From Mav: We like comics. We love comics. If you’ve heard at least two seconds of the show, you probably picked that up on that. It’s one of the reasons this show exists. Of course, we’ve gotten away from comics and started talking about some more important cultural issues the last couple of weeks. But now, the fall semester is starting and both Wayne and I are both teaching college courses on comics at the same time. Furthermore, we obviously have a lot friends (several of whom have been former guests here on the VoxPopcast) that teach comics as well. So we thought it would be fun this week to come up with a list of the canon comics and graphic novels one would pick if they were to be designing a class in comics.
Really, this could mean a lot of things. Wayne and I are teaching two very different classes at the moment. His is a generalized introduction to the history of the graphic novel. Mine is is a more specialized look at the way sex and gender have been portrayed in American comics over the last century. There obviously about a billion other ways to approach this as well. You can focus on history or literature or art or cultural studies. There could be a focus on a time period or a theme.
For once, we thought it would be fun to devote a whole episode to this one thing that we actually do… you know… like, for a living and stuff. So we’re going to design a college comics class live on the air. What books should be on the list (yes, yes, Watchmen, Maus, Persepolis, and Fun Home… we know… but what else?). What themes and genres should be explored? What historical events should be covered? What topics outside of comics that affect comics? What would you like to see? Give us some thoughts and we are going to convene a panel of comics pedagogues to work through, come up with a a good list, and maybe even discuss why this is a good idea in the first place.