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.
On August 28, 2020 many were surprised and dismayed to hear about the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of King T’Challa in Black Panther. Only a handful of close friends and family knew he was sick with colon cancer as he continued to work throughout his illness. Members of the U-C Comics Colloquium came together and submitted brief remembrances on his life and legacy.
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:
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!