Most people fear change—not just conservatives, but also liberals. But what we need now are folks who are willing to take risks, willing to fight for change, willing to create a vision for tomorrow. When we do not support and protect these folks, we stagnate. Innovative thinkers and teachers, like writers and artists, move us forward. When our institutions become hostile toward innovative thinking and new ideas, they—and the people who produce them—don’t disappear. They go elsewhere. The best thoughts are not happening on our campuses, they are happening elsewhere.

A post Casey Brienza and I wrote. With much thanks to Mary Churchill and everyone at U of Venus/Insider Higher Ed! 

#comicsedu Thanks to Mary for sharing this.

As I told Mary, I can see a third wave (is it already fourth, maybe?) wave of comics scholarship, defined by an unapologetic concern for the media specificity of the comic book as a textual/physical artefact and the social construction of meaning by/in/through specialised comics audiences. 

I my own research I have attempted to address many of the issues Mary deals with in this project in different terms. I agree unreservedly that

The conception of culture identified with cultural studies requires an analysis of cultural objects which reveals their essentially dialogical character.

The comic book as a cultural object, I argue, can be seen as a cultural interface, not a passive surface but a fully interactive one. This is only magnified and expressed in different ways by digital media, but it’s always been there in printed comic book culture. 

I find the shared interest in similar aspects of comic book culture very inspiring, challenging and 100% positive and desirable.This is an amazing project and I hope it finds an academic publisher soon. The University of Mississippi Press maybe?