113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Comics and Graphic Narratives

Session Chair: 
Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Skyline IV (PH-ET)


  1. Emily Wierszewski, Seton Hill University
    In this session, the presenter will share a rhetorical analysis of Ellen Forney's graphic memoir Marbles, demonstrating how rhetorical concepts frequently used to analyze print-based texts, such as hyperbole and ethos, can inform and enrich our experience of visual texts.
  2. Shanna Killeen, Oregon State University
    In Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, national and individual identity are tied together through a system of appropriation that structures identity. This system—based in cultural appropriation and reproduction, and repression of the appropriative source—is practiced by the nation and capitalism at large and is enforced into the personal identity of citizens through hegemony. This system forces identity to be performative, leaving Jimmy and other individuals to deal with the conflict of losing their unique value in a capitalist driven nation.
  3. Sarah Jensen, York University (Canada)
    The tension between chronological diary entries and unbounded recollections in Julie Maroh's Le bleu est une couleur chaude (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) highlights the struggle between "chrononormativity" and queer temporality. This conflict is drawn out through specific visual choices and in the relationships among the graphic novel's main characters.
  4. Sarah Thaller, Washington State University
    Focusing specifically on David Heatley's "Overpeck," and Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole, I will demonstrate that comics provide an ideal venue for the complex language of mental illness. More than any other medium, comics have the potential to combat the misinformation and damaging portrayals so commonly presented in young adult literature.
Session Cancelled: