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Gwen Tarbox
I'm an Associate Professor of English Studies at Western Michigan University.
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Course Recap For the entirety of class -- and 20 minutes beyond, as it turned out -- you shared your paper presentations with the class. I was very impressed by the work that you have done this semester. Over the next week, I will be grading your papers, and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Course Recap For the entirety of class, we read and discussed Chris Ware's innovative comic, Building Stories. Here is a copy of the presentation that I made (including a link to the embedded interview of Ware which may be most notable for the mismatch between the affect of the interviewer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Course Recap At the beginning of class, I went over the schedule for the remainder of the semester, noting that on April 8, we will be working with copies of Chris Ware's Building Stories that I will bring with me. On April 15, students will give 5-minute PowerPoint presentations on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Course Recap I began class today by going over in detail the key points from Horstkotte and Pedri's essay on braiding in Watchmen. As you study for the final exam, you may wish to outline the commentary that H & P make about the verbal/visual shifts that occur in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Course Recap At the beginning of class, I set the stage for our discussion of Watchmen by asking students to think about concepts such as heroism and of terms such as "masked adventurers." Here's a copy of the PowerPoint I used to get us started: Download ENGL 5970 Watchmen Prez... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Hi everyone: I am finally back in Kalamazoo, and I will be working feverishly to return your exams and your paper proposals by this Sunday evening. Receiving My Comments on Your Paper Proposals To access my comments on your Mid-term and Paper Proposal, log in to eLearning, click on ENGL... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Hi everyone: As I mentioned in class a few weeks ago, I'll be attending the 2nd annual comics conference sponsored by Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University, to be held on Thursday, April 17. Among the highlights of this conference will be the opportunity to meet and to listen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Course Recap For the entirety of our class session, we focused on Joe Sacco's Journalism, a collection of comics that Sacco wrote from the late 1990s through to 2010. To provide context, I gave a brief presentation on non-fiction comics, which you can read below. When I lecture in class,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies
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Course Recap For the first hour of class, I gave a lecture on the Yang's use of the clear line style. You can read the lecture here: Download ENGL 5970 Yang Presentation Next, Erin began her work as discussion leader by going over the spread on pages 248-249. Erin mentioned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at ENGL 5970 Intro to Comics Studies