Are you a life long learner? Do you like comic books? Do you think it would be interesting to discuss social issues using comic books as a lens? Are you an educator looking for different methods to present your material? If so, this course is for you! From the creator of Gender Through Comic Books(aka the SuperMOOC), this six month course will examine current social issues through comic books while understanding how popular culture is shaped by it’s surroundings.
We will read a variety of comic books including Scalped, Daredevil, Swamp Thing, and many more. While reading these books we will examine topics such as social inequality, the environment, government intervention, addiction, and information privacy. Using lectures, live interviews with academics and comic book professionals, discussion boards, and readings, we will learn about social issues and how they are presented in comic books and the impact that those books have had on the issues whether large or small scale. This will be more than a class - it’s a formation of a community.
I can think of no better example to demonstrate the lost language than Leonard Starr’s intelligent and graceful strip, On Stage (1957 - 1979). Every day for the next few days I am going to focus on a different aspect of Mr. Starr’s visual storytelling. Today I would like to show how he uses the language of hands.
Starr writes like a dream, but note what his hands adds to his text:
Mr. Hublot (2013)
Winner, Best Animated Short Film: Mr Hublot, Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet’s arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion.
Check out the Art of Mr. Hublot as well!
1. Wear your motherfucking best clothes - it shows the actors that you think their performance is worth dressing up for.
2. Shut the fuck up - don’t fucking open that hole on your face while the show is taking place.
3. Put your motherfucking cell phone away - that’s fucking rude and I really shouldn’t have to explain why.
Streaming Rife Skeins
36 x 48 inches
oil / acyrlic on canvas