LitLab: Contemporary Graphic Narrative (AKA Comic Books)


Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:30pm to 1:30pm


Convenor(s): Elizabeth Propst

Comics are one of the greatest publishing success stories of the digital age. Comics are also the source material for some of the most dominant pop cultural productions of the past two decades (Marvel Studios, Batman, History of Violence, Kill Bill, Ghost World, American Splendor, etc.). In this session, we'll look at a few examples of contemporary graphic novelists and consider how the rising prestige of the genre influences our understanding of the literary.

"Intruders" by Adrian Tomine (Links to an external site.), one of the stories from Killing and Dying (2015)
Excerpt from Building Stories by Chris Ware (Links to an external site.)
"The Story of Number 16, the 43-Year-Old Spider" by Gabrielle Bell (Links to an external site.), from Inappropriate (2020)