Graphic Possibilities is a research workshop in the Department of English at Michigan State University. This research workshop engages with comics through two interrelated branches, critical inquiry and engaged pedagogy, as a means of bringing together faculty and graduate students with current and burgeoning interests in comic studies. Critical inquiry manifests in any number of ways through comics, including treating comics as data, comics as scholarship, and comics as critical-making, what Stacey Robinson and John Jennings term to be a methodological approach that insists scholars engage with broader critical and cultural conversations through the act of making comics. Alongside of this, we explore how scholar-practitioners can make pedagogical interventions about/through the comics medium in an effort to develop new strategies for teaching and working with comics pedagogically.

Faculty coordinator: Julian Chambliss

Graduate Coordinators: Justin Wigard and Nicole Huff

 

FEATURED EVENT:

Comics Studies Society 2022, held right here at Michigan State University! 

A flyer for the 2022 Comics Studies Society conference. The conference's theme appears in fun yellow text on a green background. It reads "COLLECTIONS, ARCHIVES, CULTURES." The conference information is white on green, which reads "July 28 to 30, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan

Graphic Possibilities will be presenting during Session 7 on July 29th at CSS:

  • Session 7, 3:00 – 4:15PM
    • “Comics and Digital Humanities: Recent Work by the Comics as Data North America Initiative”
      • Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University
      • Justin Wigard, Michigan State University
      • Nicole Huff, Michigan State University
      • Kate Topham, Michigan State University

FEATURED PODCAST EPISODE:

Episode 14: “Marek Bennett” (May, 2022)

We are excited to be speaking with Marek Bennett, who joined us to speak about his contributions to the comics anthology Turner Family Stories: From Enslavement in Virginia to Freedom in Vermont, as well as some of his recent and upcoming comics projects!

Marek Bennett

We are excited to be speaking with Marek Bennett, who joined us to speak about his contributions to the comics anthology Turner Family Stories: From Enslavement in Virginia to Freedom in Vermont, as well as some of his recent and upcoming comics projects.

Marek is currently running a kickstarter for Freeman Colby volume three that runs until June 3rd. Go find it over at kickstarter.com, and stay tuned to the end of the episode for a preview from Marek himself!

Kickstarter link here!