115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Comics and Graphic Narratives I

Session Chair: 
Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 102


  1. Lisann Anders, University of Zurich
    The Batman and Green Arrow are seen as vigilantes that try to save their cities. By doing so they wear masks to make their pubic identity invisible. The dichotomy between the seen and the unseen can also be observed in relation to the city, is not only influenced by the Batman's and Green Arrow's but takes an active role in the identity formation of Gotham's and Star City's saviors.
  2. Jarret Keene, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    This paper explores how the 1970s DC Comics series Beowulf: Dragon Slayer, written by then-college professor Michael Uslan, extends and enriches the saga of the protagonist of the Old English poem Beowulf by situating the character within a larger universe of myth, literature, religion, and pop-archeology.
  3. Lucas Tromly, University of Manitoba
    My paper examines Elmer, a 2009 graphic novel by diasporic Filipino American Gerry Alanguilan, in which chickens inexplicably gain human intelligence. Elmer draws upon the cartoon animal tradition to represent groups to whom the status of full humanity has been withheld, or granted only partially.
Session Cancelled: