Join the U-C Comics Colloquium for a conversation with Ryan Estrada, co-author with Kim Hyun Sook of Banned Book Club. Set in 1980s South Korea, Banned Book Club tells a story of a group of students who resist an authoritarian regime with a secret club for reading banned books.
The event is free and open to the public; but registration is required.
The U-C Comics Colloquium, The University of Illinois Library, and the Humanities Research Institute invite you to
Monstrous Women In Comics: A Conversation with Dr. Samantha Langsdale
February 18, 2021 7:30 p.m. Central
Samantha Langsdale is a Research Fellow with the Department of Rhetoric and the Program for Critical Theory at the University of California Berkeley. Monstrous Women in Comics (2020, University Press of Mississippi), co-edited with Elizabeth Rae Coody, explores the coding of woman as monstrous and how the monster as dangerously evocative of women/femininity/the female is exacerbated by the intersection of gender with sexuality, race, nationality, and disability. To analyze monstrous women is not only to examine comics, but also to witness how those constructions correspond to women’s real material experiences.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
For our July meetup, we’re meeting a little earlier in the day for a comics brunch. We’re reading Laguardia, by Nnedi Okorafor with Tana Ford and James Devlin. We’re also reading/viewing a couple of supplementary items to get Okorafor’s view on Africanfuturism.
Nnedi Okorafor, Laguardia. Buy on Bookshop.org (benefits independent booksellers – you can choose your local store!); or Powell’s.
Whew! It’s been a while since we’ve posted. The Comics Colloquium has been trucking along during social isolation. We’ve met online since March, talking about fantastic books like Parable of the Sower, Ooku, and Y: The Last Man, and we’ll continue to convene virtually until we’re able to safely assemble once again.
In the meantime, we asked our members to share what they’ve been reading during the pandemic, for fun or for scholarship. Here’s what folks shared:
Our October meet up is Saturday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana.
October is LGBT History Month, so for our October meet up, we’re reading the queer YA graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Illustrator). We’ll be back in the game room at Riggs on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m.
To set up our conversation, Uni High Library GA Cynthia Medrano Torres shared a reflection on the book:
September 22-28 2019 is Banned Books Week. Comics and graphic novels are among the most frequently banned and challenged books in the United States. To help draw attention to comics, we asked members of the U-C Comics Colloquium to share some information about their favorite banned or challenged comics. Read on to learn more about the comics we dare to read!
For our September meeting we read They Called Us Enemy, the 2019 graphic novel by George Takei, along with excerpts from Miné Tokubo’s 1946 graphic narrative Citizen 13660. The U-C Zine Library hosted the meet up. While we found Tokubo’s classic work compelling, Takei’s graphic novel didn’t quite make the grade.