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Comic Book Masculinity

An academic analysis of gender and sexuality through the lens of comic books, fandom, and related content

Hosted by Derek McGrath, literature doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University

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Email: comicbookmasculinity@gmail.com

Twitter: @dereksmcgrath

Jul 28 '14

Call for Papers, Sept 30 Deadline: “Comedy and Comics: Parody, Satire, and Humor in Superhero Narratives” (Northeast MLA, Toronto, April 30, to May 3, 2015)

Posting a reminder for an upcoming academic panel I’m co-organizing at the Northeast Modern Language Association.

Please consider submitting an abstract at NeMLA.org for what should be an exciting session that traces the many ways that comics and the superhero narrative are used in analysis of humor, satire, and parody.

Each year, NeMLA hosts engaging sessions, and Toronto will provide a productive setting for academic discourse and, specifically for our session, an opportunity to engage with comics as scholars and fans.

Stan Lee bristles at calling them “comic books,” lest readers think they are only “funny books.” This panel identifies how humor operates in works centered around superheroes—as parody, satire, and comedy. Potential topics include comedic twists on the superhero archetype; “campy” TV and film adaptations of “serious” characters; webcomics and humorous children’s books; teaching satire through comics; and cross-cultural appropriation of the superhero motif. 

Submit abstracts to Session ID#15447 at NeMLA.org/convention/2015/cfp.html. Visitors to this web site then may sign up for a free account to submit abstract or at NeMLA.org/users/?operation=register. For any questions about submitting electronically, please email websupport@nema.org or derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com.

Jul 7 '14
divineseven:

#mondaymotivation be your own #superhero and go #carpediem 💪🙅👏 (at www.facebook.com/DVital7Lifesyle)

divineseven:

#mondaymotivation be your own #superhero and go #carpediem 💪🙅👏 (at www.facebook.com/DVital7Lifesyle)

Jun 30 '14
jerseytigermoth:

New arts! Star Sapphire 💕✨
Prints etc. available on Society6 as usual!
#myart #starsapphire #illustration #society6 #greenlantern #dc #dccomics #carolferris #haljordan #comics #pink #superhero #superheroine #violetlight #corps #love #light #blakelively #ryanreynolds #scifi

jerseytigermoth:

New arts! Star Sapphire 💕✨

Prints etc. available on Society6 as usual!

#myart #starsapphire #illustration #society6 #greenlantern #dc #dccomics #carolferris #haljordan #comics #pink #superhero #superheroine #violetlight #corps #love #light #blakelively #ryanreynolds #scifi

Jun 27 '14

awyeahfranco:

I did a bunch o crayon sketches this weekend.

Jun 25 '14
365daysofsuperman:

June 16: Just hangin around town enjoying a nice day out! #365daysofsuperman #manofsteel #superman #dccomics #superhero #littlesuperman #tinysuperman #supermanadventures #smallville #metropolis #clarkkent #popvinyl #funkopop #funkosuperman #followback #toyleague #spring #flowers #outonthetown

365daysofsuperman:

June 16: Just hangin around town enjoying a nice day out! #365daysofsuperman #manofsteel #superman #dccomics #superhero #littlesuperman #tinysuperman #supermanadventures #smallville #metropolis #clarkkent #popvinyl #funkopop #funkosuperman #followback #toyleague #spring #flowers #outonthetown

Jun 24 '14
Jun 21 '14
lionessninja:

This is a superhero character that I’ve had in mind for a while.
Her name is Kiana Milton. She’s around 16 or 17 years old. She’s from the Bronx. She was kicked out of her home after her family found out that she’s a lesbian. She moved in with her friend for a while but she left because her home wasn’t safe enough for her. Not having anywhere else to go, she lived on the streets. She was discovered by a group of people who offered to take her to a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth but they turned out to be scientists experimenting on people to enhance and harness their bioelectric energy and they needed a young vulnerable guinea pig. They hooked her up to a machine that pumped chemicals into her bloodstream and shocked her with bolts of electricity. When she was unresponsive to their subsequent testing, they deemed their experimentation a failure and dumped her on the streets where they found her. The next morning, Kiana woke up to a dark figure trying to take advantage of her and a flash of electric energy threw the man off of her when she fought back. The man was close to dead when she saw the result of this. The experiments that the scientists conducted on her were more than a success. Not only was her bioelectric energy something harnessable but it was also something that could be used as a weapon and that could be recharged by absorbing energy from power lines, electronics and other things that run on electricity. She could also absorb energy from other humans—something she learned as a result of having to fend off another attacker. She was discovered by her superhero partner, Mitocon (whom I will be drawing soon), a superhero who had been making the news and had recently partnered with the NYPD to combat crime. He offered her a room in his condo—an offer that she accepted once he gained her trust and he had a costume made for her as well as helping her come up with a hero name: Ki-Storm.

lionessninja:

This is a superhero character that I’ve had in mind for a while.

Her name is Kiana Milton. She’s around 16 or 17 years old. She’s from the Bronx. She was kicked out of her home after her family found out that she’s a lesbian. She moved in with her friend for a while but she left because her home wasn’t safe enough for her. Not having anywhere else to go, she lived on the streets. She was discovered by a group of people who offered to take her to a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth but they turned out to be scientists experimenting on people to enhance and harness their bioelectric energy and they needed a young vulnerable guinea pig. They hooked her up to a machine that pumped chemicals into her bloodstream and shocked her with bolts of electricity. When she was unresponsive to their subsequent testing, they deemed their experimentation a failure and dumped her on the streets where they found her. The next morning, Kiana woke up to a dark figure trying to take advantage of her and a flash of electric energy threw the man off of her when she fought back. The man was close to dead when she saw the result of this. The experiments that the scientists conducted on her were more than a success. Not only was her bioelectric energy something harnessable but it was also something that could be used as a weapon and that could be recharged by absorbing energy from power lines, electronics and other things that run on electricity. She could also absorb energy from other humans—something she learned as a result of having to fend off another attacker. 
She was discovered by her superhero partner, Mitocon (whom I will be drawing soon), a superhero who had been making the news and had recently partnered with the NYPD to combat crime. He offered her a room in his condo—an offer that she accepted once he gained her trust and he had a costume made for her as well as helping her come up with a hero name: 
Ki-Storm.

Jun 18 '14
Jun 16 '14

Call for Papers, Sept 30 Deadline: “Comedy and Comics: Parody, Satire, and Humor in Superhero Narratives” (Northeast MLA, Toronto, April 30, to May 3, 2015)

Shameless plug:  I’m co-organizing a panel.

The Northeast Modern Language Association will host its 46th annual conference for April and May 2015 in Toronto.  NeMLA continues to attract scholars from a wide range of specializations and is a productive community for first-time presenters, graduate students, and senior professors. 

I have been fortunate to have a session accepted for the 2015 meeting in Toronto, which will focus on comedy, parody, and satire in comics and the larger superhero genre.  I am indebted to Dr. Rafael Ponce-Cordero, as this session develops from ideas generated at his session, “Can the Subaltern Be a Superhero? The Politics of Heroic Alterity,” at the April 2014 meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, of NeMLA.  I have worked closely with Dr. Ponce-Cordero on the following CFP, and we will be working together on organizing this session.  Thanks also to the organizers at NeMLA, especially in the Cultural and Media Studies area.

I have included the CFP below as well as the longer description.  NeMLA has created a new user-based system for submitting abstracts to all sessions directly online at NeMLA.org/convention/2015/cfp.html.  At this address, please create a user account to submit your abstract to Session #15447, and please consider some of the other 350 sessions hosted in Toronto this year, comprising paper panels, roundtables, and creative sessions. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.

If you are unable to submit your abstract through the web site, please send me an email at derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to assist you with you submission.  Please also email websupport@nema.org regarding additional questions about the user-based system.

Now I’m off to watch reruns of The Tick.

ABSTRACT:

Stan Lee bristles at calling them “comic books,” lest readers think they are only “funny books.” This panel identifies how humor operates in works centered around superheroes—as parody, satire, and comedy. Potential topics include comedic twists on the superhero archetype; “campy” TV and film adaptations of “serious” characters; webcomics and humorous children’s books; teaching satire through comics; and cross-cultural appropriation of the superhero motif. 

Submit abstracts to Session ID#15447 at NeMLA.org/convention/2015/cfp.html. Visitors to this web site then may sign up for a free account to submit abstract or at NeMLA.org/users/?operation=register. For any questions about submitting electronically, please email websupport@nema.org or derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com.

DESCRIPTION:

This session welcomes submissions on a range of topics.  This session may draw together studies of comics and the superhero motif as captured in works published by mainstream and independent outlets, including the works of Mark Millar, Frank Miller, and Alan Moore, and in works including El Chapulín Colorado, Dr. Horrible, Robocop, El Santos, The Tick, and Tiger and Bunny.  This session also can include presentations focused around children’s literature, based on how often texts directed at younger readers—Bone, Captain Underpants, and The Powerpuff Girls—eschew the conceits of superhero narratives to appeal to audiences across multiple age groups. In addition, camp in comics motivates considerable discussion in gender and sexuality studies, as many scholars develop their scholarship out of the shadow of the Adam West Batman television series (itself continuing in new comic books released by publisher DC Comics). Additional topics can focus on the use of satire built around superheroes in fan communities online, such as The Hawkeye Initiative and Escher Girls.

Apr 26 '14
Mar 13 '14

NeMLA 2014: Workshops in Harrisburg–MOOCs, Welsh poetic devices, and more!

I will be chairing a session on subalternity in comics, (and attending its first session), and I will be presenting a section of my dissertation, at the 2014 meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association. 

I’ll have more to say about those upcoming sessions, but for now, to people attending NeMLA 2014, I encourage you to check out the following workshops being held at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, focusing on many topics in online teaching that are increasingly important to comic book and gender studies.

The NeMLA 2014 Convention will feature small group workshops offered on Thursday, April 3, and Sunday, April 6. The workshops will feature presenters who will work closely with workshop participants on a range of topics including online teaching, MOOCs, Welsh poetic devices, translation theory, and applying for grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Workshop details and descriptions are below. Purchase workshop tickets through the NeMLA Memberships and Registration website at www.regonline.com/nemla. All workshops will be held at the convention site, the Hilton Harrisburg, PA.

For more information, please email Carine Mardorossian, Carine_Mardorossian@nemla.org and visit NeMLA.org. Pre-registration is required for all workshops by Friday, March 28.

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Feb 24 '14
Feb 14 '14
luciasabor:

I envy gamer couples….

luciasabor:

I envy gamer couples….

Feb 11 '14
gingerhaze:

I was going to make some bromance-themed valentines but then I made this really terrible pun instead. Oh well isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is about anyway?
I will make some real ones that you can print out and give to your sweetie/totally not gay life partner/frienemy/best bro, I promise!

gingerhaze:

I was going to make some bromance-themed valentines but then I made this really terrible pun instead. Oh well isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is about anyway?

I will make some real ones that you can print out and give to your sweetie/totally not gay life partner/frienemy/best bro, I promise!

Feb 5 '14