Comic Strip of robot and boy lost in the woods. LJ Baptist

Reading Comic Books


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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

Graphic novels have particular literary devices and artistic tools used to communicate in the visual narrative form. This class will read and discuss some of the great graphic narratives, from Krazy Kat to EC Horror Comics to Maus and Persepolis, along with contemporary comics. This research will inform their own writing and drawing, as students learn what makes a great graphic experience. Students will work on a creative project that responds to a comic style and genre that appeals to them.

This online class uses the ZOOM platform.

Excited about comics? This class is part of the Visual Storytelling and Comics Certificate Program.

Austin Kemp grew up in rural Tennessee with an avid love of comics and superheroes. A few panels later, their passion for the medium directed their academic pursuits. Austin’s field of research focuses on both the comics form and the transmedial superheroes borne from it. Austin takes any excuse to integrate comics into the classroom … Read more