My favourite comics of the 2010s

About this list I'm not suggesting that these are the best comics of the last decade (I don't think a list like that is even possible), but I would recommend them to anyone interested in comics. They are biased towards indie press and autobiography because those are the comics that generally have meant the most … Continue reading My favourite comics of the 2010s

Victorian Fairy Paintings

For the past few months, I have been researching fairy lore for an ongoing writing project. I recently came across an exhibition catalogue on Victorian fairy paintings, suitably titled Victorian Fairy Painting (1997, edited by Jane Martineau with contributing essays from curators and other experts). I feel so lucky to have stumbled into this one … Continue reading Victorian Fairy Paintings

Grotesque Dollhouse: A Close Reading of Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary

The following post is based on a course assignment from a few years ago that offered me the opportunity to closely read and trace a few pages from Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary, one of my favorite autobiographical comics. My New York Diary is also an early contemporary feminist classic of graphic autobiography. I … Continue reading Grotesque Dollhouse: A Close Reading of Julie Doucet’s My New York Diary

Doll Hospital Journal

                Doll Hospital is an intersectional/queer/feminist literary mental health journal, founded by Bethany Rose Lamont in 2014, that often focuses on personal experiences of survival, told through art and literature. This is a super cute, well designed and important little book to own, carry with you, support, and recommend to friends and family. From … Continue reading Doll Hospital Journal

Book Pile: Comics and Mental Health

A selection of comics related to mental (and physical) health. These are honest, beautiful, and often brutal narratives. Included in this assembly (with descriptions from publishers' websites): My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (2017) Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of … Continue reading Book Pile: Comics and Mental Health

Hero and Villain: The Construction of Autobiographical Slave Narrative in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner

The following writing is adapted from a seminar presentation for a course on graphic life narratives at the University of Winnipeg. Background Nat Turner was an African American slave who led a violent revolt on several plantations in Southampton County, Virginia in late August 21-22, 1831. These revolts resulted in the murder of approximately 57 … Continue reading Hero and Villain: The Construction of Autobiographical Slave Narrative in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner