Meets: Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30pm
All Meeting Dates: 7/16, 7/30, 8/13 and 8/27
Location: 15 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
Your instructor will contact you via email in advance of the class.
Comics were the first rock 'n' roll. Comics broke rules." ―Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus
As a medium that combines pictures with text in various sequences, comics have always had the potential to break rules--rules of art, rules of a society, rules of decorum. In America, comics have long been dismissed, however, as a medium for children, a sweeping criticism that ignores the powerful, subversive, beautiful, complex works of art in the genre. Like any artistic medium, comics often examine, explicitly or implicitly, what it means to be something, what it means to hold a certain identity in the world. In this reading group, we're going to examine how a number of comics look at identity: what it means to be queer, the many ways to be a hero or villain, what it means to be a woman, what it means to hold complicated religious and philosophical views, and what, ultimately, it means to be human in a strange, beautiful, bizarre world. Some of these are meant to be read as nonfiction, others as fiction, and some straddle the borders of both.
You will read comics that examine all of this and more, and, over four sessions, we will get to talk about some of the most incredible comics out there. Between sessions, the instructor will send out bonus material on related to our discussions, interviews, rare comics, recommendations, and more.
You don't need any prior familiarity with comics and graphic novels; this group is open to any and all!
Before Class Reading
For the first session, you are expected to have read Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Embroideries.
Session 2: On a Sunbeam and Fun Home
Session 3 The World of Edena
Session 4: Ms Marvel (Vol.1) and Watchmen
About the Instructor
GABRIELLE BELLOT is a staff writer for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine's The Cut, Guernica, Tin House, Electric Literature, VICE, and many other places. She holds an MFA and PhD, both in English, from Florida State University. She teaches writing at Catapult and Gotham Writers Workshop and lives in Brooklyn.