Fall 2009)

30 Days of Night, Again, and Again, and Again

One midnight a short time ago I picked up 30 Days of Night, a vampire graphic novel I was looking forward to, after having read some great reviews. (In 500 Essential Graphic Novels, for example, Gene Kannenberg calls 30 Days of Night a “livid, modern-gothic triumph.”) I finished the first volume by 1am. Was I… Continue reading 30 Days of Night, Again, and Again, and Again