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Dr. Debbie Mix Interviews Comic Book Author Christina Blanch

Comic book author, graduate student, teacher, and business owner Christina Blanch will be speaking on Monday, November 4, at 7:30 in LB 125 as part of the Department of English’s Marilyn K. Cory Speakers Series.  In advance of her talk, she agreed to answer a few questions from English Department faculty member Debbie Mix about comic books, creative writing, and scholarship.

Debbie: How did you get interested in reading and writing about comics?  Is it challenging to think and write about something you love from an academic perspective?

Christina: I picked up a copy of Prince Valiant when I was young that my parents had. I thought it was so cool that this was a book for adults that had pictures and words. It just fascinated me. I drifted away from comics in the late teen years but found them again when I had my first child and was teaching him to read. I never really thought about using comics until I was reading a series called Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. I was writing a lecture at the time on culture change, and in the book, all of the males on the planet die suddenly. Talk about culture change! I had always used popular culture in my teaching so using comic books wasn’t a stretch. And it got the students’ attention, which is something that is so important in teaching.

Yes, it is challenging to look at comics, which I do love, from an academic perspective. Sometimes it makes me sad because I realize a book I love really sends a wrong message, but there is always something to learn—good or bad. On the flip side though, analyzing comics really shows how incredibly complex the medium is and usually I end reading the books with a totally new perspective so it’s like reading a completely new book. That is awesome. Continue reading

Come See Comic Book Author Christina Blanch on Nov. 4

Christina Blanch, the second presenter in the Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series, will be speaking on Monday, November 4th at 7:30pm in LB 125. Last spring, Christina also taught a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) at Ball State University focused on gender and comic books. Learn more about the class from an interview on Wired.com. You can find out more about Christina, the other speakers in the series, and their collective focus on comic books and graphic novels in a recent post by the series organizer, Dr. Debbie Mix.

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Dr. Debbie Mix Introduces the Marilyn K. Cory Speakers Series

When Dr. Riddle asked me to take the lead on putting together the inaugural group of speakers for the Marilyn K. Cory Speakers Se­ries for the 2013-2014 year, I was thrilled.  Then freaked out. Then back to thrilled. I asked for input from faculty members and students. I buttonholed people in the hallways and asked them again. Lindsey Vesperry (a graduate student in the department) and I sent roughly 958 emails to potential speakers, to authors’ agents, and to each other trying to figure out what might work.

Well, we figured something out, and I’m really excited to tell you about it. This year’s series is organized around Graphic Narratives and Comic Books, and we’re bringing in speakers from all over the place to talk about them.

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